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If your kids love all things Doc McStuffins, you’re going to want to check out the new Doc McStuffins Baby Nursery app.
The Doc McStuffins Baby Nursery app allows your child (or you, no judgment here) to select a baby doll to name, bring home, and accessorize. Two dolls — CeCe and Bunny — are completely free. Four other dolls — Panda, Puppy, Kitty, and Lobster — are available for in-app purchase. I know you’ll want a Lobster baby doll because I kind of do, too.
Your child can interact with the baby doll through play time (bonding with ticklish laughs and giggles), playing peek-a-boo, bath time, changing their diapers and outfits, and soothing the baby doll to sleep. You can even capture your baby’s special moments in a customizable baby book.
So far my only concern is that my kids are going to ask me where their baby books are. My son Zack was posting pictures of his baby taking a bath about two minutes after I downloaded the game for him, so I’m sure that question is coming!
But aside from that, the best part of the app is that if your child needs help, Doc and Lambie are close on call. My kids loved being able to interact with their favorite Disney characters in a new way.
Need more convincing? I’ve rounded up some of the reasons why my kids are loving the Doc McStuffins Baby Nursery app so you can really see why your family should get in on the fun.
1. Kids love Doc McStuffins.
This one’s a no-brainer. And what’s not to love? She’s smart and kind and the songs are pretty awesome (AKA not annoying). My boys are all about anything Doc McStuffins, which is okay with me. They may not yet grasp the importance of portraying a modern family in a realistic way and celebrating differences and diversity, but I certainly do.
2. The Doc McStuffins Baby Nursery app teaches kids how to nurture with compassion.
Learning how to comfort a baby and see to their basic comforts are important things to know in life. Obviously, it’s going to be a while before my 7-year-olds are responsible for the care and well-being of another human, but it’s never too early to plant the seeds and learn the concepts of being a nurturer.
The Doc McStuffins Baby Nursery app simulates the bonding process, allowing your child to interact with his or her baby by playing, cuddling, tickling, and soothing them to sleep — just like one would do with a real baby.
3. Playing with dolls is fun for all children.
Yep, that’s right. My boys play with dolls and there’s nothing wrong with that. They like to watch Star Wars and have light saber fights in my living room and play electronic games that reflect those interests. It’s only natural that they’d be interested in an app where they can play with virtual baby dolls.
If your kids like playing with baby dolls, too, the Doc McStuffins Baby Nursery app really takes things up a notch. Also? There is nothing sweeter than watching my son sing his virtual baby to sleep.
4. There are very real benefits to screen time.
Like many parents, I limit my kids’ screen time. I worry that their eyes are glazing over while staring at their tablets a little too often or that I’m too quick to hand my kids my phone when we’re out in public because I need a minute to focus on something else.
But the good news is that The American Academy of Pediatrics issued new guidance on screen time in 2016 and as long as parents of kids ages 6 and up have consistent limits on time spent and type of media, they can actually benefit from screen time. The APA recommends kids aged 2-6 be limited to one hour of screen time per day. The Doc McStuffins Baby Nursery app is one I can really feel good about because it teaches great life skills while being both fun and engaging.
5. The app is just stinkin’ adorable.
Come on. Do we really need any reason besides this?
The Doc McStuffins Baby Nursery app is geared toward children ages 3-6, and while my kids are slightly older than that they still enjoy it immensely. It’s easy to use and they were able to jump right in and start having fun without much instruction on my end.
While this app is free to download, it does contain in-app purchases that cost real money. You can disable or adjust the ability to make in-app purchases by changing your settings, so your excited little one doesn’t accidentally rack up your bill (it happens!). While the initial download only gives you a taste of the game, the full, unlimited app is available for purchase after the limited experience.
You’ll be able to get a real feel for the game by playing with CeCe and Bunny, but be ready for your kids to ask you for money to collect all six of the available baby dolls.
No shame in your game if you say yes.
Doc McStuffins Baby Nursery is free to download now. Includes in-app purchases.