Are Jellycats Machine Washable?
I come across these questions about Jellycat Care so often, “are Jellycats Machine Washable?”, or “can I wash a Jelly cat”, or “how to make Jelly cat soft again” come up time and again all over the internet, on Mummy forum sites such as Mumsnet. Well according to Jellycat they advise most of their soft toys are not machine washable. This is what Jellycat FAQ “Can you wash a Jellycat” says on their website.
“Unless otherwise stated on the sew-in label, we recommend a surface wash of all our toys with soap and rinsed with cool water. Then for the fur to be dried with a hair dryer. Some soothers and comforters are suitable for a cool machine wash- please check the sew-in label.”
Surprisingly even some of their comforters and soothers such as Little Star Soother say “Hand wash only; do not tumble dry, dry clean or iron. Not recommended to clean in a washing machine.” Whilst others like the Bashful Bunny Sootherssay “40 degree Celsius wash only; do not tumble dry, dry clean or iron.”
Speaking from experience I have washed my little ones Jellycat Toys several times in the washing machine and they are fine, a little blow dry with a hair dryer to fluff them up again, almost as good as new! I think the answer to the question is more common sense. For instance I probably wouldn’t put a Lovel Llama in the washing machine!
Would you put a Jelly cat Book in the washing machine? I hope the answer to that question is clearly no! The paper books are “Wipe Clean Only”, whilst the “Tails” books are made from 100% polyester they are “Sponge clean only; do not tumble dry, dry clean or iron. Not recommended to clean in a washing machine.”
Of course all Jellycat Soft Toys come with clear care labels so always check these first and above all just use your own common sense.
Another question we get asked a lot is…
Are all Jellycat Toys Safe for New Born / Babies
The straight answer here is no, not ALL Jellycat Soft Toys are recommended for babies, some are only suitable from 12 months, always check the label. Whilst almost all Jellycats say “Tested to and passes the European Safety Standard for toys: EN71 parts 1, 2 & 3 for all ages.” some will also say “Not recommended for children under 12 months due to fibre shedding.” For example some of the Jellycat Fuddlewuddles would not be safe for babies, such like the Fuddlewuddle Lion, Donkey and Unicorn. The larger toys will also say “Suitable from birth. Huge and Large sizes – please do not leave in a cot/ crib.”
So once again common sense really!