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BLÅHAJ Soft toy, shark,

Price $ 29.99

How to get it

Big and safe to have by your side if you want to discover the world below the surface of the ocean. The blue shark can swim very far, dive really deep and hear noises from almost 250 meters away.

Article Number903.735.90

Product details

Children tend to be fascinated by any story about sharks – one of the ocean's most terrifying predators. This blue shark is not dangerous at all, just soft to hug and safe to have by their side.

All soft toys are good at hugging, comforting and listening and are fond of play and mischief. In addition, they are reliable and tested for safety.

We know our soft toys should handle many years of love. That’s why we have chosen comfortable materials, embroidered eyes, performed rigorous washing tests – and ensured that they are free from harmful chemicals.

Simple to keep clean and fresh since the soft toy can be machined washed at 104°F.

Designer

IKEA of Sweden

Measurements

Length: 39 ¼ "

Reviews

Grandkid approvedHilaryBought this for my grandkid they loved it5
Love!KismetMy son had to have this, as he gets a stuffed animal every time we visit! He sleep with him and even took him on our family vacation!5
cute trans rights supporter :3Brookei love my blahåjar :3 i own three and love cuddling them and they protect me (just your average trans girl) from the horrors of transphobia 🏳️‍⚧️🏳️‍⚧️🏳️‍⚧️🏳️‍⚧️🏳️‍⚧️5
Femboy Icon :3DannyI love this thing because femboy icon! :3 (I'm also a femboy) so cute, soft and cuddly! Just wearing thigh highs and a skirt and cute oversized hoodie while cuddling it5
Blahaj saved my lifeEmmaleeBlahaj pulled me out of a burning building and mended all my wounds, they then went and cooked me a 7-course meal and helped rebuild my home. Blahaj is my everything. Blahaj is the perfect cuddle partner, great for when you can't sleep and just need that extra bit of plush added to your nest5
quite an exquisite sharkSnakthis dally fellow is quite fascinating to admire and feed tea bags. We will conquer america one day.🇬🇧🇬🇧5
Perfect!TeresaVery soft and cuddly!! Perfect for my loved ones! 5
Son loves this sharkDaniela16-year old son bought two of these sharks, one for himself, one as a present to a friend. Loves the shark so much that he took his sister and two cousins to IKEA to each get a shark for themselves! 5
HuggableDeniseMy teen asked for this and uses it as pillow and room decor. Squishy and cute. Nice that it is not over-filled. 5
Love!KristiMy son loves his giant shark! It’s so big and squishy. Love how well made IKEA plush always is, too5
Very Comfortable JulianTrans Rights5
SHarkScottI bought it for the San Jose Sharks hockey fan in my house.5
Cute and Cuddly!JaniceWell made and sturdy.5
My son loves sharks, whales,TalishaMy son loves sharks, whales, and fish! He had to have this!5
best shark everSammybest cuddling shark ever5
Shark Attack JohnMy grandchild love the big shark. She now has the big shark and the small shark5
I love Blahaj!SarahSo cuddly and - bonus - will eat enemies of trans kids!5
Kids love this sharkKatherineI got one and my 3 kids all love it and fight over who gets to have it in their room!5
My 13 yr old daughter LOVED him!ChristyOrdered Blåhaj for my daughter's 13th birthday since her newest obsession is sharks and she specifically asked for him. She was not disappointed! He was so much bigger and softer than I thought he'd be. Wonderful surprise!5
Grandson loves it!DeniseGrandson loves it!5
BLÅHAJ Soft toy, shark, 39 ¼ "

The story of a broken eye and what it taught us

The IKEA store in Helsinki, Finland, was full of customers that day back in 1997. Being a textile technologist at Children’s IKEA at the time, Carina Ingelsten ran a course about safety for a group of IKEA co-workers. ”I lifted up a teddy bear and pulled on the legs and arms to show how well they are sewn in place. When I pulled on the plastic eye, something happened that shouldn't – the eye came off”, says Carina. This was a major setback for Children's IKEA, but it was a setback that would lead to important safety improvements.

All soft toys were removed from the store as Carina tried to call her colleagues in Sweden. ”It was a Saturday, so it wasn't that easy to get a hold of people, but in the end Jörgen Svensson, my manager at Children's IKEA, answered and we succeeded in stopping global sales of our soft toys”.

Major consequences

Jörgen remembers the call. The fact that the eye came off despite all risk analyses and safety checks was very serious. Still, in hindsight, he still sees that it led to something really good. ”Thanks to what happened, we learned to systematize safety work even more. We established clearer procedures and areas of responsibility”.

More personal expression

The incident also led to the decision to not use plastic eyes at all. Embroidered eyes were not only safer, they also proved to give more character and personality to the toys. Annie Huldén, a designer who has created many soft toys over the years, agrees. ”The eyes are very important for a soft toy and plastic eyes easily seem too symmetrical and stale, while embroidered eyes are easier to vary in terms of the design, the size of pupils and the eyelashes.” Soft toys at Children's IKEA are loved by children throughout the world. It's a loved friend to play with and find comfort with - and which parents can always feel secure about.

Quality

Sure, they’re cute but are they safe? Absolutely!

You can rest assured knowing that all our children’s products live up to the highest health and safety standards. We put our toys to the test – up against the toughest in the world (much tougher than any two-year-old). All so you can worry less and they can play more.

Function solution

Soft toys to hug, again and again

We know our soft toys should handle many years of love. That’s why we’ve chosen comfy materials, embroidered eyes, performed rigorous washing tests – and ensured that we test them for harmful chemicals. Simple to keep clean and fresh since they can be machined washed.