A couple of weeks ago, I received a request for a review from a company called Bearegards. I’m pretty selective when it comes to products I review on the blog, but when I heard the story behind this product, and why this company was formed, I couldn’t say no.
Not to mention, I was pretty sure my kids would love this stuffed animal activity.
Spoiler Alert: I was right.
A little background
Gary Beauregard, the founder of Bearegards, served in the military and was gone from his family for long periods of time. He had young children at home, who were understandable upset and missing their Dad when he was away. He found that they were comforted if they could hear his voice, so he made a recordable message, and put it in a stuffed animal. They could then have something to cuddle and comfort them, while their Dad served our Country.
Even though this isn’t a completely new idea, I loved the inspiration behind this company and it’s products. It’s a small family run business, which I also love.
Bearegards offers a wide variety of stuffed animals that you get to stuff yourself, and then record a message and put inside. Not only can you send them to loved ones that live far away, but they make such special gifts to friends or relatives that are sick in the hospital. These stuffed animals make great baby shower gifts, with the parents being able to record their babies heartbeat and put it inside. What an amazing keepsake that would be!
In addition to ordering single animals with recordable messages, you can also order party packs. That way, you can have a stuffed animal party right in your own living room. Everyone can stuff their own animal, and then take it home as a party favor. No need to get everyone to the mall, wait in long lines, and spend tons of money. The great thing about Bearegards, is that everything is shipped to your home, and the price is considerable less than a large chain store version.
How we partied
We received both a recordable bear and a party pack bear.
For the recordable bear, we decided to make a message for Daddy for his birthday, and let him take it to work. That way, when he’s missing us, he can just listen and have a cuddle. Plus, it eliminated me from picking which boy got to keep it.
The party pack bear we used as a birthday activity for Daddy’s birthday. Hee hee.
Both packages came with detailed instructions that were easy to follow. Fluff the stuffing, stuff it in the back, making sure to push it all the way into the feet and arms, add the recordable, and zip it closed.
It also came with a little star to put inside. The little ones can make a wish on it before putting it in. We gave it a kiss.
The stuffed animals come with their very own birth certificate, which Mr. B filled out, and a t-shirt. The kids could even decorate that too.
A couple of things we learned:
1.Fluffing the stuffing was REALLY fun.
2.Mom or Dad will need to help push the stuffing all the way to the toes and hands of the animal.
3.Make sure you have plenty of room, and I would recommend hardwood or tile floors, as the stuffing can get everywhere. At least if your kids are as crazy as mine.
Overall, the boys had a great time with the activity, and the bears were really cute. I think it would be a really fun birthday party theme and activity. I would recommend it for kids at least 5-years-old, as it was hard to get the twins to really stuff it or make the message….although, they loved the final product.
I love anything that you can personalize, and if I had been given one at my baby shower, I would have loved it.
Check out their site and let me know what animal you would choose, and who would you send it to.
*This post was not sponsored, however, we were given the products in exchange for an honest review. No stuffed bears were hurt in the making of this post.