To fully understand this story, you need to know what a ‘Warmie’ is. I had no idea until one of my kids brought in a rather large stuffed dog to hold at nap. This thing weighed ten pounds, at least. He gleefully told me that you could heat it up and it would keep you warm, hence the name.
Another boy has been bringing in a smaller gorilla. He forgot his nap stuff on Monday because everything was in the wash. When I set his cot up today, I noticed that his gorilla was rather heavy, and weirdly dense and squishy – like a Stretch Armstrong. I thought, “What do I know about toys?” But when the boy went to his cot, he said “This feels weird.” I told him I’d fix it.
It was obviously wet. The stuffing must have soaked up the water and needed to dry. What could be inside a Warmie?
Seeds. Seeds are in a Warmie. Seeds are in a toy that you give to children. What? Here’s more: you are not supposed to wash your Warmie. It is ‘dry clean only’. What the what? This thing was going to sprout and rot. It was time for surgery.
Unfortunately, my incision was near….. the bottom. Double unfortunately, wet, sticky flax seeds that come out of a gorilla’s bottom look like….. well, you get it.
I was stifling a lot of laughs in the bathroom at naptime. This poor gorilla. He’s going to get some new stuffing and will have to surrender his Warmie membership.
Huh. You’d think they’d put rice inside. I mean, don’t they know about your rice-filled socks?
Someone didn’t think this through. Can you imagine the grossness on that thing? And you can’t wash it?
Would seeds mold? Could a child then be sleeping with a moldy toy? Didn’t anyone think about allergies or worse? Please do not buy this for anyone.
It is a good toy, i highly recommend it, but i wish they had some sort of water resistant protective layer, protecting the beans
Ali B says
Hello! I’m just a random person from the internet who stumbled upon your amusing blog (via this post on warmies) and wanted to drop a note saying this 100% resonates. I made the extremely poor decision to put my son’s sloth warmie in the washing machine (I thought I had once before but was CLEARLY mistaken). It became slimy and gross. So I thought it was simply saturated with detergent and tried rinsing it (like, a bunch). I gave up and left it to dry while I figured out another course of action. When I came back to it the next day, there were SPROUTS coming out of it! (Growing things, just like a real-life sloth, I suppose.) I, like others, had assumed there was rice inside. Nope, lavender seeds.
Thanks for letting me know I’m not the only one who ruined a warmie with water!
The manufacturer clearly states this, but it would make way more sense if the pouch was removable (like the scentsy buddies)
Oof! I felt this. I washed my Santa and thought “what’s the worst that can happen” when I noticed he felt slimey and just like you thought he was soaked. Like someone else in the blog I thought it was just detergent and washed it a bunch. Then I googled what do I do to fix this and discovered it was full of seeds. Currently I have surgically removed the seeds, spread them on a garbage bag, having my sibling hair dry them slowly and I’m going to throw Santa in the dryer while he’s practically empty. Hopefully this works out
I am so sorry that happened! With the comments that this post has received, it really makes me wonder if the company has considered making that part removable. Or at least DO NOT WASH in gigantic letters on the tag.
Okay but if you’re too ignorant to read a label then don’t complain about the company. I have had one for over a year and it CLEARLY states on the stuffed animal not to put in the washing machine. Don’t complain about a product if you can’t read a label.
Do you feel better now?