Product Type: Intelex Soft Toy
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A (Beddy) Bear Necessity
Intelex Microwaveable Beddy Bear
Member Name: x-cupcake-x
Intelex Microwaveable Beddy Bear
Date: 07/12/09, updated on 07/12/09 (140 review reads)
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
Fax: 01933 679 888
Thanks for reading.
Summary: A great an alternative to the hot water bottle