• Mandi Franklin, CPNP

Dolls with Disabilities


It is important from a very young age to introduce your kiddos to things that are “different.”


Being a type 1 diabetic, I remember being a child and getting odd looks from strangers when I had to test my blood sugar, or give an injection while at a restaurant. In fact, I sometimes STILL get those stares and hear whispers of “what is she doing?!”


Check out my list below of dolls and toys that are on the market to help teach your little ones that not all of us are the same, and that it is A-OK.


  • American Girl sells a diabetes kit complete with a glucometer, insulin pump, insulin pen, medical ID, glucose tabs, and more. Let me just stop a second and say…HOW COOL?!? Whether your child has diabetes, a friend has diabetes, or you just want to educate your child, this American Girl accessory kit is a great teaching tool. I wish this was around when I was diagnosed.

  • American Girl also sells a doll without hair. This doll is awesome! It is a great way to explain that not all of us have hair, and hair does not define who we are as a person!

  • There will come a time when your child tugs on your pants leg, points at someone in a wheelchair, and says “mommy, why is that person in that? It is OK to ask questions. Kids are naturally curious and this is how they learn. Barbie makes a doll with a wheelchair and a ramp to help answer some of these hard questions for children.

  • American Girl also sells accessories such as glasses, crutches, wheelchairs, and an allergy-free lunch set.


What type of doll do you think is missing in the toy aisle?


Until next time,

Mandi


P.S. This is NOT a sponsored post-I just really love these products!



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