Best Stuffed Animals of 2019

Best Stuffed Animals of 2019

January 1, 2019

Best Stuffed Animals of 2019

Best Stuffed Animals of 2019
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Once you find one they love, buy another juuuust in case. (Trust us on this one.)Best Stuffed Animals of 2019

Whether crushed by hugs, carried by the neck or made to sit for endless tea parties, plush toys will never stop being your child’s very best friend.

With their infinitely lovable faces and squeezable bodies, these toys make great loveys for little ones to cuddle for comfort. (Note: don’t put stuffed animals—or anything really—in the crib with babies.)

From traditional picks (hello, teddy bear!) to stuffies that do double duty, find your child’s favorite snuggle buddy here:

The Worry Eater

When little ones grow into the toddler and preschool years, along come the big worries. Whether your child’s afraid of the dark, experiencing separation anxiety or worried about going to school, these adorable stuffed animals can help relieve some of the burden for kiddos. Worry Eater’s adorable zipper mouth gives kids a safe place to share their worries—along with you or another caregiver, they can write or draw what’s bothering them and place them in the Worry Eater’s mouth, so that tje stuffie can hold onto it for awhile. So sweet, and a lovely way to help kids acknowledge and recognize emotions.

Additional Specs
Child Guidelines Ages 3 years and up
Care Spot clean
Size 14.6” high

Half Blankie, Half Stuffie

Remember Linus in Charlie Brown? He would have gone cuckoo for Lil’ Snugglers! A fuzzy-soft mini-blanket with satin trim acts as the “body” to the cute face and arms of a stuffed animal in the center. Your baby will quickly get attached to this toy, running their fingers over the silky edges and clutching it to their chest while drifting off to sleep. Choose from a bunch of different animal shapes, from this fox to an owl to an elephant.

Additional Specs
Child Guidelines Ages 0 months+
Care Machine washable
Size 15.8” x 11.8” x 7.9”

The Stuffy that Gives Back

You can feel good about buying these sweet, huggable animals. Not only are they cute, hypoallergenic and made with nontoxic, 100% cotton materials, they’re handmade in Peru using sustainable, fair-trade practices and with every purchase, cuddle + kind gives 10 meals to children in need. There’s a range of animals, and they come in little and regular sizes (13 and 20 inches, respectively).

Additional Specs
Child Guidelines Ages 0+
Care Machine washable on gentle, though hand washing is recommended
Size 13” or 20” high

Quality Cuddles

From Steiff, who’ve been making teddy bears since 1902, come stuffed animals made from cotton velvet and cuddly soft plush. Start your wee one off with a classic: a fleecy bear in natural beige, pink or blue with embroidered eyes that can’t be bitten off. Because Steiff animals are handsewn and made with higher-end materials, they last a long time (think: from generation to generation).

Additional Specs
Child Guidelines Ages 0-7 years
Care Machine washable
Size 10” high

The Musical Friend

With a puppy face that could melt any heart, this fluffy friend also plays How Much Is That Doggy in the Window when you wind the plastic key in back. Your tot will be delighted to hear the tune and happy to hug the puppy, too. The mouth and eyes on this pup are embroidered for safety. Other animals in the Keywind collection play various songs.

Additional Specs
Child Guidelines Ages 0 months+
Care Spot clean
Size 8” high

Soothing Sleep Aid

This cute, cuddly toy helps newborns fall asleep fast. That’s because it has a sound machine inside that plays your choice of eight different lullabies or white noise selections. During the day your tot can play with the woolly lamb. Come nighttime, you can attach it via a Velcro tab to your baby’s crib and set the timer to play for 23 or 45 minutes. The volume is adjustable, and the plushy is machine washable after removing the soundbox. The bonus? It comes with batteries, a storybook and an adoption certificate too. The Sleep Sheep also comes in a smaller travel version.

Additional Specs
Child Guidelines Ages 0+
Care Machine washable after removing the soundbox
Size 12” high

Quirky Cuteness

Move over, teddy bear—there’s a new species in the nursery. Meet the Jellycat Aardvark, who’s an adorable oddball and a charming addition to a chestful of playtime pals. Your baby will have fun tugging at the cushy stuffy’s waggly ears and pulling at the long snout. And if this little aardvark isn’t for you, Jellycat offers up a whole lot of other animals for your child’s snuggling needs.

Additional Specs
Child Guidelines Ages 0+
Care Hand wash only
Size 12” high

Sloth Alert!

Anything but basic, this fuzzy sloth is a master at giving hugs. Just wrap the long arms around your tyke’s neck or chest for a cozy embrace. In nature, these slow-moving, South American-rainforest dwellers have only three toes, as does this plush toy.

Additional Specs
Child Guidelines Ages 0+
Care Spot clean
Size 12” high

The Soothing Companion

These silky soft lovies are not only cute and cuddly, but they’re also designed to help promote positive life skills. How, you ask? Each Slumberkins animal comes with a keepsake affirmation card and book that focuses on a specific emotion. Like this Yeti promotes mindfulness, mind-body connection, anxiety reduction and concentration (there’s also a Fox, Bigfoot and Sloth). But what your child will really love is snuggling with one of these at bedtime, playtime or anytime.

Additional Specs
Child Guidelines Ages 1 and up (due to the long fur length, they’re not recommended for teething babies)
Care Hand wash cold, lay flat to dry
Size 14” high

Snuggle Ready

One look at this elephant’s irresistible face, and your little one will be reaching out for it. Its small size—9 inches—makes it perfect for newborns and the nursery shelf.

Additional Specs
Child Guidelines Ages 0+
Care Spot clean
Size 9” high
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