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Sophie the Giraffe Teether
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Sophie the Giraffe Teether
Date: 24/11/12, updated on 01/10/13 (63 review reads)
Advantages: Cute toy and great teething aid all in one.
Disadvantages: Price higher than other teething options = one less star.
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.
Summary: Trusty Giraffe help stop teething tears.