Emergency Surgery for Stuffed Animals

I recently wrote about our real-life adaptation of Knuffle Bunny. Since our harrowing 24 hours without him and our successful rescue mission, Bunny has rarely left D's sight. But like Lenny, D doesn't really know how to be gentle with his rabbit. 

If Willems wants to add a fourth title to his already-excellent trilogy, he might write about emergency surgery. 

The patient, prepped for procedure.

The patient, prepped for procedure.

Bunny's wounds were small and easily repaired with a bit of thread and some Poly-Fill. But as with human health problems, stuffed animal health problems run from mild to mortal. Here are three resources to help you nurse stuffed animals back to health. 

Real Simple's Guide To Cleaning and Fixing Toys includes a helpful primer on stuffed animal care.

For bigger fixes, check out the excellent Animal Hospital: Intensive Care for the Intensely Loved series at While She Naps.

For repairs beyond your skill level, consider sending your child's injured toy to a Stuffed Animal Hospital. There are a surprising number of them in existence, often run out of alterations shops, so Google to see if you can make a local trip. You'll save shipping and avoid the risk of losing your child's favorite toy in the mail.