The Invasion of the Teddy Bears We've been invaded by teddy bears! They are everywhere, in the bedroom, toy room, hallway, the car, and even the bathroom. How do two little girls have so many teddy bears? This seems to be a problem many parents eventually must face. But figuring out what to do about it is a whole other issue. If you want them gone from your home you may want to try getting rid of them for free. There are several places that will take gently used toys, especially teddy bears. Make sure they don't smell of smoke and don't appear too dirty. A few places you could drop off bags of bears would be the Salvation Army, orphanage or a homeless shelter. Any of the children in these places would be happy to have a teddy bear to hug, they won't care that they aren't brand new. If you are looking to make a profit out of the teddy bears, you can do that too. Have a garage sale or try auctioning them off at eBay. In order to make any money off a yard sale/garage sale is buy getting word out before you do it. Start hanging up flyers two weeks before and make sure that they are still up the week before the event. This way everyone knows and can save up their money. Don't forget to advertise what it is you are selling, in your case teddy bears. Make sure you've got lots of plastic bags on hand as well as change. Place all the teddy bears at the front of the sale, this is a sure way to get mom to purchase a few for her darling. Know that the customer will haggle on price and if you want to really make a lot of money have a set price. However, if it is getting late and you still have 4 bags of teddy bears you may want to reconsider. Teddy Bears in All Sizes Teddy bears come in all sizes from bigger than you are to as small as your little pinky. There are a ton of neat craft ideas you can do with teddy bears from wax dipping to personalizing them. You may even want to just collect them in all different sizes to display in your room. Get a couple teddy bears that are about the size of your hand to make Little Dippers. You prepare these just like you would if you were making wax dipped bears, only once dried out you stick him in a small coffee cup. Let him dry and pour a little bit more wax over the top of him until it goes just below his arms. Let this set and you've got yourself a heated little dipper. Put it on a warming plate, something you'd use to keep your coffee warm while sitting at the computer. Once it heats up, it'll begin to melt the dried wax and let off this beautiful scent. The good thing about this is you don't have to replace it for a while, teddy sits in the wax and it sets once again. You might want to use giant teddy bears to decorate an empty corner of a bedroom. This would look cute sitting in a chair of a baby's room and as the baby starts crawling you'll catch her in teddy's lap. Did you know that Mr. Edward Bear is one of the world's largest teddy bears? That's right, he was produced to be human size and he even had his own little family. Well, they weren't so little compared to most teddy bears. If you are trying to find a gift for the child that has everything, try purchasing a giant teddy bear. They have teddy bears in all types of sizes, even some that are taller than most people. Facts on Teddy Bears Theodore Roosevelt was the inspiration behind the first teddy bears, all due to a comic strip. When he refused to shoot a bear cub on his hunting travel word got out and a cartoonist drew a picture of him and the bear, this inspired a store owner. Mooris Mitchom had his wife create a teddy bear and this began the journey of the teddy bears. 1906 Americans used the word "teddy bear" instead of "Teddy's Bears" in an advertisement, after that it just stuck. In 1912 the very first black teddy bear was introduced by Steiff in honor of those that died on the Titanic. She manufactured 500 of these teddy bears to pass out to the families mourning their loved ones. Walt Disney produces first teddy bear cartoon in 1924, "Alice and the Three Bears." This would begin a whole collection of Alice and her many adventures. In 1926 the first edition of "Winnie the Pooh" by A. A. Milne come out, later Disney would buy the rights. Winnie the Pooh was originally a girl bear named, "Winnipeg." The bear that inspired Milne to write all his stories was a gift that came from J.K. Farnell & Company that he'd given his son on his first birthday. Farnell was the first British manufacturer to make teddy bears. Almost all teddy bear companies would close their doors in 1929, some would reopen while others never saw the light again. In 1944, Smokey the Bear became a National symbol for putting out forest fires. Every year he goes to schools to talk to children about fire safety, during the summer you can find him at campsites giving lessons on the forest. Wendy Boston made the first lock-in eyes and later would create the first washable teddy bear in 1954. Teddy bears have come a long way from what was once a wooden toy to the soft, delightful things we cuddle up with at night. Teddy bears continue to expand in the market and will continue for years to come. ** Collectible Teddy Bears Teddy bears come in all sorts of different shapes, sizes and colors; some are even made of stone while others are soft enough to sleep on. With so many out there it is pretty hard to figure out which ones are collectible teddy bears and which aren't. There are a few companies out there that stand out amongst all those others; they are Merrythought, Boyds, and Gund. Each company has its own history and remarkable bears that keep people coming back for more. The Boyds Bears company actually started out in Maryland in 1979, but they weren't selling bears. In 1984 that the Boyds would decide to start work on teddy bears, Boyd himself had just gotten sick of painting ducks. The first teddy bears they started making would become known as "The Boyds Bear Collection," which includes Pooches, Moose, Hares, Tabbies and a few others. This collection would definitely be one worth investing in, however, if they no longer have their boxes they won't be worth as much as they could be. Gund Teddy bears are known for their popular phrase, "Gotta Getta Gund" these days, not to mention their adorable little teddy bears. The Gund Teddy Bear, Muttsy and Snuffles the bear are their collectible teddy bears. This company was well-known for their under stuffing policy which made the teddy bears so soft and why so many kept going back to them. The Merrythought teddy bear company actually went out of business in 2006, making its already collectible teddy bears that much more valuable. The Cheeky Bears are the collectible teddy bears; each bear has a tiny bell in each ear. Other types of collectible teddy bears would be antique bears and any type of limited edition teddy bears. Do you have any collectible teddy bears at home? Grooming Your Teddy Bears Teddy bears like to be groomed just like everyone else. If left unkempt your teddy bear will stop keeping his/her appearance up they begin to look old and tattered. In case your teddy bear is looking a little squished because he got flattened from being inside the toy box shake him out. By shaking the teddy it tends to fluff his fur back out and relocate the beads or fluff inside him. You may even want to pat him out a few times to get all that dust out of him. Believe it or not some teddy bears enjoy you to pull on them. Stretch out his face if it has got deformed from your little brother always dragging him around. Don't worry, bears are meant to be handled rough, he wants to play too. Continue to pull on him until you are satisfied with his expression on his face A bear loves his fur brushed; to them it is just like someone scratching their backs. But don't pull out his fur. That hurts and he may growl out. Some bears are unable to have their fur brushed, instead try blowing drying them out and then fluffing them with a fork. Over the course of time teddy bears can lose that glossy look in their eyes. Sometimes it can get all scratched up while others it is just dirt on them. Simply take a cloth and wipe it over his eyes. You may even want to use a tiny bit of water to get any dirt or marker that is being stubborn. When grooming your teddy bears take this opportunity to dust them, use a vacuum to quickly go over his fur. If your teddy bears still look a little dirty simply wash them down with a wet cloth. You should never drown them in water, the only time you put them in water is if it says machine washable. Now that your teddy bears are all nice and groomed, you can take them out for a picnic. Don't forget the honey. When To Toss Old Teddy Bears It's time to toss those old teddy bears in the trash, but you aren't sure. Tossing away a treasured item is never easy but sometimes it has to be done. Hopefully you will be able to find the easiest way to determine whether or not it is time to retire your teddy bears. Many times a parent will try to toss out old teddy bears just because they are doing a bit of spring cleaning. Wait! Make sure this isn't a teddy bear that your child carries around everywhere with them or sleeps with every night. For some children a teddy becomes more like a security item, which is fine as a young child. However, once they get too old you may want to either explain to the child they can't take him everywhere with them. While it is fine to keep them in their rooms or on their bed it is inappropriate to carry them outside the home. Another sign it is time to say good bye to teddy is if he stinks. Smell the teddy bears in your home. If they have an odor you can try several things before having to toss them in the trash. First, try to vacuum him. It could be just old dust or tobacco smoke causing him to stink up the room. If your child ate around him or got water on him he could be molding from the inside out. Try cleaning his fur either in the washer or by surface washing it. If this still doesn't work try opening him up and taking all the stuffing out of him and replacing it with new stuffing. Last, if the teddy bear is torn beyond repair and you just don't feel like paying someone to fix it. A child will always hold their teddy bears in the heart and if given the chance they'd never leave their hands, it doesn't matter how dirty and smelling they become. How to Replace Old Teddy Bears It is never easy getting rid or losing an old friend, especially when that old friend was one of your beloved teddy bears. Sometimes when it comes to kids there is no other way to replace an old teddy bear without them knowing. Don't just think you can go right out and buy a brand new teddy bear in place of the old. Do know that not all children will be able to replace their special teddy bears, no matter what you try doing. Trying to deceive a child is never a good thing, they are smart and this will only bring him/her to tears. Children know if their bear is Mr. Teddy or not, there are special markings that some how only he/she know about. No matter how many times you wash the bear, throw it on the floor and stomp on it, if it isn't the bear they will figure it out. But if Little Jane left one of her teddy bears at the local zoo the last time you went, there are a few things you can do to try to replace it. First, try calling to see if they actually have it. You never know, some good Samaritan may have found it and returned it to the lost and found. If it is lost you may want to try calling/emailing the company that made Mr. Teddy and ask them if they have a replacement. Make sure you let the child know that Mr. Teddy's cousin is coming to stay with her for a while. This will explain that while it isn't her bear, it is a family member and he needs lots of loving too. If they do that's great but if not, you may want to take Little Jane up to the mall to pick out her own little teddy bear. There are hundreds of teddy bears at the mall to choose from, letting her pick it out will make it special. Teddy bears Helping Children Everywhere A teddy bear is teaching my child. Children are no longer just learning at school, they are now learning at home and outside as well. Where did all the teachers go? Companies have learned that in order to sell a product they must give the consumer something they can't say no to and that's the teddy bear. Teddy bears are every where you look, here are a few board games with teddy bears you may want to get for your child. Teddy bear memory game comes in its own wooden crate to keep the pieces safe until the next time. Each teddy bear has the same backside and a different front. There might be one wearing a red shirt and another one wearing a green shirt. Kids will get a kick out of finding which ones match, and you'll be happy knowing the teddy bears are helping her with her memory. Now your little one can get online and play the "Teddy Bear Factory" game. This game allows them to build their very own virtual teddy bear. I'm sorry these teddy bears can't leave the screen, the only way they are walking away with this bear is if you print him off. The Teddy bear factory games as 45 different levels for them to enjoy. Children will love this collection of puzzles from jigsaw puzzles to the wooden ones with the pegs. Teachers buy puzzles all the time for their classroom, especially those that are cute like teddy bears. There are teddy bear jigsaw puzzles that the children will love trying to put the pieces back together. There are many preschool computer games for your child to learn, from counting, the alphabet to learning a new language. These bears want to help your child succeed and you will be happy with the results. Work-at-Home-Moms Selling Teddy Bears Work-at-home-moms from all over the world are realizing that business is booming with teddy bears. Everyone loves teddy bears and they can be given away for just about any occasion. You've got teddies for birthdays, careers, holidays, graduating, sports, designer bears and many others. So, if you want to start earning a little bit of money you can join one of several different companies, unless you want to venture out and start your own business. They can become an affiliate to a teddy bear company and sell their teddy bears. Build a Bear has parties that'll allow the consumer to build their own teddy bears. As an affiliate they'll shop up to the party with the supplies needed, from the bodies, stuffing to the outfits that they'll wear. Kids have a blast with this and they can probably make a few extra dollars for those parents that brought over an extra child or want to have one for themselves. They might even be able to convince them to sign up under them as an affiliate. Selling teddy bears at these types of parties are never hard. In order to sell teddy bears they'll have to get the word out and the best way to do this is by having a party. Everyone loves parties, especially women and when there is free stuff. Make sure to have one or two prizes to give away and a sign up sheet for who'll have the next party. Keep in mind if you offer a gift for the person that has the next sign party, you'll probably have several want to do it. If you are a work-at-home mom starting your own business, make sure you have lots of business cards to pass out. You may even be able to get a store to place one of your teddy bears at their checkout if you hold a contest. Make sure your bear is there and try purchasing something from the store, i.e., nail salon would love a Free Set of Nails as a prize and word gets out. Selling teddy bears can be a lot of fun and you get out of the house meeting others. You can use teddy bears for just about everything, decorating a kid's room to having them as gifts at a baby shower. Work-at-home moms won't be having a hard time making money with their teddy bears. Virtual teddy bears With technology teddy bears have went from those fluffy stuffed animals to becoming virtual. Virtual bears are jumping onto the big screen to help your children out in school. Log into a computer game and a bear may just start teaching you math, science or history. Children love these little bears and will sit for hours doing as they say, well if mom and dad let them. Teddy bears are entering a whole new world with the internet, now there are even a small communities just for them. Your child can join these communities and interact with others using the virtual teddy bears. Even a toddler can even play games online now with virtual teddy bears waiting to help her. Over at Disney.com there is Winnie the Pooh, Bear from Bear's in the Big Blue House to help her navigate through the site. Instead of sending an email, you can now send someone you love a virtual teddy bear. This is an ecard that has a little poem or message on it and plays a tune as you read it. As you scroll down you'll see your own virtual teddy bear that was sent to you. These teddy bears look just like the real thing, only they are inside your screen and you can't cuddle with them. Virtual bears are great for those little nephew/nieces/grandkids that you need to send a birthday greeting to. These teddies can also be made into little postcards to send loved ones over the internet, just to show you are thinking of them. The best thing about these virtual teddy bears is that they are free. Now you have no excuses, send your loved one a virtual teddy bear and give them that great beary hug you've been meaning to do.* Types of Cameras- Teddy Bears are Spying When it comes to protecting your family and your home, get yourself a Teddy Bear Camera. There are several different types of teddy bears for you to choose from. These cameras can come in wireless or plug-in, but all of them are hidden from those that don't know what they are. Figuring out which type of teddy bear camera you want will determine on how much money you are willing to spend. For between $200-$400 you can get the Teddy Bear Nanny Cam, a cute little teddy bear that looks like it was handmade and perfect for a any child's room. The bear sits to be 22 inches, made of polyester fibers and carries inside him a hidden camera. The battery is rechargeable and last up to 8 hours, which is perfect for those 9-5 shifts. The SCI-TB300 is a brown Teddy Bear Camera, choose between a black and white camera or one with color. The black and white camera takes better shots if you don't have great lighting for the area, which works perfect at night. SVAT Wireless Teddy bear cameras are probably going to be the cheapest type that you can find without having to rig one up yourself. The tiny camera is hidden inside the eye of these tiny teddy bears. The SVAT bears are priced around $80 and up. Teddy bear cameras come in all types of different prices, check around and find out which would be best to put in your home. Make sure you price check around too, you don't want to buy one camera when it's cheaper at another store. Let your teddy bears do all the spying and enjoy your night off. ** Treasuring Handmade Teddy Bears If your teddy bears are handmade you should treasure them, they were made specifically for you no one else. Think back to when you were given your handmade teddy bears. Why did you get it? You may have been given this gift for a certain reason or just because someone thought of you and wanted to show you how much they cared. A handmade teddy bear can take up to three weeks or more to make, especially when someone has arthritis. Stop and think of how long this actually took someone to make it for you. Each time they had to make a stitch and poke their fingers with the needle, all because they cared. This gift should be treasured because you don't get one every day and many people will never get something this precious as long as they live. One way to treasure your teddy bear is by placing her in a glass cabinet or a see through box of her own. This eliminates most dust that can get on her and in between her stitches and keeps her looking brand new. Remember a handmade gift can be passed down to your own children or grandchildren if properly cared for, which makes a great heirloom gift. Handmade teddy bears aren't like your typical teddy bear, these you need to take special care of. Cleaning your handmade bear isn't hard, take a lightly damp cloth and go over any spots that the teddy may have. Dry it quickly and never pull on it. With regular teddy bears you are able to pull and stretch them out to reshape them, however not with these. If you pull on the bear your granny made you it might start coming apart at the seems. Always keep your handmade teddies safe and up high so little ones can't get to them. This little bear will be worth so much, when you see the treasure of love it holds on the person you hand it down too.** Timeline for Teddy Bears The teddy bears' timeline actually began in 1902 when Roosevelt wouldn't shoot a bear cub, it was at this point teddy bears were created and distributed to the people. A year later the "Steiff Company" of Germany would begin their own teddy bears timeline. The phrase "Teddy's Bears" soon died out, due to an article that called them teddy bears in 1906 that appeared in the Magazine, "Playthings." By now they were so popular they were on every child's wish list. They would be sold as birthday gifts, baby showers to even those mourning a loss. In 1912, the Steiff Company would make more than 500 in honor of those that were lost on the Titanic. This would show that teddy bears weren't meant just for happy occasions and could help in dealing with sadness. The teddy bears' timeline definitely went through a lot of changes; the bears were always having something added to make it better. By the 1920s toy stores were adding glass eyes and musical devices inside the teddy bears so they could play everyone's favorite songs. The teddy bears' timeline almost came to an end during the Depression due to not enough money and workers going off to fight in World War II. Some businesses opened back up after the war, but others stayed dormant. Teddy bears would become washable before the 70s were over and by the 80s they'd begin to talk and read to children. The first teddy bear museum was opened up in 1984 in England. The teddy bear timeline still continues today with changes still being added to improve what was once a simple stuffed teddy bear. The teddy bear won't stop being created any time soon, people all over the world love these cute things and plan on buying them for all occasions. The Teddy Bears Aren't Dead You thought the 80s were bad, you hated the pants, plastic bracelets and big hair but you did love those teddy bears. It was sad when they all seemed to disappear from the stores and no one could find them anymore. Well, guess what? The old teddy bears are back and they are looking better than they did before. You've got Care Bears, Gummie Bears, Care Bear Cousins, Paddington Bear, and even Teddy Ruxpin. For those that may not remember, Gummie bears were the teddy bears that were always trying to do some good. They had seven main characters: Grammi, Cubbi, Sunni, Zummi, Tummi and of course Gruffi. The cartoon was created by Disney and first aired in 1985, but would end in 1990. It was a very popular cartoon in the 80s and had a little less than 100 episodes overall, now the Gummies are slowly showing up in stores. Care Bears were a favorite of mine, these little teddy bears were always getting into some sort of trouble. Each of the teddy bears came with their own special symbol on their tummy and had some type of special ability. They would always have to come together and do the "CareBear Stare" in order to get everything back to normal and save Care-a-Lot. The Care Bear Cousins soon came out after the Care Bears were released, at first the Cousins didn't have any symbols. The bears actually appeared on greeting cards before they aired on the television in 1985 the show lasted only 3 years. In 1996 Bedtime, Tenderheart and Cheer bear hit the shelves again but it wouldn't be until 2000s that the family of Care Bears would come back to life. Even Teddy Ruxpin came back. In fact he's been brought back to life four separate times. Released in 1985, again by Playskool, Yes! Entertainment bought the rights in 1998 he was out again. It wasn't until 2005, when Backpack Toys reintroduced him to the world with all the latest technology. This would be the time he would finally come out to stay and he hasn't died since. There's a trend going on lately and old teddy bears are coming back from their graves. I just hope the styles don't come back. Do you have any favorite old teddy bears? Teddy Bears Making Money Teddy bears really can make you money. Many work-at-home people are figuring this out for themselves. No one likes to have to clock into work every morning and fight traffic just to get there. If you have a passion for teddy bears or crafting this could definitely be the business for you. People love handmade items and are willing to pay top dollar for them. Some may wonder if selling teddy bears will be enough money to stop working a job out of the home. This all depends on how much work you are willing to put in. Can you earn an income with teddy bears? Yes, you can. The only thing you need is to have the will to do it. You can sell homemade bears that you design yourself, join an affiliate company and sell their bears or just open up an internet store and earn commission off their bears. Selling bears you've collected over the years is easy with our technology, all you have to do is take a picture of your beloved bear and post it online for sale. Auctions are the best route because someone is always willing to pay more than the last guy, if the teddy bears are worth it. Make sure you take a clear shot, fuzzy shots or pictures of dirty teddy bears aren't going to get you many bids. If you don't have any teddy bears and aren't crafty enough to make one, you can always sign up for an affiliate teddy bear company. Today there are all types out there from aromatherapy teddy bears to wax dipped and even your regular teddy bears. Finding a business shouldn't be hard but make sure you read all of their agreement before signing up. Last, if you don't want to get online to have a business there is always garage sales, ads in the local paper and word-of-mouth. Once you start selling your teddy bears, you'll see the money come rolling in. Teddy Bears in Museums Teddy bears are now in museums due to their history of how they came about. If you love teddy bears or know someone that does try heading out to one of these museums. The world's very first Teddy Bear Museum was in Petersfield, Hampshire, England back in 1984. Judy Sparrow opened it up with her own collection of teddy bears. The Dorset Teddy Bear Museum in Dorset is opened 7 days a week beginning at 9:30 a.m. This museum has teddy bears around every corner, from the very old to the latest and greatest. Look back through time as you watch your favorite fictional bears come to life right before your eyes. Watch out as you turn the corner, there are even life sized teddy bears to keep you company. You can even walk into the house of "Mr. Edward" bear and sit with his family. The gift shop has everything you could possibly want from character teddy bears to one of a kind. England wasn't the only place in the world that has teddy bear museums, but that is where the first museum popped up. Jeju Teddy Bear Museum opened its doors in 2001, this place has all types of different teddy bears inside and all types of information on them. There's a cafe for those parents that need a drink while carting their children around, two galleries, beautiful gardens and a gift shop. The Dancing Bear Folk Center is the largest teddy bears museum in the western United States. It is located in Thermopolis, Wyoming and is ready for you to come and explore its teddy bears. If you ever get out to Vermont don't forget to stop at the Vermont Teddy Bear Company. They've got so many teddy bears you won't want to go home without one. Take a tour of the factory while you're there too. There is also the Teddy Bear House Bed and Breakfast in Anchorage, Alaska where teddy bears are displayed in every room of the house. The cost is $45 a night per person and that includes breakfast. Try making some very bearable memories and start seeking out those teddy bears. Teddy Bears for Newborns Everyone loves to get teddy bears for newborns when they are born. Teddy bears are designed for newborns safety, which makes them one of the safest toys to get them. No one wants to get the wrong thing for a precious baby and you can't go wrong with something you can cuddle. But teddy bears don't just come as a stuffed animal anymore, now they are musical device The most popular teddy bear to get a newborn is the soft plush teddy bears. These bears have no hard objects on them, so no worrying about choking hazards. They are soft enough that if your baby actually gets a hold of it and smacks himself in the face it isn't going to hurt. Teddy bear security blankets have only recently started appearing in baby cribs. These are tiny square blankets that have a teddy bear in the center of them. Newborns can now hold these tiny teddy bears in their hands as they suck on the ends of the silk ends. Each blanket is made of the softest fleece material and the teddy bears are soft with no hard parts. Teddy bears that are made with a small rattle inside so every time you shake it or baby gets a hold of it, it makes noise. Musical teddy bears will play soft melodies for your baby to drift off to sleep. However, if you still can't get him to sleep you may want to try the Heartbeat Teddy bears. After nine long months inside mom the sound of a heartbeat is what helps him fall asleep. No wonder they curl up on your chest and instantly start snoozing. There are a ton of different types of teddy bears for newborns, you no longer have to buy the same old thing as everyone else. Now you can get the baby some keepsakes that they'll treasure for years. ** Teddy Bears for Less Living on a budget can be tight and sometimes a bit depressing, especially when your child is begging you to buy her a teddy bear. But you don't have to spend a fortune just to get a teddy bear, in fact you could buy a couple of teddy bears and store them away with these short tips. You might want to try going to your local stores, department stores and/or the local grocery to see if they have any teddy bears. No they may not be name brand but do they don't need to be either. Never go to the mall to buy your items, the mall always overprices items. Go online and look up teddy bears on eBay and see what you can come up with. There are a ton of bears that are always up for sale, all you need to do is be the bid that wins and you get your bears. Make sure you give yourself a budget though because it can become quite addicting, when someone else is bidding against you. The Claw- The claw is a game that is located in many supermarkets and restaurants, the claw comes down and grabs a toy. Sometimes the toy drops and other times, if you are lucky it catches it. If you are good at this you can walk away with a teddy bear for .50, if not though you can walk away broke. Thrift shops are another place that has everything marked really low. Teddy bears might run for a quarter up to a couple dollars, but they'll never be the price you see at the stores. Garage sales are the best place to find cheap teddy bears and chances are you can probably haggle your way down to a few cents per bear. If you go near the very end of the sale, they may even give you the entire lot. It is possible to buy teddy bears at reasonably cheap prices, which means your child will be all stocked up by the time her birthday rolls around. Teddy Bears for Girls Girls love teddy bears, they can be used for just about anything they can think of. They would their entire room filled with them if they could, so yes teddy bears are for girls. There are stuffed teddy bears she can hold and play with, shirts with teddy bears on them, posters, books with teddy bears in them and even teddy bear jewelry. If you are looking for something fun and exciting to do with your daughter try decorating her bedroom with teddy bears. The first thing you'll need to do is sit down with her and discover what it is she really likes. Take all of her interests and figure out what kind of room she'd most enjoy. Tell her your ideas and hear what she thinks of them before doing the bedroom. Little girls love their bedroom just as much as their teddy bears, combine the two and see what you get. You might want to paint the bedroom, especially if you've never done it before. Light pastel colors would work great with a teddy bear theme. The bedroom is painted and now it's time to add a few final touches, wall hangings such as lacy items, posters or pictures of teddy bears can add a great touch to the room. If she loves a certain sport or wants to be something growing up get her a personalized bear just for her interest. This will be an item she treasures and will probably have a special place in her room just for it. You can even add a small child-sized table in her room and set it up for tea with her bears. Don't forget to lay out the fake food either, bears love honey. Do girls love teddy bears? Yes, and she'll probably never out grow it.** Teddy Bears for Boys Teddy bears aren't just for girls anymore. Boys can enjoy them just as much as a girl can. Granted many men would argue the fact that a boy does not need one. Instead of purchasing a doll for your little boy you can buy him a teddy bear. There are a ton of different types of teddy bears out there to choose from, the only problem will be deciding on only one. If you are in doubt about what color teddy bear to pick for a boy, go with blue, black, brown or green. These are definitely safe colors to get and no one should pick on him for having them and if they do you'll know they are just jealous. Personalized teddy bears are great because he gets to pick out what interests him the most. There are all types of things from a motorcycle bear, sports bears to even military bears. Character bears are another type you can pick out especially if they like a certain cartoon. While your child might not take them outside all the time like a girl would, you'll probably find them sitting right beside their bed. There are a few fun things boys can do with their bears, no not blowing them up. But a boy might want to try attaching a parachute type cloth to him and watch him drop down. There are also teddy bears out there that will read to them, which can encourage them to read back if your child is a slow reader or just starting out. There is nothing wrong with a boy having a teddy bear, in fact it may actually help them show that they can be gentle. Boys are born rough, sometimes they need a little guidance to show them how to be a little gentler. Find a teddy bear that suits your child's personality and let him have fun. Teddy Bears As Spies Spies are appearing in more and more homes these days, especially those that have children inside. No, I'm not actually meaning a human spy, but teddy bears as spies. If you have older children, chances are you wonder what they are doing behind their doors sometimes. Or maybe you have smaller children that need to have a babysitter a couple of times a week. Get yourself some teddy bears cameras and start protecting your home. While I'm sure your older children aren't going to like the fact that they have a camera in their room they might be happy if someone ever tried to break in and steal something. Everything would be caught on tape and you'd have the evidence to prove it. All with the help of your little teddy bear spy. These tiny teddy bears look so innocent you'd never think of them as a spy. Which is the exact reason, so many intruders get caught by them. They are also there to watch over your children and keep them safe. If you have a babysitter that comes over weekly you might want to add this in the main rooms where they'll be. This way you can keep an eye on your child and an eye on the babysitter. Some teddy bears can even send you live footage to your cell phone, which means when you are eating out for the first time after having baby mom can feel relaxed. Many people are heading out and getting teddy bears cameras whether they have children or not. They are realizing that these cute little guys can help protect their home and/or office. If you've ever had items go missing in certain rooms of your home after your maid or cleaning service was there, add one of these teddy bears to help you discover what's happening. If you've ever wanted to know what goes on in your home when you aren't there, buy yourself one of these teddy bears as spies. You won't be sorry and chances are you'll be much happier once you have it. Teddy Bears as Gifts Teddy bears are a very popular gift-giving item. You just can't seem to go wrong with a teddy bear. With so many different types of teddy bears to choose from there is something everyone likes, boys, girls, babies and even adults love them. . You can get a teddy bear for someone just to show them that you love them. This is probably one of the biggest reasons teddy bears sell so well on Valentine's day. They are big, soft, cuddly and ready for a hug. No matter what it seems like the person giving the bear away gets one too. Children love teddy bears too, it doesn't matter if they get the same bear twice, they'll just say they've got twins. Many children look at a teddy bear as a security item; they know that the teddy bear won't let anyone hurt them during the night. When you give a child teddy bear as a gift, you are giving them the ability to sleep through the night. The child just knows it means you love them. Teddy bears make for great gift ideas or bribes when you are trying to get your child potty trained. Tell your child that once he/she has learned how to use the potty chair they can go to the store to get themselves their very own teddy. Be careful though, they may want to make their very own bear. If you are planning on hosting a party, teddy bears are a great baggie gift. Go to your local dollar store and pick up a couple. You may even want to try making wax dipped teddy bears as a prize for one or two games. Whatever the event is, teddy bears are great to pass out. Teddy Bears as Advertisers Teddy bears have always been cute and cuddly, but no one realized how marketable they were until the 1980s. This was the decade that would begin the teddy bear campaigns, bears would be used in television shows, commercials and storybooks. They were already in movies and books but they'd never actually put one in a commercial. Once people began seeing these commercial teddy bears they wanted one for their very own, which the company was happy to oblige by for a nominal fee. Consumers were now getting interested in their product, watching their ads and telling others. The Coca cola bears have become very popular. It seems that every year they have a new commercial out promoting the drink. These cute little teddy bears first started appearing in 1992 with the "Northern Lights" commercial. This was when the animated polar bear went to the movies and ended the night drinking a coca cola while watching the Northern Lights. Once this commercial started showing these teddy bears were flying to the shelves and anyone that collecting teddy bears or Coca Cola items were buying them. The Snuggle bear teddy bears have been around since 1983 when they first started floating down on our television sets. You might remember the Snuggle bear from the fabric softener commercials as he dropped down into a basket of soft sheets. You'll find Snuggles on every product sold by the company today. By 2000 companies started noticing that those cute little teddies bears really helped sell products. At this point Charmin would introduce their "Call of Nature," commercial with their own Charmin bear and in 2001 a bear cub was added to the commercials. The future holds many commercialized teddy bears for us; I can't wait until the next one airs. Who can resist a teddy bear, especially when he's selling something. Teddy Bear Books You Should Have If you like teddy bears, than there are three teddy bear books that you should have on your shelf. These three children's books will entertain both young and old and teach you a bit about teddy bears. There is something for everyone to learn hidden inside these pages. The Teddy Bears' Picnic by Jimmy Kennedy- This books stems from the song, "Teddy Bears' Picnic" by John Bratton in 1907. The teddy bear song was the first song to ever mention a teddy bear in it. These cute, teddy bears will try to schedule a picnic and as they scroll through the park they'll run into other teddy bear families. The book is written much like the song and the pictures are full of activity and color. If you don't get it for the book, you can always pick it up because of history. Famous Bears & Friends: One Hundred Years of Teddy Bear stories and Poems by Janet Coleman- This is a wonderful collection of stories, inside you'll read about how the teddy got his name. Or maybe you'll discover who really produced the first teddy bear. There are many new legends about teddy bears that you'll come across that'll surely spark your interest. The book is short, which is perfect for little ears that don't like to sit too long. If you know someone that loves teddy bears, get this book. The Legend of the Teddy Bear by Frank Murphy- Murphy will captivate your children with a fun story, while at the same time teach them a bit about history. Even adults will love to read about how the teddy bear got its name. If you've never heard of these books before, chances are you are missing out. Get up to the store and get yourself a little book on teddy bear history. "Special" Teddy Bears Teddy bears are loved all around the world. Not every store has the teddy bear you want and chances are it'll be hard to find. Why not create your own "Special" Teddy Bear? You can either do it yourself, enlist in a professional to do it or head to one of those build-a-bear stores and have them assist you. When you are making a special teddy bear at a stuff a bear shop, they are always willing to give you a helping hand. There are a ton of different ideas that you can come up with there. If you can't ask them what they would suggest. If you know someone getting married or want to surprise your wife for her anniversary you could make them a bear. The Wedding bear might include a Wedding dress or a Tux. If you get lucky you might be able to find a few other accessories to go along with your special teddy bear. Tiaras, a garter, shoes and a veil would be great to go along with this bear. Maybe your daughter is about to head off for the prom. Make it a memorable day with her very own Prom Bear. Have her pick out which bear she likes and dress her up for prom. No girl is too old to play with teddy bears, that includes her. If you know someone joining the military or becoming a doctor you might want to make them a special teddy bear just for them. A military bear may have fatigues or be dressed in their best dress uniform. Make sure you don't forget the dog tags or combat boots, after all everyone knows they don't go anywhere without them. You can choose bears for special occasions like weddings, parties, holidays, births, graduations to just about anything under the sun. If you can think of it, they'll probably figure out a way to make it come true.
All About Vermont Teddy Bears In 1981, a man named John Sortino that would create the Vermont Teddy Bears. Creating his company would always be easy, he hit one obstacle after another. At first he couldn't find anyone willing to put his bears in their stores, in the end he decided to sell them on his own in the streets. He'd stroll up and down the roads with his little push-cart full of teddy bears, proudly showing them off to anyone that came near. Eventually Sortino would have no problem finding a business to carry his line of products. This company actually makes all of their teddy bears by hand, which means they are not machine made like many in the field. Each bear is made piece by piece, the nose, ears, legs and arms are all sewn on to the bear, one stitch at a time. With over 500,000 teddy bears a year the Vermont Teddy Bear Company is the world's largest manufacturer. Not a single bear is the same as the next, which makes them worth the cost. The company has two factories, one in Shelbourne which is a tour factory and the other produces toys every day in Newport. Thousands of tourists come through Vermont every year and always have to make a stop in Shelbourne just to go on the Vermont Teddy Bears Tour. During the tour the guests are able to create their very own teddy bears. The Vermont Teddy Bears no longer have to restrict its business to locals, now they mail out there orders all around the world. With the internet, more people are finding out about their teddy bears and wanting to send them to a loved one. There are a ton of bears to choose from and even special occasion bears, which are perfect for that end of the year graduation. Don't forget about the Bear-Gram, which they've become famous for. You'll get a Teddy bear, gourmet chocolate and a letter on a card. Singing Teddy Bears Trying to figure out what to get that special someone? Get them a singing teddy bear and if you really want to show them you care, have them show up at work. But remember, what goes around comes around and they may not be too excited to have someone dressed as a teddy bear dancing in front of their co-workers while he sings you a song. Instead, you might want to try going with a real singing teddy bear. Singing teddy bears will definitely make her smile; get her one that you know she'll treasure. Shopping for women doesn't have to become a chore, at least not when you have teddy bears galore. Find her a soft bear that sings her special song, from jazz to romantic music, these bears can do just about anything. A singing teddy bear will definitely let her know where she stands and just how much you love her. There are teddy bears that sing songs for children or even sing a newborn baby to sleep. The Toilet training singing teddy bears will sing a catchy tune that only a child could love about going to the potty. It may not be something us adults like, but a child is sure to love it. The bears are small and all wear a cloth diaper and look like they are eagerly waiting for a hug. These special teddy bears can be purchased for as little as $16, so if potty training isn't going as great as you hoped this my be the trick. Singing teddy bears can be a lot of fun to listen to, especially when it was given to you. Teddy bears aren't just for cuddling anymore, now they are passing along a message. Show Your Love with Handmade Teddy Bears Making homemade teddy bears show your love and dedication to that person. It'll also show them that you've paid enough attention throughout the years to know they'd like it. They'll love you for all the hard work you've put into it and you'll definitely feel the rewards once you have the teddy bears you've made out. If you really want to show your love try inviting them over as you make the teddy bears. Maybe they'd like to help you or make some for someone as well. This will give you plenty of time for catching up and sharing old stories. Who knows, you may have just discovered a new friend instead of just a loved one. Never let them know that you are creating the gift for them, keep it a surprise until it is time. They'll remember this time forever, every time they look at your homemade teddy bears, or the ones they created. Making memories is very important, especially the happy ones. You don't have to make it a big event, just something small at your house. Invite as many over as you want, but to keep it personal I'd only invite one or two guests. Make it a memorable occasion, as the two of you sit together crafting homemade teddy bears. Make a few snacks before they get there and maybe a pitcher of tea. Sharing stories can be a lot of fun, especially when you learn things you never knew. For instance how you first met your loved one, or maybe a romantic gesture that they did. Share a story about the first time you received a teddy bear or the first time you made one. It isn't every day someone sits and talk with you about their life as they are creating you a homemade teddy bear. The most important thing is showing you love them by making something just for them. ** Military Teddy Bears With war going on it seems like patriotic teddy bears are the latest craze. Everyone wants to show support by going out and buying these bears. One thing some have done is purchase the military teddy bears, some candy, wipes and a few other necessities and sent them off to those serving overseas. Military teddy bears can be given away as gifts for someone you know that's about to sign up for the military or is too young to but shows an interest in it. Teddy bear companies all over started noticing this trend and have started making many more. The Bear Collection by Vanguard has been inspired to create the teddy bears in both male and female outfits, after all it isn't just men in the military these days. This collection comes with the Marine, Navy, Air Force and Army each wearing their very special uniform that they wear to serve their country in. There are a total of 16 bears in this collection, four from each branch of the service. The outfits range from the camouflage (cammies) uniform with cap, Desert Storm Camouflage uniform with bush cap, an Aviator flight suit with garrison hat and their best dress uniforms. The Air Force does have one that comes in an Air Force Dress Uniform and the Marine Corps has the drill sergeant outfit with hat. The Navy bear has the white sailor uniform and a dark blue sailor suit. They stand to be 20 inches tall and have stiff arms that hang out to their sides. Every bear is hand stuffed and sewn together. Each teddy bear comes with their own set of dog tags that they wear around their neck. Don't forget the shoes either, I mean combat boots. These bears would definitely make a great welcome home gift to a soldier returning. Titanic Didn't sink These Teddy Bears Teddy bears survived the Titanic! There were actually two teddy bears that survived the Titanic, one was a man's bear and the other was a child's. This just goes to show you that teddy bears will always be around and that everyone can love a bear. Believe it or not while everyone was fighting to stay alive and get to a raft a man was separated from his teddy bear. Yes, Gaspare Luigi Gatti, was a man and not a young boy. Mr. Gatti carried the teddy bear everywhere he went, you didn't see him on the ship without it. He drowned, along with 1500 other voyagers. Before getting on the ship this little teddy bear had already been through a journey. He'd survived the Blitz, the bombing of his own home in London and finally, he made it through the Titanic. This little teddy bear was seen floating in the water and retrieved, later it would be given back to Gaspare's widow and she would in turn hand it over to a museum. In 1992 Merrythought re-created this bear in honor of the 1912 sinking of the Titanic, it was to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the ship. Only 5000 of these bears were made, each one had yellow mohair and stood to be 8 inches tall. But Gaspare wasn't the only one with a teddy bear on the Titanic that day. A little boy named Douglas who had brought along his teddy bear, "Polar" and his mom. They all survived the sinking of the ship, however Douglas would soon die by a fatal car accident. After the death of her son, Daisy Corning Spedden wrote a picture book titled, "Polar the Titanic Bear Book." Daisy never did send this book out, in fact it was many decades later that her great grandnephew would find it hidden away inside her attic. The Steiff Company would make a reproduction of "Polar" of only 1000 bears. ** Microwavable Teddy Bears No these microwaveable teddy bears aren't something you eat. These are very therapeutic teddy bears that are meant to help you out. Whether you've had a rough day at the office or even have a child that has a tummy ache, these little bears are there to help you. A mommy's job just got a whole lot easier. Inside each bear is an aromatherapy mix of your choosing and when you heat them up in the microwave it activates the scent. Toss these little bears inside the microwave for one or two minutes, so that they'll be warm for your loved one. If you need these little critters for a bedtime don't worry about them growing cold, they'll stay warm up to four hours. Microwavable teddy bears are perfect for any age; however they should not be used by diabetics. If you are trying to determine which teddy bear you want to get here are some suggestions: Jasmine, Vanilla and lavender are perfect for trying to get some sleep. These scents are great if you have a child that just won't go to bed easily or someone in the family that has insomnia. If there is a scent you like, it is probably out there. Beddy-Bears are little teddy bears that have a removable heat/cold pack. The bears are about 12 inches tall and come in many various colors. Comfort Bears are also aromatherapy bears, however the difference is this one comes with his/her own vest to wear. When the child wants to sleep with him, take off the vest and slide it in the microwaves. Now he's ready to wear his warm shirt and keep your child toasty warm all night. Wouldn't you want something to cuddle with that stayed warm all night long? These bears can also be placed in the freezer for those really hot, summer days. Making Wax Dipped Teddy Bears Making wax dipped teddy bears can be a lot of fun, especially when you get to do all the deciding. Wax dipped teddy bears will make great gift ideas for Christmas or even Easter. Homemade items have always shown people that they are loved. It means a lot when someone goes shopping for you and really has to think about it. But it means even more when that person has to make it. Remember, when making these bears to be careful. Material: - A tin (or something to melt the wax in, cake pan, pot or maybe even an old crock-pot that's been hidden under a cabinet.) - Rubber gloves - Teddy Bear Wax - Wax paper - Fragrant oil The first thing you need to do is make sure you have your gloves on. You don't want to get burned. Take your wax and toss it in your tin or pot to melt thoroughly. If does clump up at the bottom of the pan sometimes so you might need to stir it a bit. Turn the burner off once the wax is completely boiled. Add your fragrance. Only about 1-1.5 oz though, you don't want too much. Dip your teddy bear into the wax and pull him back out. Squeeze out as much wax as you can. With a fork, quickly fluff your teddy bear into the shape that you want him, this includes any expressions. Don't take too long though or he'll have clumps of wax all over him. If you are satisfied with the way he looks place him on a piece of wax paper and let him dry. Tip 1: To keep the expression and positions you want for your bear, try using toothpicks. Tip 2: To speed up the drying process you might want to use a blow dryer. Making Recycled Teddy Bears It's time to do some spring cleaning and you can start by making recycled teddy bears. No, I'm not meaning take your teddy bears and give them to someone else. A recycled teddy bear is one that is made out of clothing you no longer need. It originally started with fur coats but now people are making them out of sweaters their children didn't want to part with to newborn outfits because mom couldn't. Making recycled teddy bears can be a lot of fun, especially when you discover what outfits are never worn and how they can become beautiful pieces of art that everyone love. Take dad's 38 ties that he never wears and make a bear for him, now he can proudly display them without ever having to buy a suit. These would make a great Father's day gift and he'll be happy that he doesn't have to wear them. You can use any old jackets like fur coats, that are being hidden in the closet because they are out of season. One jacket can make a couple of teddy bears, make a few of them to proudly display around your home. You can either make your own recycled teddy bears or you can go online and have someone do it for you. Keep in mind when hiring a professional the cost for a bear can go from $140 on up. Heir Bears has already gotten started on making these one-of-a-kind teddy bears. If you don't have anything to send in you can always order from one of her bears that are already made and just personalize them. In case you are wondering she gets her material from fur coats that were picked up from thrift shops, garage sales and neighbors. When making your own recycled bear, think back about all the stories these outfits have to tell. Imagine the things that teddy is going to tell them, or maybe you should tell them a few so teddy doesn't have to. These recycled teddy bear will make great heirloom gifts for your grandkids. Make Your Own Teddy Bears Making your own teddy bears is a lot of fun, whether you are doing it by yourself, with a relative or at a birthday party. Imagine spending the afternoon at your local build-a-bear shop with your mom and dad. Have fun picking out your own items for your bear. Don't forget his little heart, he'll need it to keep on living. No longer do you have to know how to sew in order to create your own teddy bears. There are several craft kits that allow you to stuff a bear that you never even need a needle. This makes everyone happy and you without getting pricked. Build a bear parties helps the young ones create their own teddy bear. They get to pick out which body they want, a heart and a birth certificate. If they want to put clothes on the bear to make them more personalized it'll cost them extra. Craft kits can cost anywhere from $10 on up and they come with everything you'll need to make your bear. Most kits will include a heart, birth certificate, the bear body, stuffing and an outfit. Buying a few teddy bear patterns from the store is another way to make your own teddy bears. There are always a ton of different types to choose from and you don't even have to be an expert. However, make sure you read the back first and find out what level it is for. If you have a child that is due to get his shots soon, make him a felt bear. Felt bears are fun to make for little kids and they don't cost much. All you will need is a permanent marker, two pieces of felt, a needle, stuffing and thread. Take the felt and cut them into the shape of a teddy bear. Sew up the body, leaving a small space for the stuffing to go in. Your child will get a kick out of helping with this part, especially as he watches the bear come to life. Finish sewing him shut and let your child mark him a face. Learning with Teddy Bears & Incentives Teddy bears are teaching our children. More teachers are pulling out all the stops these days to get the kids involved with learning. That includes adding teddy bear items for them to count, help them read and just about anywhere else in the class that they can find a place for them. Elementary teachers are even including teddy bears as theme units and inviting the children to bring their teddy bears to school on certain days. Everyone knows that the first years of school are the scariest for a young child and by bringing a friendly face to the class it might help them adjust a bit faster. Children love their bears and seem to talk more when they have a comfort item. If you are a parent of a child that doesn't want to read to you every day try encouraging him/her to read to their teddy bears. This helps you know that they are still reading out loud, but you aren't forcing them to do something they don't want. By reading picture books about teddy bears you can keep their interest but have them discuss what you just read with you. There are even Talking tutor teddy bears that will help encourage your child to do the problems. This is just like the old, "Teddy Ruxpin" doll except he does every subject. As your child gets a problem right the teddy bear raises a flag up into the air. Teddy bears are also being used more as rewards for a child that does good work. You might find teddy bear stickers, stuffed teddy bears, notebooks in the shapes of bear and many other items. Make sure you don't give rewards out every day or they'll get use to it. Give them as a reward every once in a while so that they are always trying hard to earn those teddy bears. Learn How to Start Collecting Teddy bears If you are looking for a hobby, collecting teddy bears can be a lot of fun. It doesn't take much to start your own teddy bear collection. In fact, you probably have a small one going on right now. Take a look around your room. Notice anything? That's right, you've been collecting stuffed teddy bears over the years without even realizing it. As a child many adults tend to buy teddy bears as gifts, even as you become a teenager you probably had someone give you one or two. Boyfriends tend to purchase teddy bears to show how much they care and because they know their girlfriend will think they are cute. Once you've become an adult you already have a collection of teddy bears waiting for you to pick up and continue on. Children may want to collect teddy bears just because they like they way they look and can play with them. Some will want teddy bears to protect them late at night when all the scary stuff comes out in the dark, while others will simply place them on a shelf to look at. Teddy bears can help a child confide in someone if she/he is depressed, remember teddy bears will never tell. You can find many teddy bears inside stores of all types from Wal-Mart to your local craft stores. Keep in mind if you are looking at homemade teddy bears they will be more expensive. By going to department stores to your local talent shops you can find some nice teddy bear to collect. Prices will range from as low as a dollar to a few hundreds. You can also find a few online at places like eBay, Amazon or by simply doing a search for whatever type of teddy bear you are wanting. Museums always have gift shops inside with all the latest merchandise from the area, which includes teddy bears. You'll probably be able to find one that's just for that museum and possibly a limited edition. But be careful, sometimes a museum can be pretty steep in their prices for something that you can buy cheaper outside the museum. If you are really serious about collecting teddy bears, buy a few books on the subject so you never get charged over the price. Do your homework first before purchasing a collectors teddy bear. This way you can save your money for one that you really want. Inviting Your Teddy Bears for Tea If you are planning a tea party try having a teddy bear themed one. Simply invite everyone to bring along their favorite teddy bears for an afternoon tea party. Tea parties are a lot of fun and everyone can take part, even boys. The first thing you need to do is make a list of all the people you are planning to invite. Help your child with this but remember, kids love to do this. Letting them decide on who gets to come to their teddy bears' tea party will make them feel very grown-up and in charge. Try creating your very own invitations by cutting the paper into a teddy bear shape. Make sure you let everyone know that they must bring their teddy bear. In case someone forgets, you may want to have a few teddy bears handy. Put a tablecloth over the table you'll be using and try to find a few teddy bear decorations. A large teddy bear in the center of the table would make a great center-piece and the kids will love it. Have a name plate for each child and their guest and don't forget that teddy needs to drink too. Remember teddy bears don't really drink, make sure you don't put anything in their cups or a child may try it. As soon as everyone arrives you can have them all place their teddy bears in the chairs and begin with games. Teddy Bear- Teddy Bear is a fun game to play, pin the tail, For the pin the tail you may want to draw your own giant teddy bear and have the kids pin the bee on the nose. Let the kids have a fun time and then invite them over to the table for tea. Make sure you have plenty of finger sandwiches for everyone. You don't need anything fancy, just slice up a few peanut butter and jelly sandwiches into fours. Milky tea is the perfect type to go with a teddy bears' tea party and don't forget the dessert. What bear doesn't like sweets? ** How to Get a Personalized Teddy Bears Personalized teddy bears are better than your average bear because you get to have the say in what it looks like, right down to its very toes. This bear will be different from all your other teddy bears because you designed him yourself and should take pride in it. By the time you're done completing your bear, you'll get a sense of real accomplishment. Finding a body for your bear is your first step because without a body, you've got nothing. There are a ton of outfits to choose from, they've got everything you can think of. The career bear outfits, sports and special occasions, each one has about 30 different types of outfits for their category. If you like bikes, maybe you can make your very own Harley Davidson Bear or maybe a Ballet Bear for the little ballerina in your home. Let your imagination go wild, who knows you might just create something no one else has. A personalized teddy bear can also be made for someone that has been in the hospital or is just not feeling well. Forget about going to the store to find that special bear, it's never there. This way you can get it personalized to fit that person and make them smile. You may even want to get a few extras for your personalized teddy bears. If you really like music you'll want to get a voice recording and see if they can record your favorite song on it. This way every time you push him, it'll play your favorite music. If you are making a personalized bear for someone maybe you'll want to add a special message just for him/her or sing a song yourself. Some bears can come with their very own heart beat which is a great gift ideas for a newborn baby. All you need now is to have them feel the bear up with stuffing and stitch it closed. Get your bear dressed and show her off to everyone you know. They may be dragging you back up just to do it again. How to Decorate a Room With Teddy Bears Decorating a room with teddy bears is as easy, especially a child's room. Keep in mind this is your child's room, not your room when you were his/her age. You may have wanted to sleep in a mountain of bears but they may not. Of course if they are more like you, go for it. When decorating any room you must decide on a theme and since you already know yours is teddy bears lets get started. The first thing you should do is go over any ideas you may have with your child and ask them for their input. They may already have a certain teddy bear theme of their own. Make a list of all the things you'll need to decorate their room before you head out to town, you don't want to forget something. A baby's room is the type of room you'll have the most fun in decorating. There is a never-ending supply of teddy bears to decorate with. This will be the only time you can go hog wild on decorating with teddy bears in your child's room. Using teddy bears you can change the atmosphere in a child's room from serious to playful. A teen's room can be as plain as can be, but the moment you toss teddy bears on a book shelf and on the bed and it already looks a little friendlier. Don't add too many as you don't want them to end up in the hallway. Teddy bears on shelves makes a child feel safe and lets them know that their "friends" are watching out for them. Keep in mind this is the stage when everything is hiding in the closets and under the bed, but with a couple of bear friends, your child will sleep through the night. Add a bit of light to the room, by bringing in a lamp with teddy bears on the shade. If you can't find any, buy a plain white lamp shade and sponge paint teddy bears all over it. In case you want to add a few more teddy bear ideas to the room you can always purchase some paintings, wall hangings or teddy bear border. To be honest, teddy bears can be decorating in just about every room of the house. By adding a few teddy bears in your living room, you can make it feel cozy and warm like a cottage. Place them on the tables, maybe a chair and over your mantle. Decorating with teddy bears is a lot of fun, so head on out there and get that room done. How to Clean Your Teddy Bears Cleaning your teddy bears are very important. For one teddy bears can carry all types of unhealthy germs if you aren't careful and bacteria. In order to keep the smell of tobacco smoke off your teddy bears remember to vacuum them every other month. This way it also takes any dust that might be gathering on them out as well. You never know what's gotten inside your teddy bear. Keep in mind that not all teddy bears are machine washable, check the label before ever tossing him into the washing machine. If they are not machine washable take a gentle cloth, lightly wet it and surface wash the bear. Not everything comes off the first time, once you've given the teddy bear a good cleaning take a second cloth and lightly wash him again. Set him in a safe place to dry over night. Kill any bugs that may be lingering on or inside your teddy bears by placing them in a plastic bag and putting them in the freezer. While this may sound harsh to poor teddy, it'll kill anything that might be living on/in him. Dust mites are something you don't want your child getting attacked by, at least this way you'll no they aren't jumping on your child. Mold can be another big issue with teddy bears, especially if you or your child ever got him wet. Not to worry though, unstitch his side and pull out the stuffing. Gently wash the inside of the bear like you would the outside and let it dry. Once dry replacing the old padding with new and sew him back together. Teddy bears loved to be cleaned at least once a year. With the proper care and love your teddy bears can be passed down from one generation to the next. How Much are Your Teddy Bears Worth? It is important to know how much your teddy bears are worth before buying or selling them. Some have been known to go up in price over the years while others stayed the same or went down. If you aren't sure how to figure out how much your teddy bears are worth you can ask a dealer or go out and get a book. Collecting teddy bears can be very profitable if you know what you are doing. Examine your teddy bears thoroughly before ever taking them for a show or auction. Before buying them look them over and ask as many questions as you can think of. Find out where the bear came from and who had him last. By examining your teddy bears you should be able to tell how much they are worth and know if you want to sell them or buy any new ones. There are several different things to look at on teddy bears to determine their value. Labels, joints and pads on their feet can tell you just how old they are. Their face can give you a round about guess on which decade they were distributed. Fur is another issue, depending on what type of fur, the condition it is in and everything to that nature. If the joints that are stiff hard like a bear you'd find in a craft store, remember in the beginning these were what the teddy bears looked like. The pads on the teddy bear will indicate if he is good quality or not. In the early years of teddy bears, many companies would make them with really long noses because it was suppose to represent the real thing, not something cute and cuddly. If your teddy bears have glass or button eyes they might be worth something. Last, if you have a hand-sewn teddy bear with no flaws or very minimal flaws. Gund Teddy Bears Gund has been in the teddy bear making business for over 100 years now, it was one of the first companies to ever produce a teddy bear in the United States. Due to the fact that Adolph Gund had to have the very best of everything in life, he made sure his teddy bears did too. His bears had to be made with top quality material, which is why they were made with mohair fur. He didn't just stop there though, the men creating these lovely bears had to be the best craftsmen in the area. The golden ticket for the Gund Bears has always been there trademark of under-stuffing the bear, this created a soft teddy bear. The company started creating teddy bears in Norwalk, Ct. Adolph never did have family which is probably why he sought out someone before he passed away to sell his company to. Adolph Gund right before his passing he sold his business to Jacob Swedlin but under one restriction, the company always had to be called, "Gund." Jacob would also be the man that introduced everyone to the licensing of cartoon characters such as Mickey Mouse or Snoopy. Jacob would pass down the company to his daughter Rita and her husband Herbert Raiffe, they both knew never to change the company name. The company continue to thrive under Herbert and Rita, but it would be their son. In 1977 Bruce Raiffe would join the company. The company continues to grow today, always making sure to keep it's name when it goes from one person to the next. While the company thrives with its latest teddy bears, they've never forgotten the man that got them started and have always continued to use safety with the toys and good quality to make all their items just like he did. Fixing Teddy Bears "Mom, he's broke!" Your child has run in crying for you to fix her teddy bear. You quickly look over the teddy bear to discover exactly what is wrong with it. But how do you fix it? Is she just wanting you to add a band-aid to him or is there really something broke? Teddy bears can take a lot of loving from children and last a long time, however there does come a time when teddy just can't take it anymore. There are ways for you to fix your teddy bears without having to throw them away. First, look over all your teddy bears to see if any need to be fixed. Determine what the actual problem is and make sure you have all the proper gear. If a string is hanging you may want to try pulling it but keep in mind this can make teddy come undone. Or you can take a needle and sew that small piece of string back into teddy. A hole on his side can be fixed the same way and no one will ever know that he once came apart. With teddy bears it always seems that they will lose their cute little nose or those glass eyes. If you can't find a replacement eye you can always add a patch to your teddy bear and make him look like a pirate. You notice that a couple of your teddy bears have fur coming out of them; this could be just because he's been worn out on this side. Kids seem to favor holding them a certain way, which tends to wear out that side. Purchase a patch that resembles the fur or you could simply get some fabric cut to the size you need and sew it back on. Teddy bears love to wear clothes as well, so if nothing else works you can start dressing him. You won't be able to fix all your teddy bears but if you really want to save them, find a teddy bear expert. Fictional Teddy Bears- Fictional Teddy Bears in Cartoons Fictional teddy bears have been around longer than any of us and have a very dear part in all of our memories. From our very own teddy bears to those fictional ones we watched every morning, there is always something we remember about them. There were many cartoons that were based off of teddy bears from Winnie the Pooh to The Berenstein Bears. Teddy bears can create a lot of imagination, which is probably why author A. A. Milne was able to come up with the Winnie the Pooh stories. Winnie the Pooh was actually one of the teddy bears in his son, Christopher Robin's room. However, the actual teddy bear was a girl named Winnipeg. Even though the teddy bears that represent Winnie the Pooh are a bright yellow, that is nothing near what the original looked like, with stiff arms that moved up and down and didn't wear a red shirt. Brer Bear lived in the forest as a farmer with his wife and children and he always had to chase away wolves. There aren't too many teddy bears that resemble Brer Bear, however if there were I could picture that southern accent if they made him talk. The original storyteller, Uncle Remus had a very southern accent, so much that when he said brother it sounded like Bre'r. This bear dates all the way back to 1919 when he first made his debut in cartoon. Do you recall the teddy bears that read stories out of a book to you? I remember my dear old Teddy Ruxpin, he was the best out of all my teddy bears. Teddy Ruxpin was created back in the 80s and would be recreated four times before all the flaws were fixed, however this wouldn't stop kids from loving these fictional teddy bears. Paddington bear was a fictional teddy bear that always went on adventures and got himself in some sort of trouble. This teddy bear was originally bought by a couple that thought he needed a home, later he would be written into stories by the owner and become a big part in cartoons. Paddington teddy bears all wear a worn hat and carries around a suitcase for his travels. Berenstein Bears were a fictional bear family with a mother, father, brother and sister bear. They all lived in a tree house and storylines that related to real families, such as eating junk food, telling lies, bullies, first day of school and many other issues that children could relate too. As you can see fictional teddy bears have been along for a while and will be here for many more years to come. Do you remember any fictional teddy bears that weren't mentioned here? Think back to a time when everything was innocent and all about teddy bears and you'll get that warm feeling once again, even if it is cold outside. Facts on 5 Teddy Bears & The Company Behind Them Gund Teddy bear company shocked everyone when they appeared in 1906 and didn't plummet down into the ground like all the other start ups. Instead it seemed that Gund had something and started rising to the top. The Gund teddy bear stood out amongst the rest because it was under-stuffed, which meant he was extremely soft. Steiff was one of the first to distribute teddy bears and in 1903 a New York Co would find her teddy bears and order 3000 of her bears. She would later create the first black teddy bear in mourning for those that were lost in Titanic. Every time Steiff makes a new design they have to make 1000s just to keep in stock. Baby Gund began by branching off of Gund, to make its own baby line. They realized that every child needed a really soft toy in order to love on, that how Baby Gund was born. Baby Gund would begin making small, fluffy teddy bears that were small enough for a baby to hold, rattles, comforters and more. Russ Berrie & Co. began with only $500 to its name and manufacturing from the inside of a garage space, but as the company grew so did the product line and money. Berrie no longer has to worry about where he'll make the bears, he just needs to think about the next design. In 1995 Russ would produce the "Bears From the Past" series of teddy bear collectibles. Boyds teddy bears all began when G.M. didn't want to paint ducks anymore for their antique shop. Once his son was born he got the desire to design his own stuffed bear, which would become the famous, "Boyds Bears." These are the facts on five companies and the teddy bears that hold them up. For without these teddy bears, the companies would've fallen to the ground. Each one has its very own story on how it opened its doors and each one is remarkable. Do you know where your teddy bears come from? Donating teddy bears Donating teddy bears can be a really rewarding gesture, even when you are just doing it to be nice. Imagine taking a small teddy bear to a girl that you just bought at a store. The moment you had this little girl it she has a tear drift down her eyes, the last time she had a teddy bear her house was swept away by a flood. Teddy bears mean so much to someone that has nothing or has lost all hope, whether they are homeless or have been abused. Giving them this small token might help them know that there are other people out there in this world that actually do care. Start making someone smile today and donate a teddy bear. You don't have to take it in yourself if you don't want to either. There are a ton of different types of teddy bear fundraising drives that will take them in for you. These children aren't picky, they'll take whatever you hand them. They know money is hard to come by and that it isn't every day someone comes by to see them. Sometimes they are just thriving for any type of attention and they are hoping you stay there just a few moments longer to chat with them or hug them. They'll be very grateful for the teddy bear you've given the. Stuffed With Hugs is another fundraising campaign that Build-A-Bear does, once it gets enough bears the Teddy Bear Foundation gives them to the children of crisis. It doesn't matter what the crisis, these children could've been in abused homes, lost their homes due to fire, abandoned or orphans. Each child will be given one of the teddy bears to hug and hold to help them through these difficult times. Teddy bears can be bought for cancer victims that are stuck in a hospital and need something to hug, victims of violence, disabled, or even children that no longer have families. Make them have something to smile about and donate a teddy bear.* Debate on Teddy Bears Teddy bears are sparking debate all over the world. It's strange to think that the once cuddly bear can turn everyone into an argument but its happening. Teddy bears have always been something of innocence and comfort for those that needed it. They've changed throughout the years, and with technology, means more advancements in the bear. Teddy bears can now hold a camera inside them! These teddy bear cameras are used for many things but their main purpose is to spy on the nanny or babysitter left watching your child. This is sparking a debate between many families due to privacy issues, however if you have someone in your home it isn't breaking any issues when it is there to protect your family. Why would you want to spy on your nanny? To protect your child, many parents are becoming more and more aware that there are things out there that can hurt their loved ones and want to protect them as much as possible. You would want to know if your babysitter touched your child, or just left the baby in the crib the whole time. Others believe that you shouldn't hire a nanny if you are going to be babysitting them. Some are stating that it should be against some privacy violation because the nanny isn't aware he/she is being video-taped. Those that have been caught on tape have remarked that they never would've done it if they knew they were being watched. Teddy bear cameras, also known as the babysitter hidden cameras or Nanny Cams, are so small that you can't even tell the teddy bears have a camera inside them. Which make them look like any ordinary teddy bear? Place it in the crib, on a bed, desk or on a shelf and no one will be the wiser. Protect your child with one of these teddy bears. Comforting Teddy Bears for Newborns When it comes to bringing home a newborn, no one expects it to be as hard as it can be. In the hospital he slept like an angel, but once at home he just wouldn't stop screaming. He refused anything you gave him, teddy bear didn't give him a notice, pacifier came out immediately after going in and as for anything else: it just didn't work. Finding the right comfort for your newborn can be very frustrating at times, however there are certain teddy bears that can help. If your baby can't seem to sleep, I suggest the Womb Sounds Mommy Bear. Inside your tummy all he hear was your heartbeat and suddenly he hears everything around him. This can frighten some babies, while others never seem phased by it. The Womb sounds bear actually mimics the sound of a heart beating. Place the bear inside the crib near your child and he'll fall to sleep. Blanket teddy bears are small fleece blankets that have a teddy bear attached from the arms up. The bottoms of the blanket are made out of satin, which makes it soft enough for baby to chew on. Keel Toys Nursery bear with shirt that is embroidered, "baby boy" or "baby girl" Very soft and fluffy yellow teddy bear. Is feet read "Hug Me" and it looks like his arms are stretched out to you. Wabbanub pacifiers have little teddy bears sewed onto the pacifier backing. Now, those pacifiers won't be flying across the room every time mom walks away. Each pacifier comes with a different type of teddy bear to choose from. Whatever product fits your child is the one you need to get, after all you want your baby to get as much sleep as possible. You don't want to be the zombie down the road. Get your newborn a teddy bear to comfort him. 5 My First Teddy Bears Gund's My first teddy bear come in blue, cream and pink and they are super soft. Embroidered right above the heart is, "My First Teddy," and a satin ribbon goes around the neck in whatever shade the bear is. The most popular size is the 12 inch, which is just the right size for the baby to hold and cuddle with. Baby's My First Thermal Pastel Bear is very colorful which babies love to look at. It is light in weight and made of thermal. When he gets a hold of this teddy bear it'll rattle every time he moves it, which will add hours of giggling from your baby. Breathe Easy Teddy Bear by Asthma Friendly is a terrific newborn baby gift, especially since this one is asthma friendly. These little teddy bears are soft and friendly, not firm and mean. Baby is sure to snuggle up to this little guy every night. Nursery Rhyme Pal Pat-a-Cake Bear is geared more for an infant, but they'll love it just the same. Just push the buttons to make him sing to your little one and watch his face as he listens to it. He'll be singing right along with the bear in no time at all. The Cashmerino Baby Bear from Debbie Bliss, has its own cashmere sweater that comes off easily. The bear itself is made out of cashmere yarn, which is gentle on baby's skin. With sewn in eyeballs, that won't hurt the baby. When ordering this gorgeous bear you can choose between 23 different shades. This means there won't be a single bear like him at the baby shower. These five bears will make great pals with your newborn, which he will treasure for ever. Make sure you get a ton of shots of your child with his favorite toy, later you can store his teddy bear for safe keeping. History of Teddy Bears Teddy bears all started because Theodore Roosevelt refused to shoot a bear, which in the end got him the nickname "Teddy." Yes, it is true there were toys that had bears on them, but they did not actually have stuffed teddy bears before 1902. There are a few different stories to what actually happened, but it sounds like Theodore Roosevelt went out hunting and never ended up shooting anything. The men he was with wanted him to take something back for his troubles and found a small bear cub and told him to shoot it. I'm not sure if he didn't want to shoot it because it had no mother, was injured, and tied to a tree or just because of its size. When he refused to shoot the bear they all joked about it, one man even drew a cartoon of "Teddy" with a bear cub. The interest in teddy bears would become very popular in society. A small shopkeeper, Morris Michtom, recognized the potential income and displayed them in his store window. Mooris sent the president one of the bears his wife made and asked the president if he could name them "Teddy's Bears." The bears were unlike any toy bears that had been made; this one was cute and didn't frighten away children. Once accepted, he started designing the teddy bears in a new shop called the, "Ideal Toy Company. It is not known who actually created the very first teddy bear, but we do know that it was Mooris that asked permission. Clear over in Germany was another company making teddy bears. "Steiff Company" was creating bears that actually looked like the real thing. The owner, Margarete Steiff had a nephew that would sketch pictures of bears at the Stuttgart Zoo and show them to her, this inspired her to create her own. Her creations wouldn't be discovered by the Americans until 1903 at a toy fair, which had them ordering over 3000 bears. One can see why teddy bears became so famous, if it wasn't for their cute expressions and cuddliness I think they would've gone extinct. Today, you might see teddy bears in a bedroom, store window, commercials, cartoons or even in books. Teddy bears are everywhere and it's all because of one man refusing to shoot an innocent bear.
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