“ Brand: Gisela Graham „
When my daughter was expecting my now 20 month old granddaughter I started to put together a hamper of items which my pressurised daughter may not think about in the run up to the birth, I wanted a selection of practical and fun items for both mum and baby but was determined not to spend the earth on things which had no practical value whatsoever. I am not being stingy, just thinking of the nappy wrapper I bought for her when she had her middle daughter which almost ten years ago cost me just under £90 and was used the grand total of twice.
I was shopping in London when I saw these beautiful gingham teddy bears, made by Gisella Graham. There was a choice of blue or pink and were on special offer when purchasing other items from the shop so I bought one of each as scans were not able to confidently sex my granddaughter until a couple of weeks before her birth. Luckily she was s girl as I was able to pop both teddies in the hamper, isn't it strange that giving blue to a baby girl is so much more acceptable than giving pink to a baby boy?
I won't say this became an instant favourite. although suitable from birth this teddy is simply something that will look nice in the cot next to your sleeping baby. It's soft and huggable, but tiny babies are not interested in hugging things and as my granddaughter got older she quickly realised this teddy wasn't going to make a noise or do anything to hold her interest.
The pink and white gingham pattern makes this a very attractive teddy bear and one which is quite unusual. She has a lovely stitched face which is rather basic by modern toys' standards but I think this just makes the teddy appeal more as it really stands out on the shelf which my granddaughter has allocated for her numerous teddy bears.
The bear is in a sitting position and measures around 20cm which is a good size for those of you will small babies who actually want something to cuddle, there is no label on this teddy so I'm not sure what material is involved in the creation of it although I suspect the covering of the teddy would be cotton and the stuffing made of some kind of gentle material. It's machine washable, indeed my daughter has washed this one several times with no problems and the teddy still looks as good as new despite the pale colour and the fact she has now been covered in crayon, baby sick and chocolate!
The stitching and seams are all well made and there is nothing on the teddy which can pull off when sucked or chewed. The smooth fabric used to make the teddy means that baby will not get a mouthful of fluff when she decides to use the teddy as a teething aid either and the teddy literally bounces back into shape when my granddaughter has sat on hers or stuffed it into her mini 'handbag'.
The bear is a wonderful gift for anyone expecting a baby, I know it's not going to be played to death but it looks so lovely and friendly sitting there and as my granddaughter has got older she will now sometimes ask for that particular teddy because she's at the stage now where she is beginning to play minor role play games with her toys.
The only place I can see them online is at www.boxtreegallery.co.uk where they cost £5.99, this is an average price for a good quality and attractive toy such as this and certainly not overpriced.
Cotton gingham teddy bear from the Gisela Graham Collection.