What is a Comfort Cub?

Frequently Asked Questions FAQs

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  • A Comfort Cub is a therapeutic weighted (4 pounds) Teddy Bear.

  • The outside of the cub is made of a soft furry fabric.

  • The inside is filled with a weighted pea-sized bead which provides healing through deep touch pressure. 

  • A gender-neutral color bow is tied around the cub's neck. Out of the box there is a card that comes tied around the neck of the cub and can be removed.

  • The weighted Comfort Cub provides healing comfort in the arms of a person experiencing Broken Heart or Takotsubo Syndrome 

  • The cubs are not customizable, we do not alter the weight of the cub.

The world's first weighted

therapeutic bear 


The Comfort Cub is the world's very first weighted therapeutic teddy bear.  It was invented by founder Marcella Johnson in 1999 after the loss her infant son, George, due to a congenital disease.  The Cub was developed to help other mothers who suffered from the loss of their infant. The Comfort Cub is specially weighted and is intended to simulate the weighted comfort of cradling a newborn.

While the initial intent of The Comfort Cub was for child loss, evidence shows it provides profound relief for any traumatic event. This includes having to leave the hospital while your baby is still in the NICU, the loss of a spouse, parent, loved one or beloved pet. It has also been effective for occupational & autism therapy, adoptions and those experiencing divorce or traumatic loss.

Due to deep touch pressure, holding The Comfort Cub triggers the brain to release key neurotransmitters and "the cuddle hormone", which causes the body to relax and feel comforted. The Comfort Cub has been scientifically proven to decrease heaviness in the chest & aching in the arms, as well as other physical manifestations of a distressing loss.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  • How much does the Comfort Cub weigh?

    • Four (4) pounds​.

  • Can you customize the weight of the Comfort Cub?

    • No, we do not customize the cub's weight, there are other bears out there that have customized weights, but we are not one of them.​

  • Do all hospitals offer a Comfort Cub to parents who lost a child?

    • Many hospitals offer a Comfort Cub to a parent who lost an infant.  If your hospital does not currently offer a Comfort Cub, please let us know by emailing us at info@thecomfortcub.org 
  • I am a parent who lost an infant, how can I get a cub?​​​

    • If you have lost a child please fill out our Grant Form to received Gifted Cub.  The form is intended to learn more about your circumstance.​  We typically review information within 24-48 hours.  Our hours are Mon-Fri during normal business hours of 9am - 5 pm Pacific Time (San Diego).  

  • How did you determine 4 pounds was the right weight for your cubs?

    • After a lot of research and customer testing, we learned that 4 pounds was the perfect weight to provide the healing touch for gravity, pressure-touch healing in the arms of a person going through Broken Heart Syndrome or Takotsubo Syndrome.

  • Do you sell other accessories for the Cub?

    • We are hoping to offer accessories in the near future, stay tuned.​

  • How much does it cost to ship a comfort cub?

  • What is your shipping rate for a Case of Cubs?

    • We currently charge $27.30 per case of 6 cubs via Federal Express.​

  • Do you provide any discounts?

  • Do you have a question we haven't listed?  Email us at info@thecomfortcub.org