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"Once upon a time, there was a sweet little baby girl. One of the presents that she received as a newborn was a soft, fluffy, white 'Bashful Bunny'. This bunny found its way into the baby girl's cot and they have been inseparable ever since... As the time passed, the bunny became gradually less fluffy, and more grey than white, but the love between the little girl and her beloved 'Bun Bun' remained just as strong as ever".
Jellycat Bashful Bunnies are one of those soft toys which, over the last few years, seem to be everywhere. They are in toy shops, department stores and even sitting in the baby department in Gap. My daughter received one of these beautiful bunnies as a gift when she was a newborn. They are extremely cute-looking bunnies with big floppy ears and little pink noses. They have little black beaded eyes, a body which is kind of triangular shaped (meaning that they can sit up nicely on their beanbag-style bottoms), soft arms and legs and are very cuddly. In fact, they are just the kind of toy that you can't resist buying for a newborn baby... although you can never predict whether they will turn out to be the one special toy that the baby loves and 'needs' to take everywhere, or whether they will end up sat on a shelf with the other soft toys, hoping that one day somebody will play with them.
In our house, the Bashful Bunny (otherwise known as 'Bun Bun') is undoubtedly my little girl's special toy. She is now three and a half and has been sleeping with Bun Bun for pretty much all of her life. I can't remember exactly when she adopted Bun Bun as her favourite, but she couldn't have been more than six months old. We do actually have two of these bunnies - the second one (unimaginatively known as 'Bun Bun Two') was purchased fairly soon after it became apparent that Emma loved the first one quite so much, just in case an emergency should occur and an immediate substitution was required. However, she is absolutely clear which one is the original and 'Bun Bun Two' doesn't usually get much of a look in.
I think the fact that we have two of this particular toy and that one is loved excessively, and the other one is only loved a little bit, means that I am in a good position to comment on the durability of the toy. The original bunny is now looking a bit sad, a bit bedraggled, undeniably more 'grey' bunny than 'white' bunny... however, for me, that is a sign of a good toy which is well loved. She has been in the washing machine on numerous occasions when she's been covered in chocolate or ketchup, thrown up on, fallen into a coffee cup when launched over the seat back on her 'big adventure' to Australia on a plane and even fallen into the toilet... She has had an arm pulled off twice because my daughters likes to 'spin her round and round' (luckily I have a sewing box and can perform 'emergency surgery'). She has even had her bottom covered in that sticky, yellow nappy cream called Metanium because 'she had a sore bum'... but despite this not very gentle treatment, she is still just about in one piece. The second bunny is still soft, fluffy and significantly fatter than the original - to be honest, you'd struggle to tell that they once looked exactly the same. It's not about how they look now though, it's about love and you can't put a price on that.
Of course, if you do want to put a price on love, a Bashful Bunny costs around £15.00 for a medium version (which is what we have) and comes in cream, grey, brown and pink. There are also larger and smaller versions, bunnies with Liberty print ear linings, bunnies with soft blankets attached and a whole host of Bashful Bunny themed accessories like baby booties and soft bags.
I think we can safely assume that I would recommend this Bashful Bunny without a moment's hesistation. I love watching my little girl sleeping at night with Bun Bun clutched tightly under one arm or cuddling up with her Bunny to watch Peppa Pig. This is the one toy that is played with and cuddled literally every day in our house - she has other toys that she loves but nothing comes close to her Bun Bun. And, for that alone, I have to give it five stars.
I absolutely love Jellycat toys and I am forever being tempted by the soft toy animals in particular. We bought quite a few for my son before he was even born and were then given more as gifts when he arrived. We received two small Bashful Bunnies as gifts from my cousin and a friend.
- Jellycat -
For those who have not heard of this amazing brand, it was established in 1999 and most of the items they produce are soft toy animals. Some items in their range are from a line known as Jellykitten. Some other Jellycat/kitten items I have seen for sale include animal baby booties, blankets, comforters, animal bags, cot mobiles, rattles and soft books. The whole range is very sweet and tasteful.
- Bashful Bunnies -
There are a few different animals in the Bashful range, animals who are shy looking and have a triangle style body. In particular there are many different varieties of Bashful Bunnies available. We have two small bunnies. One is cream with a silky soft plush fur while the other is pale blue with a more fleecy soft fur and a rattle inside him. They are also available in pale pink or beige. Both bunnies have the usual Bashful Bunny design of a small head, two beady black eyes, a pink suede nose, long, soft, floppy ears, and a triangle shaped body with a beanie bottom, floppy arms and legs. They are 18 cm in height. They are a bit floppy so don't sit up well on their own. I think they look lovely on a shelf in the nursery as decoration but as my son is quite attached to his they can usually be found in his cot. They are a nice small size so even a quite young baby can grab hold of them easily. My son went through a phase of sucking on their ears and obviously got some comfort from this. Overall they look very sweet, tasteful, well made and are amazingly soft.
- Safety and Cleaning -
According to their website all Jellycat toys 'comply and exceed EN71 European Testing standard and ASTM the American Testing standard'. I have never had any concern with the safety of these bunnies, even when my son was newborn. There are pellets in their bottoms to give the beanie effect but I have never had any concern about these coming out as the bunnies are very well made. Ours have survived a gentle wash in the washing machine.
- Price and Availability -
The Bashful Bunnies are available from John Lewis as well as many other toy and gift shops. The small bunnies cost £9, medium £14, large £20, huge £39. I think these are reasonably priced considering how lovely they are and the high quality of the design and finish.
- Would I Recommend? -
I would definitely recommend the Bashful Bunnies as they look lovely, are so soft and my son likes them. I think they make lovely gifts.
When my son was born we were fortunate enough to be given a lot of gifts including several Jellycat toys. One of these was a lovely White bunny with long floppy ears and a pink nose which is the subject of this review.
The word I am most likely to overuse in this review is soft as I just cannot explain how soft this toy feels compare to some of my son's other toys. I confess I can't help stroking the bunny ears even if my son currently prefers to chew them!
The bunny has incredibly soft ears which flop down the length of his body. It has two black bead eyes which feel very secure and looking on the Jellycat website they comply with safety regulations here and those in America. The nose is made from pink material. The label confirms that all materials used are new. The body is triangular in shape with short legs that have some plastic pellets inside to weigh the feet down. This means the bunny sits very well on the shelf in the nursery. The long arms and ears make it easy for my son to grab when he is playing with the bunny.
Being a white bunny washing was a concern for me but luckily it can be hand washed. If this becomes your child's favourite toy then I would suggest getting a second one they can play with whilst the first is being washed. This is also a good tip in case the first one is lost.
This is a beautifully made soft toy and I would give it 5 stars but I am not my son who doesn't really play with the bunny much and prefers his Jellycat monkey instead. I think this may be because the monkey has more facial expression and at 6 months my son loves faces. Of course this means his mum can happily play with the bunny at the moment. I use it when reading stories to my son which involve rabbits. Children are all different so another child may absolutely love the bunny straight away. I think it does make a lovely gift for a nursery as the colour will suit any colour scheme and it can be used for display purposes only although I defy you not to stroke the soft ears!
As I explained at the startbof this review this was a gift but looking on the Internet I see they retail for around the £10 to £15 Mark and I would certainly pay that as a present for a baby.
Jelly Cat was established in London in 1999 and is one of the world's leading soft toys designers and manufacturers. They are some of my favourite brands of soft toy and I can't help but be attracted to their cute design and neither can my two year old. The bashful bunny is part of their Bashfuls range. According to an article I read, Jellycat's Bashfuls range is a collection of shy and reserved soft toy animals characterised by a soft plush coat and triangular shaped body. These cuddly toys are a great gift, as they make the perfect companion.
The other characteristics that always tell you its a Jelly cat are a soft velvety fur with floppy ears, tails or limbs and a very cute cuddly face. If you see them in a shop they practically beg you to buy them and are screaming take me home, take me home!
All the toys in our house have named and this one is called Bob the Bunny due to the fact that my dad Robert(Bob) bought the bunny for my little girl for Easter last year. Ours has a light brown fur instead of white and is the medium sized bunny. I have seen versions of Bob the bunny in minature and obviously one who eats his carrots as he is huge! Bob has long thin floppy ears which are great to play with, tie together, swing him around the living room etc. He also has quite long arms and the cutest little bashful face with a soft pink nose.
You can often find these toys in garden centre shops and of course you can buy them from the website or other toy shops. They're not cheap, expect to pay about £10+ for a medium sized toy but in my opinion they're well worth it. The bashful bunny is one of their biggest sellers and I can see why, a very cute bunny.