Can I give a new born jewish baby a furry Teddy Bear?
I was told that a handmade teddy bear especially made as a gift and given to a new born baby of a religious family was returned? A doll would be acceptable but not a Teddy Bear is this correct?
As CharlesKoppelman said in the comments above, it is the custom of some Jewish people to prefer surrounding their children with only pure, kosher images, including those of animals. This is, as he said, not universal, nor even extremely common, AFAIK.
I suggest you just ask the parents beforehand. They'll be glad to tell you :D
Sources for the scholarly:
The Lubavitcher Rebbe spoke about this several times, for example his talk (in Yiddish) on 20 MarCheshvan 5744. Quick summary of the beginning:
If the pictures of animals are being used for education, and for the purpose of marveling at G-d's creation, the Rebbe encouraged even the use of non-kosher animals. For example, the Talks and Tales magazine that the Rebbe published for children commonly had features on non-kosher animals, in order to show the greatness of G-d's creation.