Flipsy Flopsy – turning your doll upside down

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I would like to be able to say that the absolutely adorable Flipsy Flopsy doll that arrived for my daughter from designer Libby Hampson hasn’t been out of her hands… except that she has barely had a moment with Nurse Mia that turns upside down to reveal Dr Jack. You see, each time this beautiful doll has accompanied us on the school or kinder run, it attracts attention. Everyone wants a look. You can’t stop yourself from turning the doll over and over and admiring the exquisite detail. Meanwhile, my daughter is straining from the pram, crying “Mine!” until her Flipsy Flopsy is returned.

Flipsy Flopsy dolls were created by Libby Hampson whose two-year old daughter had a favourite ‘two-in-one’ doll knitted for her by her Nanna. The knitted doll always drew attention, perhaps because as parents, we remember similar dolls from our childhood. So Hampson set about creating a collection of flipsy-flopsy dolls.

There are four (or eight!) dolls to choose from. Little girls will love the Tinkerbella fairy and little girl Isobella doll that comes with a tiny organza bag just the right size for a tooth fairy transaction. There are also twins Lily and Billie while Farmer Zach turns upside down to reveal Milkmaid Ruby. However, my favourite is Doctor Jack and Nurse Mia. Given how popular doctors and nurses play kits and costumes are, it is surprising how few doctor or nurse dolls are available. Doctor Jack and Nurse Mia fit the bill perfectly.

We have seen Topsy Turvy dolls before on Babyology, however I think that Flipsy Flopsy dolls leave more to the imagination, letting children create the story. I also like that they include males. My three-year-old son has had as much fun with Doctor Jack and Nurse Mia as my daughter… when he can get his hands on it.

Flipsy Flopsy dolls are $39.95 and are available from Baby’s Got Style.

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7 Comments

  1. It concerns me that mothers of young children are caught up with the whole ‘gender stereotype’ issue – surely part of ‘successful’ parenting is to raise our children as independent, free thinking, caring individuals who should try not to judge others for their chosen ‘paths’ in life. Being a mature age student who is currently halfway through a Bachelor of Nursing I can verify that more than 90% of current enrolments in Nursing degrees are filled by women. Libby Hampson’s dolls are not making a gender statement here – they have been created merely to stimulate the imaginations of young children. Let kids be kids and when they are adults, let them decide whether Dr Jack should really be Dr Mia!!

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  2. What a clever and beautiful range of dolls – I will certainly be stocking up my present cupboard

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  3. These dolls are just gorgeous…. love them. Just because my daughter dresses as a pink fairy or princess and my son dresses as spiderman or superman, doesn’t mean that’s what they’ll become!

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  4. As a mother of 4 daughters I agree wholeheartedly we should absolutely never gender stereo type. I have always told my daughters they can be anything and do everything in life. As you can see from our website our logo is ‘just like when you were little’. When designing the range i contemplated doing the male nurse/female dr but decided on sticking with the old fashioned, traditional style (as you can see from the nurses uniform). At the end of the day we are catering to 3-7 yr olds and our aim is to entice them away from the telly and computer and use their imagination …. just like when we were little. Kind regards, Libby

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  5. Any idea where I can get these dolls in Canada??

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  6. Hiya Linda, Check the stockists page on the manufacturer’s website – we are in Australia so don’t have too much info about Canada :) Cheers!

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  7. I just bought one for my daughter’s first birthday. I couldn’t resist as I always wanted such a doll when I was a kid! I can’t wait for it to arrive.

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