I have to admit, I've been trying for MONTHS to win a Thermal-Aid Bear. I frequently check out the Thermal-Aid Facebook page, and enter every giveaway I see. I also try to share their giveaways with you because these look like a great product to have. I even submitted the name "Hugo" in one of their contests to name their new Hippo. Needless to say, I haven't won. But, that's OK, because Thermal-Aid has given me the opportunity to review their Thermal-Aid "Buckley" Bear! Eeep! Yes, sometimes I get excited about little things, but being a mom, I think I have a lot of reasons to be excited about this particular product.
About a month and a half ago or so, my daughter managed to really hurt her ankle. We aren't the type of parents to panic every time our children hurt themselves, but this was different, so we took her to the ER. Her poor little ankle was swollen, and she was refusing to walk on it. Normally she bounces back within 10 seconds and is back to her power-house self, but not this time. Of course we were told her ankle needed to be iced in order to help keep the swelling down, and I knew right then and there I was going to regret not having the Thermal-Aid Bear.
"Our researchers worked closely with milling engineers from the largest agribusiness companies in the world to create a line of products, using a unique process, which allows a specialized corn to hold temperatures for long periods of time. This process removes the germ from the kernel, thus removing virtually all the moisture and preventing mold or fungi from forming. The entire process hardens the corn segments, causing an even temperature in each segment, and creating extended temperature retainment (hot and cold). This also extends the life of the corn beyond that of the material it’s sewn into!" ~ Thermal-Aid
Our ice packs aren't the best. When they're frozen, they are frozen solid. They don't flex very well, and the worst part is that you cannot put them directly on the skin because in a short amount of time it starts to hurt. Putting a towel over it doesn't help all that much either and makes it more cumbersome. Then, throw in the fact that she's 2.5 and doesn't sit still, the ice pack was just not going to work. The Thermal-Aid Bear has two functions. First (and I'll get to this in a bit) it can be used as a heat pack. Secondly, the Thermal-Aid bear can be frozen and used as a cold pack. Within 5-6 hours of freezing, it's cold enough to use for the reduction of swelling, and fever reducing, but the biggest bonus is that this can be applied directly to the skin right out of the freezer.
The Thermal-Aid Bear also works as a great heat pack for the kiddos, or even yourself if you don't fancy rice packs. The bear is made from 100% natural cotton, and is sooo soft. Instead of rice, Thermal-Aid uses specially engineered corn. The corn holds the heat longer, but doesn't overheat (as long as you follow the heating instructions). It seems as if the bear heats from the inside out, so you don't have to wait for it to cool down. I like mine a little warmer, so I put in in for an extra 15-30 seconds. The heat felt great. It was a nice all-over warmth that quickly makes its way into your sore muscles.
I'm anticipating that the Thermal-Aid Bear will get a lot of use this winter when my kiddos get colds. The heat will be great to comfort them when they're feeling a bit chilly, and the coolness will work wonders if they have a fever. You can tell from the photographs that my daughter loves her "Buckley"! This will be much easier to use than an over-heated rice pack or a way-too-cold ice pack. The Bear is meant for children ages 3 and up, however if my son needs it, I'll definitely use it on him under supervision. The other great thing about the Thermal-Aid Bear is that it is washable! I think this is a really adorable and useful product. I'm so happy we now have a Thermal-Aid Bear in our home!
I also wanted to say that Thermal-Aid also makes products specifically for adults and pets, so make sure you check out their web site. The adult Thermal-Aid packs are "...clinically proven to reduce fever, sunburn, earaches, back & neck pain, flu symptoms, sprains, bee stings, headaches, sore muscles, growing pains, insomnia, and much more." As adorable as the little bear is, I have to say I'd feel pretty silly if anyone saw me using it other than my husband and kids. But, it's probably only a matter of time until the kiddos start making fun of me because I'm "Mom".
Thermal-Aid is offering THREE Bears for a giveaway. That means there will be THREE winners! Giveaway will run for approximately a week. Entrants must live in the USA and be 18+. You'll be able to enter [HERE] when the giveaway is live.
*I was given a product for free in order to facilitate this review. All opinions are 100% mine. See Disclosure Policy.