Back in June, I was super excited because Thermal-Aid sent me their "Buckley" bear to review. I had been dying to try one out, and while I knew it was still a pretty great product, I didn't have the opportunity to really test it thoroughly since neither of my kids were injured or sick at the time. Since then, both of my kids have used "Buckley", and so have I. It's been great for bumps and bruises if used as a cold pack. Because it never freezes solid, I can use it on my children in areas (like the forehead) that would normally end up uncomfortable with a frozen solid ice pack. My daughter slept with "Buckley" a few times when she was running a fever. It seemed to help cool her down a bit, and kept her from becoming too restless, and it also was closer to a toy she'd rather cuddle with. I even used "Buckley" as a heat pack on my neck, which felt fantastic.
When I find a company and product I love, I try to stay up-to-date on new product releases. I tend to "Facebook stalk". Thermal-Aid has been gearing up for the release of their new Thermal-Aid Zoo animals for the last several months. Approximately 3-4 weeks ago, they were finally released and made available for purchase. Thermal-Aid offered to send one of their new zoo animals for a review. My daughter decided to go with "Tiny", the pink elephant. Elephants have always been kind of her mother imposed "theme", so I have to admit I was tickled she chose that one. In addition to "Tiny", they now have "Ollie" the light grey koala, "JoJo" the tan monkey, "Baxter" the dark blue bunny, and "Happy" the dark grey hippo. How cute is that?
Now, if you're not yet familiar with Thermal-Aid, make sure you keep reading.
"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
As I alluded to earlier, the Thermal-Aid animals have two functions. They worth both as a heat pack, and a cold pack. If you want to use it for aches and pains, just throw it in the microwave for the suggested 45-60 seconds. I found I needed mine to stay in the microwave closer 75-90 seconds in order to get it as warm as I wanted it. I might just stick with the suggested time for the kiddos too. If you think you're going to need it as a cool pack, just throw it in your freezer for about 5 hours. I leave my in continually (although I'm not sure if this is bad for the product). I've found over the last several months that I've needed our "Buckley" bear as a cold pack more often than a heat pack. So, now that we have "Tiny", we'll be able to have one reading for heating, and one already cold.
I think my daughter was just as excited about receiving "Tiny" as I was! She wanted to take it out of the box immediately, and even though this isn't meant to be used as a toy, it's great to know she has something she loves that will comfort her when mommy and daddy can't. I did want to mention that while using "Buckley" as a cold pack we were able to reduce the amount of Tylenol we normally give her while she's running a fever. I absolutely LOVE this because I hate giving my kids medications like 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."
Thermal-Aid is also offering $5 OFF your purchase when you use code PEDDLER at checkout! The code will expired 12/21 at midnight, so get your order in now! These would also make a fantastic holiday gift for any new moms, experienced moms, or even for the kids themselves.
In addition to this super awesome discount, Thermal-Aid is giving away a "Tiny" the elephant! Giveaway will run for approximately 1 week, and is open to legal residents of the USA who are 18+. Once the giveaway is live you'll be able to enter [HERE].
*I received a product free of charge from Thermal-Aid in order to facilitate this review. All opinions are 100% mine. See Disclosure Policy.