A teddy bear can often mean a lot for a child. The fluffy stuffed animals serve as a source of comfort for the growing youngsters. Some people even maintain their love for their childhood toys long into adulthood and we don’t blame them. The emotions and stories behind some of them are very real. Don’t just take our word for it though.
These 50 people explain just how much their teddy bears and other stuffed animals mean to them and why. The bears might look a little ragged at this point from all of the love over the years, but the stories themselves are beautiful. We know we shed a tear reading a few of them.
1. Identical Bears
It’s so cool that the new baby will be able to enjoy the same bear that his dad enjoyed so many years ago.
2. Globe Trotter
The bear has been all around the world and seen so much over the years.
3. Strapped In
When you have a bear that you love, the desire to take it everywhere is real. However, it’s always important to take safety precautions.
4. Old And New
The two bears are very similar in style. The only difference is that one is much older than the other.
5. Surgery Buddy
Sometimes, teddy bears need to be bandaged up too. Especially if they have received a lot of love in their lifetime.
6. Together Forever
Both the wife and the husband still have their childhood teddies. The two of them are the perfect match.
7. Guessing Game
It’s pretty easy to tell which bear is which. One is literally falling apart. He has almost all of the stuffing squeezed out of him.
8. Scraggly Teddy
The proportions of the limbs on the old one are pretty goofy looking at this point. The new teddy is in great shape in comparison.
9. Missing You
The bear and the boy might be hundreds of miles apart, but they are still together in spirit. They are both older now and drink beer instead of milk.
10. Baby’s First Dog
Every kid needs a stuffed dog named Ruffus to keep him company. Maybe one day, there will even be a Ruffus the third.
11. Straw Bear
You know a bear is old when it is stuffed with straw and has a button for an eye. It must have been born decades ago.
12. Baseball Team
These funny bears are both baseball payers. The old one’s uniform is pretty stained though. It could definitely use a good wash!
13. Life Long Friends
The man received his bear on the day that he was born and they have been together ever since. Their bond must be incredibly strong!
14. Comforting Animal
Teddy bears always make a person feel better. They are just so cuddly and loveable.
15. Old Ted
69 years is very old for a teddy bear. He has definitely seen better days. However, he keeps on going and going,
16. No Baths Please
The bear was hanging on for dear life. It was not a fan of water and taking a bath was the last thing that it wanted to do.
17. Not Much Left
The mouse is a hollow shell of what it once was. However, there is no way the wife is going to part with it. There is too much history between them.
18. Losing Fur
After 46 years, some of the stuffing is starting to escape out of Puff and he doesn’t have any fur left. However, all things considered, he is still doing great.
19. Sesame Street Fans
Everyone loves Sesame Street . Big Bird and friends have been around for generations. Not much has changed over the years.
20. Business Teddy
You never get too old to be a friend of teddy bears. Even business professionals can appreciate having one around. Hugging them is a great stress reliever.
21. Attention Needed
Both of the bears are very old. However, one of them has received a lot more attention than the other. It’s amazing how much some snuggling can affect a teddy.
22. Pooh Bear
She would love to get a replacement for the bear. Her original is falling apart now and isn’t going to last much longer.
23. Flea Market Find
The new one at the flea market provides an interesting look into what the teddy bear used to be like. It’s pretty crazy what time can do to a bear.
24. Excellent Discovery
She was so appreciative of her husband’s gift. It is identical to her old teddy bear. Now there are two of them to love.
25. Just In Case
It’s always good to have a backup in case the worst happens. Hopefully, the original will last for many more years to come still.
26. Classic Teddy
These bears were classics back in the day. They were really popular in the 70s and 80s. However, they get less fluffy over time.
27. Color Change
It’s cool to see how different the bear looks now. It was once a white polar bear. Now it is much browner.
28. Seeking A Replacement
The woman is looking for a replacement after all of these years. What are the odds that she will find an identical one over 25 years later?
29. Teddy Identification
The mom wants to give her daughter the same type of teddy bear that she had when she was a child. It’s such a lovely thought. We hope she succeeds.
30. Vintage Plush Toy
It sounds like he used to have a bunch of them. Unfortunately, this is one of the only ones that he has left. It’s from the 1960s.
31. Differences Between Siblings
His bear is practically unrecognizable compared to his brother’s bear. All of that love caused it to lose a lot of fur and weight.
32. Incredible Story
This bear has a level of deep meaning for the family that is hard to comprehend for most of us.
33. Distant Relatives
We can definitely see the similarity. However, if you were just glancing at the bears for a few seconds, you might not notice that they are the same brand.
34. Closet Discovery
It’s amazing what you can find when digging through your old childhood closet. There are so many memories buried in there.
35. Unknown Teddy Bear
They were hoping that someone would be able to help them identify the brand. Every bear has a story. Tracking down where it came from is the first step in piecing things together.
36. Impulse Purchase
When the person saw the identical teddy in the store, they immediately knew that they had to get it. It was just too tempting to pass up.
37. Love In Every Stitch
Every teddy bear is made with love. That’s for sure. There is nothing more loveable than a childhood stuffed animal. They are so much fun.
38. Cat’s New Bear
It looks like the cat likes the bear just as much as the woman does. They bonded instantly. The bear, the cat, and the woman are all one big happy family now.
39. Missing Tag
His origin is a mystery. Although, it’s fine. That just means he is extra special. As of now, he is pretty much one of a kind.
40. Growing Old Together
It’s a long time to have a teddy bear. However, it’s simply not long enough. Here’s to wishing them many more years of happy friendship.
41. Looking After Us
It doesn’t matter if you’re in your thirties or even older. There is nothing quite like a teddy bear in a jumpsuit to keep you company at night.
42. Passing It On
The goofy teddy used to belong to the nana. Now it belongs to the grandson. He will take good care of it, we’re sure.