***Disclosure: I received complimentary samples to facilitate my review. No other compensation was provided, and all opinions are 100% honest and have not been influenced in any way.***
Having 3 kids to shop for, I know how hard it is to find that one perfect gift. Sure, toys with all the bells and whistles are fine. But eventually, all the lights and sound effects tend to lose their appeal, and the toy ends up inevitably tossed to the bottom of the toy box.
And yes, I do purchase all the fancy-shmancy toys. They're fun, and my kids really do enjoy them. But every year, I try and find something that can have sentimental value for my kids as they grow older. Something that will help bring fond memories of childhood that they can pass on to their own little ones someday. (But not TOO soon....I am not ready to be a Grandma for at least 20 more years!)
When I was a little girl, that special thing for me was my blankie. Okay, I should say blankies, to be exact. I had 2 very simple, waffle-weave cotton blankets. One was yellow and one was blue. I took my blankies everywhere. I wore them like clothing and ended up looking like a Feed the Children poster child, I dragged them on the ground, and I had them with me in the car at all times. They were not only super soft and snuggly, they were also there for comfort and security. Eventually, my Mom had to destroy them because I simply would not give them up. Wow, I wish I had those blankies now!
So when I saw the adorable stuffed pals from Bommersheim Buddies, I knew I had found that special toy this year. For one, there is a certain air of nostalgia about them. They're not fancy or complicated....They're very simple, actually. Just a stuffed friend with some really adorable fabric choices. Many times, when it comes to young children, simple is better!
I suppose this nostalgic feel is due to the fact that this company is a family business based in a small shop in Indiana. (That's right! Bommersheim Buddies are made in the USA!) They have lovingly made these cuddlies with removable covers for three generations for their own family, and now it’s a business, so anyone can enjoy them!
We received the Green Frog Musicians Flannel Buddy to check out for ourselves. We also got a the Teal Monkeys cover to go along with our buddy.
I have to admit, I got really excited when I first saw this adorable guy. You see, it totally reminded me of my cloth diapering days, and as you all may recall, I was addicted! The fabrics used by Bommersheim Buddies reminds me so much of all the different diaper fabrics. Once a fluff addict, always a fluff addict, apparently.
The body of the buddy is squeezable and soft. It's also the perfect size for little ones to snuggle and love. I really love the hand-drawn appearance of the face. This special touch makes the Bommersheim Buddies look like they're handmade by a loving Grandma.
The covers are super simple to remove and put on. There are velcro closures that can be opened, and the body can be pulled right out.
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