10 Common Misconceptions About Teddy Bears


1. Teddy Bears are inanimate objects.


I cannot believe how many people seem to think that teddy bears do not have feelings. Have you ever looked into the face of a teddy bear? Your furry friend will be as alive as you need him to be. Just like magic and dragons, if you believe then it will happen.

2. Teddy Bears are just for children.

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Of course, a child will benefit greatly from having his or her own bear, but so will an adult. Teddy bears listen to your problems and do not judge; they are always there to offer a hug; they do not get huffy when ignored for long periods of time. Basically? They are the ideal companion at any age.

3. Taking a Teddy Bear out in public is embarrassing.


No. Children are embarrassing. They say what they think to total strangers, throw up wherever they happen to be without even attempting to get to a place where their mess can be easily cleaned up. Children spill food and drink, throw things, including tantrums, wet their pants when a public convenience is just across the way. Compare this to your quiet, clean bear and tell me which is behaving better. If you must take children out in public then take a teddy bear along too so that the children can observe desirable behaviour.

4. Taking a Teddy Bear out in public is embarrassing if you have no children.


I don’t understand this one at all. I have taken my teddy bear to lots of different places: teashops, restaurants, museums; on bicycle rides, boats and aeroplanes. I find that, when he is around, people smile at us. Isn’t that a good thing?

5. Teddy Bears can be cleared out along with other toys


This just makes me sad. I have given a new, forever home to several rejected bears. Although it takes a while to gain their trust and convince them that they are here to stay these bears tend to be particularly loving, as if they feel they may be thrown out again if they do not do their job well. Old bears in particular just emanate wisdom and show so much gratitude that they have been accepted as a valued addition to my sleuth.

6. Teddy Bears are not fun to play with.


Anyone who thinks this has obviously never played with a teddy bear. The games that they enjoy are endless, and they do not complain if they are always  the one chosen to die, lose or get hurt. How many other friends are always available, will do exactly as asked and put up with whatever role they are assigned without complaint?

7. A dirty or worn Teddy Bear is a health hazard.


No. Just like a person, all he needs is a gentle wash. You would not put even the dirtiest, smelliest child in a washing machine; don’t do this to your bear either. Too much water plays havoc with delicate joints. Offer a careful sponge wash and respect the scars and lost fur; these offer a reminder of good times gone by. Old teddies are to be treasured. They may, however, appreciate the added protection of a warm cardigan.

8. Teddy Bears serve no useful purpose.

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Have you any idea how many bad dreams they chase away? Who do you think got rid of the monsters under the bed? Just because you cannot see how useful a bear is doesn’t mean that he has no use. Teddy Bears are so under appreciated, yet still they love and protect us unconditionally.

9. My friends will think I am childish for sleeping with a Teddy Bear.


I do not know anyone who does not appreciate a softer side in a friend. You may be surprised at how many thoroughly mature, well-adjusted grown-ups harbour a teddy bear. Perhaps this is why they are thoroughly mature and well-adjusted. A teddy bear can teach you what love really means: being there when you’re needed.

10. A Teddy Bear is just a lump of fur and stuffing.


And you are just a lump of skin, bone, hair and yucky stuff. You are still amazing though, beautiful and valued. Do not reject what you do not understand, do not mock what others value and find solace in. As with any friend, you may choose whether to grant a bear space in your life or not. A teddy bear, properly respected, can be the best companion that there is.


One last thing, if you do have a bear? Go give him a hug. And some cake. I have yet to meet any bear who does not feel that his life is that little bit better when he is allowed to share a slice of cake with his best friend.


The very fine bear who accompanies me on all my best adventures, and who kindly agreed to allow his photograph album to be opened for this post, chronicles some of his escapades and offers words of advice on Facebook. If you would like to get to know him better, you may find him here Edward Gainsborough – Teddy Bear).



45 comments on “10 Common Misconceptions About Teddy Bears

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  2. ? says:

    are you feeling ok?

  3. Lili Ghekiere says:

    This is so cute! My teddy bear is Auguste. I have a lot of teddys, but Auguste is my best friend. He helped me so much when my ex cheated on me and broke up with me. I love him! I took Émile, my little squirrel teddy on holidays with me and took a lot of pictures of him in museums. People were looking at me as if I had special needs though… They have their own personalities and are so sweet and well mannered! Can’t wait to have children to introduce them to my wonderful teddys.

  4. Read this entry with Mum and all we can say is Thank You! Mum is a Mum of 1 kitty-kid (named Binx) and 5 teddy-kids. I’m one of those 5 teddy-kids and when I am home I go EVERYWHERE with her and at least 1 of my other siblings and when I am not, well Mum without batting an eye lid takes them with her.
    I admit I am only small and can “hide” in her handbag if things get to much but 3 of my other siblings are 16inches tall so she carries them in her arms, in the child seat of a trolley etc. So thank you for dispelling the myth that for an adult to be seen out in Public with a teddy is embarrassing….it’s so not…so many people smile, even get hugs from us…and they take that smile on with them through the rest of their day! 😀
    I’m totally rebloging this to my blog so more people have a chance to read this!

    • zeudytigre says:

      Thank you for your kind words. It is always lovely to hear of other bears who go adventuring and generate smiles 🙂

      • Susan says:

        Fabulous!! I read this piece with my granddaughter and it has confirmed what we were thinking that teddies really do have feelings
        Thank you xx

  5. Reblogged this on The Aussie Traveling Bear and commented:
    I’ve just headed out on my next adventure but I wanted to leave this amazing blog entry with you all! Happy reading and I’ll see you all when I get back in a few months! xxx

  6. Carly Smith says:

    I’m 31 and still enjoy collecting teddy bears and I always have a bag buddy bear with me when I go to town

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  8. This is a wonderful article… and we as teddy bear collectors love our bears and are proud to take them with us. We love this article so much that we are linking it into http://www.bearsandbuds.com, the original online teddy bear magazine, published continuously each month for ten years! Everyone give your teddy bear a big hug!
    Valerie Rogers
    Publisher/Executive Editor

  9. Wow this is brilliant😍😍😍 You are so right and my mommy is going to be 26 and she takes me everywhere. I can’t even think about throwing out any poor stuffed animal 😢😢😢 You’ve covered everything, more people should know. 😊😊😊

  10. Kolo says:

    This is so true. Some people just don’t get teddy bears!!

  11. I could not agree more! *high paw* We only need the “bear necessities” to be the best companions EVER…

  12. Teddy bear advocate says:

    Beautifully written and so true. Teddy bears are wonderful. I am in my 30s and have a lovely collection of all the teddy bears I have been given over the years, from when I was a newborn baby 🙂 :). “Thinny” came to play school with me every day. He protected me and helped me to feel safe. “WB” (aka “white bear”) was with me when I was in hospital as a teen. “Thinny” and “WB” were both with me when I was going through a difficult time in my early 20s. They (and their other teddy bear friends) continue to work their magic to this day!! A world without teddy bears would be a lonely place. Three cheers for all the teddy bears out there 🙂 🙂 🐻😊

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  14. yah itz about time peeople realize how importint us bearz are!

  15. Kim and Andy says:

    Save me and Snoogles some cake.

  16. Bearicious says:

    All so true.

  17. RF says:

    This might sound dumb, I really appreciated this. When I was younger I had two hundred teddy bears at one point and over the years I’ve gotten down to only thirty. I completely agree with you. I adore teddy bears and they definitely have feelings,

  18. The teddy lover says:

    so teddy bears do really have feelings? I am 13 years old this year and I still keep my teddy bears around me i got big and small ones even when I’m travelling around I would cover my big teddy bears with blanket and put them on sleep while I bring the small ones inside my bag when I reach there I use to give them a long bed made by my blanket and another blanket for them made by a small blanket I love them a Lot sometimes I even create a party and lots of gummies for them ofc I ate it but I put it on their mouth before eating it so they got the taste I was thinking abt … I always got this feeling that each and every single teddy bears has their own feeling when I was playing with them when.young I see that they were smiling because of studies I didn’t get to play with them a lot often months ltr after my test is all over I actually saw their face turning sad I could feel it cried while hugging and keep saying sorry to them … i believe they have a heart whatever I shared to them , I feel that they can feel it , whatever i talked to them I.feel that they had listened… and whenever my parents or siblings throw my teddy bears aside bcos they were blocking the way I ran up and scolded them they said they were not alive what for care so much I totally disagree with that … please do not say that I actually got a mental problem I don’t have ! if i had I wouldn’t be scoring high marks for my test and i did score high. my brain got no damage🙂

  19. you cant imagine how happy this article has made me and my teddy bear! I take him everywhere too, and he even has his own instagram.

  20. Jim says:

    All my beary friends totally agree with the article. There is no friend like a teddy bear.

  21. My husband and I have what we call our family it’s about 15 teddys that all sit on our bed we love each and every one of them. They all have names different personalities we know they have feelings we know if they are sleepy or wide awake watching tv etc we have an amazing experience with 1 of our bears that tbh if I told it is never be believed but AS GOD IN HEAVEN IS MY WITNESSES it’s true.

    I couldn’t imagine our life without our lil cuddly family. I am so glad that there are others that feel the same. XoXo
    A fellow Teddy lover.

  22. Rena says:

    Wooooooooooow all these replys kept me going. Really they did motivate me and i am so much impressed and do appreciate all the information i got here. I am now 22 and my friends tell me im so childish because i seem to give more time to my T.bears more than to them and even my own boyfrnd. I just thought i should google and get some help..You really helped me you guys, your replys gave me the answers i had been hunting for…
    Terry James and

  23. Karen clinch says:

    We have over 60 teddy bears in our family and each one has their own personality. We love and treat them with respect, which is very misunderstood by other family members but we don’t care. They travel with us, dine with us and share their stories every day on instagram. We loved your article. Kiki and Friends

  24. WordPress is being intuitive. When you found and liked my recent post on … musings of a neglected teddy bear … via Twitter, this post of yours was suggested. I agree with all your points, teddies are great companions ☼

  25. Sergi says:

    I have a little ‘family’ of two 70s rag dolls (Bessie Love and Susie Sweetheart) and a 90s teddy bear (Teddy The Bear), all of them sweeties I rescued from the vaults of vintage Etsy shops. I’ve never been happier than now, giving them lotsa hugs and kisses before I go to work and when I’m back. And it’s true, they’re only as alive as you want them to be, and better hugging a doll or a teddy bear than going to sleep without having hugged anyone at all, methinks. Thanks a lot for this amazing article, which is full of love and magic. 🙂 x

  26. Absolutely brilliant, particularly points 3 and 4! Peter Petkin goes on holidays and to restaurants with me. Every year he has a lavish birthday party and disco and people bring him presents! I’ve even appointed a guardian for him in my will. Simeon Monklet and Pigkin von Wildschwein also enjoy going out and about, and they raise a smile wherever they go!

  27. StuffedAnimalQueen says:

    This makes me and my stuffed animals happy! I would say more but I’m playing a game with some of them and it’s my turn… Bye!

  28. Nina Soltwedel says:

    On his last visit home in October 1943, before returning to war, my beloved brother, Charles, a P-51 pilot who was later stationed in England, gave me a teddy bear. It was the last time he was with us until we brought his body home in 1949. I still have have that beloved old raggedy teddy bear, and I treasure it. Thanks for a lovely article … it brought tears to my eyes as I remembered.

  29. Bryan says:

    We too have a bear and animal family. At first my fiancée thought I was joking for having a relationship with the bear, but now it is a family thing. We have voiceovers and all. This is just something that has happened over the last few months, but after reading about the couple and their 15 bears, I thought it would be proper to comment. We have several bears big to small and a baby chimpanzee. They all have names and voices. Even the doggy just barks and licks. Sounds a little weird for sane people, but it’s our own life with animals (stuffed animals). Thank you for posting this article…to find it I asked Siri what teddy bears ate! How intriguing!

  30. Reina Yeats says:

    I enjoyed this lovely blog more than I can say. Thank you for summing up my heart on TNT the topic of teddy bears.

  31. Rissy says:

    Omg, I loved this article sooo much! It feels good to know that there are people out there who also adore their furry little companions as well! I’ve had my bear, Fafa, since I was a baby. My parents and I recently celebrated his 21st birthday on August 8th, and I can honestly say, Fafa is considered apart of the family. Even my bf has started believing that he has a personality.

  32. Rose Brick says:

    I come to this page all the time. Its just so nice, and my teddy bears love it because it prompts me to give them cake after i read it Hahaha. Im excited to see that you are bringing the teddy bear fun back with Edward’s new series. 🙂

  33. Teddy bear Time says:

    I take my teddy bear wherever i go, and every time i do his smile seems to get bigger 😊

  34. izzyb3l says:

    I couldn’t agree any more! My teddy Chloe is dirty and old but I still love her.

  35. alessi101 says:

    Bears are amazing. I would be nothing without my Pan Pan (a small panda bear).

  36. ninasoltwedel says:

    I am 85 and I still have my beloved Ted given to me in 1943 by my big brother, who was then in the USAAF, preparing to go overseas as a P-51 pilot. Ted was then the holder of my secrets, my sleeping companion, and now is a gentle reminder of my brother’s love for his baby sister. Charles was KIA 8-8-44 in France while strafing a marshaling yard. Lest we forget…

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