MMM: “Peluches” with Purpose

When your little addition comes home from the hospital, you not only get a baby, but you also get a house full of his or her things.  I remember asking myself, “How does this little person’s belongings take up so much space?” Basically you need another house to store all of the clothes, toys, bathing necessities and baby gadgets you either buy or receive as gifts.  Since I’m a minimalist and don’t believe in waste, I bought only the essentials. Family members and friends sent packages filled with clothes and items that I would use on a daily basis. I never had one of these overrated showers and yet I still got everything I needed and more. Looking back on it now, we did get some things (and I’ll admit some of them were purchased by yours truly) that were hardly ever used or things that were cute, but impractical and just took up space.  

One of my favorite gifts we got for Violeta was a stuffed bear given to her by Eduardo’s cousin, Rocío.  It was something that I wouldn’t have personally bought, but I found it to be very original and useful. Normally I’m not a big fan of stuffed animals for a number of reasons:  1-I don’t think kids play all that much with them, 2-they’re boring, and 3-the only thing they seem to be good at is collecting dust. However, this peluche (Spanish for stuffed animal) was not only cute, but also served a purpose.  It’s a specific type of stuffed animal that you can heat up in the microwave and then sleep with for warmth.

The bear is quite heavy, as it’s filled with grains.  I’m not exactly sure what type of grains this specific animal has, but when it’s warmed up it smells like a cross between barley and popcorn.  Sounds strange and kind of gross, but it isn’t by any means.  After doing a little research, I found out that they can be filled with anything from rice to buckwheat.  As a safe and organic substitute for an electric blanket or plastic gel pack, the grain stuffed animal can also contain spices, herbs, or essential oils to add a pleasant scent. Violeta’s bear has lavender which not only smells nice, but is also known as a sleeping aid in the world of aromatherapy.  An added bonus!  To heat it up, simply place it in the microwave for 2-3 minutes, depending on the strength of your microwave.  Amazingly, it stays warm for hours.  I’m sure your baby will love snuggling up to it.  It’s great for cold winter nights, or just for a sense of security that babies like to feel.

I have to admit that I’ve never seen these sold in the United States, however I’m sure they exist.  Even in Spain, I’ve only come across them once or twice.  For those of you who would like to own your own, here is a do-it-yourself guide on how to make a grain stuffed animal.  

I like this site because it also shows how to make these for adults by using socks, pillowcases, or other household items as opposed to dolls. They make for great heating pads for any aches and pains you may have. 

Give the original gift of peluches with purpose!

-Nicole & Violeta

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