Sophie La Giraffe Is A Cult Item For Good Reason… Here’s Why

If you’re a soon-to-be parent you’ve likely already heard about Sophie La Giraffe. It’s the Hermes of newborn/baby toys. In fact, the French teether/play toy has been around since the early 60s and there have been over 50 million sold – which is interesting because you see it everywhere (even when I’m in Israel I see it all over) and yet it still has an exclusive aura to it mainly, I assume, because it’s relatively expensive (around $20).

The price is also why it’s often a shower gift and a popular first toy (parents are usually more eager to spend money the first few months!) and so it is often the first thing a baby will actively play with. But does it live up to the hype and its price point? Actually, yes!

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For starters, babies three and under put everything and anything in their mouth, so it’s great to know that Sophie is not only non-toxic (made of 100% natural rubber), but she smells (so I assume tastes!?) amazing. She is vanilla scented! But even more than that, Sophie is genuinely loved by every baby I’ve seen play with her. There’s no music to a parent’s ear like independent play, and Sophie will often provide that.  She’s also easy to grip even if your baby is just a few weeks old he or she will likely be able to grip Sophie by the neck or legs.

Plus, the giraffe can be used as a teething toy (though I prefer cold things for baby to bite on when teething) and she squeaks when squeezed. On that note when washing Sophie make sure to do it with a wet wipe and not submerge her under water as water will get stuck inside that doll and can cause the sound effect to stop working/mold potentially to grow.

I also highly recommend the above touch and feel book. It was my son’s favourite book and we read it every single day for months.