A Playlist You Can Hug

By Alison Brownrigg

June 21, 2012

Cuddle up to this plush bear outfitted with an MP3 player that holds favorite songs and recordings.

This article originally appeared in the July 2012 issue of Seattle Magazine.


A Queen Anne dad who wanted to say goodnight to his 5-year-old daughter every night—even when away on business—looked no farther than that beddy-bye staple, the teddy bear, for his solution.

David LePenske, along with his wife, Cherie, and Queen Anne neighbors Mike Robinson and Denise Podnar, developed Cuddletunes, a soft, plush bear outfitted with an MP3 player that holds personalized lullabies, favorite songs, stories and custom-recorded messages. Easy-to-press buttons are sewn onto the bear’s feet so older kids can easily navigate the tracks.

The player has 1 GB of storage, but even with the music off, this teddy is nice to hug.

$59.95; includes bear, five personalized lullabies and one year of recording and downloading services. cuddletunes.com



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