Who Loves Doc McStuffins on Disney Junior?

When I was pregnant with my second child, our son was four and I just couldn’t wait for that day we went in to find out whether we were having a boy or a girl. I was excited when I found out we were having a girl and immediately started dreaming about how she would one day play with my Barbies and all of my baby dolls from when I was a little girl. Princesses, dress-up clothes, BAM!!! As it turns out, my girl was ANYTHING but a girlie girl! She developed a strong love for stuffed animals before she was a year old. Well, fast forward a few years [she’s ten now] and she’s become the official pet stalker of our neighborhood and only owns ONE Barbie doll that she only played with because it was from the Veterinary Barbie set. Often I’ve gone into her room and she’s having tea parties and playing veterinary hospital with stuffed animals…it’s the cutest thing ever. Of course, she wants to be a Veterinarian when she grows up and we are encouraging her to pursue that dream! When Doc McStuffins premiered earlier this year on Disney Junior, I was longing for my daughter to be a pre-schooler again! Low and behold, she watched the show and was SO excited that there was another little girl just like her!! It just tickled my insides! Here’s a little about the show…

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Disney Junior’s animated series “Doc McStuffins” tells the story of a nurturing six-year-old girl who can talk to the stuffed animals and toys that she cares for in her playhouse clinic. When Doc puts on her stethoscope, something magical happens; toys, dolls and stuffed animals come to life and she can communicate with all of them, including the toys belonging to her friends and other neighborhood kids.

Assisting Doc at the clinic are her much-loved stuffed animal friends:  Stuffy, an exceedingly proud dragon; Lambie, her cuddly best friend; Hallie, a jolly and caring  hippo nurse; Squeakers, an alarmist squeaky fish toy; and Chilly, a snowman who spends a lot of time getting check-ups at the clinic.  Whether it’s a case of loose stitching, low batteries or a blow-up toy who has sprung a leak, Doc and her pals are there to lend a helping hand, while imparting to young viewers the importance of taking care of oneself and others.

Doc McStuffins” exemplifies Disney’s brand values of celebrating one’s family and appreciating diversity and difference.  Doc’s mom is a doctor who can be counted on to help Doc with her “diagnoses,” and her dad is a chef who whips up healthy treats for Doc and her four-year-old little brother, Donny.  Like a lot of younger siblings, Donny looks up to his sister and, although he is not aware of Doc’s ability to talk to her toys, he knows she’s the best healer for stuffed animals and toys around.

Each episode features two 11-minute stories in which Doc and her friends diagnose the situation and nurture the toy in need.  The characters and featured themes are relatable to young viewers and are designed to ease kids’ trepidations about everything from a doctor’s visit to removing a splinter.  Many of the stories directly address the kinds of issues that parents face with their young children when it comes to health, hygiene and medical care.  In one episode, Doc’s Jack-in-the-Box patient, Little Jack, is scared about getting a check-up.  Doc (with help from Stuffy, Lambie, Hallie, Chilly and Squeakers) reassures him that Big Jack, his dad, will be with him the whole time, and ultimately she diagnoses him with a case of “Can’tpop-itis,” which she records in The Big Book of Boo Boos.

Well, I have some great news for you all! Disney Junior has just launched a new craft where your kids can create their VERY OWN Big Book of Boo Boos!!!! Check it out!

Disney Junior has a new episode premiering next week in which Doc herself gets sick and becomes the patient!  In the episode titled “Doctoring the Doc,” Doc’s mom diagnoses her with the flu, so the toys step in to entertain and take care of her while she rests and tries to get better.  The episode premieres FRIDAY, AUGUST 17 at 9:00 a.m., ET/PT on Disney Channel and 7:30 p.m., ET/PT on the 24-hour Disney Junior channel. Here’s a sneak peak from the upcoming episode…

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