Online shopping has easily become second nature to most of us. In fact, it has successfully embedded itself into our routines and lifestyles. But like anything else, especially with regard to shopping, buyers need to be smart if not cunning. We need to remember a couple of things if we were to purchase items through cyberspace. That said here is a list of things to remember should you buy teddy bears online soon.
Read the fine print. We’re all guilty of clicking “agree” even if we haven’t (a) read the terms in full and (b) bothered to understand them. We find them quite the laborious task and we can’t blame you because companies aren’t really wording these terms in a friendly manner. Still, it’s an important task to do because it contains not only our rights as customers but also the responsibilities of the site and shop in terms of privacy protection, product returns, shipping terms and the like.
Look for the “s”. Or in some cases the lock icon on the address bar. This means that the website exists on a secure server and that any information exchanged is better protected. It’s no guarantee but it’s the better option.
Dothe math. The price of the toy isn’t all there is to it. When we buy teddy bears online, we have to account for additional costs such as shipping fees which can greatly vary depending on the number and weight of items bought, the destination of the package and its origin as well as custom fees, duties and taxes if any.
Think of dates. No not the fruit you silly! Because online shopping means having the item delivered to your doorstep, you need to take into account the length of time it takes for it to arrive. Depending on the specifics of the shipment (e.g. origin and destination), things like the courier company and post office processing should be considered. You need to schedule those purchases so they arrive on time.
Research and double check. Run a Google search on the website or online shop you wish to buy from. It’s important to get to know both the products and the sellers. You wouldn’t want to buy from a shady site, do you? That’s not worth your safety, time and money.
Read feedbacks. When you buy teddy bears online, always make it a point to look up reviews and feedback from customers on trustworthy blogs, websites and forums. You can even check social media.
Stuffed animals are every kid and kid-at-heart’s embodiment of a “cuddly wonder”, apart from pets that is. Because we all adore them, we tend to bring them around and have them for playtime round the clock. The thing is, all that is going to take its toll on the toy. They’ll get dirty and grimy eventually. It’s not the end of the world though because there are ways to reverse that. How so? Read on and find out.
Get your trusty wash cloth out of the bag.
Mild dirt can easily be removed with the help of a damp cloth. Take out some mild soap and water and use a clean cloth to rub off the grime from the toy. Make sure that you wring the cloth well to remove excess water. You want it damp and not dripping wet. Avoid a sponge at all costs too because it’ll drench the toy more than you’d want it to. This can also be done as a means to remove any stain prior to washing so that it doesn’t sit long and worsen.
Take them out for a well deserved bath.
Go rub-a-dub-dub with your stuffed animals! If they’re roundabout dirty and they need to get a full on cleaning then washing is the task you’re going to have to face. You have two options here. You can either do it by hand or by machine. In both cases, you’ll need lukewarm water and mild soap. No bleaching detergents or agents are allowed at all costs. Nor is heat as it can dull the colors and melt some parts (e.g. buttons, adhesives, and etcetera)
If you choose to wash by hand, you’re going to need a sponge this time or a soft bristled brush to rub away the grime and filth. As for a washing machine, you’ll need to place the stuffed toy inside a pillow case or mesh bag first to protect them and also to avoid any of their accessories from falling off into the washer and damaging its motor. Rinse well and dry without the heat of a blower, a dryer or the sun.
Get your fridge involved.
Yes, you’ve read that right. Your stuffed animals have a lot to thank your refrigerator, the freezer in particular. Should you find a bug infestation, you’ll have to un-stuff the toy, wash and res-tuff it. But before doing so, you’ll need to seal it inside a plastic bag and place it in the freezer for 2 days straight to kill the bugs and their eggs.
Stuffed animals are perhaps the most popular toy among children then and now. They are cute, adorable and even provide emotional, mental and physical development and benefits. They are in a way a marriage of fun and function. This is also the most obvious reason as to why parents, relatives, friends and pretty much everyone prefers them as the best gift option.
Now, buying stuffed animals for kids isn’t exactly as chill as it seems. A lot of thought and careful consideration must be had to make sure that the item picked are the best for the recipient. To help everyone with such task, we came up with the following set of reminders. Take a look.
Beware of the choking hazards. Kids are known to put almost everything inside their mouths. Why? Babies first learn the sense of taste all thanks to the milk they drink from their mothers and so they tend to get acquainted with things using taste up until they learn better. Knowing that they like to put things inside their mouths, it is of massive importance to pick items that are safe. They must not contain toxic chemicals than will do the child wrong should they lick the toy. Also, it has to be huge enough that it won’t fit in their mouths.
Do away with blunt parts. Some toys come with accessories. Make sure that all of it is free from sharp edges, spikes and similar parts that may cut or puncture the child. Accidents are best avoided rather than fixed.
Always make it age appropriate. Not all stuffed animals are suited for all age groups. A combination of various factors like size, material, features and the like will spell whether or not a particular toy is suitable for a certain age group. Besides, you can’t expect a one year old to enjoy something that a ten year old would and vice versa.
Read the label. Apart from the cleaning instructions, do check if there are toxic materials used on the toy. Paint for example must be lead free. Also, it would be best to do your research too. Have there been any recalls on the product? How about the reviews? What are other consumers saying about it?
Consider longevity and durability. Kids are not the most cautious of beings so it is highly necessary to opt for stuffed animals that are extremely durable, are easy to clean and will stand the test of time and play.