Thursday, November 24, 2011

Taking dress-up to the next level

I was recently reading the children's book, Birdie's Big-Girl Shoes by Sujean RimDo. In the book, Birdie can’t wait to dress-up like her mom…wearing jewelry, perfume and big-girl shoes. It immediately made me think of my niece. She loves to dress-up and play pretend, so I'm always on the lookout for everything from princess dresses to fairy wings to Dorothy's red ruby shoes. As the mom of two boys, I'm usually surrounded by Transformers costumes, werewolves, and skeletons, so the thought of feather boas floating around the house is as alien to me as E.T.. However, it made me stop and wonder, why do girls like to dress-up? Underneath all of those sequins and sparkles, there's something intriguing to a little girl about walking in an adult's shoes. They're preparing themselves for the road ahead and role-play allows girls to strengthen many skills they'll need as an adult. So as I was racking my brain for another Christmas present that would be a hit this year, it hit me. What if I didn't buy the usual frilly, lacy princess dress, but instead opted for some gear that would really get her creative juices flowing?

I discovered this fantastic website that offers scrubs not only for men and women, but also kids... The scrubs that Blue Sky offers resembles the same ones you'd find a doctor or nurse wearing in a hospital, which makes them a perfect gift for dress-up play and more. And to top it off, they even offer scrubs for babies! I wish I knew a doctor or nurse who was having a baby because I can see these as the perfect baby shower gift.

Even though we don't have any doctors or nurses in the family, I know I stumbled upon a great Christmas gift as my niece will love the nurse scrubs uniform. Yeah, there might not be any sequins or high-heel shoes that she can stumble around the house in, but the next time she wants to put herself into an adult's shoes, she won't have to just grab that toy doctor kit, filled with molded plastic toys that only let her pretend to play doctor. She can actually wear the real thing and aim to be the next Elizabeth Blackwell...stat!