When winter arrives in Canada, it does so with an icy wrath. Sometimes it catches us off guard and we’re not prepared for its sudden intrusion. It’s inevitable that someone in our family will come home with flu-like symptoms and the chattering chills. These shivery and frosty cold days can bring on a craving for hot chocolate and the comfort of a warm fireplace. In our home, it’s a mug of hot soup and snuggling up to our Warm Buddy companions.
Warm Buddy was founded in 1995 by registered nurse Karen McKee, who was inspired to create heat therapy products after a visit to a natural healing hospital in India. Here they used herbal preparations and heat therapy to provide comfort and relief to their patients. This influenced Karen to return to Canada and create her award-winning Warm Buddy products.
The Warm Buddy creations are designed to promote relaxation, soothe aches and pains, relieve stress and promote a feeling of tranquility. They not only provide the warmth you need but hugging a cute and endearing animal gives you a sense of coziness and utter security, especially for children. My family and I got to use one of their newest products, Moosey and Little Buddy Moosey.
Oh my gosh, these darling Moosey products are so soft and adorable. They’re incredibly well made, the stitching is impeccable, and the design and features are so attractive. Although they look like a toy, they’re actually a plush animal with a purpose. They contain a removable inner pack that can be used for both heat and cold therapy. Some hot packs contain synthetic and toxic ingredients, but Warm Buddy fills their packs with natural ingredients, milled white rice/cotton covers and has a polyester outer shell. This alone is comforting to know.
To use the pack, you first need to remove it from the plush animal. You access this pack from the back where a sturdy velcro strip secures it in place. If you’re seeking a hot pack, put the pack in the microwave on high for 30 seconds only. You’ll want to be careful replacing the pack as it will be quite hot, so children supervision is required. For a cold pack, place the pack in a plastic bag first, then place in freezer for an hour or more.
We found the hot pack lasted about 2-3 hours in the larger moose and about 1 – 2 hours in the smaller moose. The warm sensation emitting from the heat pack and the soft, fuzzy feel of these beloved little pals is very consoling. Both the kids and adults in my family love and use the Warm Buddy Moosey buddies. When they’re under the weather, I wrap them up in a cozy blanket and give them a snuggly Moosey to soothe away the chill. My mom has arthritis and she’s used them on her knees for a reprieve so she could sleep, and she quite enjoyed it. The heat generated from the Warm Buddies offers instant relief for aches and pain as well, they’re not just about thawing and warming your sore moose-cles.
Warm Buddy has a fabulous selection of other heat rejuvenating and non-heating products. Swing by their site and check them out. The holidays are here and what a treasured gift a Warm Buddy would make. MeRrY ChRiStMoOsE!
Disclaimer: I received product to facilitate a review. All opinions are my own, yours may differ.