Melissa & Doug Giant Giraffe Stuffed Animal, 4-Feet

Last updated date: December 10, 2019

DWYM Score
9.6

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Overall Take

Ideal for older children, the Melissa & Doug Giant Giraffe Stuffed Animal, 4-Feet has wire framed legs that are bendable. The giraffe can stand up on its own or be re-positioned to lay on the ground. Toddlers will also love the giraffe's long neck, which is perfect for hugging and cuddling. In our analysis of 42 expert reviews, the Melissa & Doug Melissa & Doug Giant Giraffe Stuffed Animal, 4-Feet placed 2nd 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
5 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
9.8
2,041 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
The plush cloth is very huggable and cuddly. The lavish fur is at a great mix of colors such as a conventional giraffe, which makes the experience much more amazing to your child.
- Children for Children
September 4, 2019 | Full review
Its long legs are wire-framed and the neck is soft and bendable. Your little one will love to hug and snuggle with this one. The giraffe is handcrafted with polyester fabric, making it durable and easy to clean.
- Mom Loves Best
February 15, 2019 | Full review
Designed for kids 3 and up, it has big potential for playtime fun. It's also one of the most fun ways to measure a growing child's height.
- The Spruce
October 11, 2019 | Full review
These beautiful stuffed animals are made to last, handcrafted out of a wire frame that allows it to stand on its own and covered with a soft polyester fabric. Children and adults alike love dressing the giraffe up and “playing pretend” with the huge stuffed animal, so despite being a low-tech toy, it is great for nurturing creativity.
- Best Kid Stuff
January 28, 2019 | Full review
Sturdy construction – because of its sturdy construction, the Giant Giraffe can take all the love your child has to give. To withstand all your child’s love and affection, the Giant Giraffe has sturdy wire-framed legs. This toy likes to stand and be hugged more than climbed and ridden.
- Realistic Stuffed Animals
What experts didn't like
I would not suggest this toy until they are about a couple of years old. Any younger than they may end up freaking out with this inside their area.
- Children for Children
September 4, 2019 | Full review
While the stuffed toys are big enough to tempt children to ride them, they aren’t meant to be rocking horses. The manufacturer expressed that the stuffed toy is not intended to hold a kid’s weight. Some buyers reported that the giraffe did not hold up under the strain of rough play.
- Best Kid Stuff
January 28, 2019 | Full review
It can be a little hard for children under 2 to play with. Considering its heavy weight, it is best left for children who understand not to pull it on top of themselves.
- Realistic Stuffed Animals

From The Manufacturer

This majestic, giant giraffe transforms a child’s nursery or bedroom into an African savanna. It is sure to bring a smile to everyone’s face with its plush coat, patterned closely after the real thing. It features graceful, sturdy, wire-framed legs and a long neck that make it ideal for hugs or posing during playtime. This toy's cuddly appearance with its long, lifelike eyelashes will have kids running to hug it time and again. And because of its sturdy construction, the giraffe can take all the hugs your child has to give. Standing over four feet tall, the giraffe is likely to tower over all the other toys in the home and make a 'big' statement! This eye-catching giraffe is a great accessory in a nursery, or any decor addition. Our 4-foot tall giraffe is built with a durable construction and a surface material that is washable. The Melissa & Doug Giant Giraffe Lifelike Stuffed Animal makes a great gift for kids 3 years and up. Add the Melissa & Doug Burrow Bunny Stuffed Rabbit to round out the cuddly pretend play (and screen-free!) experience. When fully unpacked, our huge stuffed giraffe measures 53" x 31" x 14" and weighs 6.8 pounds. For more than 30 years, Melissa & Doug has created beautifully designed imagination- and creativity-sparking products that NBC News called “the gold standard in early childhood play.” We design every toy to the highest quality standards, and to nurture minds and hearts. If your child is not inspired, give us a call and we'll make it right. Our phone number is on every product! Brand Story By From the Manufacturer From classic wooden toys to crafts, pretend play, and games, Melissa & Doug products provide a launch pad to ignite imagination and a sense of wonder in all children so they can discover themselves, their passions, and their purpose. Since the company’s founding more than 25 years ago, Melissa & Doug has consistently delivered innovative products that inspire open-ended thinking, encourage kids to see new possibilities, and offer Countless Ways to Play. It’s part of a bigger vision to Take Back Childhood. Because by giving children a true childhood with the space and freedom to explore their world, we give them a path to realizing their full potential!

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 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 naptime.

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 is 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-foot 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 into 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 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 reveals the history of their first teddy bear.
  • Teddy bears were 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. Some teddy bears are not machine washable, while others 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 your 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 critters 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 designated amount of time has passed, switch the toys in the tote with toys in your 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 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 most children and features wire-framed legs that can be bent during play.