How to Wash Soft Toys and Teddies

As well as being suitable from birth all of our dinosaur toys and fair trade toys are machine washable which we think is a definite advantage when it comes to baby toys.  

Toy safety legislation states that baby toys cannot just be surface washable, you must be able to be fully immerse the toys in water. So in plain language it's not enough to be able to pass a damp towel across a baby toy, you must be able to fully submerge it in water.

Whether it's because they have been dropped in a particularly muddy puddle or because they have lived through a few too many close encounters with sneezes all soft toys will need to be washed occasionally. Given the play value of our dinosaur toys and the fact that our baby dinosaur toys will probably spend a lot of time in your baby's mouth we think its best that they are machine washable!
We recommend that all baby toys should also be washed regularly if your child has asthma or is prone to allergies as they are very good at harbouring dust. Finally although the experts don't believe this, as a parent I would highly recommend washing your soft toys if your child has had nits!

As a weekly routine it is good practise to pass a vacuum cleaner over the most loved toys as this will ensure that the worst of dust and dirt is removed quickly and easily.

However for a more thorough clean then they will need a good wash! Luckily testing regulations mean that to pass current CE and EN71 regulations all soft toys and teddies need to be washable, although not necessarily in a machine. If your toy is reasonably new and has a CE mark on the label then simply pop it in soapy water and give it a good swirl round. Our baby toys and dinosaur toys can go in to the washing machine at a cool wash, and most baby toys which have no small parts (bead eyes, clothing, frills or anything else like this) should also be able to go straight in to the washing machine. It is however a good idea to inspect the toy first to see if there are any holes or wobbly bits just in case!

If a toy is particularly special or it has been well loved then the best thing to do is to put it in a pillow case first in order to protect it from catching in the walls of the washing machine.

Before giving the toy back to your child give it a good once over again to ensure that no holes have developed. There is no reason why washing should make bead eyes loose but it is always a good idea to check that they are not working loose.

Our dinosaur toys, like most toys are stuffed with acrylic so drying them is not a problem either. They can either be dried on a washing line or in the airing cupboard/on a radiator with no issues. However if you have a toy which is stuffed with cotton then you will need to ensure that they are dried quickly. If cotton stuffing is left wet then it can mould and will smell like washing which has been left in the washing machine too long. 

If the toy is for a baby then the issue you will have with washing it is emotional rather than practical. Babies like the smell of their toys. They usually smell like their mother which is why they are such a great comfort to them. We highly recommend that if your baby has a special toy then you have a duplicate. Not only does this mean that you are protected from any future loss, but it also means that you can rotate them and have one in the wash and one in use. When you have washed the toy make sure that you carry it around with you close to the skin for a while so it picks up your scent again.

In terms of asthmatic children or if they have any other allergies the trick is to pop the toy in to the freezer for the night after it has been washed. Simple washing does not always clear all the dust mites but a night in the freezer will!

We hope you find this useful but would love to hear if you have any family tricks to get toys clean so please comment on our Facebook or Instagram accounts.

 Best Years Ltd www.bestyears.co.uk 

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