Each and every month, we select a Sex Toy of the Month and shine a spotlight on it just because we think it's super-awesome. Now, so far, all of the toys we've profiled have been vibrators. There was the Magic Wand. Then the Dame Eva. And then, this magical rabbit vibe designed just for anal play.

So, this month, we decided to do something different, to select something simple. This month, we chose a butt plug.

We couldn't choose just any butt plug, though. There are lots of those - thousands, maybe hundreds of thousands - on the market. If we were going to elevate the lowly butt plug to Sex Toy of the Month, well, it would have to be a good one.

Another thing to consider: One of the most common questions we get from readers is how to get started with anal play. What's safe to put in there? What toys do we recommend? Is this going to hurt? We realized we needed to select a toy that spoke to what appeared to be a sizable sector of our audience.

And we found it. This month, we're celebrating the b-Vibe Snug Plug.

Why a butt plug?

If you've never put anything in your butt before, you might wonder why you'd want to do that. Well, the anus is full of ultra-sensitive - and highly erotic - nerve endings. That means that stimulating this area can add a whole new layer of sensation to whatever other play you're engaging in. So, while an anal plug is unlikely to create an orgasm all on its own, the sensations it adds can make for a much more intense orgasm. Cool, right?

"The Snug Plugs are an innovative collection that caters to a combination of multiple unmet needs in the anal play category overall," says b-Vibe's founder and director, Alicia Sinclair. "These plugs are a perfectly executed combination of long-wear comfort, weight, and pressure sensation with an affordable price point. The body is more responsive to pressure and movement inside the anal canal, so Snug Plug’s unique precision design and heft provide erotic stimulation as they slide along the inner wall of the bum."

OK. But what's so special about this butt plug?

So, what's so special about this, particular butt plug? Good question. What we love about b-Vibe is that when it comes to making toys, they really pay attention to the details. (That and the fact that they only make toys for bum fun.) The b-Vibe Snug Plug is a seamless silicone anal plug, yes. There are others like that. But it also sports a long, flexible neck for better comfort during use, a torpedo shape with rounded edges for easy and painless insertion, and an easy-to-grip handle for safety and simple removal. These plugs are also weighted to provide additional sensation to the anal canal as you move.

Sex Toy of the Month: b-Vibe Snug Plug

Readers often ask us if it's OK to wear an anal plug for extended periods of time. In the case of the Snug Plug, the answer is yes. That's what this toy is designed for. For many people, it will be both comfortable and pleasurable to do so.

And, while we're promoting the smallest of the Snug Plugs, Snug Plug 1, because we hear from so many anal play newbies, note that this toy comes in four sizes, the largest of which provides some serious weight and girth. If you're into advancing your anal game, the Snug Plug line is an excellent option for working your way up.

Hey! Check out our Gift Guide for Sex Toy Novices (Snug Plug included!)

b-Vibe Snug Plug

How do I use this?

As we've mentioned, the Snug Plug is a great plug for those who like to wear an anal plug for extended periods, but what we're hearing from reviewers is that wearing this plug during PinV sex is a seriously pleasurable experience. Because of its size, shape and weight, wearing it can make the inside of the vagina tighter, providing more stimulation for both partners. Many people with penises also enjoy anal stimulation during sex or other kinds of play. So ... maybe butt plugs all around in the bedroom?

Anal plugs can also up the ante on all kinds of other play, including oral sex, spanking (we think this one would be especially delightful with the added weight!) and electrostimulation.

There are a lot of butt plugs out there, but only a few companies have done their homework when it comes to the details. b-Vibe's Snug Plug is a carefully designed, quality crafted anal plug that does a great job of elevating something super-simple to something with the potential to be, well, sublime. Try it and let us know what you think!