stuffed animals 

Giveaway: GUND Nuzzles

Four Nuzzle characters. Credit: GUND There's nothing better than a plush stuffed animal to cuddle up to, no matter what your age. So, this Mother's Day, treat yourself to a Nuzzle, GUND's new line of huggable cuties whose tagline is,...We are giving three winners a set of four Nuzzles, the most huggable stuffed animals out there.

Batman Toy Dangerous? Really? Because Of Its Ears?!

Why are we so obsessed with a Santa sack full of danger? Toys are not manufactured by evil trolls in the mountains of Mattel to explode on contact, or poison the pretties, or break off into chewable, chokeable chunks. And yet every Christmas...

Personalized Stuffed Animals: A Toy of One's Own

Shidonni stuffed animals are born of your kid's imagination. Credit: Shidonni
Forget teddy bears, kids today like their plush toys to look ... unusual. (Think of Ugly Dolls, Pooki and Co, the Deglingos, etc.) The ultimate in unique stuffed...

Teddy Bear Rescue

How far would you go to rescue your child's beloved stuffed teddy bear? Would you climb down the side of a hill in the rain? Two parents in Southern California had to answer that very question recently and found that, while their hearts were in the...

Tom Cruise totes tot's toys

Tom Cruise is known for being an action hero of sorts -- from prancing about in his skivvies in Risky Business to chasing about as super spy Ethan Hunt in the Mission Impossible series -- but that doesn't mean he can't carry his kid's playthings out...

No more garbage truck bears in London

It's not just a British thing -- I've seen a similar thing here in the states. I'm speaking of the practice of strapping a stuffed animal to the front of a garbage or tow truck. While I've seen it here, it's certainly not universal. In North London,...

Stuffed animal organizer

Is your child's menagerie taking over their room but the emotional attachment to Mr. Fluffy, Boo-boo Kitty and Mrs. Whiskers is still too strong to make thinning the herd possible? What you need is your own zoo to get those stuffed animals under...

The forgotten comfort of a stuffed bear

A few weeks ago, I was tucking Ellie into bed when she handed me one of her favorite stuffed animals. I had mentioned that I had been having trouble sleeping so she offered up Brownie, her plush bear with the bright red ribbon tie. She said Brownie...

Mickey comes home from the doctor

So I left the new Mickey out for Jared to find when he came home from school. He walked in, spotted Mickey on his desk, and ran and grabbed him. He gave him a big hug and proceeded to dance around the room with him. He was, admittedly, a bit confused...

Time for the Mickey Doctor

Jared has a stuffed Mickey Mouse that he loves. In fact, he almost loves it too much. After several years, Mickey is showing his age. At one point, we thought we'd lost him at the Jewish Home where we hang out, but a frantic trip all the way back...

When a child packs

We're off to Calistoga for the rest of the week with Rachel's family. We're running around, packing swim toys and clothes and suntan lotion and so on, and Jared decided to help by packing toys for himself and his sister. So, what does a five-year-old...

How to wash your child's stuffed animal

After your child has dragged her favorite white Easter bunny through the mud, spilled food on it, and accidentally smeared poop on it during diaper changes when dad wasn't paying close enough attention, it needs to be cleaned. Thanks to our friends...

Toddler gets stuck in vending machine

I think that getting stuck in a vending machine piled with googly-eyed stuffed animals might be my own personal version of hell. Scratch that. It would be worse if I was looking after someone else's kid and he got trapped inside a machine full of...

Stuffed animals with microchips

The people at the Build-A-Bear company are marketing geniuses. A favorite stop at many malls for young children, the shop allows your child to pick out an empty animal shell, stuff it, place a wish star inside and a microchip with a bar code. The...

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