In the press

Award-winning calming hugs

Fatherly award
Rolling Stone award
People award
Parents award
TOTY award
Good Housekeeping award
TIME award

Research supports the mind/body benefits of Hugimals' weighted pressure

Your Hugimal can help you feel physically calmer and less anxious.
Weighted pressure provides therapeutic benefits including lowered anxiety and increased calm.
Source: Occupational Therapy in Mental Health

Hugimals can ease anxiety in high-stress moments and situations.
Weighted pressure eases anxiety in one of the most stressful environments: the dentist!
Source: Journal of Medical and Biological Engineering

Hugimals can help with focus and concentration, making them excellent study buddies!
Weighted pressure increased on-task behavior in kids with attention difficulties.
Source: American Journal of Occupational Therapy

Sharing our healing hugs with those in need

Before we launched Hugimals, we partnered with the Toy Foundation to pilot them in children’s hospitals around the country. The unanimously positive feedback from staffers — and photos of smiling kids — confirmed Hugimals were “a hit!” with families navigating a challenging time. We're passionate about continuing to work with hospitals and nonprofits. Currently, Hugimals are also providing comfort to victims of crimes investigated by the FBI, and to children in foster care.

Here's what hospital staffers had to say:

We couldn't be more pleased, the products and services are absolutely fantastic!

"Stuffed animal + weighted blanket feel = great resource for comfort and reducing stress. On behalf of our patients and families, thank you! We absolutely adore Hugimals!"

Jessica, MS, CCLS, Child Life Zone Coordinator, Children's Hospital of San Antonio

"Hugimals are a hit! On several occasions, Hugimals de-escalated situations with some of our "code bear" kids, helping them feel calmer within minutes. Our clinical team wants to know: How can we order more?”

Jenny, Family Resources & Experience Manager, Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, Miami

"Hugimals are a fantastic source of both comfort and sensory support for our patients. Thank you for developing such a unique and much-needed resource for children, especially those coping with the healthcare experience."

Tiffany, BS, CCLS, Children’s of Mississippi

We’ve had kids that have benefited from them so much.”

Alyson, Certified Child Life Specialist, Hennepin Healthcare, Minneapolis

“The Hugimals have been so great! I had a patient recently who needed a little extra comfort and the weight of the Hugimal provided therapeutic touch that helped increase the patient’s coping.

Child Life Specialist, Le Bonheur Children's Hospital, Memphis

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