Are you on the market for the perfect new stuffed animal for your child? There are so many options, it can be difficult to decide what to purchase. You want to find the perfect stuffed animal that will be your child’s new sidekick and snuggle partner! Below we have reviewed 11 of the best stuffed animals, so you’re sure to find the perfect new pal for your child.

Our Top Picks

GUND Slumbers Teddy Bear

Best Overall

Gund Slumbers Teddy Bear

Upgrade Choice

Upgrade Choice

Melissa & Doug Giant Giraffe

Bedtime Originals Plush Monkey Ollie

Best Budget Buy

Bedtime Originals Plush Monkey Ollie

How to Pick the Best Stuffed Animals

When you are purchasing a new stuffed animal for your child, there are a few features you’ll want to consider before making your purchase. Decide which of these features are the most important to you or your child and compare them for the different stuffed animals you’re considering.

1. Recommended Age

Before purchasing any toys, stuffed animals or otherwise, for your child, you should check the recommended age. You want to make sure you select a stuffed animal that is age-appropriate. You will want to find a toy that your child will be able to play with for years to come.

2. Animal Type

Next, you’ll want to consider the different types of animals. Is there a particular animal that your child loves and would love to have a stuffed animal version of their very own? Does your child already own many stuffed animals and you are looking for something new and unique that will stand out from the other animals in their collection?

3. Size

You will definitely want to pay attention to and consider the size of the stuffed animal. Think about how and when your child is likely to be playing with their new stuffed animal when you consider this feature. If they are likely to be sleeping with their toy, you may want to consider finding a smaller animal. Also, consider the amount of storage space you have so you don’t buy an animal that is too large to fit in your space.

4. Colors

Next, you’ll want to consider the colors of the stuffed animals you’re thinking about purchasing. Are there certain colors our child is more drawn too? Are you trying to find a stuffed animal that resembles a real animal your child loves?

5. Potential Choking Hazards

Depending on the age of your child, you may also have to look out for potential choking hazards. Some stuffed animals have sewn-on eyes, noses or other parts which could be a potential hazard for a younger child who still puts things in their mouth. If you have a younger child, look for animals with eyes and other details that are created through stitches, not sewn-on items. This article, from What to Expect, can provide you with more details about how some stuffed animals and other toys could be potential choking hazards for young children.

6. Cleaning and Care

Finally, you’ll want to look for the cleaning and care instructions. Will you be able to toss the stuffed animal in the washing machine for easy cleaning? Will you need to wipe down the surface with a rag? Consider how “loved” the animal will be by your child as you review the care instructions for the different stuffed animals. This article from Mama’s Laundry Talk, provides useful tips for cleaning different types of stuffed animals.

The Winners

#1

Gund Slumbers Teddy Bear

Best Overall

This adorable Slumbers Teddy Bear features a super fuzzy appearance. He looks as if he is asking for a big hug from his owner.

Recommended Age: 1 year and up
Animal Type: Bear
Size: 17 inches
Colors: Light and dark brown
Potential Choking Hazards: Yes (sewn-on eyes)
Cleaning and Care: Surface wash

#2

Melissa & Doug Giant Giraffe

Upgrade Choice

The Melissa & Doug Giant Giraffe stands at over four-feet tall and is sure to amaze your child.

Recommended Age: 3 years and up
Animal Type: Giraffe
Size: 53 inches tall
Colors: Brown and tan
Potential Choking Hazards: Yes (sewn-on eyes)
Cleaning and Care: Surface wash

#3

Bedtime Originals Plush Monkey Ollie

Best Budget Buy

This cute eight-inch brown Plush Monkey Ollie with adorable yellow dimples alongside its bright smile, is sure to put a big smile on your child’s face too.

Recommended Age: 1 year and up
Animal Type: Monkey
Size: 8 inches
Colors: Light and dark brown
Potential Choking Hazards: No (stitched eyes)
Cleaning and Care: Machine washable

#4

Disney Winnie Friends Piglet Stuffed

Best Disney Stuffed Animal Award

Winnie the Pooh’s best friend can become your child’s new friend when you buy this adorable Piglet Stuffed Animal.

Recommended Age: 1 year and up
Animal Type: Pig (Piglet)
Size: 9 inches
Colors: Light and dark pink
Potential Choking Hazards: No (the eyes are stitched on)
Cleaning and Care: Surface wash

#5

Melissa & Doug Giant Sea Turtle

Best Melissa & Doug Stuffed Animal Award

This realistic-looking Giant Sea Turtle stuffed animal, is large enough for your child to hitch a ride on the turtle’s shell.

Recommended Age: 3 years and up
Animal Type: Sea turtle
Size: 28 inches x 28 inches
Colors: Green, brown, and white
Potential Choking Hazards: Yes (sewn-on eyes)
Cleaning and Care: Surface wash

#6

Bernese Mountain Dog Stuffed Animal

Your dog lover is sure to enjoy playing with this adorable Bernese Mountain Dog Stuffed Animal.

Recommended Age: 1 year and up
Animal Type: Bernese Mountain Dog
Size: 13 inches
Colors: Black, brown, and white
Potential Choking Hazards: Yes (sewn-on eyes)
Cleaning and Care: Surface wash

#7

Humphrey The Elephant

Humphrey The Elephant has a friendly and welcoming appearance.

Recommended Age: 1 year and up
Animal Type: Elephant
Size: 9 inches
Colors: Gray
Potential Choking Hazards: No (stitched eyes)
Cleaning and Care: Machine washable

#8

Jellycat Beige Bunny Stuffed Animal

Best Jellycat Stuffed Animal Award

This Jellycat Stuffed Animal is a cute bunny rabbit that children of all ages will love.

Recommended Age: 3 months – 12 years
Animal Type: Bunny
Size: 12 inches
Colors: Beige
Potential Choking Hazards: Yes (sewn-on eyes)
Cleaning and Care: Spot clean only

#9

Pokémon Plush-Pikachu

Best Pokémon Stuffed Animal Award

This officially licensed Pikachu stuffed animal  is sure to delight your Pokémon lover!

Recommended Age: 2 years and up
Animal Type: Pikachu
Size: 8 inches
Colors: Yellow, red, and black
Potential Choking Hazards: No (stitched eyes)
Cleaning and Care: Surface wash

#10

Aurora World Tubbie Wubbie Plush Pig

Tubbie Wubbie is an adorable, soft pink pig made by Aurora World.

Recommended Age: 3 years and up
Animal Type: Pig
Size: 12 inches
Colors: Pink
Potential Choking Hazards: Yes (sewn-on eyes)
Cleaning and Care: Surface wash

#11

Aurora Blueberryripple-Unicorn Plush

Best Aurora Stuffed Animal Award

The Blueberryripple-Unicorn Plush has beautiful pink, yellow, and silver accents, which make her look magical.

Recommended Age: 3 years and up
Animal Type: Unicorn
Size: 7 inches
Colors: Blue, yellow, pink, and silver
Potential Choking Hazards: Yes (sewn-on eyes)
Cleaning and Care: Surface wash

DIY, Craft and Décor: Ideas for stuffed animal lovers

DIY Stuffed Animal Zoo

Using just some wood, elastic cord, and a few tools, you can make a fun ‘zoo’ to store your child’s stuffed animals in. You could paint this to match their room and make it both a decorative and functional piece. The page Down Redbud Drive, shows you how you can easily make this piece that your stuffed animal lover will enjoy.

DIY Stuffed Dog

If you have some basic sewing skills, Sewenir has a simple pattern for a stuffed dog. You can customize the fabric you choose to make you pup fun and attractive. Your child will treasure this stuffed animal since it was made specially for them by you.

DIY Crocheted Safari Animals

If you prefer crocheting over sewing, then these adorable safari animals are for you! Jess Huff created patterns for six safari animals (monkey, giraffe, lion, hippo, elephant, and zebra) that are simply delightful. Whether you make one animal or all six, your child will love her new friend or friends!

Quick Decision

Gund Slumbers Teddy Bear – Best Overall
If you prefer crocheting over sewing, then these adorable safari animals are for you! Jess Huff created patterns for six safari animals (monkey, giraffe, lion, hippo, elephant, and zebra) that are simply delightful. Whether you make one animal or all six, your child will love her new friend or friends!

Melissa & Doug Giant Giraffe – Upgrade Choice
The Melissa and Doug Giant Giraffe earn this award. Because of its large size, this stuffed animal can double as décor in your child’s bedroom, be a dress-up partner, or just a fun companion.

Bedtime Originals Plush Monkey Ollie – Best Budget Buy
The Bedtime Originals Plush Monkey Ollie earned this award due to his super soft and cute appearance for a very reasonable price.

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