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My first son received a Beddy Bear as a present 6 years ago. Our Beddy Bear is dark brown, is around 25cm tall (but the bear itself is floppy). All the features of the bear are sewn on although manufacturers instructions state it's not suitable for under three years old.
The bear has a 'Beddy Bear' logo across the middle of it's tummy. The gold logo shown in the picture - at the time of writing this is the same as our bear, I see from bears on sale the style of logo has now changed a little, but the look of the bear remains the same. As I say our bear is brown, but it's available in a rainbow of different colours.
The idea of this bear is that it can be heated in the microwave, the bear itself is quite heavy and has contains treated wheat grains, this is what gives it the heavy, floppy feel. It states in the instructions to put the bear in the microwave for 2 minutes. I actually find about 40 seconds on high is enough, so the bear isn't too hot to touch. The bear now belongs to my younger son (it's been passed along) and he finds it hilarious to watch the bear spinning around in the microwave.
The warmth lasts for a good hour or so, perfect for snuggling in bed on cooler nights. I prefer the peace of mind of this bear compared to a hot water bottle. There's always that worry about leaks, this bear avoids all of that.
The bear can also be put in the freezer for bumps, I've never used it in this way but imagine it could be an effective way of encouraging little ones to put a cold compress on any bumps.
**What? No lavender?**
I'm not sure if it was an accident, but our Beddy Bear never had a smell of lavender as all the Beddy Bears on sale claim to have. I bought a Beddy Bear as a present a few months after receiving ours as we loved it so much, this had a very strong smell of lavender about it. It didn't bother us that ours didn't have this smell particularly. Maybe it missed it's lavender sprinkle on the manufacturing line. The manufacturer does state that lavender oil drops can be added to refresh if needed.
I love the Beddy Bear, so do both of my boys. Even as a normal bear, he's a regular toy that's played with. It's lasted six years of heavy use and really doesn't show any signs of wear. It's been/is still a great present. If I'd purchased it I'd feel it was well worth the money.
Beddy Bear is available on-line on Amazon and Ebay, priced around £8.99 plus delivery.
Beddy Bear is a teddy bear who returns your cuddles with genuine warmth... in fact actual, real warmth! Beddy Bear may look at you with a bit of fear in his eyes when he hears the microwave door open and heads that way for the first time, but a reassuring word and placing him in the centre before giving him a 2-minute blast, and he will come out all aglow.
As a teddy bear, he is lovely to cuddle, covered in a really soft plush fur (mine's brown, but he is available in lots of different colours) and a lovely size, around 28cm tall. He has a lovely face, with stitched eyes, nose and mouth, no plastic parts, and is very handsome sitting on the shelf until he is called into use.
His body, arms and legs are filled with wheat grains which are flavoured (?) with lavender, so when he's warmed up, you get the soothing aroma as well as the comforting heat.
I always pop him into the microwave for 2 minutes on full power, which is the recommendation, and having done that, he comes out actually quite hot. I would definitely say too hot to give to a child at that point. Personally I like that extreme heat if I'm using him for therapeutic purposes, but it is very hot indeed, especially if against the skin. Having said that, the extreme heat lasts no more than a few minutes before settling into a much more comfortable and long-lasting warmth. I would estimate that the heat lasts (with any worth) for about an hour after which it's still detectable but not much more than that. In that respect it would be ideal to use as a hot water bottle substitute to fall asleep with. The fact that he's filled with beans means that he can be shaped and moulded to your back/shoulder or around your tummy, whatever the area in need when he is being used to help with discomfort.
I was given my Beddy bear years ago as a gift and I immediately purchased two for my nieces, and they also fell instantly in love. I highly recommend Beddy Bear, and he is available on amazon for a range of prices from £4.99 to £11.99 apparently depending on nothing more than the colour you choose. I also notice from reading the amazon notes that he can be frozen too to act as a cold compress as well as warm, not something I've ever tried.
As a warm comforter or a therapeutic aid, Beddy Bear is a lovely purchase.
Our little lad has had his Beddy Bear now for a couple of years. We bought it while we out together as a family at our local garden centre, looking for gaden plants and not hot water bottles. Our son reached out and picked this up and asked if he could have it We don't usually let him have what he wants but to be honest we had been looking for something like this to keep him warm in bed at night so we thought it was perfect timing.
We were not keen on him having a conventional hot water bottle as we were afraid for safety reasons so we thought this was a great alternative and of course it helps that it looks so cute too.
No hot water is required for this Beddy-Bear. You simply heat it up in the microwave for about two minutes on a high setting, shake it about a bit and then it is ready to use. The temperature is perfect and not too hot for his little body. He finds it a great comfort to take it to bed with him at night, especially if he is not feeling too well.
It is attractive to look at and it looks similar to the little Beanie Babies you can buy. It is about thirteen inches long and the one he has is in blue but you can also buy them in other colours. The outside is made of a velour type material and is quite soft to the touch and inside the body parts (but not the head) is stuffed full of wheatgerm, which is what gets hot when it is put into the microwave.
It sits on his bed during the day while he is at school and it just looks like a normal teddy.
Perfect and greatly recommended.
This review is also published on Ciao under name of sorehead.
I first got this as a Christmas present from a friend and I didn't use it for a while as I didn't realise how nice they are once heated. Before you put it in the microwave it's just an average bear, soft, cute looking display purposes mainly. However, I have come to realise that these beddy bears can be essential for a good nights sleep on a cold winters night.
They are made in China using microsafe materials and the small balls in the bear are essentially just treated wheat grains and the head and arms is made of the average soft stuffing. The bear additionally has a lovely and relaxing lavender aroma which is released upon heating. It really helps with ease of sleeping. When the scent starts to fade you simply can put a few drops of lavender oil to refresh the aroma.
They are so easy to heat, just put it in the microwave for 2 minutes for 800-1000 watts or 2 and a half for 600-700 watts. Once heated they can be used similarly to hot water bottles. They are a great comfort when suffering from period pains and stomach aches or just to ease getting into a freezing bed. The warmth lasts for a long time and you'll be asleep before you have any sense of it gradually fading.
They can also be used as cold packs and you just have to place the bear in a sealed freezer bag and put in the freezer for 2-3 hours. This makes them ideal for reducing temperatures, easing sprains and reducing swelling. I haven't personally done this as I usually just use ice packs as my freezer is quite small and usually full, but it is a useful feature.
Intelex now have a huge range of different microwaveable animals along with the classic bear. They cost around £10 which isn't bad for a teddy bear which also has much more on offer.
I would happily recommend it and it's a great gift, as I would know!
My "Beddy Bear" story begins 5 years ago, back when my kids were tiny and we didn't have to worry about taking holidays in expensive school holiday time. Back then, we used to have a January break every year at Center Parcs, because it was the cheapest time of the year to go. The only drawback of this was the fact that it was blimmin' cold at this time of year! My youngest son was only a baby at the time, and it was important to me that the kids were warm and comfortable, especially when sleeping at night, or travelling in their puhchairs.
It was no coincidence then, that the park management capitalised on these parental concerns by having a prominent display of these Beddy Bear toys in the gift shop. They were displayed on a large table right in the centre of the shop and were very eye catching, as they came in a variety of bright colours. Suffice to say that the kids were drawn to them straight away, and when I had a closer look myself, and saw that they were special toys that could be heated in the microwave, I realised that this was a toy that really filled an immediate need, and would have a variety of practical uses. As well as bears, they also made these toys in a few other animal shapes, like rabbits, but the bears seemed the most appealing to me.
I bought three bears, at £10 each. My oldest son had a blue one, which he named "Superbear". My daughter had a pink one, which she named "Peachy", and I bought a traditional brown bear for the baby, and named it "Bruno", as he wasn't able to speak at the time and invent a name for it!
The bears are a little bit smaller than your average teddy bear, and the material that they are made of is soft and velvety to the touch. I like the fact that there are no sharp bits or bits that can fall off or be bitten off. All of the features on the toy are embroidered, which is great, as it makes the toy much safer.
The face of the bear is quite basic, and a little bit blank looking! The eyes are black, embroidered circles, the nose is an upturned triangle, and the mouth is basically two stitches of black thread. The downside with the way that they have done the mouthis that it comes undone easily, and now we have had the bears for five years, only one of them still has a mouth! The other two bears just have noses and no mouths, but it doesn't really matter too much, as they are still loved. The eyes and nose look as if they will last indefinitely. The bear also has a coloured embroidered "Beddy Bear" logo emblazoned across the chest, which says: "Beddy Bear-warm me in a microwave!" in big letters.
The bear is securely stitched together, and has to be, as it contains small wheat grains, which I will discuss shortly. In the five years that we have had the bears, I have never had to ment a popped seam or had any grains leak out, which is a testament to the high quality of the product and the attention that the makers have applied to the safety aspect. There is no way of opening the bear, as the grains are not part of a removable pack, but are an integral part of the toy. The seams are very tight and secure, and you cannot make out the individual stitches at all, as they are so tight.
The grains fill the body, legs and arms of the bear, which give the bear quite a heavy feel compared to other bears, and parents with aggressive children may need to keep an eye out that the bears are not used to whack siblings with, as thery would make quite a mean weapon! The beany body also means that the bears sit up quite well on their own on a table, shelf or desk for display. The only parts of the body which are not stuffed with beans are the tiny stubby tail and the head, which is stuffed with more traditional soft stuffing. Obviously this means that the bears are not as huggable as a traditional teddy bear, but this has not bothered my kids in the slightest, and has never been a problem.
Now the main advantage of this toy is the fact that it can be heated up in the microwave, and trust me, this is SO much better that a hot water bottle! The label on the bear suggests heating the bear on full power in the microwave for no more than two minutes. I must admit, this is a really weird concept, and there is something inherently odd about whacking your childs beloved teddy bear in the microwave and watching it spin round on the plate. It almost seems cruel! After two minutes you can take the bear out and it feels blissfully warm to the touch. The treated wheat grains have heated up nicely, and smell like hot cereal! The bears are also treated with lavender oil when they are made, so also have a lovely lavender scent, which is known to aid sleep. I must admit that after 5 years, the lavender scent has faded on our bears, but you can easily replenish the scent with a few drops of essental oil from a local pharmacy or health shop. Personally, I am quite happy with the cereal smell of the wheat grains, which is just as relaxing and comforting to me!
Now I know that the label says two minutes max, but if it is a really cold winters night, I may just extend it to two and a half or even three minutes, to get the bear really toasty warm! I wouldn't keep it in any longer than that though, for risk of damage to the toy, and overheating it.
In the winter, the kids line up with their bears, as I microwave them,(the bears, not the kids!) and place them in the beds to warm the sheets, as the kids have a wash and clean their teeth ready for bed. This takes the edge off getting into a cold bed, and then they can cuddle up to the bears as they go to sleep.
As I go to bed a couple of hours later, I will often sneak in and pinch a bear, heat it up and put it in my own bed. Sneaky, I know, and I probably should get one of my own instead of pinching the kids ones! A heated bear will stay warm for about half an hour before slowly losing its heat. This can vary though, and if it is in a bed, under the covers, the insulating effect of the sheets will keep the bear warmer longer, although probably not as long as a traditional hot water bottle. They feel much nicer though, and I like the way that the beans mould themselves around your skin. Unlike a hot water bottle, these toys cannot scald you or leak water all over you, and are much easier to heat up up than boiling a kettle and filling a water bottle, trying not to splash hot water on your hands as you do so!
The advantages of these toys don't stop there though! They are also very comforting when someone is suffering from colds and flu, especially kids, as it will warm them up, and give them something to cuddle at the same time. They are also brilliant for relieving aches and pains, as the beans mould themselves nicely around any affected body part, such as the neck, or a knee. If I am suffering bad period pains, one of these toys heated up and placed on my tummy works absolute miracles, and is more favourable to me than popping pills for pain relief. You can also heat the bear by placing it on a radiator for a few hours.
On the other hand, the bears can be used as a cold compress if you wrap them up and place them in a freezer for a couple of hours. To me, the only flaw with this concept is that if you speain your ankle you want instant relief, and that bag of peas in the freezer is already there, as opposed to having to find the bear, wrap it up and wait for it to go cold! However, as a cold compress for treating a high temperature or fever, this works better, and the soft fabric covering is more skin friendly than the plastic pea bag!
I really like the idea of the heated wheat grain toy, and I would like to get something similar to place in my outdoor rabbit hutch to give our bunny a warm spot in her hutch in the winter. Trouble is, these bears are too precious personally, so I will have to keep my eye out for something a bit cheaper! The idea of a toy to keep sick or old pets, or even outdoor pets warm, is a good idea though, and these treated wheat grain products probably have more uses that I can imagine.
Going back to our original holiday when we bought the bears, they were also great for popping in the pushchair under the blanket to keep the baby warm, and would be brilliant for keeping baby's feet warm in the pram. We also hired one of those cycle trailers during our holiday for the kids to ride in, and the bears did a great job of keeping the kids warm and snug in their trailer. They are perfect for young kids to hold and hug on a cold winter walk to school.
Yes, they are like little hot water bottles, but equally as importany to my kids is the fact that these bears are toys too. My daughter likes to dress hers up in doll clothes, and although a little smaller than the average bear, a lot of the "build a bear" clothes that you can get will also fit these bears, although I would remove them before putting the bear in a microwave!
My little son, who was a baby when I bought the bear for him, is now nearly six, and loves his bear, taking him to school on toy day, and making him the star of adventure and imaginative games. Even my older son, who is now 10, still loves his bear, although he would never admit it, and the bear comes in quite handy for soothing aching muscles after football, as well as being quite a mean football player himself when playing in a league against all our other soft toys!
I remember at the time feeling a bit hesitant at spending £30 for three teddy bears, but in retrospect this was really money well spent. The bears have been great toys and companions for the children, but also kept them warm in the winter and soothed aches, pains and fevers.
Beddy bears would definitely be on my "must have" toy list, as they seem to tick so many boxes as ideal toys. The only trouble is, that in our house, me and my husband tend to pinch them all the time!
These toys seem to be made to last, and have survived the last five years no problem. They are getting a little bit grubby though, and there is no information on the label as to whether they can be washed. Presumably they would be sponge clean only, as I would imagine that putting them in a machine may damage the wheat grains (or possibly even turn them to porridge!). I would certainly be very careful when cleaning the toy.
A website about the bears states that: "Every Beddy-BearTM conforms to BS-EN71/2/3, MDA and CE standards and has been flammability and safety tested. Manufactured with extra strong seams, using specially developed microwave safe thread and fabrics. Contains microsafe polyfill and specially treated wheat grains that have been carefully cleaned and then dried to specific moisture content. "
These bears would make a fantastic gift for someone, and considering that they cost £10, when my daughter once spent over £30 on a Lotso Toy Story bear, they are very good value in comparison to other teddy bears on the market! Hopefully these bears will last us a lifetime, and will be a toy that my kids can pass on to their own children, or if I am lucky, maybe they will pass them on to me!
My two children first got these when they were 4 & 5 years old.
I wanted something that they could take to bed and wouldn't have the potential to scald them or leak water all over their beds.
We have got one purple and one pink and they have been used more times than I originally thought they would. As well as going to bed we have used than as a general 'comforter' when they are feeling a little under the weather, on a Sunday morning for our duvet, toast and Cbeebies morning and to put in their beds 5 minutes before they go up stairs.
After heating in the microwave (I heat mine together) I suggest you give each bear a little shake to evenly distribute the heat throughout the body and limbs (mine doesn't have heatable filling in the head). The smell is Lavender but my girls think it smells of bubble bath. Ours seem to stay warm for much longer than it says and it can still be luke warm nearly 2 hours after heating, which gives your little one plenty of time to fall asleep. It can be quite hard to keep clean as it will obviously not go in the washing machine so you have to damp sponge it down, and don't do what I did and put it in the microwave before mopping up an earlier tea spill!
We have also used this for my husbands neck pain and my stomach ache as the warmth seems to alleviate it. We also heat them to put in the car with the girls when we are going on a long journey, and have even been to Spain with us as my two get quite cold on the plane and like the comfort they provide when they are in unfamiliar beds
In summary we have had these two bears for two years now and they have seen some action from all members of the family apart from the dog, and they show no signs of being used any less in the future
Oh I forgot to say that the bears features i.e. eyes etc are sewn on and not made of buttons or plastic so there is nothing for your child to pull or chew off
When I was younger I loved to take a hot water bottle to bed with me when it was cold but then as a present I got bought a Beddy Bear as an alternative, to start with I was a little dubious as to whether this would be as good as a hot water bottle, that was several years ago and I have not used a hot water bottle since.
What is A Beddy Bear
Basically it is a teddy bear which instead of being filled with the usual soft stuffing it is filled with 100% natural wheat, the bears main body is filled with the wheat and its arms, legs and head are filled with the usual stuffing. A Beddy bear can be used as either an alternative to a hot water bottle or as a cold pack depending on your needs.
An Alternative to a Hot Water Bottle - You simply place the bear into the microwave for about 2 minutes and then remove. The wheat inside the bears body will have heated up making the bear hot, ready to snuggle up with to keep you warm.
As a Cold Pack - To use the bear as a cold pack you put the bear into a bag (I assume to stop the fur icing up) and place it into the freezer for a little while. When removed the wheat inside will be cold and the bear is ready to place on the area where you need the cold pack.
I personally have never used my Beddy bear as a cold pack but I assume it would be ideal for injuries such as sprains. I always use my Beddy bear in the microwave I was very surprised at how long it stayed hot, I warm mine up in the microwave and leave it in the bed for a little while and the bed it lovely and warm when I get in it and the Beddy bear itself is still warm for me to put my feet on. After I have heated the Beddy bear up I find that it stays hot for several hours, if it begins to feel like it is cooling slightly I shift the wheat about a little bit inside as the wheat on the outside tends to cool quicker so moving it about a bit brings the hotter wheat from the middle to the outside meaning that Beddy bear stays warm for even longer.
Personally I think a Beddy Bear is much safer than a hot water bottle. A hot water bottle is ultimately a rubber bottle filled with boiling water, with a hot water bottle there is always that risk that the rubber bottle may get a leak or bust spilling the boiling water over you, also because the hot water bottle is filled with boiling water it is very hot, too hot to touch for a little while even with a cover on it so again there is the risk of burning yourself. With a Beddy Bear, yes the wheat does get quite hot but it cannot leak and spill over you like boiling water and it is not a hot as boiling water. A Beddy Bear heats up enough to keep you nice and warm but not too hot so that it will burn you skin.
Beddy Bears come in many different colours and shapes, they come in a variety of difference animals aswell, I have the originally brown teddy bear, it has an oval badge sewn in the middle of its tummy with the words Beddy Bear Microwave me stitched in the middle of the badge. The fur is lovely and soft making it ideal to cuddle up with on cold winter nights
A Beddy Bear would be ideal for children, it is something they could cuddle up to in bed when its cold without the worry of them burning themselves on a hot water bottle. Also when Beddy Bear is not being used it looks just like a normal teddy bear and can be sat on the bed or self. If you want the Beddy Bear to be slightly cooler for children you can simply put it I the microwave for less time.
One thing with the Beddy Bear is do not put it in the microwave for any longer than a couple of minuets, it does not make it hotter it just burns the wheat inside and smells horrible. Once the wheat is burnt it will smell nasty every time you heat it up!!!!!
The cost of a Beddy Bear depends on where it is purchased from, as I said mine was a present but I think it cost around £10, however they can be bought cheaper if you shop around. Although this is more expensive then the traditional hot water bottle, it does last a lot longer as I have found in the past that hot water bottles start to leak around the top.
Easy to use
Can be used hot or cold
Safer than a hot water bottle as not danger of getting burnt
Suitable for children
A few years ago my boyfriend's parents bought me a Beddy Bear for Christmas, and it has been one of the best and most useful presents I can remember receiving for quite a long time.
*What is a Beddy Bear?*
It is basically a teddy bear which is filled with 100% natural wheat instead of the usual stuffing. This means that you can pop him in the microwave to help warm you up, or a few hours in the freezer to use as a cold pack. It also has a lavender scent to help you sleep. It is made in the UK by Intelex. My bear measures 12" (30cm) from head to toe.
*How do you use it?*
If you want to use it as an alternative to the traditional hot water bottle you pop the bear into the microwave for two minutes and then you can cuddle up with him or put it in your bed to warm it up. If you need a cold pack you need to put him in a sealed bag (a carrier bag tied securely will work) for two to three hours).
*Does it work*
For me most definitely, I actually have two of these now and have a chocolate brown bear and a light brown bunny. In the winter I hate getting into a cold bed so an hour or so before I'm about to go to bed mine gets a quick blast in the microwave and then into bed he goes. This means by the time I go to bed, it has nicely warmed up for me and I can then put my feet on the bear to warm them up or if I'm really cold I can cuddle it. When I'm doing night shifts during the winter my boyfriend will put this in the bed for me before he goes to work so it's not freezing cold for me when I get home.
The great thing about the bear is that he doesn't go cold for quite a while, I've woken up during the night and he's still been warm after about five hours. When me & my parents were driving down to Portsmouth the other year and the weather was terrible, I warmed the bear up before we set off and kept hold of him for the journey. The other bonus compared to hot water bottle when he does go cold it doesn't feel cold when you touch him, it's just like a normal teddy bear.
I've only used mine as a cold pack once after I'd sprained my ankle and it was much more preferable to having a bag of peas wrapped around your ankle.
I've had mine probably around 4 years now and the lavender smell has faded but I think if I wanted to I could add a few drops of essential oil to make it scented again.
*Would I recommend one?*
I think these are great and would make a great stocking filler or present for most people. The legs on the bear are also slightly jointed which means that they sit up nicely on the bed when you're not using it.
As they come in a nice range of colours or different animals such as a pig, elephant or a monkey as well as the traditional bear design so there will be something to suit most.
*Cost & Availability*
I've seen these for sale in the gift section at my local garden centre where they cost £9.99. They are also on sale at Amazon.co.uk in a range of colours & different designs with £7.39 being the cheapest or Play.com for £6.99 (Light Brown, Dark Brown, Blue, Purple and Pink) or direct from Intelex.co.uk for £9.95.
For further information you can contact Intelex on
Tel: 01933 679 777
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Thanks for reading.