One of the first things you'll want to do after your posing beanbag or pillows arrive is to fill them. Beanbag fill can be purchased at many big box stores or online. There are material several different options depending on your needs, including: polyester stuffing, plastic pellets, polystyrene beads or even rice. In general, we recommend using the Polystyrene Beads for the beanbags and the polyester stuffing for the posing pillows.
How to Fill Beanbag Posers
We recommend using Polystyrene Beads to provide the most firmness for the large beanbags. Our Medium Newborn Beanbag Poser will take approximately 2 bags of 3.5 cubic feet or traditional beanbag filler (polystyrene beads), while the Large Newborn Beanbag Poser will take about 3.5 bags.
Step 1: Cut a small hole in your filler bag. Fasten a funnel to the opening with tape.
Tip: Grab a bottle of baby powder and pour a good amount into the filler bag. Hold the opening closed and give the bag a few vigorous shakes to disperse the powder. This will coat the beads and decrease their "clingyness" allowing them to slide through the funnel smoothly.
Step 2: Cut another small hole at the top of the filler bag (this is so a vacuum isn't created when trying to shake the beads into the beanbag.)
Step 3: Open the Velcro and zipper closure on the beanbag, squeeze a little bit of baby powder in the poser as well and insert the funnel all the way inside. Gently shake the filler bag to transfer the beads. Continue until the bag reaches your desired plumpness! You'll want your large beanbag to be full enough that your newborn models will not sink into it; they should be able to lay on top comfortably.
Tip: We recommend having this process take place in a location that is easily cleanable like your bathtub or garage. Beanbag fill can spill easily and will cling to anything! We advise you to sweep up any spill with a broom and dust pan. Do not run over with a vacuum as the beads will clog it.
How to Fill Small Posing Pillows
For the smaller pillow accessories, we recommend using polyester stuffing (featured below) or rice for an easy and quick fill. Rice is also a great option if you want to add extra weight to a pillow to place at the bottom of your posing bowl or crate for extra support.