REVIEW – Sophie La Girafe / Sophie the Giraffe Vanilla Teething Ring

My daughter has now entered what I can only describe as Dribble Mode.

At four and a half months, she appears to have started getting some real action on the teething front, constantly having her fist in her mouth and biting down on anything and everything that goes with a close vicinity of her mouth (including my nipples – OUCH!)

I have never before seen so much dribble come out of something so small! Lol 🙂 – Every time I pick her up, her wet mouth and hands leave a trail of dribble over my neck and top, which then causes a slightly unattractive damp patch for me to sport for the next couple of hours. As the source of the wet patch is my daughter, I obviously find this cute – it’s amazing how blinding motherhood can be! 🙂

With regards to her coping with teething, she has so far, without wishing to tempt fate, been reasonably accepting, on one condition – she has to have something to chew on!! My finger is her object of preference, but at times, even the best of mummies need a rest. And this is where Sophie comes in.

Now most mummies will have heard of Sophie. If you haven’t, where have you been? Say hello to a teething baby’s new best friend. Sophie isn’t just a friendly giraffe, Sophie is a miracle giraffe that can turn a distressed and whinging baby into a calm and (albeit dribbly) squeaking machine!! 🙂

Until researching the product, I didn’t know the back story to Sophie, but it’s actually really lovely!

Sophie the Giraffe – The Story!

Sophie the Giraffe or Sophie Le Girafe as she is more fondly known, was born in France on the 25th May 1961. At that time, teethers on the market were only available as farmyard or pet type animals like sheep and dogs. Monsieur Rampeau, an expert in transforming sap from the hevea tree using the rotational moulding of rubber, came up with the idea of designing a
giraffe – this would be the first exotic animal teether to be on the market, and was the perfect shape for little hands to hold on to!

Vulli, a company based in Rumilly in the Haute-Savoie region of France have closely guarded the secret of how their teethers are  made. Sophie the Giraffe is still made traditionally, including the hand painting each giraffe meaning that no two Sophies are exactly the same.

Since her creation in 1961 Sophie the Giraffe has wowed over 50 million babies (and parents!) worldwide with her ‘natural beauty and charm’, and her style has not changed at all in 50 years – a timeless classic! In France 9 out of 10 newborn babies are given their own Sophie la girafe.

Sophie  – Our  Verdict

Sophie is available from most retailers including Amazon, Boots, Mothercare, Kiddicare etc, and retails for around £12/13. Sophie can also be purchased as a gift set. We received a special edition gift set including both the Traditional Sophie and the Sophie the Giraffe Vanilla Teething Ring. In our opinion, the slightly smaller teething ring is perfect for the earlier stages of teething, when your little ones have smaller mouths!

The vanilla teething ring consists of a small soft giraffe and circular textured ring made from 100% natural rubber. The giraffe is just the right size for my daughter to wrap her little fingers around and gain a sturdy grip, before the ring section is forced into an open mouth and chewed with the pace of a teenager chewing gum! The teething ring not only looks great, but smells great, a subtle vanilla scent that is appealing to both mother and baby!

Whilst eating our tea on Sunday, our daughter happily sat in her Bumbo seat chewing on the Sophie teething ring, covering herself in dribble (mental note to take a bib next time!) but calm, content and happily occupied. She appears to really enjoy holding what we now call “mini Sophie”, and apart from the odd occasion where she tries to force it in sideways (and thankfully fails) she managed to get reasonably good hand to mouth coordination!

Pros:

  • The teether is soft and scented – which really sets it apart from other teethers which are often made from a more rough, hard plastic.
  • The Vanilla Teething Ring is pocket sized, and therefore completely portable, even with limited space in an overcrowded changing bag!
  • My daughter can bash it around her face to her hearts content without risk of hurting herself!
  • The teether is lightweight and easy for small hands to grip.
  • Durable – this teether has been chewed and gnawed significantly over the last few weeks, and so far has remained fully intact, with no obvious damage!

Cons:

  • Does gather dust and get dirty quickly, and therefore needs to be washed regularly to ensure it remains hygienic,
  • Some mums and babies may prefer a larger teether, where you get more product for your money.
  • After 6 months, I believe the traditional Sophie would be more effective as a larger product for bigger mouths and more stubborn toothy pegs!!

sophie

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