*I have been compensated for this post in the form of a product. All opinions are mine and mine alone. This post is sponsored by Finn + Emma*
Growing up, I was attached to Mr. Stuffy, my brown plush bear. I carried him everywhere until I was about six. After so many years of cuddling, playing, and washing, my poor Mr. Stuffy was in desperate need of retirement. My almost 2-year old is just now getting to the stage where she is really starting to like stuffed animals and baby dolls. She has several stuffed animals, but has yet to really attach to any single one. I am hoping to find one soon that can become a companion for the next few years and provide her warm memories for a lifetime. When Finn + Emma offered to send me a Big Buddy, I jumped at the chance hoping she would love it just as much as I loved Mr. Stuffy.
Finn + Emma offers baby and toddler clothing with lovable prints along with toys and accessories that are designed to be mixed and matched. They use only organic materials including soft, G.O.T.S. certified organic cotton and non-toxic dyes for their products to ensure they are stylish and sustainable. The products are also made in fair trade settings to encourage local people to become economically independent. Finn + Emma has been rated as one of the 10 Best Sustainable Baby Brands by Vogue Magazine.
Hand-knit at an artisanal women’s collaborative in Peru, Big Buddies are made from G.O.T.S. certified 100% organic cotton along with non-toxic, eco-friendly dyes. They are also stuffed with virgin polyester making them lightweight and super-soft. Standing at 15″ tall, Big Buddies coordinate with the Rattle Buddies making them ideal for sibling pairs. There are five Big Buddies to choose from: Belle the Bunny, Gunar the Viking, Zoe the Flamingo, Piper the Elephant, and Daisy the Zebra. They are available on the Finn + Emma website for $54.
I received Belle the Bunny for review and I was impressed right away. The exceptional quality was apparent in both the materials and the stitching. I love the whimsical design and the soft, comfortable feel. Big Buddies are so different than traditional plush animals in quality, design, and appearance. I love that it is machine washable so I can just toss it in without worrying about damage. My little one took to the bunny right away. I think it was the texture of the fabric that really drew her in. Even if it does not become the companion to her that Mr. Stuffy was to me, I know she will enjoy it for many years. Big Buddies would make a great gift for the holidays or anytime of the year!