Aurora Plush Penguin, 9.5-Inch

Last updated date: December 5, 2019

DWYM Score
9.5

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Overall Take

Adorable is the best word to describe the Aurora Plush Penguin, 9.5-Inch. This penguin has eyes that are sewn in to eliminate choking hazards. It's handmade using quality materials that are durable, so your child can enjoy having this furry friend for many years to come. In our analysis of 39 expert reviews, the Aurora Aurora Plush Penguin, 9.5-Inch placed 4th when we looked at the top 11 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

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Expert Summarized Score
9.5
2 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
9.8
413 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
Two toned and mixed fabrics bring this cuddly buddy to life
- Net Parents
High-quality fabric
- Date & Simple
What experts didn't like
Penguin stuffed animal is not machine washable and is not suitable for children under 3.
- Net Parents
The only downside to this product is height. When it comes to stuffed toys, some people prefer big and squishy plushies. The perky penguin, on the other hand, is only 9.5 inches tall. This might not be the right size for some people.
- Date & Simple

From The Manufacturer

9.5" PERKY PENGUIN Silky soft and sweet to the touch! Part of the Sweet and Softer Collection. From the Manufacturer Aurora World's Sweet and Softer Perky Penguin is 9.5" tall and made of silky soft two-tone plush. Sweet and Softer characters are constructed with top quality materials and lock washer eyes for safety, ensuring durability and long time enjoyment. Aurora World is an industry leader with over 30 years of experience designing and manufacturing innovative, high quality plush products.

Overall Product Rankings

1. GUND Animated Elephant Stuffed Animal, 12-Inch
Overall Score: 9.7
Expert Reviews: 7
2. Melissa & Doug Giant Giraffe Stuffed Animal, 4-Feet
Overall Score: 9.6
Expert Reviews: 5
3. Bedtime Originals Plush Elephant, 8-Inch
Overall Score: 9.6
Expert Reviews: 2
4. Aurora Plush Penguin, 9.5-Inch
Overall Score: 9.5
Expert Reviews: 2
5. Aurora Small Plush Coco Bear, 10.5-Inch
Overall Score: 9.4
Expert Reviews: 0
6. Jellycat Bunny Stuffed Animal, 12-Inch
Overall Score: 9.4
Expert Reviews: 3
7. Aurora Super Llama Plush, 27-Inch
Overall Score: 9.3
Expert Reviews: 2
8. JOY FOR ALL Lifelike Cat Stuffed Animal
Overall Score: 9.3
Expert Reviews: 2
9. Aurora Plush Dog, 12-Inch
Overall Score: 9.2
Expert Reviews: 1
10. Wild Republic Plush Sloth, 12-Inch
Overall Score: 8.7
Expert Reviews: 7
11. ebba Plush Elephant, 9-Inch
Overall Score: 8.6
Expert Reviews: 6

An Overview On Stuffed Animals

Although you may think of small children when you hear the words “stuffed animals,” these toys are actually enjoyed by individuals of all ages, as well as man’s best friend. If you’re searching for the best stuffed animal for your little one, friend or family pet, there are a few things you’ll need to keep in mind.

Make sure the plush does not pose a choking hazard. For example, the Aurora Plush Penguin, 9.5-Inch has lock washer eyes that stay fastened. Other models have cotton eyes that are stitched into place, so they can’t be ripped off and swallowed by a curious toddler or mouthy German shepherd.

Review the material used to make the stuffed animal. A child’s tendency is to snuggle the cute plush, so you want to make sure it is soft to the touch. The Bedtime Originals Plush Elephant, 8-Inch is constructed from a quality polyester that is ideal for little ones to hold during bed or nap time.

Check to see if the stuffed animal moves or plays music. This provides an added level of entertainment for toddlers between the ages of 2 and 4, who are exploring the concept of cause and effect. One example would be the GUND Animated Elephant Stuffed Animal, 12-Inch. When children press on the foot of this elephant, it flaps its ears and sings the song “Do Your Ears Hang Low.” The elephant’s ears are also oversized, so that the animal can play peek-a-boo with your child.

Examine the size of the stuffed animal and make sure it is appropriate for the age of the individual you plan on gifting it to. The Melissa & Doug Giant Giraffe Stuffed Animal, 4-Feet is so big that it’s best for pre-school and kindergarten-aged children. It’s handcrafted and features wire framed legs that are soft and bendable. Parents can even use this plush to keep an eye on how big their children are getting by taking pictures of their kids every six months standing next to the 4-ft. tall giraffe.

Consider any extras that the stuffed animal may offer. Some models can be purchased and customized with a newborn’s birth date, weight and height on the animal’s belly or ears, while others have accessories, like a pacifier or outfit for dressing.

DYWM Fun Fact

Did you know that half of the American population actually keeps a stuffed animal from childhood into adulthood? Perhaps the teddy bear or plush elephant brings back fond memories or maybe it evokes a sense of calm. If you find yourself fitting this statistic, you may be interested to learn a few more fun facts about stuffed animals.

  • According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the largest teddy bear collection is held by Arnóczki Istvánné in Hungary. She is listed as having 20,367 stuffed bears.
  • Japan has a travel agency specifically for stuffed animals. Owners can book a trip for their favorite plush to tour Toyko and a few other exciting destinations.
  • One of the world’s largest stuffed animals is a pink bunny. It’s so big that it can actually be seen from space! The rabbit is positioned on its back and rests on the Colletto Fava mountain in Italy. It’s approximately 200 ft. long.
  • One of the first manufacturers to produce stuffed animals came from Germany. The company, Steiff, got started in 1880 and still makes and sells stuffed animals today. They even have a museum with guided audio tours that reveal the history of their first teddy bear.
  • Teddy bears were actually named after America’s 26th president, Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt.

The Stuffed Animal Buying Guide

  • Check the stuffed animal’s recommended age. Some are listed as not suitable for children under the age of 3, while others are approved for use with newborns.
  • Read the product care label to determine how the stuffed animal should be cleaned. There are teddy bears that are not machine washable, as well as plush puppies that can be machine washed using the gentle cycle and tumble dried using the low heat setting. It’s also a good idea to remove the plush as soon as the dryer beeps.
  • As your child grows, he or she may lose interest in their stuffed animals. You may wish to save a few of the child’s favorites to pass on to any future grandkids. To do this you’ll need a box that has a few moisture-absorbing gel packs placed in the corners. Place the toys in the box and seal it up to keep moths and other creatures out. Label the box and then store it in a location that is cool and dry.
  • Unfortunately, lice is commonly passed among children. If this pest enters your home, it can live on your child’s stuffed animals. You’ll need to toss your plush creatures in a plastic bag and make sure the bag is sealed shut. Set the bag in an attic or garage for three weeks. Afterward, the toys will be safe for your child to play with.
  • Some parents opt to rotate their child’s toys. This keeps kids from getting bored or overwhelmed by a large number of available toys at once. Keep a large plastic tote in a closet or attic. Place a few stuffed animals and other toys in it that can be tucked away for a month or two. After your designed amount of time has passed, switch the toys in the tote with toys from the child’s playroom. Repeat every month or two.
  • As you compare prices for the stuffed animals you’re interested in buying, you’ll need to take into consideration any extra features the plush may have. For example, the Bedtime Originals Plush Elephant, 8-Inch and Aurora Plush Penguin, 9.5-Inch are your basic stuffed animals, and are therefore low in price. The GUND Animated Elephant Stuffed Animal, 12-Inch, however, costs more because it also sings and flaps its ears. At the top of the price range, you’ll find the Melissa & Doug Giant Giraffe Stuffed Animal, 4-Feet. This plush stands taller than more children and features wire framed legs that can be bent during play.