I’ve been really busy with work, trying to get everything sorted before the Baby Bomb drops in around 6 weeks time, so I also wanted to have a special day, just her and me.
Now the lovely manager Mel took us on a tour, explaining the process as we went.
Big Sis went mad the moment we stepped inside, after seeing all the bright colours, and teddies, and children. ‘Teddy! Teddy!’ she yelled, running around.
First step was to pick a ‘skin’ from the large display. They had everything from traditional teddies, and ponies, to floppy-eared rabbits and limited edition Hello Kitty toys – ranging in price from £8 to £18, to cater for all budgets.
Next Mel managed to prise the empty skin from Big Sis’s clutches and fill him with squidgy stuffing. Older kids can actually help fill the toys themselves, but we let Mel do the honours, and a quick squeeze confirmed when Woof Woof was at just the right cuddle consistency. At the same time she also inserted the next custom extra – a little sound device in one paw that made a barking noise when squeezed. There were lots of different noises to choose from – from giggles, and growls – to one that records your own personalised message. Each ‘extra’ costs a few pounds.
Next Mel added a small satin heart Big Sis kissed before handing over. Lastly, she slipped in a special barcode, so if Woof Woof ever gets dognapped, or runs away, he can be returned to any Build-A-Bear workshops, scanned, and reunited with us again.