Adored for generations, the timeless tales of Winnie-the-Pooh are packed with heartfelt wisdom, warmth, and kindness that continue to enchant children and adults alike.
We’re taking a trip to the Hundred Acre Wood to celebrate the 100th birthday of A.A. Milne’s inspiration that led to our favourite honey-loving, red t-shirt wearing teddy bear and his collection of funny friends.
We've shared the wonderful story behind Winnie-the-Pooh's inspiration and included some super cute Winnie-the-Pooh presents you can buy for your little one (or Pooh fans!) to keep the wonderful classic alive in their hearts for years to come.
The inspiration behind Winnie-the-Pooh
Purchased from Harrods in London, the original ‘Edward Bear’ was given to Christopher Robin Milne for his first birthday by his mother Daphne on 21 August 1921.
Christopher Milne renamed his toy bear after Winnie, a Canadian black bear he saw at London Zoo, and Pooh, a swan they had encountered while on holiday.
A.A. Milne, Daphne’s husband and Christopher’s father, was so enamoured by the bond he witnessed between the boy and his bear, that he began to write stories of friendship about their journey through life together. And so, the stories of Winnie-the-Pooh were born!
Marking almost exactly 100 years since the inspiration began, we’ve listed our favourite Winnie-the-Pooh buys for your little one’s nursery where maybe you’ll be able to see that same bond. We all remember our first teddy after all!
The best Winnie-the-Pooh buys for 2021
Read to the end where you can buy a replica of the original Edward Bear, the beloved teddy of Christopher Robin that started it all...
Best Winnie-the-Pooh teddies
This genuine, authentic Pooh Bear from the Disney Store is the modern version that most kids will likely know. With embroidered features and soft velour fabric, he's "stuffed with fluff" to give the cosiest cuddles.
One customer said: "Lovely Winnie the Pooh teddy. My daughter won’t put him down he is so soft and comforting. Bit pricey but it’s a genuine Disney product so guess the price includes the obligatory Disney tax. Very pleased overall."
Suitable from: Birth.
A perfect snuggle companion, this lovable toy with embroidered features and soft plush fabric is based on the Winnie-the-Pooh's classic storybook design. It's so soft that it'll promote that special bond with baby and create memories that will last a lifetime.
Jamilai wrote: "Bought this for my nephew when he was born and I absolutely loved it! I was tempted to keep it for myself, it's so soft and, now that he's a bit older, my nephew loves it!"
Suitable from: Newborn
The Made with Love Classic Winnie the Pooh is a beautiful timeless soft toy with a homespun feel. It's made from soft and tactile knitwear fabric with cute embroidered details including a Bumble Bee patch on his foot with the wording ‘So much honey, so little time’.
Callum from Somerset said: "Cute and cuddly. Adorable toy for an infant. Well made and very cute."
Suitable from: Birth
Slighty smaller in size than the other Disney Winnie-the-Pooh, this Pooh Bear will make for a great New Baby gift. This classically-styled cuddly toy is made from the highest quality, textured plush fabric with beautifully embroidered features.
Kay on Amazon wrote: "Bought this as a gift for my sister as she is expecting her first baby any day now. Lovely little bear, soft and a lovely colour. I do think the price is a little high for a teddy. I do love it though. Nice little gift for the baby when its born."
Suitable from: Birth
Best Winnie-the-Pooh books
This is frankly an amazing deal and the perfect collection to get for when your little one is of reading age, or to read to them before bed. This complete collection has all of A.A. Milne's 30 stories with E.H. Shepard's original Pooh illustrations. A classic that'll last the ages.
Joanna shared our sentiments exactly: "These are such a great present for any expectant mums. Good present that will last many years. The books are great to read and the box they come in is lovely. Also, the price I paid for these is real value for money and well below the RRP. Highly recommend these."
Reading age: 3 years and up.
If you want to introduce Winnie-the-Pooh and friends to your little one, this mini pocket library of six sweet books will go down a treat and features everyone's favourites; Pooh, Piglet, Eeyore, Kanga, Rabbit, and Christopher Robin. As these are board books too, they'll be just right for little hands.
Expectant dad Scott said: "I brought these as an early gift for my wife as we are expecting our first baby in the summer. The books are perfect for a nursery, on display, bedtime and for taking out and about. They are small but very well made. They are nicely printed also. Lovely item for a very small amount of money."
Reading age: 2 years and up.
Join Pooh and his friends from the Hundred Acre Wood in a cosy bedtime story. Young Winnie-the-Pooh fans will love this bright and colourful storybook with sturdy board pages, delightful rhyming story, and with peep-through holes to play with!
Mum Charlotte said: "Lovely kiddie story book! Ready to calm the little ones down for bedtime with my child hood favourite bait!"
Reading age: 1 year and up.
This activity book is the perfect introduction to the wonders of the outdoors and a helpful guide for parents. It's packed with ideas to keep little ones busy, with activities including spotting animal babies, making a secret den, making mud pies and making your own tree monster. Perfect for exciting little ones to play outdoors at the weekends and during school holidays.
Pat said: "Bought as a present for 4 year old great niece so we could find fun things to do together and use it as a keepsake of our 'adventures'. She loved tackling stepping stones and with the summer holidays fast approaching, I’m sure we’ll have lots more fun with this book!"
Reading age: 3 years and up.
Best Winnie-the-Pooh outfits
This two-piece pure cotton Winnie the Pooh & Friends™ outfit is complete with chunky cord dungarees with adjustable straps for growing little ones, a long sleeve bodysuit with an envelope neck, and protective integral scratch mitts up to 3 to 6 months. We love the sweet character applique on the front of Pooh and Piglet - super cute!
Mum Erin said: "I bought this recently and I’m so pleased with it, I love the design and the quality is great I can’t wait to try it on my baby boy."
Sizes: 0 months to 3 years.
This three-pack of sleepsuits will keep your baby comfy and cute as they slumber. Made from 100 per cent cotton, this set comprises of one plain design featuring Pooh on the front, plus two patterned styles of Pooh and Friends, and a sleepsuit inspired by the Hundred Acre Wood.
Whilst we've included these two, we'd definitely recommend checking out the other Winnie-the-Pooh outfits available from M&S for more adorable options including bodysuits.
Sizes: 0 months to 3 years.
Made from 95 per cent organic cotton, this vibrant set will have your baby looking like Pooh Bear themselves! The set includes a long-sleeved bodysuit, a Pooh-patterned pair of trousers and a cute yellow hat with ears in soft organic cotton jersey.
Review: "The size was correct as it was first time buying of H&M. Once it was put on, I couldn’t be more happier on how it looked on the baby! Very ADORABLE! Definitely will be buying more sets eventually!"
Sizes: 0 months to 9 months.
This Disney Winnie-the-Pooh inspired set is the perfect addition to baby's first wardrobe. Made from soft cotton for cosy comfort, it includes a long-sleeved top with a print of Winnie the Pooh and Piglet, with lettering that reads 'It's Always An Adventure With You'. While there's sadly not a matching outfit for us mums to twin with, it does come with a matching pair of printed cuffed bottoms that complete the set.
Review: "Gorgeous soft material and an adorable design. Can't wait until our baby is big enough to wear it. Love being a house of Disney."
Sizes: Newborn to 12 months.
Where to buy Christopher Robin's original Edward Bear
We couldn't miss out on the OG bear that inspired it all!
The UK’s oldest remaining teddy bear manufacturer, Merrythought, is celebrating the 100th birthday of Edward, by creating an adorable quartet of Edward bears to charm a new generation of kids.
It's also an adorable replica of the Merrythought teddy bear featured in the award-winning 2017 Goodbye Christopher Robin feature film.
Quintessentially British and charming with a mohair coat, sweet felt paws, and embroidered nose and smile, this bear is a timeless treasure-forever teddy for all ages.
It's suitable for children aged 3 years and up, and is available in three different sizes - 11inch, 18inch, and 39inch, and a cute limited edition 7inch version.
As it's a premium collection it is quite expensive, with prices starting from £95, but you might consider it a worthwhile investment for the history, story, and the likelihood your little one will love it for life!
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