Winnie the Pooh – a bear of very little brain – was officially introduced to the world in 1926. The creation of British author A.A. Milne, Pooh was inspired by one of the many stuffed toys owned by Christopher Robin, Milne’s son.
Ever since the rotund little bear made his debut he has captured the hearts of generation after generation of children. Although it has been popular for decades now Winnie the Pooh baby stuff is selling better than ever these days.
The Birth of Licensed Merchandising
In 1931 A.A. Milne agreed to sell the US and Canadian merchandising, television, recording and other trade rights attached to Winnie the Pooh to American businessman Stephen Slesinger in return for a $1000 advance and a 66% share in any earnings Slesinger made related to the deal. And thus the modern licensing industry was born.
By the time 1931 came to a close Winnie the Pooh merchandise was a $50 million a year business. Winnie the Pooh board games, dolls and yes, Winnie the Pooh baby stuff was flying off the shelves.
After Slesinger and Milne died, their widows decided to license many of the Pooh related rights to Disney, expanding the demand for Winnie the Pooh merchandise even more.
Classic Pooh vs. Disney Pooh
If you are shopping for Winnie the Pooh baby stuff you will eventually encounter the term “Classic Pooh”. This refers to merchandise bearing images of the illustrations form the original Winnie the Pooh books that were hand drawn by artist E.H Shepard . Classic Winnie the Pooh baby stuff tends to be rather understated and by some interior design experts is considered to be the “higher end” choice when it comes to Winnie the Pooh baby stuff.
Winnie the Pooh did not gain his trademark red sweater until he became the property of Disney in the 1950s. At the same time he put on a little weight and developed a decidedly rounder look. It is that “modern” Pooh that many younger people are most familiar with.
Whichever version of Pooh appeals to you most, the sheer volume of Winnie the Pooh baby stuff available is astonishing. Entire nurseries can be dedicated to Pooh (as well as his friends Piglet, Tigger and Eeyore) and parents have been doing so for years now.
Where to Buy Winnie the Pooh Baby Stuff
Winnie the Pooh has been a Disney character for fifty years now and over the last five decades the company has licensed a number of different companies to create Winnie the Pooh baby stuff.
Mattel creates the bulk of Winnie the Pooh toys, including a huge range of stuffed toys that features all of the creatures who live in the Hundred Acre Wood. Every year millions of these toys become a baby’s first teddy bear much as the original Winnie the Pooh, who was called Edward at first, was Christopher Robin Milne’s.
Most of the major chain and department stores carry a line of Winnie the Pooh nursery items and although the theme is the same the number of different motifs available for things like crib bedding and baby wallpapers is quite astonishing.
Since Winnie the Pooh baby stuff has been popular for so many years, you can also often find great used Winnie the Pooh baby stuff at local consignment or thrifts stores or online at EBay and other auction sites.