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The Walt Disney Company, named after two Brothers, Walter Elias Disney and Roy Oliver Disney, is the most famous in the children’s entertainment industry and is the world’s second largest media conglomerate. Founded in 1923 and originally named ‘Disney Brothers Cartoon Studio,’ the Company now generates an annual revenue of over $50 billion and employs approximately 180,000 people.

Trade supply of a wide range of the Disney character toys, teddies and playsets are available at wholesaler Baby Brands Direct alongside character nursery items such as potties, step stools, toilet training seats, bath chairs and baths. The list of Disney characters available wholesale include: Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Pluto, Goofy, Donald Duck, Daisy Duck, Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, Eeyore and Cinderella. It also includes blockbuster Frozen characters: Elsa, Anna, Olaf, Sven and Toy Story favourites: Woody, Buzz, Jess and friends. 2015 has seen Disney merchandise additions of characters from movie Inside Out: Anger, Sadness, Joy, Fear and Bing Bong. In 2014, Disney’s product sales accounted for approximately $41 billion so retailers can have every assurance in stocking these baby products.

Who can resist a cuddle with a soft, plush toy?

Plush toys form an evergreen market sector that will always perform well for retailers.

A quality teddy, bunny or traditional licensed character makes the perfect present for a new baby, and their appeal continues for toddlers and beyond. In fact a recent survey revealed that nearly half of adults have kept their childhood teddies and dolls, and that more than a third of adults in the UK still sleep with a soft toy – surely no other toy category has such long-lasting appeal?

Plush toys also play a major part in a baby’s development, and with this in mind, Baby Brands Direct stocks top-quality, long-lasting toys from leading brands and licences, designed to be a baby’s best friend for a very, long time. The selection of soft toys span rattles, activity toys, comfort blankets, linkable take along toys and nursery soothers.

Plush Toys & Activities

Early cartoon illustrations such as Mickey Mouse in 1929, were followed by the world’s first animated feature film in 1937, of Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs. By 1971, the brothers went on to open the Walt Disney World Resort which includes the ‘Animal Kingdom’ and ‘Magic Kingdom’ the latter of which houses Cinderella’s Castle. The resort attracts approximately 52million people annually and is the most visited holiday resort on earth!

Following the more recent success of blockbuster movies Frozen and Cinderella, Disney plans to launch more real-life films with the knock on effect of its merchandise sales set to continue growing. Baby Brands Direct is a keen distributor to independent retailers of these quality character toys and plush teddies.


Why plush toys remain bestsellers

Always a reliable category for any retailer, the plush toy market is set to grow by 6.6% over the next six years, with the global market predicted to be worth US$ 11,000 million by the end of 2026. Plush toys are becoming more popular every year. Recent research revealed a 23 per cent rise in girls playing with soft toys, and parents are making a move back to more traditional toys, so it’s important that retailers stock a good range of the quality brands that Baby Brands Direct prides itself on supplying – leading brands such as Keel Toys, Kaloo, Lamaze, and Fisher-Price.

No toys mean as much to children as plush toys. In a study, nearly a third of those children who were attached to a toy named a teddy or other soft toy or doll as their favourite, ahead of action figures or other toys. And apart from looking adorable and helping to make a nursery feel cosier and appealing, plush toys can play an important part in a child’s development. A soft toy can be a best friend, someone who they can speak to and who will listen to them (even when adults can’t understand the baby babble!). Because that first teddy has been around since they were born, it will be hugely familiar to a small child. So, by the time they develop concerns or worries, that toy can hold a lot of emotional significance. A soft toy will never judge them or dismiss their worries as ‘silly’, offering a level of emotional security. Talking to a toy that doesn’t talk back can enable small children to work through their worries – interestingly, this forms the basis for talking therapies, such as CBT.

A familiar friend

That soft teddy or doll can help parents offer communication and reassurance and can help a child express their emotions. A parent might ask a crying child why ‘teddy’ is upset or be able to offer some reassuring words to ‘teddy’. A favourite plush toy can also help a child develop independence. Taking a soft toy to an unfamiliar place can provide the reassurance of a comforting, friendly face, which even smells of home. This familiarity and comfort can help a small child to relax and get to sleep, even if they are in unfamiliar surroundings. Toddlers can even use a beloved plush toy to practise skills learned, by showing the toy how to brush their teeth or get dressed, for example.

Plush activity toys and rattles offer all the benefits we have mentioned and more. A baby holding a soft rattle will develop the ability to track with their eyes, develop the muscles they will need to hold a pencil and other fine and gross motor skills. They will improve listening skills, scientific thinking and even learn how to investigate cause and effect. Who would have thought that one small rattle could be so effective? Baby Brands Direct also stocks a number of activity plush toys that can help to develop language skills, introduce colours and numbers, and encourage musical ability.