If you’ve been reading this blog for long, you’ll know that I spent all of August and part of September looking after sick children – so when All Modern Baby contacted me about reviewing one of their products I thought this Handy Doctor Set was the perfect choice.
Emma and Johnny were thrilled to get a doctor kit in the mail, and it was good timing since it arrived soon after Johnny’s traumatic Boston Children’s visit, when he was not feeling very pro-doctor. For some reason, Emma and Johnny have selected their amigurumi monkeys as their only patients. The monkeys are getting a lot of medical care these days.
I feel like this is a nice, high-quality basic toy doctor set. I’ve wanted a doctor set for my kids for a while, but I hadn’t gotten one because I could only find plastic sets with tons of small pieces, frequently accompanied by buyer complaints of pieces breaking. This set is made of environmentally-friendly rubberwood, non-toxic water-based paints, and biodegradable fabrics. It seems very durable. There is a squeaker in the sphygmomanometer (blood pressure cuff – try saying it’s real name five times fast) and a rattle in the stethoscope. I love that it is made by Wonderworld, an eco-friendly company with a reputation for good quality products. Emma occasionally gets frustrated because the stethoscope won’t stay on her ears since it’s just stuffed fabric, but that doesn’t keep her from using it for hours of imaginary play. I am a little confused as to why a flashlight was included as one of the six accessories. I would have chosen a wooden otoscope (the thing they use to look in your ears) if I were designing the toy, but my kids seem happy with the flashlight – and come to think of it, it’s probably best for them to not have something that makes them think about sticking things in people’s ears. I was surprised to see that both Emma and Johnny seemed to intuitively know how to use the old-fashioned thermometer since I’ve only used ear and temporal thermometers on them. They use the syringe to give shots and to administer medicine. They had no idea what to do with a medical mallet, so they have taken it out of the set and are using it as a musical mallet instead.
All Modern is offering a second doctor set for one of my readers! There are a few ways to enter:
- Link to a piece of contemporary furniture or any other item from All Modern that you would love to own.
- Tell me who would use this doctor set
- Blog about this giveaway and comment back with a link to your post (3 entries – you don’t have to leave three separate comments; I will give you three entries in my spreadsheet)
- Tweet this giveaway and comment back with a link to your tweet (2 entries – you don’t have to leave two separate comments; I will give you two entries in my spreadsheet)
Sadly, this giveaway is only open to residents of the US and Canada, and the winner will be chosen using random.org. Please make sure I have a way to contact you via email, or I will have to choose another winner. This giveaway closes at 9pm US Eastern Time next Thursday (October 1st).