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    Default What makes a good teddy bear?

    Myself? I want one for cuddling. This means;
    I want a teddy that's at least as big as my torso.
    I want a teddy that doesn't have ribbons or bows or anything else that might be scratchy. If the bow is really soft, that's ok.
    I want a teddy with enough body that I can give it a good strong hug and not feel like I'm hugging a limp rag.

    and if I can get that and still ask for more, machine washable would be awesome.

    Do you guys have stuffed animals? What makes a great stuffed animal?

    Thanks

    -- Thad

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    Thad I would definitely recommend you go to Build A Bear Workshop.
    Build-A-Bear Workshop-United States: Home Page



    I want a teddy that's at least as big as my torso.
    I want a teddy that doesn't have ribbons or bows or anything else that might be scratchy. If the bow is really soft, that's ok.
    I want a teddy with enough body that I can give it a good strong hug and not feel like I'm hugging a limp rag.
    You seem to want your teddy bear to be to your exact specifications so you should probably go here and just make it yourself .Its a great place, I loved it when I was little.

    Also I would recommend The Vermont Teddy Bear Company, they seem to be pretty good to.
    http://www.vermontteddybear.com/Default.aspx?bhcp=1

    Another good source for plushies and teddy bears is Ebay eBay - New & used electronics, cars, apparel, collectibles, sporting goods & more at low prices and your local thrift store, just be sure to wash it twice and it will be fine. shopgoodwill.com - Welcome

    Really the thing with teddy bears is that you need to feel a connection with them you cant just think of it as an object that you buy its your buddy to huggle and snuggle with and be awesome! In fact I still sleep with my teddy bear when my parents are out of town, its great to wake up to just you holding your teddy bear close and just cuddle the heck out of him.

    Also here are some other links that are useful.
    Collecting Teddy bearsTeddy Bears at Teddybears.com
    The history of the teddy bear History of the Teddy Bear

    --Secret--

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    I have two plushies:

    Jax a white puppy with purple paws
    Mofasa A lion.

    Mofasa is great for hugging while Jax is good for petting. While i'm sleeping Mofasa lays on my futon and watches the room and Jax sits on my headboard protecting me from monsters and bad people.

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    daria7483

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    Build-a-Bear is pretty cool, but it can be expensive to get anything beyond just the basic bear. Though it sounds like that might be all you need.

    I've got a bunch of stuffed animals, more than I really know what to do with, really. I don't have many requirements, just that they be cute and fairly soft. Usually I tend to love them more for who gave them to me. Someday I'll post pics of my two favorite teddy bears, Rosemary and Yoshi.

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    Attractiveness and cuteness first then size. I agree larger is better to sleep & cuddle with. I have have life sized dolls. See teddybabes dot com or realdoll dot com or candyeighteen dot com or boytoydolls dot com. (18+ sites) They can be concidered sex toys but for me and very many others their major use is sleep cuddly companion.

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    it needs to large enough to cuddle and soft as possible, and your right ribbons ruin the softness

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    angelabauer

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    Thad, like you I also live in Los Angeles County. When I was a child a couple of times a year my folks would drive us kids to a store in Burbank called "It's A Zoo" that specialized in soft animal toys. It was fairly close to the real Los Angeles Zoo. Unfortunately that store closed. My personal koala, Eukie, was adopted from It's A Zoo when I was almost 12.

    Most of my larger soft toys I adopted from thrift stores. My husband and I sometimes drive up to Lancaster and Palmdale because the selection in thrift stores there is so good. But we also have found wonderful soft toys at a re-sell shop in Pasadena on Hill just north of Washington. Chances are all of us have similar stores near us.

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    I'm a fan of plushies, but to be honest, I don't think a teddy is my favourite. I would prefer other animals - like cats or dragons. I suppose what makes them good depends what you want from them.

    With plushies to snuggle they have to be realitively big, otherwise it isn't really comfortable. It also helps if they are really soft. I brought a new plushie recently, a penguin who has been named Tux (it sounds cute, and every single computer geek assumes that is what it is called before I tell them).

    My other plushies are smaller and not really suitable for snuggling. When I am having some proper *B time, however, I find that I like to pet them and talk to them - perhaps because they are ones from when I was little. I have found that the one I was attached to most when little is the one I am least attached too now. I just can't snuggle him. Way too small

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    I have my lovable Totoro...
    He's large enough to be huggable, and I can sleep with him. And he's cute. His whiskers fell out though T_T. I keep them stored away 'cause I don't want to lose them. A life size Totoro plushie would be awesome... But hopelessly impractical to make... Y_Y

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