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UK Company Rainbow Designs was established in 1971 and specialises in manufacturing high quality licenced soft toys and children's gifts. Wholesaler Baby Brands Direct has worked exclusively with them in the distribution of their plush toys to the independent sector since 2011. The range of characters selected is predominately based on book properties that are celebrated in nurseries and schools and hence provide addition learning and play value opportunities. In addition the collection offers a wide ranging age appeal and often nostalgic qualities that are heightened by TV appearances and movie releases.

Retailers can choose plush toys from Peter Rabbit, Elmer, Paddington Bear, Miffy, Eric Carle, Elmer, Guess How Much I Love You and The Snowman. The baby and infant products range includes rattles, baby comforters, pop ups, pull alongs, activity spirals and gift sets. The manufacturer prides itself in exceeding expectations in delivery of high quality nursery products in its use of design and materials whilst retaining the classic essence of the original characters.

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.

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Zara Grindrod, Director of Sales at Rainbow Designs said, “Baby Brands Direct will offer a comprehensive, professional and highly effective distribution channel for Rainbow Designs’ licensed classic character baby toys and gifts. We are delighted to now have an exclusive nursery wholesale partnership with Baby Brands Direct and we are confident their prestigious portfolio of high profile brands and exceptional industry know-how makes for a highly successful and long-lasting partnership.”

All Rainbow Design products are produced to meet the highest standards of manufacture, ensuring safety and security for the consumer. All toys are tested to EN71 standards, and all production facilities subject to regular inspection. The company is also committed to the long-term development of each of their properties and has worked for many years with several of the leading licensing agencies.


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.