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A go-to toy for our kids and their friends are soft animal toys. They play with them non-stop in our house, imagining tea parties, creating stories around them and then snuggling into bed with them at night for comfort.

Where do you turn when you’re looking for something extra special for your child that comes with a story and is created by someone you can actually read all about? Etsy, the world’s most vibrant handmade market, of course!

These five Etsy shops stand out for the high quality materials that are used in making them and for their modern beautiful aesthetic. Some are pretty, some are quirky; you’re sure to find one that suits your style.

Looking for a bear? Cat? Deer? Find the most exquisitely detailed ones ready for play at A Good Start. These are hand made and come with outfits that can be taken off for playing dress up.

With a plethora of characters including ‘Doris the squirrel’ and ‘Harold the jellyfish’, you may find an animal that you haven’t seen in knitted form before. All of Saracarr’s creations are made using pure lambswool!

Gracing kids rooms all over the world, Colette Bream has become a trusted source for quality wooly characters that are handmade in the United States. Soft and tightly knit, these creations have stood the test of play in our house.

Sweet little bears? Check. Plush skunk? Check. Toy fox? Check. All curious little animal friends (as she calls them) from Sleepyking are handmade by the owner and just the right size to fit in your little one’s hands.

Is your little one crazy about cats? Look no further than Lucky Juju and her insanely popular kitties. Although the Etsy shop is often found empty, she updates regularly on Instagram.

Any amazing Etsy shops for soft animals that haven’t been discovered yet? What are your favorites? There’s always the option for your kids to make their own stuffed animals!

Melissa is the founder and interior stylist behind WINTER*DAISY, an interiors studio passionately creating dreamy spaces for children.

WINTER*DAISY’s aesthetic is light, simple and serene with enough fun and function to invite any little one to explore, dream and grow. WINTER*DAISY offers both traditional and e-design services, to cater for little clients wherever they are! Melissa is the proud mama of 3 little ones and many of her recommendations come tried and tested. WINTER*DAISY’s rooms have been published on Apartment Therapy, Project Nursery, Project Junior and Mom’s Best, among others. Follow along with WINTER*DAISY on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter.


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