A first teddy bear

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There’s something pretty special about your first proper teddy bear isn’t there?  My Mum still has the little ted that her Dad bought her when she was a girl.  Chloe is rather fond of my first teddy bear – who isn’t actually a teddy bear but a well loved and scruffy looking sausage dog called “Chippy”.  He has very worn paws as I used to make him a string lead and pull him around like a real dog.  I remember claiming he lived on a diet of potato products.  


It has become tradition in our house that Aunty Nic buys the first, special cuddly for her nieces and nephew.  She bought Ben “Fufus” for his first birthday, Chloe had “Mr Mouse” from birth and Amy has had “Alfie the Patch Dog” from birth too.  These are the bears which I insisted must be machine washable, the bears which they sleep with every night, the bears which will eventually look tired and saggy and very very loved.  I’ve always been very strict that they don’t really leave the house unless we’re going somewhere over night, I never wanted to be chasing a lost teddy bear around the country.  That said Fufus has still been left in Milton Keynes and had to catch a lift home with the postman before now!

Babies and their bears

Aunty Nic has also bought each of them a very special teddy bear for their christenings – these are more display bears which sit on a shelf in their bedrooms.  I love that she has bought each of them their own version of the same gift if you see what I mean. If you’re looking for a special bear then British Teddies have some super cute ones which would make a lovely presents, not just for little ones either!  

The special bears

Do you still have your first teddy bear? Or have your children got special teddies that they have to take everywhere with them?


  1. Jodie Fisher
    January 20, 2015 / 1:35 pm

    We have a tradition in my family that at a year old we get our special bears. For the girls, a panda. For boys, tiger.

    • January 21, 2015 / 6:52 pm

      Oh that's lovely! Do you know how it started? x

  2. January 20, 2015 / 9:54 pm

    I remember my first teddy, my snowy bear, but I have no idea where he is now – I don't have him and I am sure my mother doesn't! x

    • January 21, 2015 / 6:53 pm

      I have very little in the way of toys from when I was little as we moved house so many times that things were just cleared out when we were finished with them rather than moved along with us each time.

  3. January 20, 2015 / 10:19 pm

    I have a little white bear called Roger who is now 30 years old. I got him when I was 1. I actually have no idea who gave him to me but he has seen me through boarding school, moving countries countless times, marriage, having a baby, divorce and he still sleeps beside my pillow. I gave all my soft toys from my childhood to a charity for children but I could never part with Roger.

    • January 21, 2015 / 7:18 pm

      They really can be so special can't they! x

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