Are you looking for something your little one can snuggle with at night and take on adventures during the day? Maybe you need to find the perfect gift for that special someone on Valentine's Day? A teddy bear could be just the thing you're looking for.
They've been comforting kids and delighting dates for decades. From making bedtime 'safe' and being the 'beary' best at giving 'bear' hugs, they come in a variety of colors, sizes and styles including traditional stuffed to collectible characters from cartoons like Winnie the Pooh or the Care Bears. You can find interactive options like Teddy Ruxpin and even giant 6ft tall ones that surprise and delight. The choices can be overwhelming which is why TTPM is here to help. With the toy reviews below, finding the best teddy bear for your little 'cub' just got a whole lot simpler.
Click on any of the cuddly cubs below to see a complete video review. We cover everything from small pieces and choking hazards to how easy you can clean them. You'll even find where to buy the giant teddy bears for the best price with our store comparison tool. When you have TTPM's teddy bear reviews on your side, finding the perfect fluff filled friend has never been easier.
from Basic Fun! $19.99
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from Just Play $9.99
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from Just Play $16.99
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Choosing the Best Teddy Bear
Whether it's playtime or bedtime, a gift for a grandchild or a surprise for a first date, any time is the perfect time for a teddy bear. These classic fluff-filled furry friends have been a favorite toy for more than 100 years. Did you know that they were first created in 1903, in honor of President Theodore 'Teddy' Roosevelt? Teddy himself gave Ideal Toy founder Morris Michtom permission to call it that. Michtom's original bears were covered in yellowish-brown mohair fur, and they were stiff and not too cuddly. Modern day teddies are made in a variety of fabrics, from cotton to synthetic fur.
With new bears being introduced every day, in all sizes, colors, and styles, there's a very special bear out there for your little one to love. When looking for the perfect plush pal, there are a few factors that can help you figure out which one will be best for your 'bear cub'.
Not every teddy bear is made for every age. Bears for infants and toddlers are made of soft materials. Bears made for children this age don't have too many decorations of moveable parts. They're cute, but basic, which is just the way you want them. There are different kinds of stuffing, too. Big bears with lots of stuffing are great for hugging and tagging along with kids on adventures. Under-stuffed bears tend to be a little floppier, and those are great for take-to-bed play. (Or when you want something to take along on a trip.)
Keeping your beary best friend clean is important, too. Most teddy bears will have a care tag sewn into one of the seams that gives you washing instruction. Most teddy bears, however, are what they call 'surface washable', which means that you can sponge it down with gentle soap and warm water. (Baby shampoo works well for this, too.) Then either let the bear air dry or use your hair dryer. If the tag has the words 'machine washable', use a gentle cycle.
There are famous bears that kids love, like Winnie the Pooh or the Care Bears. You'll find lots of different versions and sizes of these to choose from. If you want to make your own friend, you can go to Build-A-Bear and pick out all the elements of your bears. But, if you don't want to make the trek, Build-a-Bear now offers stuffed bears (and friends) you can customize online.
There are interactive teddy bears, too. The play pattern is a little different than a traditional teddy bear, as kids are more likely to sit and play with them as they seem to come alive than to snuggle with them. These toys, like the classic Teddy Ruxpin, combine teddy bear play with technology so kids can have a friend that actually talks to them. There are some teddy bears that even incorporate Bluetooth technology and allow adults to interact with kids through their phones. One of the best things about the new techy teddies is that today's technology is a lot smaller than it used to be so it really is possible to find an interactive teddy that's more cuddly, too. When you're shopping see if you can squeeze in some time to hold the toy so you can see if it's right for your kids.
If you're looking for a special gift, teddy bears are great. Tweens, teens, and adults will love receiving a special fluffy friend for holidays, graduations, and even to keep them company as get well or going away gifts. Many of these have detachable decorations, so you'll want to keep them away from tiny toddlers under 3 years old. You can find these at traditional toy stores, drug stores, card stores and even some florists.
Bottom line: When you're looking for a teddy bear, the possibilities are almost endless. Luckily, with the help of TTPM's teddy bear reviews, your search for a special friend for someone special to you just got a whole lot easier.