Help me find a plush stuffed toy!
September 11, 2009 1:42 PM   Subscribe

As the Papa-To-Be, I'd like to find a cute plush stuffed toy as an anniversary present for my Mama-To-Be. Must not be any licensed character, must be soft!

I've been wandering around Etsy, and am thinking something along these lines: here and this Socktopus. We don't know the baby's sex yet, and I definitely don't want Spongebob or Kermit in the crib.

Bonus points for organic materials!
posted by blastrid to Shopping (22 answers total)

looks good... been meaning to try this myself for the kiddies.
posted by Jiff_and_theChoosyMuthers at 1:59 PM on September 11, 2009

But you won't put plush toys in the crib, right?

I have something similar to this. When my son was small, I took his picture next to it; every year I snap another one, and the bear has gone from OMG-bigger-than-the-baby to rather tiny, as Boy MonkeyToes has grown. He never liked it much, but it has become a favorite with my daughter, who has also posed for bear-and-baby shots. The three of them together? Awwww.

/sentimental derail

Anyway, works for a boy or a girl and is classic.
posted by MonkeyToes at 2:12 PM on September 11, 2009

These websites have some super cute stuffed toys that are organic....

And this might be the cutest ever...plush fruits with little faces in a basket...

If you google "organic baby toy", you get lots of fun results! Good luck with the new little one!
posted by fresh-rn at 2:14 PM on September 11, 2009

Check out the stuffies over at Etsy and be prepared to be knocked over by the cuteness.
posted by crunchtopmuffin at 2:15 PM on September 11, 2009

Sorry, don't think my links they are again....
posted by fresh-rn at 2:16 PM on September 11, 2009

Response by poster: ha! i love the OMG bunny...
yes, course–no plush toys in the crib. more of a cute gift for my excited, prego wife. ;)

thanks, y'all! keep em coming.
posted by blastrid at 2:20 PM on September 11, 2009

If it doesn't have to be etsy, consider a squishable. I was sent one (internationally!) in a sort of care package. Does what it says on the box. Very big, very soft, very squishy.
posted by whatzit at 3:45 PM on September 11, 2009

I'm personally a fan of stuffed marine life. I currently own a stuffed lobster (named Pinchy, of course) and bright-blue stuffed stingray (Ray). I also once owned a plush hammerhead shark that said three phrases when squeezed: "I'm a hammerhead shark; I make no sound," "My wide head helps me swim, see, and hear really well," and "My bones are made of cartilage."

Also cute: the common cold.
posted by limeonaire at 4:29 PM on September 11, 2009

I bought a gorgeous monster toy from this etsy seller for my friend's baby - they're made from recycled woollen sweaters.
posted by hibbersk at 6:02 PM on September 11, 2009

Best answer: I've never experienced such an overwhelming "awwwwww" gut response to any stuffed animal like I have when I held some of the plush lovelies from Jellycat. They are so soft and wonderfully made. My favorite was this little guy.
posted by jeanmari at 6:24 PM on September 11, 2009 [1 favorite]

I love the Gund Snuffles bear that my husband got me. The bear has so much personality that he has more Facebook friends than I do.
posted by snafu at 7:09 PM on September 11, 2009 [1 favorite]

Best answer: I just have to throw a shout out to Snuffles. He is the best bear ever. You can buy him at lots of independent toy stores, or it looks like you can get them on Amazon. I don't know if this is too commercial for you, but I really mean it when I say that he's the best stuffed toy in the world. Many on Metafilter even agree.
posted by k8lin at 7:15 PM on September 11, 2009 [1 favorite]

See, I told you many on Metafilter agree. Should have live previewed!
posted by k8lin at 7:16 PM on September 11, 2009

Seconding the Gund toys. They're incredibly cute, and the softest things you'll ever feel.
posted by EarBucket at 7:33 PM on September 11, 2009

These guys from Noonoo are cute, organic and really nice and soft.
posted by cushie at 8:27 PM on September 11, 2009

If it's not too late to weigh in, take a look at the Folkmanis puppets -- -- they are really creative and terrific whether as working puppets or stuffed animals to hold.
posted by Bet Glenn at 9:28 PM on September 11, 2009

Gund makes great, classic, durable stuffed animals. I have many in my collection! The Snuffles is great (I have a "standard" one and also a smaller one), so are the Mutsy dogs.
posted by radioamy at 10:04 PM on September 11, 2009

For your wife? An stuffed animal of her western or Chinese (if she's one of the non-animal ones) astrological sign.
posted by brujita at 11:58 PM on September 11, 2009

Is this for the baby too? If so, the BEST advice I'll give ya is to buy two. As the baby grows up and it gets all worn out from being loved to death, the new one makes the best 16th birthday present ever.
posted by dzaz at 1:25 PM on September 12, 2009

As everyone above said, Snuffles from Gund is the best! I have one that I got when I was 8 and am now 25, and he's still going strong. (Ok, so maybe he's a little grey from hugging, but he's a great bear.)
posted by wuzandfuzz at 3:18 PM on September 12, 2009

I am a big fan of Uglydolls. They come in sizes from wee to giant, and when baby is able to grab on and snuggle things, they will like them too.
posted by pinky at 6:56 PM on September 12, 2009

Response by poster: Uglydolls, totally adorable. i went and got a Socktopus from an Etsy seller, and i'm sure my wife will love it when i give it to her tomorrow.

thanks for all the great recommendations. i have laid a solid rule to avoid licensed characters around my baby (though it won't be totally avoidable due to gifts) and lots of these links send me to exactly what i'm looking for.
posted by blastrid at 1:00 PM on September 21, 2009

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