Retired...

Thursday, March 18, 2010

It's official... Froggie and Doggie have been retired.

A friend of ours got these Wubbanubs for the kids for Christmas and they loved them.  Too much.  Since you cant wash/dry stuffed animals due to the risk of mold, three months is about the lifespan of these little guys.  (Of course, the soothies could live forever... So I cut them off, washed them, and added them to the rotation of binkies!).  Time to whip out Monkey and Duckie (their Christening gifts!).

I'm so tired, but I thought I'd share this adorable picture...  It just brings tears to my eyes whenever I happen to be a fly on the wall to moments like these...

14 comments:

Lizy said...

Michelle,
Your blogs always give me such hope! I love the pic of Maya on daddy!!! Que chula!!!! And of Bobby in green...Love it!!!! Hugs from Chicago. Lizy

Katie said...

Oh, boy, I did NOT know that about stuffies. I have been washing Will's crib pals for months. Now I am off to google!

K said...

oh no. I didn't realize you couldn't wash stuffed animals :( Oh man- I'm sad now.

Beautiful pic of Maya and her daddy. So incredibly sweet!

Sara (Anthonys mom) said...

cant you put the stuffed animals in the dryer after washing them? I have a stuffed animal that Ive washed and dried... for years now.... no mold in him yet ...

Sara said...

something I found

*Use the Washer

I always wash my children's stuffed animals. Put the toy in a pillow case and close with a large safety pin or tie the end in a knot. Wash as you normally would, and dry in the dryer.


*For 'Finer' Animals

Cleaning stuffed animals is very easy. The more expensive ones Dakin etc. can be washed in the washer inside a tied up pillowcase. The cheaper ones can be washed according grandma in a paper sack with some baking soda. Just shake. I have never had any complaints and I have two boys with very severe allergies.


**Drying Animals

To dry the animals, place them near a dehumidifier. After 2-3 days, all the water is removed from the toys and drying this way reduces the damage to fine hair or fur. (Dehumidifiers are also great for drying shoes and sneakers) If any area of the toy weakens when it becomes wet (like the neck), reduce the stress of this area by laying area flat during the drying process. Some toys are stuffed with natural fiber/material. These should not be immersed in water, but the fur can be wiped off with a soapy cloth and a clean wet cloth.

Donna said...

It always makes me sad to see toys get retired! One of my all time favorite pictes of Yaya and T is similar to the one you posted. They both were napping on the sofa together. It's so sweet!!!

Michele said...

From what I've heard, you cant see/smell mold spores, but they can impact young children, especially preemies who may have "hidden" lung issues.

AKD said...

I love that they've found such comfort and happiness from their little friends - I'm sure they've helped them through some rough teething spells!!

sonja said...

Better safe than sorry on the stuffed animals -- and thanks for mentioning that since I'll be in the same boat at some point!


Absolutely LOVE this photo! Sooo precious.

Reba said...

what a precious picture!!!

there are some plushies you can wash/dry according to their tags...but they seem pretty rare. we always try to get them when we can. so far we've found a fisher price my first doll, the my first elmo and cookie friends, and someone got her a beautiful peter rabbit that can be washed and dried. and luckily he is her favorite toy right now!! which was good b/c when she gets conjunctivitis, it is so hard keeping all the non-washable toys away from her.

Sara said...

so how do you "retire" a stuffed animal? Im thinking maybe I need to get rid of mine

Michele said...

I cut off the soothies (because, let's be real, who couldnt always use a spare soothie!) and then, after a brief word, put them in the garbage.

Peter and I both have stuffed animals from childhood. While the kids wont play with them, we kept them because they meant a lot to us. Peter has a bear and I have a bear that is in a conductor's outfit that I got when I was a baby. Neither have ever been washed. But, because of their age, we'll keep them away from the babies.

MrsSpock said...

I never had any idea stuffed animals couldn't be washed. Thanks for cluing me in!

That picture of Peter and baby is adorable.

Sara (Anthonys mom) said...

I did hear that if you wanted to .. you could use dryel ( the at home dry cleaning kit ) .. or just put the stuffed animal in the dryer once a week to get rid of dust and dander....