A few years ago I posted a video about lovies. About how essential they are. How snuggly and wonderful. How even grown ups need something to cuddle.
So…cut to five years later. Man oh man do those lovies need a bath. And so do the stuffed rabbits. And stuffed monsters. And of course the teddy bears. Because not only do those animals get dragged through the mud. Turns out they are absolutely crawling, quite literally, with bacteria and dust mites. Have I mentioned the fact that I’m a raging germaphobe. Ew.
So now. More than ever. Teddy really needs a bath. So a mom invented a special stuffed animal washer/dryer bag to do just that. Teddy Needs a Bath is high-quality, large, eco-friendly cotton bag designed to help busy Mamas restore those nasty old animals to their fresh-off-the-shelf glory. Now, many of your toys may say “surface wash only” on the care tags. But the Teddy Needs a Bath bag protects your animal and your washer. How does it work? Put Teddy in the bag, zip it up and wash on gentle with mild soap (take out any sound devices or boxes before you do this!). Then when it’s done, just pop the bag right in the dryer on low and Teddy comes out clean and fluffed dry! Be aware that Teddy may need a few rounds in the dryer to get him totally dry, but boy is he warm and cuddly when he emerges!
I received a Teddy Needs a Bath sample at Toy Fair. And one of the features that the lovely woman I spoke with touted, was that the Teddy Needs a Bath bag, combined with the cute board book, gets kids excited about participating in washing their stuffed animals and lovies. I was skeptical. Though my kid has a penchant for cleaning that would rival June Cleaver, she has always seemed worried in the past when I put her beloved “Raffie” in the old washer for a bath. Pretty sure it’s because she thinks he will come to life at night and will complain about the procedure to all of his friends.
Well, no joke, when I showed Bean the special Teddy Needs a Bath bag, the book and the cotton candy scented dryer sheets (oh yeah you heard me), she immediately went into her room and started searching through her animals to determine who was the most in need of a wash. It absolutely worked. The animals came out clean and fresh and completely unscathed by the whole process. And I especially love how the zipper tucks under a small elastic band so even it won’t bang up the inside of your washer.
And how did the animals enjoy it? Well, guess you’ll just have to ask them…when they come to life in the middle of the night.
Thanks to Teddy Needs a Bath for the bag, book and dryer sheets to try out!