What are Cuddly Toys?
Cuddly Toys are soft toys that are used for comforting children or adults during times of distress or for play. The term is also used to describe stuffed animals, soft dolls, teddy bears and other such toys that can be cuddled.
What’s the Science Behind it?
Cuddliness is related to a number of other factors like the raggedness of fur, the softness of the stuffing, the silkiness of the fabric, the light weight and the warmth of the toy. In fact, scientists have come up with a formula to calculate how much cuddliness a cuddly toy has called the Cuddlability Index. It’s a complex formula involving all these factors and also depends on personal preference.
The cuddly factor of a toy is generally determined by the softness and size of the stuffed animal or plush toy.
According to the research done by Dr. James “Jim” Zahniser, Professor of Biology at Wofford College, the ideal measurement for a cuddly toy is three times bigger than that of its owner.
The study further reveals that a child usually prefers snuggling with something that has big eyes and looks like a baby. A rounded head and torso and soft, chubby hands are also essential to make a stuffed animal cuddly.
The Science Behind Cuddly Toys
In his book titled “Stuffed Animals and Pickled Heads”, Stephen Taunton, an art historian and museum director says that cuddly toys, like plush toys, fulfill the human instinct of nurturing as well as protect them from danger. He adds that these are also symbols of security. This means that children tend to feel safe when they are holding their favorite stuffed animals when they go to sleep at night or when they feel scared during thunderstorms or having nightmares. According to Dr. William Dement, founder of Sleep Disorders Center in Stanford University, most children can’t fall asleep without their favorite plush toys at bedtime
Are you cuddly or cuddle-able? If you are, then you surely have a favorite cuddly toy to keep you warm at night.
Cuddly toys are plush toys made of fabric that vary in size from small to gigantic. They may be stuffed with cotton, plastic pellets or beans depending on your personal preference for firmness. The word “plush” comes from the French peluche, which means plush fabric or fur.
Cuddly toys come in all shapes and sizes, from teddy bears to bunnies and from frogs to unicorns. There is a huge variety available for children and adults alike. Cuddly toys are often used as a source of comfort to help soothe children who get scared when they hear thunderstorms or other loud noises at night.
The Science of Cuddling: A cuddle may act as a non-pharmacological pain reliever and have endorphin-releasing properties. According to a research article published on NCBI (National Center for Biotechnology Information) in 2003, cuddling may help release oxytocin in the brain which reduces blood pressure and stress levels, helping one to feel more relaxed and happy. Oxytocin has been shown to play
Which toys make the best cuddle buddies? You might think that it’s all about how soft and squishy they are. But there’s actually a lot of science behind what makes a toy feel huggable.
Toys tend to fall into two categories: plush toys and stuffed toys, with plush toys being the most popular. Plush toys have fur or hair, often made from polyester fibers. Stuffed toys are more like pillows, with polyester batting inside.
Plush toys often have fur or hair, which is usually made from polyester fibers. These fibers can be arranged in different ways to create different textures (like the difference between velvet and terry cloth). The longer the fibers, the softer the texture!
The density of padding also affects how “cuddly” a stuffed animal feels. A fluffy teddy bear will feel much softer than an old pillow. Some plush toys even have crystals inside them to create weight and a feeling of fullness!
However, there’s another factor at play: our brains! Our brains are hardwired to love touch, especially during infancy and childhood. The textures and densities of stuffed animals may trigger those positive feelings in our brains!
In this article, I will be using a python package called pandas. Pandas is a data analysis library that provides high-performance, easy-to-use data structures and operations for analyzing numerical tables and time series. It is built on the Numpy package and its key data structure is called the DataFrame. DataFrames allow you to store and manipulate tabular data in rows of observations and columns of variables.
The dataset I’ll be working with contains information on 2225 cuddly toys from Build-A-Bear. The dataset has 9 columns: order_id, order_date, ship_date, ship_mode, customer_id, customer_name, segment, city, state, postal_code, region, product_id, category, sub-category, product_name, sales; quantity ordered; discount; profit; shipping cost; product base margin and product sales (in thousands).
In this article I will use pandas to explore some questions about the Build-A-Bear dataset.
There are many functions available in pandas that make it easier to work with datasets. One such function is .isin(). This function indicates whether each element in the DataFrame is contained in values. In this article I will be using .