Almost every child has his or her own teddy bear. It is their ever present companion that soothes and comforts them.
Teddy bears are there during play time, tea time and those scary nights.
Naming the teddy bear will be the start of an attachment that could last years and while you don’t want to take the spontaneity out of it, here are a few tips to nurture your little one through one of the first big decisions of their life.
Why Naming is Important
While there are some teddy bears that come with its own name – Winnie The Pooh, Paddington Bear, Ted and even Mozart, it is still important to find a more personal name.
A name makes the teddy bear more than just a toy. It makes the teddy bear relatable to your child, and provides a sense of ownership and connection.
Naming the teddy bear is a bigger responsibility than we may realise.
Just like your child, the name you will give to the teddy bear will be attached to him forever. There’s no turning back.
How to Name a Bear
Naming the bear is most likely going to be an impulsive decision from your child. Often they will take one look at it and the first thing that comes to mind is it!
For the less decisive , you can walk them through a small discovery phase to short list a few options.
Here are some tips to help walk you through this:
Examine the Features
Is it a boy or a girl? Any other distinguishing features that would categorize the bear?
The fur, the eyes, the clothes (if any). Can all provide clues that will help in the naming process.
What is the Theme?
Is it a themed teddy bear? Does it wear any costume such as a policeman or even a ballerina?
You can use that to name the teddy bear after a hero cop or a famous ballerina at that.
Some bears just exude certain personality that can push you in the direction that will suit the teddy bear.
Brainstorm, Shortlist and Have Fun!
After closely looking at your child’s teddy bear, it is now time to let you child pick the name.
Remember, it is a must that your child actually picks the name for the teddy bear. You can get things moving by making a few suggestions.
Make a list of the top teddy names that your child like and then let your child choose.
If the list is long, try making it fun for your child. You can try drawing names from a toy box if your child is having a difficult time in choosing names.
Flipping a coin is also another fun way to choose a name especially if there are only two names to choose from. For example, heads for Po and tails for Panda.
Popular Teddy Bear Name Lists
If you are stuck for names, we have taken the leg work out for you by compiling a list of popular Teddy Bear names.
to help you on your way.
- Mr Cuddlesworth
- Hot Sauce
Care Bear Names
If your child doesn't come up with something and you are searching for ideas we also wanted to add a few extra ideas that can really niche down. Hopefully you find something that lights up your little one.
If all else fails, you can always go for the favourite movie or cartoon character.
Teddy Bear Care
Children do get attached with their teddy bears. They refuse to go out of the house without it so make sure you get your child something that is handy enough to bring anywhere.
You don’t have to worry about teddy bears replacing you because it is more of an extension of you. Be careful in the way you handle your child’s teddy bear. Needless to say, you need to be careful even when washing it.
If it is possible, involve your child in bathing his or her teddy bear.
Teddy bears are more than toys or objects. They are precious and can help you child handling stress, fear, and it can even help them learn to calm themselves becoming self-sufficient in the future.
Finally - Some Teddy Bear History
Did you ever wonder where the idea of Teddy Bear came from, and what it represents?
Probably not.... But if you want to add to your trivia game read on!
Believe it or not, it symbolizes compassion.
It all started back in 1902 when U.S. President Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt refused to kill a bear they captured on a hunting trip.
The story of the President not the shooting the bear circulated and caught the eye of famous political cartoonist Clifford K. Berryman.
He drew a cartoon titled Drawing the Line in Mississippi - pictured below:
A toy shop owner named Morris Michtom saw the illustration and created a small bear that looks like the one from the illustration.
He put it on the window of his shop with a sign Teddy’s Bear.
The toy gained popularity and demand became so high that it prompted Michton to ask the permission of President Roosevelt to official name the toy Teddy Bear.
And the rest as they say is history...
Somehow, Teddy Bears became an efficient transition object for kids.
It represents their mom and dad when they are away for work. It helps them adjust better and provide the much needed comfort during stressful situations.
Given that the original Teddy Bear came from an act of compassion it is fitting to see why.