Cuddly toys, such as stuffed animal toys and teddy bears are among the most popular child toys across the globe. Because soft plush toys have a sweet look and huggable feel, it’s easy to see why many parents find them ideal to give to their babies. After all, what could be more adorable than a cute baby playing with a stuffed animal that is just as cute as them? More than being your baby’s playmates, stuffed toys can be their sleeping buddies too. At Riff Raff Sleep Toys, we specialize in soft toys for kids that make bedtime just as enjoyable for babies as playtime.
Toys may not be the first baby accessories that come to mind when thinking of your baby’s bedtime routine but they can be just as effective as baby books or a baby white noise machine in putting your baby to sleep. Especially if your beddings include SIDS-safe comforters, such as a koala comforter, fox comforter, and rabbit comforter, then putting your baby to sleep will be a breeze.
Cuddly toys can be an effective baby soother when your baby is feeling cranky too. Simply put, kids soft toys offer a gamut of benefits to both babies and parents. They are always a great gift idea either to your baby or a friend’s child.
What age is appropriate for cuddly toys?
Infants as young as four months already start to show interest in toys such as a toy teddy or other mini plush toys. Babies of this age can play with cuddly toys, but as with other kids’ toys, adult supervision is a must. It is also important to choose toys that are safe for babies below twelve months old which means that there should be no choking hazards on them. Examples of hazards can be button eyes and other hard parts that can scratch or harm the baby.
When it comes to babies below seven months of age, we highly recommend that you follow Red Nose Australia (formerly SIDS & Kids) safe sleeping guidelines. Ensure that no soft toys are introduced in the cot unless being directly supervised. But despite the fact that your little one won't sleep with their Riff Raff toy just yet, know that they are still likely to enjoy the audio-visual comfort it offers when the toy is securely strapped to the cot.
Why are cuddly toys comforting?
Babies are likely to experience separation anxiety in key developments of their lives, brought about by unfamiliar people or adjusting to a new environment where the primary caregiver isn't near. To calm their senses, introduce the soft and furry texture of cuddly toys that help provide comfort to babies through the sense of touch. We highly recommend that you wear your Riff Raff Sleep Toy constantly so that your scent will rub onto the toy, hence allowing the baby to associate the sleep toy with your presence and feel safe even when you’re not there.
Along with the comfort that cuddly toys offer, they can also facilitate babies in developing sensory skills as well as promoting social and emotional growth. Stuffed animals immerse babies in pretend play which can encourage them to interact more with other people ultimately helping them develop their language and communication skills.
How to choose the best cuddly toy for your kids?
There are many factors to consider when it comes to choosing the right stuffed toy to be your child’s cuddle buddy for the next few years. But the most important consideration you should bear in mind is safety. Above anything else, make sure that the toy you choose for your child is age-appropriate and has no harmful parts that can pose danger to them. For toddlers, go for cuddly toys that don’t have accessories that can be choking hazards to them.
Next, find out what other special features the cuddly toy can offer. Will it facilitate learning? Will it help them fall asleep faster? What makes it unique from other plush toys? These considerations can help you hit two birds with one stone by allowing your child to have fun without forgetting the importance of letting them engage in developmental activities as well.
Lastly, the overall design of the toy you’ll choose is mostly subjective. It depends on your child’s preferences on colour, style, size, brand, or texture. Ask your child what his favourite animal is as a starting point.
Some people think that choosing toys for kids is not a big deal but responsible parents know how crucial it is to only give their children high-quality ones that are safe, durable, and can promote developmental progress. Riff Raff’s cuddly toys are special toys designed to help babies get better quality sleep.
Each plush is made of soft fur with no hard parts that can harm babies. It can play a lullaby by pressing one ear and white noise plus a heartbeat sound by pressing the other ear. It has two volume and playback settings (twenty and forty minutes) to suit your baby’s needs. The stuffed animal also has velcro on one arm so you can attach it to your pram, car seat, and cot conveniently. Meanwhile, the other arm has a strap for securing dummies so you never have to lose one again. The best part is that it is machine-washable and tumble dry-able so your baby doesn’t have to part with it for too long.
Look no further for your baby’s newest sleep buddy! You won’t find another toy as soft, cuddly, and soothing as our Riff Raff sleep toys – shop online now!