We’ve got giraffes on the brain this week. It’s no surprise as my 15-month-old has spent part of this week with this long-necked lovely between his teeth.
Made by French company Vulli, Sophie le Giraffe was born in 1961 in the French Alps and is a popular childhood toy across the Channel.
Suitable from birth, Sophie makes an adorable companion for little ones. Indeed we swung by The Canonbury for a drink mid-week and saw two babies lying side by side on the grass, happily gnawing away at their Sophie giraffes.
If your tot’s at that stage when they’ve started putting everything in their mouths, you’ll be pleased to hear that this toy is actually designed for soothing sore gums. It’s made from natural rubber and food paint, meaning that baby can suck and chew on it to his (and mummy’s) heart’s content.
From pointy ears to hooves, there’s loads to nibble and Sophie’s just the right size for chubby fingers to grip and squeeze.
‘She’s so cute,’ said my four-year-old when I took Sophie out of the packaging. He played with her for a good half-hour before Jed even got his hands on her. Apparently Sophie doesn’t lose her charms as your kids grow.
What’s less endearing is the noise she makes – described on the web site as a ‘happy laughing sound’, it’s actually more of an annoying squeak. Then again Jed loves how easily he can make Sophie ‘talk’ and the fact that squeaking distracts him when he’s about to have a meltdown is worth the price alone.
The kind folks at Hello Baby Direct are offering one Sophie le Giraffe to a lucky Babes about Town reader. Simply leave a comment on this post by midnight GMT on Monday June 14. Winner will be picked at random and notified via email and on the blog.
Sophie le Giraffe is available to buy at online nursery store Hello Baby Direct