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Beware of These 5 Dangers to Your Stuffed Toys

stuffed toyStuffed toys and animals sure are cute and cuddly and it’s no surprise that they’re on top of the pack when we speak of toys. They’re the most popular around the world after all so much so that we’ve owned at least one in our lifetime and we bet you still keep yours for memory’s sake or passed it on as some sort of heirloom to tour child.

These pieces are beloved for many reasons beyond just their huggable feel and appearance. Science even says they help in introducing the basic senses to infants as well as in developing their motor skills. Stuffed toys also nourish imagination and creativity as well as help those suffering from trauma, negative emotions, depression and anxiety.

But if there is something that stuffed toys cannot do, that would be to live forever. It’s not indestructible. However, we can do some things to make them last a few lifetimes and that includes proper care and maintenance. In light of that, we give you these five dangers that threaten the existence and longevity of your beloved toys.

  1. FOOD – Spills and drops can stain the stuffed animals which can damage its color and texture for good. But more than this, it will encourage insects, rodents and even pets to it which is always bad news. The earlier you a t upon this the better m.
  2. DIRT – While seemingly harmless at first, dust and dirt can severely damage the toy over time and that includes denting its sanitation and cleanliness. They could even make allergies act up.
  3. HEAT – What heat does is fade out the colors, and melt down certain parts or loosen them up. This is why owners need to choose a spot or are that isn’t susceptible to high bouts of moisture and humidity.
  4. MOISTURE – The presence of too much humidity can encourage moisture which will essentially create an environment that serves as the breeding ground for yeast and molds. These factors considered will rot the toy and when that happens there is no going back.
  5. BUGS – Bugs are a sure danger to stuffed animals because they don’t just tear away at its parts or soil them. They too may choose to live in them making them look, smell and feel rotten. Once this has been the case, it is often difficult to save to the point that the toy ends in the trash. Sad but true and necessary.

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Effectively Buy Teddy Bears Online

stuffbearsBless the internet because come gift giving time, we can conveniently shop and buy teddy bears online. We can finally skip those long queues at the mall and say adios to the traffic later. Plus, doesn’t it make the perfect solution to last minute shopping? Hey, we tend to get busy most days. No judging there.

So to make your online toy shopping more hassle free and convenient that it already is, here are a few tips.

Tip #1: Plan ahead.

If you are aware that an event is coming up, schedule in your teddy shopping. Yes we said you can do it last minute but it’s still best if we don’t and opt to plan ahead of time especially if you’re buying for more than one. Write a list down and consider your budget. Select a price range for every person on your list. With this, you wouldn’t have to scroll for days wondering who else you’re going to buy for and whether or not you forgot to purchase for someone.

Tip # 2: Know their likes.

What good is there with gifting someone something they don’t like or are interested in? Remember the reason why you’re buying teddy bears online in the first place. It’s not for you and it’s for someone you care for. Therefore, have their interests in mind. What items would they like that would fit the price range you provided for? This will give you an idea of items that you can buy for every person. Do remember to note them down so you don’t forget.

Tip # 3: Know where to shop.

Once you’ve settled on the possible items to purchase, perform research on the online shops and websites to buy them from. Depending on the brand and model of the toy, if you’re that specific, you’ll need to run a few more searches. This shouldn’t be difficult given the power of the internet nowadays. Be as specific as can be because you’ll be drowned with search results in just one click. Run a background check on the available sites too. Read reviews, feedback and recommendations.

Tip # 4: Have fun too.

As you buy teddy bears online, remember that gifting is an experience for you too. So go ahead, have fun and enjoy the process even if you’re in your favorite pyjamas in the middle of your bed covered in blankets. And if there’s any left on your budget, why not buy for you too?

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The Role of Toys and Play in IQ and EQ

kids-iqStuffed animal toys are loved not only because of their cute and cuddly nature but because of the many benefits that they bring. Children who are fond of playing with them are found to generate better IQ and EQ scores according to many studies. If you’re interested as to how that came to be, we partnered up with the lovely team from to bring you a list of the different roles of toys and play in a child’s IQ and EQ.

Getting to Know the Senses – Have you ever wondered why doctors allow parents to give their babies stuffed animals? This is because, these toys are soft enough to be played with so there is no danger in them unless they are much bigger than the child. The texture of their fur, whiskers, eyes and paws allow a child to get to know their sense of touch. Also, the hues and designs help them get accustomed with patterns and color variations.

Motor Skill Development – Motor skills pertain to actions that involve the use of muscles. Babies, toddlers and children are not yet fully developed and accustomed to these skills. Play helps them discover them. It allows them to get accustomed to and even practice it on a regular basis through a fun way.

Flunks Separation Anxiety – Parents won’t be by their children’s side all the time even if they want to. There are things like jobs, chores and even the kid’s schooling that will create some physical separation between parent and child within a day. Many kids are not comfortable with this so they tend to feel anxious. Their blood pressure rises up and their moods plummet to a slump. Some would even have crazy tantrums. Stuffed toys help ease such dilemma. Their comforting feel and nature are able o calm frayed nerves and make them feel less alone or separated.

Imagination and Creativity – Playing with toys highly encourage imagination and creativity in children. If you notice, playtime is where many kids tend to make up stories about their toys. They would give all of them names and even put items together making them part of a family. A teddy bear becomes a prince, a doll its princess and a dinosaur as their pet. The stories can even range from normal to crazy in a heartbeat. Also, this is where they are likely to imitate activities such as dressing up, taking a bath, cooking, counting or brushing teeth.

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Mistakes in Caring for Stuffed Animals

steiff stuffed animalsIn order to make them last long and to ensure that they look brand new most if not all of the time, proper care and maintenance must be given to one’s stuffed animals. This is true regardless if the toy is a collectible or not. However, many owners still fail to do this right. The task may sound simple but mistakes are still committed against it. To help you avoid from making the same blunders, we’ve rounded up the most common ones to warn you about them and hopefully get you informed enough to know how to avoid.

MISTAKE: Failure to Know the Toy

AVOID/FIX: One can never really give the right type and amount of care if one does not know the toy. It pays to do your research. Plus, it doesn’t hurt to look at the tags and packaging for care and washing instructions.

MISTAKE: Using Heat in the Cleaning Process

AVOID/FIX: Heat is an enemy to stuffed animals as it has the potential not only to dull the colors but also to melt some accessories and parts. When washing, lukewarm or room temperature is required. Drying must also be done with the complete absence of heat so machines or dryers must be on cool setting and there should be no ‘sun’ drying.

MISTAKE: Allowing Moisture and Humidity

AVOID/FIX: These two encourage mold growth as well as rodent and bug infestation. Choose a space that doesn’t develop moisture or is likely to be humid. Also, never pack your stuffed animals inside plastic bags as they can lock in the moisture and make the toy rot.

MISTAKE: Playing Doctor and Scientist

AVOID/FIX: When something goes amiss or wrong with the toy, immediate repair is necessary to prevent it from getting worse. However, if one has no skill or knowledge to do so then it would be best to look for a professional toy repair shop. Experimenting and playing doctor might do more harm than good. If you do however have the skill and knowledge then go ahead and perform the needed repair.

MISTAKE: Procrastination with Dirt and Damage

AVOID/FIX: The moment that you see any dirt or damage on your stuffed animals, address them immediately. Procrastinating can worsen stains and make them harder to come off. Damages like tears when left for long may grow bigger and even cause for the toy to be at a state of disrepair. Boohoo.

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