Here’s a weird-yet-cute story that’s also true. According to the National Park Service, we have Teddy Roosevelt to thank for the teddy bear. He was on a bear hunt back in 1902, but could not find a single bear to shoot. Finally, his assistants cornered and tied a black bear to a tree, and suggested that Roosevelt shoot it. But Roosevelt refused, because it was unsportsmanlike. Newspapers covered the event, a company started to produce stuffed versions and now, lo and behold, kids all over love their teddy bears. Especially if they’re taking part in a bear scavenger hunt.
There are few toys as iconic as the stuffed teddy bear. It belongs alongside red wagons, rocking horses, and rattles, though its simplicity outlast all of them. For children, they’re soothing companions, and the bond between them is one that you’ll only realize the weight of when their best friend is in another room. Whether you’ll be looking for a big, bold surprise or just searching for an affordable buddy, we’ve found our favorites of all sizes and for all budgets.
Steiff sets the gold standard in all things stuffed animal, and this teddy bear is no exception. This teddy bear, measuring 16 inches, is machine washable. Fynn is handmade from cuddly soft plush and will be your kid’s go-to stuffy pretty much from the word go. Made from cuddly soft plush, it’s great for kids two and up.
Meet your new favorite talking teddy bear. Gund’s bear says one of six different phrases while playing peek-a-boo game. This bear measures just over 11 inches, and has a satin blanket to add to its bear flair. And it plays a game that kids can not get enough of.
Jellycat makes quirky, innovative soft toys for kids of all ages, and while this bear is on the smaller side, we love the fact that unlike brown bears, it’s of the polar variety. While this 10-inch bear is meant for babies and up, make sure you do not put anywhere near your child’s crib when he or she is in it. It’s soft. It’s adorable. It’s hand-washable. And it’s cuddly as all get-out.
Do you need a giant pink stuffed bear? Of course you do. It’s meant for kids two and up, and will provide endless amounts of snuggly fun. At two feet tall, the Melissa & Doug stuffed bear is all bear, all the time. It’s made of soft, furry material.
Hugged from any angle, your son or daughter will find only smooth, silky fur and zero shedding, clumps, or coarseness. At 13 inches, it’s perfect for children of any age. We especially like the company’s use of recycled stuffing for a lighter impact on the environment, while you can rest assured by its lifetime guarantee, which pledges replacement or repair for any damages incurred over the coming years.
For parents who know that they’ll need to triage a stained toy, this is a solid option for ages one and older. Slumbers is a good bear even without his cleanup capabilities: fuzzy, plush fur and distinct paw pads make this 17-inch toy a kid favorite. But we especially liked its ability to be spot cleaned without effect to the color of the fur. It’s something the company planned, which goes to show how tuned in it is to its products’ final destinations. Wash and let the toy dry in the sun.
If you really dig deep, you’ll know that a six foot tall bear is what you need in your life. He’s ultra-soft, ultra-plush, and measures six feet from head to toe. The red satin bow is a nice touch.
Kids who are ready to cuddle can do so with this teddy bear, which has a curled-up shape. He or she is a perfect snuggle buddy for reading, sleeping or watching movies. Or whatever. All you need is a comfortable position, and this Vermont giant teddy bear is ready to curl up with you. He’s soft. He’s silky. And he’s 36 inches.
Of course you could just buy a regular body pillow. But honestly, why, when you can kick back with this bear, which is the size of an actual real-life cub. It has beaded eyes, nose, and claws. And it has sacks of beans sewn into the midsection and paws to give you added support.
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