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When I had my first daughter, every other baby I met had one of these teethers, and every parent swore by it. I thought of buying one myself, but at around £12 I didn't think it was worth that, as I had already bought other teether toys all claiming to do the same thing; giving a soft plastic to chew on and soothe gums. Some were filled with water that could be put in the fridge, with cold supposed to slightly numb painful gums even more. When I had my second daughter, I was bought Sophie as a gift and so I got to see for myself what all the fuss was about.
Well, it's certainly engaging for babies, they do seem to love it, whether that's the size, the face of the giraffe, I don't know. The fact it squeaks must help. It's easy for them to hold, and my baby liked biting Sophie on the nose and legs. Have to say, by the time she started teething though, I think she'd got bored of Sophie and moved onto other things, so for us, this wasn't a 'must-have' teether in the end. I did try encouraging her to bite on it when I knew the teeth were cutting, but she just wouldn't, and would find her own thing to bite on.
I know this teether already features in those "you know you're a child of the 2010s if you had one of these" although as most commenters point out, the babies themselves will never remember them, but as an in joke for parents, it's true. You feel you need one. You will probably get one. It will have its uses.
My sister bought Sophie Le Giraffe for my little boy when he was born nine weeks ago because she knew that I loved it (I'm a bit of a Francophile, so I loved the idea of a little giraffe travelling from France to meet my son!). I think I have to honestly say that I like it more than my son but that will change in the future.
The giraffe is a beige and white squeeze toy that emits a squeaky noise when you squeeze her belly. She is rubbery in texture and has a very light scent so that you don't get that nasty rubbery aroma that you get with cheap rubber toys. She is designed for baby to squeeze and put in their mouth and will withstand a fair bit of chewing so will be brilliant when it comes to teething.
I think the toy is designed for slightly older babies than my two month old because it isn't really bright so doesn't capture his attention quite as much as I'd like it to. I think though he seems to be getting more and more enamoured with it as he gets older though so I am sure it will become a firm favourite. It is great because it is quite a narrow toy which means he can grab it comfortably, which he does now and seems to enjoy.
The toy isn't cheap and retails at around the thirteen pound mark, but I think it will become worth it's weight in mgold soon and I know that my friends's baby is never without hers because she loves chewing it and squeaking it.
Overall I would recommend it, but for slightly older babies who will be able to enjoy it much more.
Sophie the Giraffe
A good friend of mine bought my 6 month old daughter 'Sophie the Giraffe' as a gift when she was born. She had no idea what the toy did, she just said my friend has it and her son loves it! I can now safely say that my daughter loves the toy too and out of all her teething toys, it is by far her favourite!
I was quite surprised to learn that the Sophie toy was first made in 1961 as the design looks very modern. She is essentially a toy giraffe however her uses and soothing features have really helped my little one with her teething, possibly more so than bonjela and calpol. Sophie is designed with a bumpy head, ears and large hooves on her feet so that she is a joy to chew on for teething babies. The design of the toy means that my daughter can use one of her legs or her ear to reach the back of her gums.
Sophie is made out of 100% natural rubber and so is safe for baby to chew on. The giraffe design is painted on however non-toxic paint is used. My daughter has been chewing on Sophie for over three months now and I am pleased to say that none of the paint has faded or worn away. As she is made out of rubber, she is lightweight and easy to carry which is great.
Sophie aims to be a multi-sensory toy. She helps with teething, is manipulated easily thanks to being made out of rubber, has a great design and also squeaks when she is squeezed. All of these things make for a great toy however my daughter benefits most from the teething toy element. She likes the squeak however doesn't pay too much attention to it.
Another thing that I love about this toy is that it is easy to keep clean. The material makes it so easy to wipe clean with a sterilising wipe!
Sophie's price varies depending on where you buy her. I have had a look online and you can pick her up for £12.95 from Mothercare and around £15 on Amazon. This does seem a little expensive for a toy but I would definitely say that it is money well spent. Sophie is the ideal gift for an expectant mother too, especially as it is a great toy for a boy or a girl. The packaging is lovely too.
I would definitely recommend this clever teething toy to any other mums or dads. The benefits outweigh the price tag and your little one will find this fun toy very soothing.
This is a teething toy which everyone seems to have and think is amazing. We resisted buying it assuming it was a hyped up toy but then somebody gave us one. I have to admit that it was more popular with my children than any of our other teething toys but it is nothing fantastic. It is a rather dull coloured giraffe made of soft plastic with a squeeker inside. I think they liked it more for the squeaking than for anything else. On the plus side, I have submersed it in soapy water, washed it and sterilised it many times and it is still working (despite many other reviews saying that theirs no longer squeeked after washing). The colours and print have faded somewhat but I don't feel that this isn't important. On the negative side, it is overpriced and no more popular with my little ones than a set of cold keys, a television remote or a mobile phone.
For my little's girls first Christmas i didn't quite know what to get her with her only being 3 months old. So i trawled amazon to find the best baby toys and this is where i met Sophie the giraffe
As i discovered Sophie on amazon this is where i made my purchase, i paid £7.32 for it but its currently selling on amazon for £9.99 and can be bought at other toy and baby retailers too for about the same price.
Sophie the giraffe comes in a blister pack with clear packaging, a little boring but at least its minimalistic and doesn't have a million twisty ties. There is also a gift version of Sophie which comes in more exciting packaging making it more appealing to those who are giving it as a gift (and i do think this is a great gift for babies first Christmas or a christening). Inside is a cute little book telling you the history and the story behind Sofie the giraffe which is a lovely little touch.
Upon opening Sophie i could immediately smell the rubber and i handed it over to my little girl who was 3 months at the time, she wasn't even slightly interested but now at 4 and a half months she enjoys holding on to the legs and having a good old chew of Sophie's ears. I think she will get plenty of use out of this as there is no wearing down of the rubber where she has been chewing and no colour fading either.
The giraffe claims to be made for natural rubber but i honestly would really know what natural rubber would feel, smell or taste like so I'm not quite sure how believable this is. To me though Sophie has the taste of a dentists glove (yes i had to have a try).
I think Sophie the giraffe is a little strange looking but i think that could be because the design has not changed since it was made in 1961 so does look a little old fashioned but it works well (i learnt this thanks to the little story which came with Sophie)
Sophie has been a big hit with both me (epically because of my love of giraffes) and my little girl and Sophie's added squeaky sound always gets a little giggle from her. Its nice, simple and tick all the boxes for a teething baby.
I bought this recently for my daughter after a friend told me about it. She had bought it for her son who is a few months older and said that he had loved it. I have tried quite a few teethers over the years with my other 2 children but none like this one so I was intrigued to see if it worked or not it certainly does not look like the traditional teether.
My daughter started teething at 6 months she would just seem to be constantly chewing her fist and anything that went near her mouth, her little cheeks were really red and she was a bit miserable.
The toy looks good fun, Sophie is very cute, she has really big eyes and even squeaks when you squeeze her. My daughter seemed to really love her. She did chew her when I first gave it to her but then she chews everything you give her!
My friend got this for me when I said I liked hers she told me it was £8 I think she got it on line. My daughter does play with this quite a lot and it does seem to ease some of the pain when she chews on it. Sophie comes in a lovely box with a bow on the front so would make a nice gift for someone as it looks really special and she is very cute looking!
I would definitely recommend it because unlike other teethers your child can use it as a toy aswell when they have got past the teething stage. I really like this one and my older daughter even likes it too so im sure it will be around for years yet.
I bought this as my daughter started teething so early, getting her first teeth at 4 months old. She used to constantly suck and gum our knuckles, so I thought I would try this....everyone seemed to have one and it is apparently a celebrity must have!
Sophie is originally from France and is a nice soft plastic with nice big eyes and pink cheeks. She makes a pleasing squeak aound when squeezed or chewed, which my daughter loved. and still does at 2 years old.
In terms of a teether, she only chewed it a few times and I was glad she stopped as it made such a horrific squeaky sound against her gums, it made me cringe! It didn't seem to have a great help with her teething and we just stuck to Calpol in the end!
I did buy it in a pack which came with a pretty rattle with Sophie on it, which she loved and a small red teether which was strawberry flavoured - this she chewed constantly and seemed to help a lot. It is still flavoured two years later!
The price for Sophie on her own is around £10 - ridiculously over priced for what it is but if you are into following fashion and making sure your kid has the must have toy from day one, then this is for you. Otherwise - buy your child a water filled teether you can put in the fridge or give them sticks of cucumber.
We received Sophie the giraffe as a gift when our daughter Zara was born. It was given to us by a friend who has 8 kids and says that she swears by it for teething. I had never seen or heard of it before, but it was a cute looking little thing.
Sophie comes packaged in clear plastic with a cardboard insert and is suitable from birth. She is made from soft flexible rubbery material and she squeaks when you press her tummy. The long thin neck and legs make it very easy for little hands to hold.
When we received this toy Zara was too young to have any need for it but now she is 7 months old and teething has well and truly kicked in this has become one of her favourites and has been now for the last month or two. Because there are so many parts that she can get into her little mouth to gnaw on, like the legs, neck, ears and even the face it doesn't matter how she holds it she can always find something to chew on. And she finds it hilariously funny when she manages to make it squeak. The material Sophie is made from also makes it very easy to clean when Zara is done with her.
Overall I think this is a great little toy for teething babies. I don't know what it costs as it was a gift but I would definitely buy again in the future (if needed) I just wish I had known about this when my son was going through the same phase years ago.
I first saw Sophie The Giraffe while flicking through a trashy celebrity gossip magazine. There was a picture of Miranda Kerr (Mrs Olando Bloom for those of you without a Heat magazine subscription!) with her young son clutching a Sophie in his little chubby hands, with the caption stating he had hold of the latest must have for babies struggling with teething. As a mum of red cheeked, cranky, dribbly teething monster I was instantly intrigued. I was willing to try anything, as the one thing that I found to work (Anbesol liquid) was no longer available and other gels and teethers just didn't seem to make a difference. After doing a bit of research on t'internet I found that people were raving about it and so I decided if it was good enough for baby Bloom then it was good enough for us.
~ What is she? ~
Sophie was originally from France which explains why some sellers refer to her as Sophie La Girafe. She's apparently been about for over 60 years making her something of a classic (according to her manufacturers!)
She's made from 100% natural rubber and painted with non-toxic food-grade paints so its perfectly safe for your little one to chew on. She's lightweight and flexible and makes a squeak when chewed or played with.
~ Availabiliy and price ~
Sophie retails for around £12.95 and can be bought from places such as Mothercare, John Lewis, Amazon etc. We bought ours from Toys R Us for around £10 so the prices do vary slightly.
~ Our opinion ~
Like I said earlier my little man was really struggling with his teeth coming through and so we bought our Sophie when he was around 8 months old. She comes in a nice little box and she really is quite cute to look at with her big eyes and rosy cheeks to match my sons.
After giving her a once over with a bit of water (without submerging as that can apparently damage her) I gave her to my son with high expectations. would he love it as much as all these other children do? would it be the miracle cure for teething? Well the result was.... A great big resounding no. Hmmph. My son grabbed hold of it and made it squeak, frowned at it and threw it on the floor. Undeterred I picked her up and like the idiot I seem to have become since becoming a mother, I pretended to chew it and made approving noises, which if nothing else at least made my son laugh. He took it when I passed it back to him, shoved it in his mouth, frowned again and threw it back on the floor. This was around seven months ago and as a 15 month old who is now struggling with his molars coming through, he is still disinterested.
To be fair the majority of the claims about Sophie were true. She was lightweight and easy for little hands to grab. The shape of her meant it was easy to pick her up and I can understand how the shape of the head would be soothing to sore gums... It just didnt work for my son. Incidentally he also wasn't helped by amber teething necklaces either, so perhaps he's just a wimp! Her body is very flexible and on the rare occasion my little one does show an interest, it's to twist her and squeeze her into an unnatural shape, although to give her credit she does ping straight back into shape.
My main bug bear is that squeak. The manufacturers claim that this fun squeak helps your baby to "associate the teething process with laughter and happiness" and "helps teething seem less negative, building a positive foundation for your baby's growth". In the words of Sheldon Cooper....hogwash and hokum. It does nothing nothing of the sort, it just makes it resemble a dog chew toy. It's quite loud which is one of the few things my son seems to be delighted with. Probably because it annoys mummy!
~ overall verdict ~
She really didnt live up to our expectations and I was so disappointed. She sounds great in theory but the recommended price of £12.95 is a lot to spend on a rubber toy that is primarily used by my son to bash the cat with. Having said that I do know people who swear by it and find it so useful, so perhaps it's just us that's weird!
Picture a giraffe. Good. Now downsize it in your mind to a small enough size to fit comfortably in a baby's hand. You should imagine it to be around eight inches high. There! That's it. The giraffe is not living and breathing - now that would be clever - but it does squeak when squeezed or chewed. This teething device is called Sophie but feel free to change the name.
Sophie the giraffe has been put to good use by the one of the children I look after at home. It is light and made of a rubber that is just fine for teething babies to chew on. It has non-toxic paint on it and this toy has stood the test of time as babies have been using this toy since the 1960's. Well, not the particular giraffe in my house, as that was purchased almost a year ago, for a baby that was crying almost constantly.
I keep a whole array of toys and games to cover all age ranges but this poor baby hadn't anything to chew on, apart from her own hands, so I bought this as an emergency measure to address her irritability and my poor ears!
Other teething tools are bigger and weightier but this is so light that babies are happy for it to be with them all the time. The long legs are useful as they reach the far ends of the gums. However, I suggest keeping a keener eye when the leg goes in the mouth just to make sure it doesn't go to the back of the throat. It can't be swallowed but my imagination tells me it could give babies a nasty shock if it were to irritate the back of the throat.
This teething toy is great for having in the house, the pram, the car and public transport. I think it's for first time teething babies because when the teeth turn up they need something harder to get their new teeth around.
The tears miraculously stopped or at least for a while. It does help even though it's not a magic cure.
Do not immerse in water as I think it will lose its squeak. On the other hand, those who can't stand squeaking toys might want to try that! I rub down with hot soapy water and a cloth or use baby wipes over it. The colour hasn't gone.
Writing about the cleaning, of this toy reminds me that the biggest downside is the drawl over Sophie giraffe. It gets very wet with saliva, much like with dog toys. Yuk!
There's not a whole lot more to be said other than this works well, babies enjoy it. It makes for a good game of peek-a-boo, the squeak distracts form the sore gums and makes for noises of contentment. The squeaker, in the toy, can be annoying but I prefer it to an unhappy baby I would put up with the squeak because there's a happy child in the home.
It costs a hefty £10.36 on Amazon. I think it's a great toy and teething aid but if money's tight your baby doesn't have to have Sophie the Giraffe when there are cheaper options available.
At a Glance Relieving sore teeth and gums since 1961, the Sophie the Giraffe Teether is a classic must-have baby accessory. Features and benefits for Sophie the Giraffe Teether Born in France in 1961, Sophie the Giraffe is a classic teether which stimulates baby's senses whilst soothing them too Lightweight and easy for little hands to hold Made from 100 per cent natural rubber and painted with non-toxic food-grade paints, this handy teether won't cause your baby any harm The bumpy head helps soothe sore teething gums Her flexible & soft body means that baby will love manipulating Sophie into different positions Sophie squeaks and laughs when her body is squeezed, helping your baby through the discomfort of teething Mothercare loves...??this gorgeous and classic looking teething toy. Lightweight and easy for baby to hold, this can feel like a life saver during periods of teething.Want to know more?With her satisfying squeak and easy to hold shape, it's not difficult to see why the Sophie the Giraffe Teether has been helping parents and babies through the teething process for over 50 years. The Sophie the Giraffe Teether stimulates many senses simultaneously: Sophie's squeak and laugh will delight baby's ears, her flexible, easy to hold shape can be moulded and gripped and her beautiful paintwork and friendly face is charming to the eyes.Made from 100 per cent natural rubber, the Sophie the Giraffe Teether won't irritate your little one's mouth and her bumpy head is great for soothing tired, teething gums. Babies love Sophie for many reasons, but the fact that she relieves the pain of teething is top of the list.What's more, the Sophie the Giraffe Teether squeaks and giggles when squeezed, helping your baby to associate the teething process with laughter and happiness. Whilst it may not seem fun at the time, Sophie helps teething seem less negative, building a positive foundation for your baby's growth. Don't forget...Mothercare stocks pain relief to help your little one through periods of teething. Fabric composition: Eva, ps and sbs What's in the box: 1 x Sophie the Giraffe Teether