10 Best Stuffed Animals of 2019

Best Stuffed Animals of 2019

September 13, 2019

Best Stuffed Animals of 2019

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 else—in the crib with babies.)

From traditional picks (hello, teddy bear!) to stuffies that give back to the world, find your child’s favorite snuggle buddy here:

Once Upon a Time...

Who knew dragons could be so charming? This sweet little storyteller is sure to get your kiddo settled down for sleep in no time as it reads famous fairytales with a soothing voice and gentle animatronic motions.

Additional Specs
Child Guidelines Ages 18 months+
Dimensions 8” x 10” x 12”

Blanket-Like Snuggles

From the makers of the well-loved Wubbanub pacifier come these sweet, ultrasoft animal friends perfectly sized for comforting snuggles. They’re large enough to be warm and cozy, yet not overwhelming. They’re also wonderful for sensory exploration, with an interior rattle, plush fabric and satin-lined ears for little fingers to explore. And remember: don’t let baby sleep with loveys or stuffies.

Additional Specs
Child Guidelines Ages 0 months+
Dimensions 13.5” x 3.5” x 8”

Peekaboo!

Just like with any elephant, big ears are this playful pachyderm’s best feature. Your baby will love playing peekaboo as the elephant hides behind its ears, or you can help baby sing along to “Do Your Ears Hang Low.”

Additional Specs
Child Guidelines Ages 0 months+
Dimensions 7.5” x 12” x 7.5”

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+

Quality Cuddles

From Steiff, makers of 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 hand-sewn and made with higher-end materials, they last a long time (think: from generation to generation).

Additional Specs
Child Guidelines Ages 0 months+
Dimensions 10” x 4” x 7”

Expert Cuddler

We’re suckers for this cephalopod. Its eight soft tentacles are perfect for toddler hugs (or wrestling). Jellycat stuffies are well known for their plush materials and adorable designs, and this cuddly octopus is sure to get a ten out of ten-tacles in your household.

Additional Specs
Child Guidelines Ages 12 months+
Dimensions 11.8” x 7.9” x 21.6”

The Soothing Companion

Designed by two moms—a child therapist and an educator—Slumberkins are here to help you create loving routines and promote positive life skills. Their ultra-silky, plush fur and soft faces are sure to delight your baby’s sense of touch while providing a comforting source of security. You can also find the Slumberkins plush + book bundle; each animal is paired with a book to match the life skills they teach.

Additional Specs
Child Guidelines Ages 0 months+
Dimensions 14” x 9”

Embraceable You

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 months+
Dimensions 10” x 6” x 12”

Giddy Up!

If your kiddo is begging for a pony, here’s your solution. Large enough to sit on, this pony is perfect for pretend cowpokes and jockeys alike. While this horse won’t actually gallup away, your toddler will still love hugging it and brushing its soft fur. (And, let’s be honest, this stuffed pony is way more practical than the real thing.)

Additional Specs
Child Guidelines Ages 12 months+
Dimensions 31.5” x 11” x 28”

Save the Whales

You and kiddo may not be wildlife conservation experts, but you can do your part to help protect the nation’s wildlife by symbolically adopting a threatened animal (i.e. donating to efforts for that animal’s protection). The $35 donation package gives you a stuffy of your new adoption, just like this adorable beluga whale, to remind you of the help you’ve given. Also available for symbolic adoption (and plush form!) are red foxes, barn owls, moose and so much more.

Additional Specs
Child Guidelines Ages 3 years+ (manufacturer recommended; use your own discretion)
Dimensions Whale: 10” long (size varies by animal)
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