18 Sep Why is everyone hooked on Sophie la girafe?
A couple of days ago, I had noticed that Eli had started drooling quite a bit but didn’t think anything of it until he grabbed my hand and tried to gnaw my fingers off. Yep, my baby who is about to turn 3 months old has started the dreadful teething period. At first, I hit a blank and even started to panic, forgetting what I needed and how I could help ease his discomfort – it’s tough seeing your baby in pain and knowing that there’s not much that you can do.
But then I remembered that we had our own Sophie la girafe teether, and let out a sigh of relief. Since then, Sophie has become well acquainted with our tiny muncher’s gums which prompted a few of you asking more about Sophie and why she’s so popular.
At first, I can completely understand why people are quick to think that Sophie la girafe is just like any other teether and perhaps you might feel that the hype is a trend fuelled by celebrities, but if you take the time to learn more about Sophie, you’ll quickly see why she’s such a popular choice among moms with teething babies.
Sophie la girafe is an award-winning teether that was first created in France. She has become so popular that 99% of French babies have a Sophie teether, and she ranks as the bestselling baby product on Amazon.com in America.
Sophie is handmade in France, using 100% natural rubber and food quality paint, she is also BPA and phthalates free. Yep, every Sophie that you see, is handmade which I personally believe is a good reason for the higher price bracket. At first, I wasn’t really interested in knowing the material that she’s made from, I mean – you’d think that all teethers found in big stores across the country, have gone through some sort of quality testing and are made equally but I recently learnt that a few years ago, a popular baby brand had a massive product recall on teethers that had been found to have traces of lead – that being said, 100% natural rubber and food quality paint is something that you come to value in children’s toys.
Sophie is the safest baby toy and is cleverly designed to stimulate all 5 senses. At 3 months, when babies usually start to show signs of teething, they still have limited eyesight, so the dark contrasting spots all over Sophie la girafe’s body is visually stimulating and can quickly become a familiar toy to your baby. The squeaker, found in Sophie’s tummy, is a great distraction and keeps your baby amused with the funny squeaking sound. As mentioned, Sophie is made from natural rubber, from the Hevea tree, which gives Sophie la girafe a very distinct vanilla scent and taste. Sophie has a soft texture which helps stimulate the emotional responses that soothe your baby (like a comfort toy). Best of all, because of her unique shape and size, she is perfect for tiny hands to grip and hold while her soft texture and chewable parts (ears, horns, legs), makes her ideal for soothing your baby’s sore gums.
Due to the Sophie la girafe teether being such a success and popular choice among parents, she has grown to become a brand that features more than 250 products ranging from muslin receiver blankets, mobiles, toys, clothes, gift sets, cutlery and even a camping cot and stroller. Most recently, the brand went on to launch their own natural and organic bath and body range too!