The ultimate Maileg Guide -
sizes, comparisons and FAQs
We welcomed Maileg to Oskar's Wooden Ark in March 2021. We are big fans of small world play as well as creative and imaginative play and Maileg fits perfectly into these categories. In this blog post Kate from @exploringlifetogether_ explains the differences between the Maileg mice, rabbits and bunnies and answers the most frequently asked questions:
- How big are the Maileg mice, bunnies and rabbits and how do they compare in size?
- What's the best way to clean Maileg toys?
- Which furniture fits the mice, bunnies and rabbits? What's the difference?
- Would Maileg soft toys and accessories fit into the doll's house we already own?
What is Maileg?
Maileg (pronounced My’lye) is a Danish company that creates heirloom quality toys, designed to be loved and played with for years before being passed to a new generation. Maileg have a large range of beautiful products. However, arguably the most well known are the bunnies, rabbits and mice. They feel soft to touch and have the most enchanting expressions. These are toys that delight the senses and capture the imagination.
Maileg was founded in Denmark in 1999 by Dorthe Mailil, a designer and illustrator, who to this day remains the creative director. The attention to detail in everything Maileg is amazing. All products are BPA-Free and Lead-Free. Furthermore, they are all made using natural materials such as cotton, linen, wool, wood, and metal. As a brand, Maileg do not use plastic except for the polyester filling for their stuffed toys. They state that “each toy is hand-made or at least hand finished. This means not every toy will be exactly the same.” They “believe it gives their toys a character and charm that plastic toys made out of a mold, just cannot match."
Oskar's Wooden Ark always tries their best to make your shopping experience with them as enjoyable as possible. So they decided to sort the different Maileg items into six categories:
Maileg Bunnies & Rabbits
Maileg New Items 2021
Bunnies & Rabbits
“I would love to begin my Maileg collection, but I find the sizing confusing. Can you help me understand how big everything is?"
Yes, we would love to! If you’re new to Maileg, the sizing and terminology of the bunnies and rabbits can be somewhat difficult to decipher. To add to the confusion, Maileg has recently updated the sizes of their bunnies and rabbits. Therefore, there will be a period of time when the terms Size One and Mini will be used interchangeably; they are the same size. As stock changes, the term Mini will be phased out.
First of all, let’s look at the bunnies and rabbits. Generally (but not always), in the Size One/Mini bunnies refer to the girls and rabbits refer to the boys. Bunnies have their ears down, while the rabbits have their ears up. The ears account for some extra length in the rabbits. Due to Maileg’s handmade nature, measurements are approximate. Measurements are taken from the tips of their ears to their toes.
“I am trying to set up a dollhouse for my child and would like to represent our family using the bunnies and rabbits. In our family, we have a Mum, Dad, 6 year old girl, 4 year old boy and a 1 year old girl. What sizes should I choose?”
When planning a bunny and rabbit family, you might like to consider the My (My Girl and My Boy) to portray a newborn baby. Whilst the Micro to represent an older baby or young toddler. The Size 1/Mini Rabbits and Bunnies could portray both older children and adults. For your specific family, you could choose to add:
Mum: Maileg Bunny Size 1- Flower Dress
Dad: Maileg Mini Rabbit Marcus
6 year old girl: Maileg Mini Brown Bunny Zoe
4 year old boy: Maileg Mini Rabbit Adam
1 year old girl: Maileg Micro Bunny
"The mice are beautiful! Are they the same sizes as the bunnies and rabbits?”
The mice are arguably the most iconic piece in the Maileg range, and it’s not difficult to see why. They are quite noticeably smaller than the rabbits and bunnies and consequently fit perfectly into the hands, pockets and hearts of little ones. The mice are an excellent size for small world.
“I’m confused about the mice. Are they all the same but in different clothes?”
Each mouse is unique. Even each mouse in the same collection/range is individual due to its handmade nature; no two are exactly the same! Each mouse has a different body/base. Some are plain, while others have a bodysuit, or undergarments, unique to their design. Their ear colour may also vary. The beauty of the Maileg mice is that within the same size mouse (for example the Little Sister), you can swap accessories and clothing to reflect your creativity.
Furniture and houses
“I already own various houses from Oskar’s Wooden Ark (Drewart Big House, Magic Wood Small Treehouse, Verneuer Doll House with Balcony and the Drei Blaetter Wooden Farm Cottage Stable). Would the mice, bunnies or rabbits work with these items I already own?”
What a beautiful collection! Yes, complimenting the 1:12 scale of these items, all members of the mouse family would work very well within these houses.
“I absolutely love the quality and variety of Maileg. But how do I know which furniture fits my dollhouse?”
Setting up a small world scene or ‘dollhouse’ for your child is such a pleasant experience. And watching the many hours of play, listening to their imaginative stories and seeing the pure enjoyment on their faces brings such joy. The Maileg doll house, along with its Bonus Room and Bathroom are the perfect fit for your Maileg mice, rabbits, bunnies and the furniture. The added benefit of using the Maileg house is that you can rest assured that the furniture will fit perfectly. However, if you’re looking to add mice, bunnies or rabbits to an existing dollhouse (or different brand house), you will need to consider the scale. Dollhouses come in a range of sizes/scales. 1:12 is a common scale and is generally the most widely available choice for young children. This sized dollhouse will generally feature doorways that are between 15-19cm tall and is ideal for the Maileg mouse family along with the My Rabbit, Micro Rabbit and Micro Bunny. Dollhouses that are scaled to 1:6 fit the Micro and Size One Rabbits and Bunnies well. Maileg furniture varies between 1:12 and 1:6 scale; their furniture sizing is unique to the brand and differs between each piece. This means that with a different house, some pieces of furniture would look quite large, particularly in scale to the ceiling height.
“I’ve bought some mice and would like to add some furniture to our collection. What would fit the mice? Which bed should I buy?”
Maileg have a beautiful and expertly crafted range of furniture for your mice, bunnies and rabbits to enjoy. The majority of furniture is designed to suit the micro and mini bunnies and rabbits, however, many pieces also work well with the mice. Baby mice fit the MY sized furniture. Other sized mice fit the Micro sized furniture. Micro bunnies and rabbits fit the micro furniture while the Size 1/Mini fit the miniature/small furniture.
📸 by Kelly @mumz.world
How to clean Maileg mice, bunnies and rabbits
“How do I take care of my Maileg mice, bunnies and rabbits? What do I do if they become dirty?”
Maileg recommend hand-washing your beloved mice and bunnies at 30 degrees, with mild soap or machine washing (in a garment bag is a good idea) on a gentle cycle with cold water then air drying. They suggest that once your Maileg friend dries, you should give it a nice massage to get its body back to its original shape and form. We’ve found a fabulous, and fun filled way, to give your Maileg mice, bunnies and rabbits a clean is to encourage your little one to take them in the bath as required.
Start your own Maileg collection
“The Maileg range is beautiful and I want to start a collection. But where do I begin? I feel overwhelmed!”
The decision to begin a Maileg collection brings with it an opportunity to immerse yourself into a charming, imaginary world of play. One of the most difficult decisions is knowing where to begin. We find a good place to start is by selecting either mice or bunnies and rabbits and introducing these characters to your little ones. You could begin by choosing a couple of characters that you love the look of, seeing how they fit within your existing toys and your child’s play. Or, you might like to begin by recreating the members of your immediate family. Later you could add some additional clothing in the same size as your mice, bunnies or rabbits’ or introduce some furniture and a house. Wherever you begin, one thing is certain, once you hold the first piece of Maileg in your hands, you will see the value and be entranced by the magical charm of a new world full of imagination and possibility.
We hope this guide helps to answer your questions. Let the Maileg journey begin!
Article credit: Kate @exploringlifetogether_ (Instagram) - talented teacher, Home Educator and Oskar's Wooden Ark Content Creator. Thank you Kate for sharing this informative guide and wonderful collection of photographs with us.