Stuffed animal Q&A

Stuffed Animal Dos and Don'ts- Q&A

When is too old for a child to sleep with a stuffed animal?

As far as I'm concerned, one is never too old to sleep with a stuffed animal. Even some adults I know (not to name any names!) still keep their favorite old stuffed animals around to comfort them after a hard day. Why shouldn't kids get the same comfort? On the other hand, once a child passes a certain age they should not be so dependent on the stuffed animal that they insist on bringing it with them whenever they sleep somewhere away from home. As for how old is too old, that really depends on your kid. You defintely know best.

Can you put a stuffed animal in the washer? How about the dryer?

Many stuffed animals can successfully be cleaned in the washing machine without falling apart, despite what the labels may say. And yes indeed, those stuffed animals can be dried in the dryer, as long as you run it on gentle and keep a good watch so as not to leave them in too long. Check this out for more details on cleaning stuffed animals.

If your kid loses their favorite stuffed animal, should you try to give them a duplicate and hope they won't notice?

No. And do you know why? Because kids are much smarter than we give them credit for and they will notice. They know their favorite stuffed animals in a way that we don't. Unless of course they're under the age of three in which case you might get away with it. But if your kid catches you in this lie, it's not setting a particularly good example and degrades trust.

Is it wrong to give pink, cuddly girl stuffed animals to females and insect or dragon stuffed animals to males?

It's generally a good idea to give both "genders" of stuffed animals to any child, but if a girl prefers the cuddly stuffed animal rabbit and a boy prefers the praying mantis stuffed animal there's no reason not to let them have what they want.

Should you give your favorite old stuffed animals from when you were a child to your kids?

Passing on the gift of your beloved stuffed animals to your children can help create a wonderful family tradition, but there are a couple of caveats. First, kids, as you know, are messy and tend to lose things. If you're going to be heartbroken when your wonderful old teddy bear goes missing or your cuddly rabbit stuffed animal gets dragged through the mud, maybe you should wait until your kids get older. And of course, before giving those stuffed animals to your kids, it's a good idea to give them a good cleaning first!