Posted by Nicci | Posted in Games and Toys, What's New Wednesday | Posted on 11-01-2012
It is hard to believe that it has been nine years since the invention of a product that revolutionized children’s comfort and precipitated a spate of dual-purpose As Seen On TV products for kids. What was the groundbreaking product launched in 2003?
Pillow Pets sold like crazy, becoming one of the most popular Christmas gifts in 2003. As a stuffed animal/pillow combination, Pillow Pets appealed to kids’ love of cuddly things and it appealed to their parents’ desire to comfort their children without adding more clutter. By serving as both a soft plush animal and a pillow, travel became easier, naptime became easier, TV time became easier. A child playing with his favorite stuffed animal could take snuggling a step further by just falling asleep on it.
Since then, several other As Seen On TV products for children have followed the dual-purpose model of Pillow Pets:
- Happy Nappers – Unzips and reverses from a play pillow shaped like an animal’s home to a plush animal that resides within it. For example, a castle reveals a dragon, a doghouse reveals a puppy, and an igloo reveals a penguin.
- Blankid Buddy – Blankid Buddies take the two-in-one animal/pillow idea to the next level. Each Blankid Buddy is a backpack, blanket, pillow, and stuffed animal–a four-in-one cuddle companion that is ideal for travel.
- Pawggles – Pawggles differentiate themselves by breaking away from the pillow idea. Rather, Pawggles (from “paws” plus “giggles”) are stuffed animals that convert to funny house slippers.
The newest As Seen On TV kids’ offering in the animal/bedtime genre is CuddleUppets. A CuddleUppet is most similar to a Blankid Buddy in that both are animal/blanket combinations. However, each CuddleUppets animal is a puppet rather than a regular stuffed animal. In addition, CuddleUppets feature a large blanket measuring 28″ by 39″, big enough to wrap around your child. A CuddleUppet can be used as a puppet alone, and it can be used while your child is swaddled in the blanket. Even as your child sleeps, the CuddleUppet puppet head can be used much as any “lovey.”
CuddleUppets come in six styles and colors:
CuddleUppets features special quantity pricing; the more you buy, the more you save. Because CuddleUppets are puppets and not mere stuffed animals, having the full menagerie can make for some fun puppet shows for your kids.