So who is Sophie and how did we get to this point? Surely by now you’ve heard of Sophie the Giraffe teether. The 7″ natural rubber giraffe who was born in France, over 65 years. Her claim to fame is of course the natural hevea rubber material from which she is made, as well as the fact that she stimulates the senses of teething babies. The bumps along Sophie’s neck, and the ears atop her head are perfect for baby’s sense of touch, the squeak is heard by baby’s sense of sound, and the natural rubber has a mild taste for baby’s sense of taste and smell.
At present time, Sophie is the number 1 selling baby toy on amazon.com with a 4 out of 5 star rating, and over 1700 reviews. Sophie outranks the Baby Einstein Take Along Tunes, and a nasal aspirator that goes by the name of “the Snotsucker“! Moms and caregivers across America are raving about this little natural rubber toy that makes babies squeal when they hear the squeek coming from the back.
It wasn’t always good times though for Sophie. A few years ago, a rumor made its way around the internet saying that Sophie The Giraffe had been recalled by Toys R Us in Canada because of choking hazards that it presented. Toys R Us promptly removed Sophie from their shelves. This was just a precaution taken by them, while Sophie was being looked into. As far as reports go, there was never a recall issued in Canada, nor was there a recall issued in America. A short time later, they realized they had over reacted and began stocking their shelves again with the squeak toy that brings joy to the ones who touch her! Toys R Us as well as amazon.com are presently selling Sophie, and sales have never looked better, and babies have never been happier!!!
I keep getting a lot of emails regarding the Sophie the Giraffe Teether Recall, and there’s now a SAFE ALTERNATIVE (continue reading, or skip to the bottom). Continue reading
Ever since large companies began manufacturing a majority of their products in China, there have always been a concern over safety. We’ve all heard the reports in the news about baby products being recalled due a variety of safety, such as lead paint, poor workmanship, and small parts coming loose. So which baby teethers are not made in China? Continue reading
There has been a lot of mis-information about a Sophie The Giraffe teether recall and in particular to Toys R Us in Canada pulling Sophie the Giraffe Teether from its shelves. As far as we know, Health Canada has never issued a recall on Sophie the Giraffe Teether, and as of January 8th 2011, Sophie the Giraffe Teether is available at Continue reading
Vulli Sophie the Giraffe teether is a great product that helps the little babies’ development period go more smoothly. The teether is extremely durable, and it is worth every cent you spend on it. Vulli Sophie the giraffe teether’s appearance makes it really appropriate for both boys and girls. Vulli’s Sophie will turn out to become your baby’s trusted companion as he or she gets much more than the teething phase. Vulli sophie the giraffe teether set of 2 is Continue reading
By: R. Hogue (Green Bay, WI)
This was an impulse buy, we have all been there, what got me was the reviews and the fact that my baby girl was teething and I just wanted something that she could really chomp on. Sophie is the winner. She has a cute face, she is french, and she squeaks, what more could you want. Oh and I read some reviews about the legs being choking hazards and think this is a bit ridiculous; first, use your own judgement as to whether your baby is old enough and strong enough to pull a toy out of their mouths if they gag; second, don’t confuse gagging and choking. The gag reflex is a good thing and my baby girl gags on her own fingers and hands much more than Sophie. I like Sophie’s spots and I like that she is made out of natural rubber that has a great familiar smell and is soft to touch. Great teether. Chomp, Chomp, Squeak, Squeak.
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Her *favorite* toy!!
By: Joanne Pasternack (Mountain View, CA)
My four month old is obsessed with Sophie. She can’t get enough of it. It is easy for her to hold and bring to her mouth. She just started to teeth and Sophie appears to give her some relief. She also loves the “squeak” sound it makes and is able to make it squeak all by herself. I love that it is easy to wash, small, and not cutesy or fussy. Although it is more expensive than other toys, it is worth it. I highly recommend this item.
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Sophie the endearing rubber friend
By Lemur Nimbley (Miami, FL)
My four month old baby loves this giraffe! I tried other teethers that were more standard, and he couldn’t stand them. Ring teethers were too huge in all areas to get into his mouth at all, and the plastic was too hard and brittle and seemed to cause him pain.
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Don’t let the price deter you!, October 11, 2008
My 5 month old daughter LOVES her Sophie the Giraffe toy! This toy is absolutely wonderful in every way. Sophie is made of soft rubber and makes a pleasant-sounding squeak whenever any part of her body is squeezed, so even a young baby can elicit a reaction from the toy with minimal effort.
I don’t know what it is about Sophie, but whenever my daughter plays with her, she gets very vocal and talkative.
I saw another review which referred to this toy as “a glorified dog toy”. That reviewer is mistaken, and simply doesn’t realize the value of this toy.
- Sophie’s body, while soft, has several areas of thicker rubber (the nubs on her head, her ears, and her feet) which are perfect for teething babies to gnaw on for relief.
- Sophie’s contrasting colors (spots) are visually stimulating to a baby.
- She is easy to grip given her long, thin neck.
- This toy is made of 100% natural rubber and uses food-grade paint (SAFE!).
- This is a quality baby toy which will last for many years.
I would much rather pay $20 for a safe, engaging toy for my baby, than pay $5 for some piece of junk with lead paint.
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