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      30.09.2013 22:43
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      Fab little toy for teething

      Before I had my son I had heard of the wonder that is Sophie the giraffe so I knew she was something I wanted if we didn't receive one as a gift upon his arrival. We were not so lucky to be given one so bought our own Sophie a couple of months down the line when he started showing an interest in toys.

      When we got her out of the packet the first thing I noticed was the lovely texture of the natural rubber, which is also non toxic, ideal for babies to chew on. It is also really easy to bend this toy although I did find our son wasn't so interested in making her head touch her feet!!

      I must admit I'm not a huge fan of squeaky toys but I loved the sound of this one, it's not too high pitched! I did notice that the other Sophies in my circle of friends all sounded slightly different.

      When my son started teething this was one of his favorites, the head is perfect for getting in to those sore gums.

      In a world of brightly coloured toys, Sophie's colouring is a refreshing change and she had the cutest smile!

      I must warn of the mistake my friend made! If you choose to put this in the dishwasher it will stop sqeaking! Two years down the line our Sophie is still nice and squeaky and is still played with on a regular basis.

      I have since bought some for expectant friends who have all told me that their child has loved her as much as my son did.

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      27.05.2013 00:03
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      A great teether for some but not for us.

      When my daughter started teething we tried many different teethers before finding success and a few that she loved and which soothed her. One of those we tried was the Vulli Sophie Giraffe. Sophie is a giraffe made of soft 100% natural rubber and food grade paint. We got ours from Amazon for £11.59 although it is widely available in shops and online and prices do vary quite a bit.

      Sophie is shaped and coloured like a very friendly looking giraffe and has a squeaker inside. When my partner first saw Sophie he thought I'd brought our daughter a dog toy by accident, and indeed with both the appearance and squeaker you could be forgiven for thinking this.

      We got Sophie after hearing rave reviews from another family member regarding their baby being very soothed and comforted and having read a number of online reviews.

      Sophie is very easy for a baby to hold and grip and is lightweight. The idea is that they chew to soothe their aching gums. However my daughter never really took to this teether, preferring others such as Infantino vibrating soother, the teether on her Lamaze Freddie the firefly or my friend Emily.

      I think that Sophie is a lovely idea and fantastic if it does work to soothe your child, however if like us you find your baby does not take to Sophie it is a lot of money to have spent. Especially as all of those our daughter has found more soothing were actually cheaper. For us I think it is the shape of the bits to chew my daughter does not like- as there are similarities between the shapes/thickness that she has found most soothing.

      I would suggest trying a range of cheaper teethers to get a feel for what soothes and comforts your baby before spending so much money on one single teether that they may not take to especially as teethers start from a couple of pounds upwards.

      This review also appears on CIAO under the same username.

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        21.02.2013 21:55
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        lovely gift

        We were given this teether as a gift for my son when he was born. At the time, I was unsure what exactly this was - a toy or a teether. I had never come across it before (this seems quite hard to believe now as so many babies I know seem to have one!) but it seemed quite an attractive toy none the less.
        The background to the toy is that it is made by Vulli - a French company. It is 100% rubber, derived from the sap of the Hevea tree - i.e. Latex. This is natural, elastic, flexible and soft to the touch. It is traditionally manufactured using 14 manual processes. It is marketed as 'baby's first toy', stimulating all senses from an early age.

        The giraffe is friendly looking, with a big smiley face. It is also quite realistic looking with four legs, a long neck and a spotty skin. It is hollow and squeezy so is lightweight and fun for baby to hold and squeeze. It also squeaks as it is squeezed, teaching baby cause and effect. The surface is soft and smooth so it is nice for baby to hold too. It is good as a teeter as it has various different shaped parts - long and thin and short and stubby - so it reaches all areas of the gum well. It is also made of natural latex and food paints so it is completely safe to chew. The smell of the latex is very distinctive too and I think that this is what helped my son to identify this toy very early.

        Looking online, this is a lot more expensive than I had anticipated - selling at £10-£15. Whilst I would definitely say that this was a firm favourite for my son when he was younger and it is undoubtedly a lovely toy, I think this is a little pricey. It also reminds me very much of a pets toy, which is not a great feature - we don't have pets but if we did I would imagine they would have been rather interested in this (not great when one of the functions is as a teether). As a teether, this was actually pretty good and my son did seem to gain some satisfaction and relief when chewing on this - much more than from any other teether. It did keep it's shape and colour well despite this so it must be pretty resilient even though it feels so lightweight. It was usually covered in saliva though and it seemed to retain it too, so I was constantly washing it but it was easy to wash so this was not too much of a problem.

        Overall, an expensive but lovely natural toy - a great gift for a newborn.

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          10.02.2013 14:37
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          A lovely looking teether which my son loves, but I wouldn't buy it myself!

          My niece got a Sophie le Giraffe for her first christmas aged 4 months. I was pregnant at the time, and loved it and wanted to get it for my baby when he was born. My sister bought it for him when he was born.

          It retails at around £12.99 from most retailers, which is a lot of money for a teether in my opinion.

          When my son was tiny, he was obviously too young for it, but loved to wrap his fingers round her soft legs. She is made of a soft rubber, and all of the surfaces are chewable, therefore great for teething. I looked on the Sophie website, and they are all handpainted, so I guess this means they are all unique (but I may be wrong there!).

          Once teething really kicked in, he was never without his Sophie! I kept her next to him in his cot and would often wake in the night to hear him chewing away! She has a loud squeak when squeezed too (not sure why as I don't think giraffes squeak!).

          A couple of negatives now... as the legs are quite flexible, it is quite easy for a baby to get one leg quite far down the throat, which my son did lots, making him gag! He soon learned not to do it though. The other one, which I have only just noticed now, several months since my son last used it. There are hardly any spots left on the giraffe, when I know she had loads in the first place, meaning quite a lot must have come off in my son's mouth!

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          08.02.2013 12:08
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          Unusual but great teether.

          My brother in law bought this for our first born, he lives in France and told us every child over there has one of these. I had never seen or heard about them before, but appreciated the gift anyway.

          You would be forgiven for at first thinking this is some sort of dog toy, it has the size, smell, texture, taste and sound of one! I did a quick look online at them and discovered that they were indeed very popular in France and become very trendy and popular over here too.

          It is made from 100% natural rubber and non toxic paint, so completely safe for you baby. Although I have tasted it and it is not nice! It is a good size at around 16cm tall, there are lots of different bits to chew. My son always liked to chew her face rather than a leg.

          It squeaks when it is squeezed, and it is really easy to squeeze (many baby toys seem to require more effort than a baby is capable of, at 21 months my son still has baby toys that still are too hard to squeak). It is quite loud, and can be mildly annoying for long periods of time so maybe best to avoid taking this toy with you if you are taking your baby to a cafe etc!

          It is easily cleaned with soapy water and with months of use has not shown any sign of wear other than faded paint.

          We bought another of these for our newborn, and before opening it my brother in law also gave us another one so we decided to sell the one we had bought. Unfortunately the one my brother in law bought has a faulty squeaker, it doesn't always squeak and takes far more effort than our first one. So its a bit disappointing as we already sold the other one we bought before we realised.

          They are pricey, ranging from around £8-£12, which is alot. But it has been a favourite toy in our house, and I am sure the new one will become a favourite too. I am glad I received the first one as a gift as I wouldn't have spent that much on it without any experience of it.

          They make lovely baby gifts and I would buy one for a friend with a baby.

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            07.02.2013 06:21
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            Wouldn't of bought this toy myself, but Kai is a big fan!

            Kai love, love, LOVES his Sophie, like seriously he is obsessed with this thing!! He really has taken such a liking to 'her' since he got her for his birthday last month and he brings her everywhere.. bath, bed, supermarket, doctors, you name it and she'll be there with Kai. She has lots of long legs and a long neck, so he can easily carry her around and although this isnt a small toy, it is very light.

            She's now how we bribe him into going to bed, how we calm him down when he's mad and how we distract him if he's about to throw a tantrum. If I can see him getting upset, I'll just say to him "where is Sophie, Kai?" And he'll immediately start looking for her, babbling to himself as he does. Shes actually pretty hard to lose, as the toy itself is a good size and the colour scheme of the toy stands out from most of kais other toys. The reason I've decided to review Sophie is because she really is Kai's favourite toy ever, and he's insanely attached to her.

            Take yesterday for example - we were in the shower, and as usual he was putting all of his toys from his beach bucket into the shower, but Sophie wasn't there. As soon as he realised that "she" was missing, he immediately began frantically looking for her. I got out of the shower and spent a good 5 minutes trying to find her, and when I did he was so happy!! He gave Sophie a good wash in the shower, caringly talking gibberish to her as he did, and that night, like all nights since 2 weeks ago he slept with her next to him.

            Sophie was a present from a friend of mine, and I had assumed that because it is a rather basic, plasticky toy it was quite cheap.. it could actually almost be mistaken for a discount shop dog toy. It is actually about £15, which I wouldn't pay personally, so I'm glad that Kai received her as a gift!

            Another reason I wouldn't have bought this myself other than it being overpriced is that Sophie is made from rubber, albeit natural rubber. Most of Kai's toys are wooden and Eco friendly, and I don't really like him having things like plastic and rubber around him or in his mouth, but it's a good quality toy and the rubber doesn't feel cheap & it's great that it is waterproof!

            Kai is 12mo's and I thought that this toy would be too young for him (its a teether toy) but he has taken a real liking to it. Im not sure that I'd of let him play with it when he was tiny though, because the material is quite rigid and the toy is a bit bulky, however he loves it now and we have sent my friend a special thank you card for it - I can't get over how madly in love he is with this toy!

            The toy does squeak, which makes me find the whole design of it even more odd (it is like a rubber chicken dog toy in giraffe form!) Kai actually doesn't like the squeak, but I'm sure that most babies will!

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              21.09.2012 18:10
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              So cute, and baby loves her

              Sophie is a soft teether from France. Made in the same way since 1961, she's stood the test of time for millions of babies worldwide. I'd never heard of her before my second child was born, and as I heard more and more about her, was determined to buy for my third child. I wish I'd bought earlier!

              As I said, this is a soft rubber toy. She stands 7" tall, and despite having all legs in a line, she does stand quite easily. Each leg is at a slightly different angle, making them slightly different to chew on, and I notice my son chooses a different leg or sometimes the ears or horns, depending on which part of his mouth is bothering him. The legs also make a tiny handle, meaning this is an easy toy for small hands to hold.

              My son had his first tooth at two months old, and Sophie was great for him then. As he got more interested in other toys, he goes back and forth how much he cares for Sophie, but she is always the #1 teether. He also enjoys chatting to her, the big eyes make the face really approachable.

              There is a really loud squeaker, which I thought was inaccurate for a giraffe, until my sister found youtube video of baby giraffes - they really are that loud! Happily, though, it rarely goes off accidentally, so I can live with the noise, I just don't take it anywhere where we have to be quiet!

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                20.07.2012 09:18
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                Sophie the giraffe

                Sophie the Giraffe is a classic children's toys that has been around for years and years. I remember my cousins having one about 20 years ago when they were babies and I loved it when I used to baby sit them and I remember thinking I would get one for my babies when they were born and thats exactly what I did when I had my little boy. 

                As the name would suggest, Sophie is a giraffe, a cute little giraffe with brown colouring and a smiley face. Sophie is actually a French baby toy, having been invented there in 1961 and apparently, according to an article I read, "These days in France 9 out of 10 newborn babies are given their own Sophie La Girafe." Not bad for a simple baby toy.

                Sophie is actually designed to be a teething toy and you can tell that my little boy really appreciates this at the moment as his teeth are starting to come through and he is just gnawing away at Sophie all the time. Sophie is made of quite a plyable rubber and is very squishy and flexible which makes her perfect to be able to chew. In fact, according to an article I read, Sophie is made from 100% natural rubber derived from the sap of the Hevea tree. Sophie has four slim legs and then on the top of her head she has two ears and also two little horns as well. Its these raised sections that are apparently meant to be really nice for teething gums as they sort of massage the gums and can touch the gums in different areas to massage them and hopefully make them better for little ones. 

                Sophie is about seven inches tall so she's not that big but perfect for little hands to hold. She is quite slim in her body too so I think this makes her a nice little toy to hold onto and its quite easy for me to slip her in my hand bag and be a toy that we can take out with us as well. The fun part of Sophie is that she squeaks when you squeeze her anywhere on her body, that baby toy squeak and my little girl loves to do this to entertain her brother with. The markings on her are cute and like I've said above she is brown, she has brown hooves, ears and horns and then she has lots of brown dots on her that give her her unique giraffe markings.

                You can buy Sophie in lots of different places, baby stores, the internet etc and she costs in the £10 region which in my opinion is a perfect price for a classic toy. 

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                  19.07.2012 21:49
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                  A good quality baby toy that baby can safely get her teeth into

                  Our Sophie la Giraffe was a gift to my twins for their 2nd Christmas when they were 15 months old. By this point they already had a good collection of teeth and although I appreciated the gift I didn't think that we were going to get much use out of her. My girls had passed the stage where everything went in their mouths and teething pains were being treated with teething gels, powders or paracetamol. However I gave Sophie to them and was pleasantly surprised with the results.

                  What is Sophie la Giraffe?
                  Sophie is a baby toy that originated in France. Our 'Sophie' came in a gift box making it ideal as a gift. Inside was a brief history of how she came to be and was named after Saint Sophie who's Saints day she was created on, the full background is also available on the Amazon website.

                  What's Sophie made of?
                  Made of natural rubber she smells like a balloon, I don't think this is a particularly pleasant smell but my twins don't seem bothered in the slightest judging by the amount of time it has spent against their little noses. Suitable from birth she is BPA free which is a must in our house where teething toys are concerned.

                  What's the appeal of Sophie?
                  -As a toy
                  Visually Sophie is very appealing with detailed marking including little red cheeks. The Giraffe body markings are showing no signs of wearing off and there are no teething marks on her at all. In fact she looks as good as the day we got her out of the box.
                  At about 7 inches high Sophie is the ideal size for little hands, being made of rubber she is incredibly light so baby can easily hold her to play with or chew on.
                  My twins love making Sophie squeak, any part of her body being squeezed rewards little ones with a loud squeak. They particularly like bending her neck in half and regularly play with her just to make her squeak.

                  -As a teether
                  There are lots of bits to Sophie which make her an ideal teether. One of my little girls is currently cutting her eye teeth which are between teeth that are already through. The ears and horns are small enough to get into these gaps and give relief. When I see her chewing on her fingers I normally find Sophie and she has a good chew on her head instead!
                  The legs are also a favourite for chewing on they are long and thin so fit easily into baby's mouth.

                  Keeping Sophie clean?
                  As Sophie regularly gets covered in saliva lots of fluff tends to stick to her. I usually just grab a baby wipe to clean her off. This can not be done quietly as Sophie squeaks at the lightest touch so not a task for when baby is sleeping nearby!

                  Price and Availability?
                  As I said our Sophie was a gift but it is currently available from Amazon and John Lewis for £9.99. I was always put off by the price of a Sophie la Giraffe but now we've got one I wish we'd had it a year earlier as we'd have got even more use from her.

                  Would I recommend?
                  Yes, Sophie is among the toys that get regular attention from my twins. She is a lovely toy as well as a great teether. The quality is great and is worth the £9.99 she sells for. There is a full range of Sophie gifts if you want to add to your collection.

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                    09.06.2012 17:44
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                    Not as tasty as Rhino with HP Sauce, but still fairly chewable for teething tots

                    Sophie the Giraffe is an elegant French Giraffe, she is fairly easy to find if you look for her on Amazon or any decent website offering stuff for babies and costs £8.99 on average.

                    Sophie is a teething toy, basically she is a squeaky giraffe used by teething infants to chew on, everytime they do she amusingly squeaks.

                    Looks:

                    Sophie is about 18cm tall and fairly easy for your little baby to carry around one handed, she is made of rubber and has a doe eyed innocence that we perhaps don't see to often in real giraffes, unlike real giraffes she smells of rubber, she has fairly short legs in comparison to her neck and the whole look is cartoonish but realistic.

                    Use:

                    Sophie is great as she has a nice wide neck area for your little one to gnaw on, the legs are easy to chew on too, the head offers ears and horns which my little one likes to chew on and the whole toy is well designed to fit small mouths, the design is very safe with no jagged edges and Sophie offers a really simple, well designed concept, which has proven amazingly popular amongst parents.

                    Longevity:

                    We've had sophie for over a year and got about 6 months of good use out of her, she is a toy as well as a teether and our little one doesn't snuggle to her much but does like to carry her round and throw her at people or things, which we take as a sign of affection.

                    Overall:

                    This is a simple well designed toy, at £8.99 I think we paid the higher end of the scale for this as it is dual use but still primarily a teether, the toy looks good, is really smart and has a quaint frenchness which most Giraffe's just don't. I would and have recommended this to others, it is painted with non toxic paint and squeaks reliably everytime, I wasn't initially convinced by the price and this would still be my only quibble, but this toy is reliable and guaranteed to either be chewed or thrown at somebody everytime we get it out.

                    This is the most useful giraffe I have ever come across and there appear to be further options in the range, but this basic toy does everything you would expect from it and offers chewing relief to your pained little one when they really need it without risk, or the threat of the toy causing any damage to your child.

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                      31.03.2012 00:17
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                      I changed my mind about this giraffe!

                      I had heard a lot of hype about this 'Sophie the Giraffe' and it tends to be recommended by a lot of mums, and by baby magazines, but when I got it for my 2nd son, I could not really understand what the big deal was as he hardly used it. He liked the squeaky aspect but he never used to teeth on it. However he was a big fan of his dummy so he actually preferred that to teething toys and perhaps did not need the teething toys so much, due to that. I liked the look of it, but at that time I would have said it's not worth the money as it is one of the more expensive teethers, normally retailing at over 10 pounds.

                      HOWEVER

                      Now my youngest is coming up to 8 months and he has been attached to this giraffe for a couple of months now, and now I see the appeal of it and have totally changed my mind about it and would really recommend it!

                      He is having teething pains at the moment, although no teeth have yet come through but I do not think they are too far off. I have noticed him chomping down quite hard on this giraffe and it does seem to help him. The texture is quite chewable and flexible, as it is made of a rubber material, so I can imagine that is more comfortable to chew on rather than very hard thick plastic that some teethers are made of.

                      The best thing about this teether is how easy it is for the baby to grip and hold it. Even before my baby started teething much, I had noticed he liked this toy as it was very easy for him to hold onto and wave around, which he seemed to enjoy from the time he started getting used to holding and gripping toys. From around 3-4 months he was grasping this giraffe in his hands to play with.

                      I had always found with other teethers that they did not get used that much as they were not easy for the babies to hold, for example some of the big ring teethers which I had bought for my 1st when he was this age.

                      Being a giraffe shape is a nice aspect to add a playful and fun element to the teether, with a friendly character. As the baby grows into a toddler as well as teething they can also use it as a toy, acting things out with the giraffe and using the imagination. My 3 year old enjoys doing this if he happens to get his hands on the Sophie the Giraffe.

                      It is very well made and does not look too cheap and tacky or easily damaged, and is made of natural materials which are totally safe to be in the babies mouth.

                      Despite at first wondering what was the big deal about this, I would really recommend it now for any teething babies. I have given it a 4 just because my 2nd child really was not bothered with this toy, so clearly its not suited to all babies but for those who will teeth on it, it comes in really handy and is great.

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                      A great teether thought may not look it!

                      My daughter is at the stage where everything is going to the mouth, the only difficulty is that she hasn't got good enough hand eye coordination yet to either always grad correctly at a toy or if she does, to be able to pull it to her mouth. I had mentioned to the health visitor about early teething as my daughter is drooling a lot and trying to get the entire fist in the mouth and when the health visitor said it was possible even at three months, she suggested I get a few teething rings etc to give her, even if it meant me having to hold them to her mouth for her. I had already bought a few toys in anticipation of teething but one toy that my sister gave me for my daughter was this Sophie the Giraffe Teether, which when I looked on amazon, was not only very costly for a teether (a mere £11!!) but had fantastic reviews.

                      This is not your typical teether in look or feel. It is made of natural rubber and is meant to resemble a baby's teat but also the rubber is both safe for baby and 'non toxic'. When I initially saw it I wondered how it could be non toxic since if my daughter was to continue to chew on this toy, surely the paint would come off, however my fears were put to bed when I found out that this teether has been painted with non toxic food based paints and so are perfectly safe for baby to lick, chew or suck on. It also claims to be PVC free.

                      To be honest, when I got this teether, I really did not like the look of it, and thought it looked like a toy you would buy for your dog to chew on, however when I first showed it to my daughter her eyes seemed to light up and the hands immediately went out to try and grab this. The great thing about this toy, and probably why it is so popular with babies is that with the legs and long neck, there are easy parts of the giraffe for younger babies to grab and hold on to, and be able to manipulate enough to pull to the mouth. Obviously as a baby gets older they can grab more of the giraffe, but for the moment even my three month old daughter can grab at the legs of the giraffe and at times pull it to her mouth as it is quite light in weight so perfect for little hands.

                      As she gets older she will be able to appreciate the bumpiness of the giraffes head and ears as the manufacturer's claim that this particularly helps with sore gums.

                      The other thing that my daughter absolutely loves about this giraffe is that when I press its tummy for her, it lets out a squeak which is more like a laugh and she smiles and smiles at this. So even if your baby is not at the teething stage, the squeak will still keep them amused!!

                      All in all, this may not look like a teether, or look the nicest toy for a baby, but in my daughter;s case, she loves it. She loves the fact she can get her little hands around the giraffe's long legs and try to pull it to her mouth. SHe loves the squeak that sounds like a laugh and is becoming something that I take with me for her everytime we go out. £11 may be costly but if your baby takes to it as well as mine and in the long run works to give them relief from sore gums, then I think it is worth it.

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                        A tried and tested teether, a hit with celeb babies and my little one.

                        When my nephew was born, my sister bought him a Sophie the Giraffe (or Sophie la Girafe as she is properly known). There seemed to be something familiar about her face, although I don't think i'd seen her anywhere before, she just has a friendly, enticing look about her! So when my little boy was born this August, my sister bought a Sophie for him and I was very pleased, as she seems to be the toy of choice for the discerning celebrity baby!

                        Sophie is a teething aid and she is designed to be ergonomic for baby to hold and has lots of bits which can be chewed and chomped upon. She is made by a French company called Vulli and she has been on the go in the same design and style since 1961 making her a cult classic for babies everywhere. Sophie is made from natural rubber and is very soft to the touch, easy to squish and gentle on sore gums and new teeth. She has spotty giraffe markings painted on using non toxic food grade paints so baby can chew away merrily and safely. She also contains a squeaker and this makes her not unlike a dog toy!

                        Sophie is considered to be beneficial for babies for a few reasons. The smell of the natural rubber is said to enable baby to identify Sophie among his other toys. The high contrast patterning on Sophie's body is thought to be easy for very young babies to see. The soft feel of the rubber is said to be akin to mummy's soft skin making baby feel comforted. The squeaker stimulates baby's hearing, she is easy for baby to hold once they are able to hold things as she is lightweight and ergonomic, and of course, she is soft to chew on when baby is teething. Sophie is about 7" tall and there are a variety of other Sophie products available.

                        Sophie is quite expensive and I have seen her on sale for as little as £10 and as much as £15! I received mine as a gift and I don't know if I'd have bought one myself at those prices!

                        So far, my son has enjoyed chomping away at Sophie although he can't hold her himself yet so I have to hold her for him while he chomps on her legs, ears and horns. I have heard from friends that once their little ones had teeth and were chewing on Sophie, parts of the rubber began to split and come off making it a rather dangerous choking hazard. I have also read reviews where baby had been left unattended with Sophie and had managed to gag on one of her legs. Of course, babies should never be left unattended with toys when they are going in the babies' mouths and yes, Sophie's legs are long enough to make baby gag on them if they were to get them in their mouths that way. However, I've not experienced any of these problems so far and have never left my son unattended with any of his toys.

                        I think Sophie is a lovely gift to give to a baby (although she is rather pricey and therefore loses a star) and she is a tried and tested teether that has been on the go for 50 years. I personally love her as does my son :)

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                          30.03.2011 13:54
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                          A must have for a teething baby

                          I first heard about Sophie the Giraffe at a local baby group - I had heard of them before but never seen one. So when my daughter was born I decided to investigate further!

                          Sophie is a teething toy which originated in Frrance. She is made from natural rubber and decorated with non-toxic food grade paints. She is BPA- and phthalate-free. She is 17cm/ 7 inches in height.

                          Suitable for a newborn I purchased Sophie when my daughter was tiny and have never regretted it! She is soft and squidgy, with a lovely squeak sound which attracts baby's attention. She is small enough for little hands to grip yet large enough not to be a choking hazard in any way.

                          There are lots of interesting shapes on Sophie that make it ideal for the teething baby to chew on and knaw on.

                          The idea of the particular rubber that Sophie is made out of is that it holds scents so after a while of chewing on it, the baby will be able to recognise "their" Sophie which ultimately makes it a lovely comfort toy. Sophie really became my daughter's favouite around 5 months and she still carries it everywhere she goes. I think she'll be around for a long time to come!

                          The only downside is the price - pretty expensive at around £12 each but definitely worth it.

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                          22.11.2010 18:06
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                          How much does it cost?? You're 'aving a giraffe, intcha?

                          I have an adorable nephew who has just turned a year old and I purchased this giraffe toy for him quite a few months ago now, perhaps when he was about six months old. Our lad started to get teething troubles quite some time ago and this toy is described on the amazon website (www.amazon.co.uk) as being 'safe & non-toxic for baby to teeth and chew' which made me think that the fabric of the toy would be perfect and ideal for him to chomp and chew on, and as he was desperate to shove anything within his reach into his sore, painful mouth, I thought that this seemed like a good alternative to socks, balled up fists etc.

                          The toy's full name is "The Original Sophie the Giraffe Teether Toy" and can be easily found on websites such as eBay and amazon.

                          When the toy arrived, I was impressed by the quality of the little giraffe's material which is a very durable rubber type material; it seemed to me that this would be perfect for my nephew to chew on without being able to bite a piece of the rubber off, such was the thickness of the rubber. That said, the rubber material is not so thick that the giraffe cannot be bent or squashed a little. The markings on the giraffe are nice and bright and I thought also that her little features were adorable, her big eyes and the way one of her front legs is slightly bent made her look very cute and certainly appealing to youngsters.

                          One of the most endearing features of the giraffe though is the fact that when her tummy is pressed, she lets out a loud SQUEAK type noise, which at first did put me off slightly; I thought that the toy overall seemed to be too similar to something I would purchase for a new puppy rather than a little baby! My worries soon faded though, when I held the giraffe out to my nephew for the first time.. He made a grab for Sophie the giraffe immediately, which doesn't appear to be something he will do with any old toy. To this day, he giggles when Sophie plays 'peek-a-boo' with him and squeaks when she pops out from behind the sofa, cushion, etc.

                          The point of Sophie is of course not only to be a cute little squeaky toy but also a teether for babies and toddlers. In this respect, I would say that when given the choice, my nephew prefers one of his other teethers, which are the type with the liquid inside them. I think the bottom line here is that his mouth is hot and sore, and the teethers with the liquid inside them are simply cooler on his mouth than Sophie could ever hope to be.

                          The one main point where Sophie DOES win over these more conventional teethers though is with the cleverly-designed bumps on her head. Little ridge-like bumps are ideal for those pesky front gnashers and these come in the form of Sophie's nose and ears. My nephew's main problem at the moment however seems to be the back of his mouth on the bottom, and I have seen him chomp quite happily on one of Sophie's little legs. It is small enough and dainty enough to fit into his little mouth easily without making him gag.

                          There is no doubt in my mind that Sophie is a very popular toy where my nephew is concerned. She travels regularly with the boy, either in his changing bag or in his mummy's handbag, and her petite-ish size allows this to be done rather easily. Sophie is approximately 23cm in length so is far from being cumbersome to carry around from here to there. I would point out also that she is very lightweight and easy to grab, even with chubby little baby fingers!

                          Furthermore, the fact that Sophie is made from a sturdy, durable rubber has proven to be vital, given the amount of times she has taken a tumble in the grass or has been thrown into the dinner bowl in the throws of some tantrum or other. A quick wash when the dummies and spoons are getting washed each night time and Sophie is as good as new.... Well, almost. It IS easy to see that Sophie is well loved. Her once brightly coloured brown markings are now starting to fray a little, and one or two of them are faded. Also, her bumpy giraffe head is showing a few dents here and there from an unknown source. (A new pointy tooth is perhaps to blame?)

                          The Sophie Giraffe toy is entirely safe for babies and toddlers as I mentioned earlier and is non-toxic, lightweight, durable and of course loveable and extremely cute!

                          I did think initially that the cost of this little rubber toy seemed to be a bit steep. I saw it being sold for as much as £17 online, and there's no way I would have paid that. To be fair, I don't think there's been a single day that my nephew hasn't played with Sophie so it's fair to say she is much loved and very popular etc, but still...! I don't believe for one second that every new parent could afford that type of price for one teether toy! I feel that the concept and design of Sophie is great, but I couldn't honestly say that she deserves such a high price tag, and I feel it is unfair to rip off new parents when they have enough other things to be buying for their new arrival! For the high price tag, I will be deducting one Dooyoo star.

                          Overall though, I would highly recommend this little giraffe toy. My nephew loves it and I'd really recommend it for babies and toddlers alike. I paid around £10 for the Sophie giraffe from an independent retailer. At present, Sophie the giraffe is available to buy from www.amazon.co.uk for £11.88. As I mentioned earlier, the price for the toy seems to vary from website to website, so I would definitely recommend shopping around a little before you buy!

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