Flipsy Flopsy – turning your doll upside down



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.


Katrina Whelen

Katrina studied planning and design, did the hard yards working in a big office building and then traded it all in for a relaxing (!) life at home with four children. She now fills her time with writing, completing a degree in genetics and taxiing her children around Melbourne to their various sporting commitments (not necessarily in that order).

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