At sight this seems a little strange. Aren’t all stuffed animals suitable for kids after all? Well, to tell you the truth, no. There are some specifics that come with the given age of the child. But it doesn’t mean it is rocket science. You just need to take a few things into consideration.
How to choose stuffed animals for little kids
The most important thing you need to consider is the age of the child. For babies and kids up to two years of age it is best to choose relatively small and light stuffed animals. Avoid stuffies with buttons and accessories that can be removed. Pick stuffies with shorter fur.
You can get a talking stuffed animal but make sure the soundbox is well secured inside the toy. There is nothing wrong with picking up toys with more bright and vivid colors as it is thought this helps attract childrens’ attention.
As for the type of stuffed animal, it is really best to have an idea of what the child likes. Some little kids for example might be scared from dogs while other will love them. Sadly sometimes you can only know that for sure after you’ve presented them with the toy.
For children of three or more years old, you have a little bit more options. It is now much easier to know what the child likes, so you can focus your purchase on the given stuffed animal. It is now also an option to get a stuffie that has extra accessories, although it would be best that they are played with when there is adult supervision.
Given that children of 3 or more years old are much more active, it is very likely that their stuffies will be played with a lot. Pick up toys that are made out of more durable materials and are easier to wash. If the child likes to carry his or hers stuffies all the time, consider picking up a toy that is small to medium size for easier handling.
If the child likes giant stuffed animals and is above 3 years of age, you can get one. But make a deal with the child that this toy is to be played with only at home.
Avoid buying stuffed animals of the same type. Most kids like variety and you may not achieve the desired result if you get them three stuffed cats for example. That is, unsless, the child really loves cats. Then you will be fine.
Aslo don’t shy away from old and used stuffed animals. For example one from your own childhood. If it meets the above tips then why not give it a new life by living for your little kids? You can even explain them the story of the toy and what it means to you (if the child is at least two years old that is). This will help them leatn to value and take care of things. And it can also help you bond.
That’s about all there is to it in order to choose stuffed animals for little kids. Keep these tips in mind when you get plushies for childrem and you should always be well liked.