Thanks to Disney for providing us with a copy of this DVD.
Disney Junior’s Doc McStuffins
From the very first time that we took Bubbles to see her pediatrician (at age 1 week), she cried. She cried when the nurse came in to get her measurements, she cried when the doctor came in to see her, cried while waiting for shots, and cried during the shots. Crying didn’t really let up much until we were in the car and she realized that we weren’t going back in.
I thought it would end by her 1 year checkup, but it didn’t. Nor did it end at 15 months, 18 months, or 21 months. Yep. Lots of tears, every time. Each time the flow would grow shorter, but they were always there.
It was around her 21 month appointment that we discovered Doc McStuffins on Disney Junior. I don’t remember exactly how we found it; we may have just been a little slow to change the channel after one of her other shows. But from the start she showed a lot of interest. If you’re not familiar with the show it centers around “Doc” McStuffins, a 6-year-old that is able to speak with toys and stuffed animals. Her mom is a doctor of people and Doc has become a doctor of toys. Along with Hallie the hippo, Stuffy the dragon, Lambie the (you guessed it) lamb and Chilly the snowman, she runs a clinic to fix any toy boo-boos that may arise.
After a couple of weeks of watching the show we noticed that Bubbles suddenly wanted to “check Daddy’s ears” and “listen to Mama’s heart” (at the time with one of the plastic spoons from her kitchen – we eventually did get her a doctor’s kit). And when we returned to the pediatrician for her 2 year check up, you know what? No tears. At all. And while I’m sure that kids grow out of that stage on their own eventually, I truly feel that watching Doc give her toys check ups helped calm Bubbles’ fears.
We do watch regularly on the Disney Junior station but now that we have Doc McStuffins: Friendship is the Best Medicine we can view some of our favorite episodes whenever (and pretty much wherever) we want. From the moment we unwrapped it, Bubbles was thrilled: it comes with a small activity book with stickers, coloring pages, and more. She kept dancing around saying “Doc stickers, Doc stickers!” What I immediately loved was that the DVD comes with a digital copy. While she played with stickers I loaded the digital copy onto my laptop.
Later that night while hubby watched sports-something-or-other I pulled Bubbles up to sit with me in my chair and we watched Doc from my computer. I wasn’t sure that we had seen the first episode, “Engine Nine, Feelin’ Fine”, before so we both watched that one closely. The full list of included episodes are:
- Engine Nine, Feelin’ Fine + The Right Stuff
- Caught Blue Handed + To Squeak, or Not to Squeak
- Ben/Anna Split! + Just Claw-ful
- The Rip Heard Round the World + Walkie-Talkie Time
- Dark Knight + Hallie Gets an Earful
Each episode has a mini lesson in it, like being brave, making friends, learning to ask for help, and more. And they’re filled with catchy tunes that your kiddos (and you) will love. (Trust me, you’ll be walking down the street humming “Time for your check up”. Or maybe that’s just me.) We’re really looking forward to the next DVD due out next month so we can continue to learn along with our stuffed friends.
What does your kiddo like best about the Doc McStuffins show? Do they have a favorite character?
I received a copy of the DVD in order to facilitate my review. All opinions are 100% that of myself and my family – we really do love Doc!