Stuffed animals and cuddly toys are a great gift that you can give to someone of any age and for any occasion, but make particularly good baby shower gifts. Pre-teens and teenagers love stuffed animals too, often insist on taking their favorites him them when heading off to camp or college to ease the separation anxiety of their first few times living away from home. Likewise, parents and grandparents enjoy stuffed animals, though most often the stuffed animals are to remind them of younger family members or have something available for their children's friends and grandchildren to enjoy when they visit. But young children, babies and infants generally have the best reaction to a new stuffed animal toy. They are the ones that get the biggest thrill from new stuffed animals, and seeing their face break out into a beaming smile as they first grasp the cuddly toy is priceless!
You can get stuffed animals and cuddly toys in many different varieties and materials. Since Theodore Roosevelt's era, Teddy bears have been one of the most popular stuffed animal choices. These days, however, you can purchase almost any kind of animal as a stuffed toy... from elephants and lions to horses, rabbits or eagles. Whatever your child has seen recently at the zoo or on TV is probably available as a stuffed animal toy.
And while there are many made from synthetic materials, one of the most popular natural materials for stuffed animals and other plush toys is Alpaca. Alpaca fiber incorporates the finest features of the world's natural fibers. It is as soft as cashmere but stronger and three times warmer than wool. Centuries of evolution spent in freezing temperatures at high altitudes has given alpacas more thermal capacity in its fiber than nearly any other animal. The alpaca fiber contains microscopic air pockets which give it powerful insulating value -- which makes it ideal for human clothing.
It is the Alpaca fiber's other qualities, however, that make it perfect for making children's stuffed animal toys. First of all, while Alpaca fiber is similar to sheep's wool, it is not prickly. The alpaca fiber is very soft and has a silky feel to the touch. Secondly, the fibers come in more than 20 natural colors, from white to black and many shades of grey and brown in between, allowing you to choose a toy stuffed animal of varying natural colors without any harmful dyes. And finally, Alpaca fiber has no lanolin which means that it will not harbor dust mites, the most common cause of allergic reactions to other natural fibers. The fact that it is lacking lanolin means that these fibers are naturally hypoallergenic making them an ideal material from which to make children's toys.
Cuddly stuffed animal toys are an ideal way for a child to begin to learn how to play. You will often see children acting out stories and plays with their teddy bear or other stuffed animals. This is a perfect way for their imaginations to be used in an innocent and playful way. They will name their cuddly toy and you will find that they may even have a favorite who goes everywhere with your child. This is all part of your child growing up and is a great thing to see. In an age of technology it is always heart warming to see children still playing with something as simple and innocent as a cuddly stuffed animal toy.
Although teddy bears were once the traditional baby gift toy of choice, these days you can buy stuffed animals in any number of shapes and sizes. If the child has a favorite animal or maybe they have recently notice a particular animal at the zoo, they will enjoy having a cuddly toy of that animal. There are some very large stuffed animals which are more suited to room decorations rather than toys for the child to play with and you will need to consider how big the child is when selecting their toys. You can often go search the internet for websites that sell specific stuffed animals if you are looking for a certain animal or toy.
If you want alpaca stuffed animals, you can find them in some high end specialty stores, but looking online will give you a greater choice. By selecting one made with Alpaca, you can buy the child a stuffed animal knowing it will be safe and hypoallergenic for them to cuddle.
I think we can all agree giving gifts is a very rewarding thing to do. And sometimes, the simplest baby gifts are the ones that make a lasting impression and will be appreciated for many years to come. When made of Alpaca fiber, you know it will be ultra soft as well as hypoallergenic. Stuffed animal toys make wonderful baby shower ideas.
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