Baby beanies: The baby toy of all time?
Baby beanies haven't been around that much since they were "born" on
ly in 1994 when Ty Warner introduced the first baby beanies in the m
arket. Not many people know that a baby beanie or more officially kn
own as beanie baby were first made by him. He made the baby beanie t
o be more lifelike by giving it more air. In other words, there was
less stuffing inside each baby beanie. The usual baby toys were stuf
fed to the hilt and they were stiff. While Ty's beanie baby was half
filled with stuffing and half filled with beans. Hence the name bea
nie baby. Other competitors sneered and said that his toys would not
last long. But exactly the opposite is what happened!
Now, the "original nine" as they are officially referred to are the f
irst nine baby beanies Ty Warner made. These are the Spot the dog, S
quealer the pig, Patti the platypus, Cubbie the bear, Chocolate the m
oose, Pinchers the lobster, Splash the killer whale, Legs the frog an
d Flash the dolphin. Collectors have dubbed them as such since these
where the first baby beanies available that were selling at less than
$5.00 each. Each baby beanie comes with a short poem to introduce it
to the toddler. This was written on a red heart-shaped tag that is a
ttached by the animal's ear.
Not much is known how many baby beanies are totally in existence si
nce there are lines developed that create a family of baby beanies.
The most famous is the teddy-bear baby beanie that was created. Th
e basic pattern was just re-used and different colors were utilized
to create a family. Different names were given to each teddy bear
in keeping with the tradition of having a name. Some teddy bear bab
y beanies are usually used for commemmorative uses such as in the F
ourth of July or there is a Diana, the Princess of Wales have been
made as a commemmorative collector's item.
However, the official baby beanies were mostly animal shapes such as
cats and pigs, dogs and hippopotamuses. These are us