Product Type: Mothercare baby toys
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Glorified Dog Toy
Sophie the Giraffe Teether
Member Name: mrsgladwin
Sophie the Giraffe Teether
Advantages: Lightweight, looks cute, easy to hold
Disadvantages: Didnt help with teething, annoying squeak
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!
Summary: My sons a wimp