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Stuffed Teddy Bears - History, Facts, Clothing & Cleaning

Updated on February 23, 2015

What is a Stuffed Teddy Bear?

A stuffed teddy bear is a plaything sewn from textile such as cloth and plush and stuffed with cotton, beans, wood wool, plastic pellets and synthetic fibers.

It purposely serves to entertain kids and likewise give comfort to younger children when sleeping. You see, children find sleeping a mysterious experience that isolate them from the nurture of their parents. Thus, by providing a "security blanket" such as a stuffed teddy bear to sleep with, children become at ease and loose the feeling of seclusion. Growing up, some children will manage to let go off their stuffed teddy bears while others become sentimentally attached and continuously seek the nurture of their "security blanket."

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Stuffed Teddy Bear History

The stuffed teddy bear got its name from Theodore "Teddy" Roosevelt, the 26th president of the United States of America. On the 14th of November 1902, Teddy Roosevelt took part in helping the border dispute settlement between Louisiana and Mississippi. And in his spare time he attended a bear hunt in Mississippi where one of his comrades hit a young black bear over the head with a club, tied it onto a tree, and asked him to shoot it. Teddy Roosevelt irked over the comrade's cruelty and lack of sportsmanship, hence he refused to shoot the young bear and ordered its mercy killing.

In order to describe the incidence, The Washington Post came up with an editorial cartoon called "Drawing the Line in Mississippi." This illustrated the border dispute, the bear hunt, and Roosevelt's refusal to shoot the bear. Initially, Clifford K. Berryman (political cartoonist) depicted a fierce bear that has just killed a hunting dog. However, he came up with another angle and depicted a cuddly cub. The editorial cartoon and the story became popular and in less than a year, the cuddly cub became a kid's toy. Originally, the bear in the cartooned pictures was called "Teddy's Bear" and eventually got shortened to Teddy Bear.

What are the Advantages of Owning a stuffed Teddy Bear?

They are good companions.

They make you smile.

They can give you a hug.

They make you feel at home.

They let you remember good and happy memories.

Stuffed Teddy Bear Facts

Morris and Rose Michtom were the first to create stuffed bears to put on display in their shop window. The stuffed bears were a huge hit and they opted to ask the permission of then President Theodore Roosevelt to use the name Teddy's Bears.
Morris and Rose Michtom were the first to create stuffed bears to put on display in their shop window. The stuffed bears were a huge hit and they opted to ask the permission of then President Theodore Roosevelt to use the name Teddy's Bears.

World's Most Famous Teddy Bear

Winnie the Pooh is the most famous teddy bear in the world. Originally, it was made by Farnell in 1921.
Winnie the Pooh is the most famous teddy bear in the world. Originally, it was made by Farnell in 1921.

World Smallest Teddy Bear

The world's smallest teddy bears were made by Bettina Kaminski - Micro Ted at 3.5mm and Mini-the-Pooh at 5mm.
The world's smallest teddy bears were made by Bettina Kaminski - Micro Ted at 3.5mm and Mini-the-Pooh at 5mm.

World's Most Expensive Teddy Bear

Recognized by Guinness World Records, a Steiff 'Louis Vuitton' teddy bear sold to Jessie Kim for $2,100,000 in the Monaco auction in 2000 is the The World's Most Expensive Teddy Bear. The stuffed teddy bear is now housed in The Teddy Bear Museum in K
Recognized by Guinness World Records, a Steiff 'Louis Vuitton' teddy bear sold to Jessie Kim for $2,100,000 in the Monaco auction in 2000 is the The World's Most Expensive Teddy Bear. The stuffed teddy bear is now housed in The Teddy Bear Museum in K

Stuffed Teddy Bear Clothing

Did you know that you can dress up stuffed teddy bears? You can make them wear dresses, jumpsuits, jackets, t-shirts, and costumes. You can likewise put on accessories such as ribbons and hats. A number of shops online offer a wide variety of teddy bear clothes for all seasons and every occasion. But if you are on a budget, you can

Sew the garments yourself. Either purchase kits equipped with pattern, thread, needle, and cloth; or print online designs and instructions where you will need to buy the materials yourselves.

Use infant and/or toddler clothes. Old wearable that your children have outgrown will do.

Picture from www.visualphotos.com
Picture from www.visualphotos.com

Do You Have to Clean Your Stuffed Teddy Bear?

Yes. Children tend to carry their stuffed teddy bear wherever and whenever. Therefore, the possibility of stuffed teddy bears getting dirty, smelling foul and acquiring bacteria and viruses is high.

Parents with children who suffer from allergies and asthma must be watchful and ensure that their child's stuffed toy is free from allergen. Therefore, the stuffed teddy bears must be cleaned constantly.

Stuffed teddy bears that are left sitting on a shelf are not exempted as well as these will accumulate dust and dirt overtime.

How to Clean a Stuffed Teddy Bear?

There are two options in cleaning stuffed teddy bears. You can either let professional cleaners do it or you can do it yourself. But before you settle on cleaning the stuffed toy yourself, check the enumerated list below.

Stuffed Teddy Bears cannot be washed when

They are fragile and old. They are wearing delicate clothing that cannot be removed. They have accessories glued on or attached such as sequins, buttons, eyes, etc. They have excelsior, styrene foam or any other foam material such as foam beads. They have a music box sewn. They have stiffeners such as cardboard.Cleaning your Stuffed Teddy Bears on Your Own.Using a Washing Machine. Quite a few stuffed teddy bears can be machine washed specifically those that are pillow-like. You simply place it inside a mesh laundry bag, wash on warm or cool water temperature (delicate cycle), and Hang dry. You can add fabric softener if you want a fluffier and softer stuffed teddy bear. But before you dump your child's toy inside the machine, check for label instructions and warnings; repair tears and rips; and remove parts that need to be detached.Alternative ways of cleaning. For stuffed teddy bears that cannot be washed in the machine, simply follow these instructions.How to remove smell and get rid of surface dirt? Sprinkle baking soda on to the stuffed toy. 20 minutes after, brush the baking soda. You can also use baby powder.How to do away with stains on stuffed toys with plastic parts? Pour or damp rubbing alcohol on the affected area.How to clean badly stained or soiled stuffed toys? Use an all-purpose cleaner and clean it with a soft scrub brush.How to surface clean stuffed toys? Pour warm water in the basin. Wet a flannel and wring it. Use it to wipe the surface area of the stuffed toy. And air dry the stuffed teddy bear.How to thoroughly clean your stuffed teddy bear? Check this video.

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      JGracey 5 years ago

      Nice! I used to collect Teddy Bears. I still have a few I couldn't part with. One is stuffed with straw ... my husband won it at a country fair before we got married, so I guess it's about 38 years old now.

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      GentlemenGogoVEVO 5 years ago

      Good..i think..romantic and and sweet.

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      cmadden 5 years ago

      In my twenties, I traveled with two, then three bears that were given to me by friends and my mother (Ursa Major, Ursa Minor, and Middle Bear, and yes, I still have them many years later - the one from Mom is a German bear). Acquired a bit of a rep that way - and lots of smiles.

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      Great lense! Everyone should have a bear to love! B: )

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      Specific story? None that I can think of, but I do remember my teddy bear growing up - great work! Blessed by a SquidAngel!

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      Faye Rutledge 5 years ago from Concord VA

      I love stuffed teddy bears! I collect Boyds Bears (and have a lens about my collection). Thanks for the cleaning tips. :)

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      squid-pinkchic18 5 years ago

      I was given a vermont teddy bear who used to go everywhere with me. I still have him to this day :) Very nice lens!!

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      Sweet lens! My daughter has a Teddy Bear that her son now plays with. My granddaughter loves her Christina bear!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Yes, I do have stuffed Teddy Bears, but my Mom has a whole collection. Kids love to go to her house to play! :) Cute!