Sophie the Giraffe turns 50 this year. What is the secret of her longivity?

Born in France in 1961, Sophie quickly became a “must have” in baby’s essentials. Designed to stimulate the senses and soothe teething gums, mothers recognise right away the benefits of this little giraffe for their child.

Sophie the Giraffe has been a favourite teething toy in France for almost 50 years. Since her creation in 1961, Sophie the Giraffe has wowed over 20 million babies (and parents!) with her natural beauty and charm. These days in France 9 out of 10 newborn babies are given their own Sophie La Girafe.

Most importantly her flexible, renewable, natural rubber materials and non-toxic paint mean Sophie the Giraffe is a safe and all-natural teething toy for your little one.

Vulli, a company based in Rumilly in the Haute-Savoie region of France has continued to keep the jealously-guarded secret of how this wonder toy is made. In today’s fast paced world it is unusual to see a high production toy still “tradionally produced” and made by hand: Sophie requires more than 14 manual manufacturing steps.

Her retro style has ensured that she has remained fashionable for over 49 years.

Slender, flexible and soft, baby can squeeze and chew her in complete safety. Lovable and amusing, Sophie laughs when her body is squeezed.

· Made from 100% natural rubber derived from the sap of the Hevea tree
· Natural Rubber is soft, safe & non-toxic for baby to teethe & chew.
· Lightweight & easy to grasp for tiny hands.
· Painted with non-toxic, food-grade paints.
· Stimulating to baby’s senses with her soft colors & gentle squeak.
· Bumpy head helps soothe sore, teething gums.
· Sophie makes a soft squeak when squeezed – such fun for a baby!
· Slender, flexible & soft – babies love manipulating & teething Sophie.
· Sophie the Giraffe is Phthalate-Free with No Vinyl (no-PVC)!
· Born in France in 1961, Sophie the Giraffe is a classic!
· 7” Tall (17cm)
· 0-12 months +

The manufacturer, Vulli, was founded in 1946 and enjoys an excellent reputation as a specialist in the field of nursery items and toys. Vulli produces around 250 products, with 60% of their production taking place at their Rumilly site in the Haute Savoie region of France, including the legendary Sophie the Giraffe.

Still the same, even after more than 49 years…she hasn’t dated in the slightest…

Sensory Development

Sophie the Giraffe is baby’s first sensory development toy, stimulating each of his senses from the age of 3 months.

SIGHT : At the age of 3 months, a baby’s eyesight is still limited and he can only make our high contrasts. The dark and contrasting attention-catching spots all over Sophie the Giraffes body provide visual stimulation and she soon becomes a familiar and reassuring object for baby.

HEARING : Her squeaker keeps baby amused, stimulates his hearing and then later, helps him to understand the link between cause and effect.

TASTE : Sophie the Giraffe is made of 100% natural rubber and food paint, and is completely safe to chew, just like a feeding bottle teat. Her soft texture and numerous chewable parts (ears, horns, legs) make her perfect for soothing baby’s sore gums when teething.

TOUCH : Touch is the first means baby has of communicating with the outside world. Sophie the Giraffe’s soft feel is just like mummy’s skin, stimulating soothing physiological and emotional responses that soothe baby.

SMELL : The singular scent of natural rubber (from the Hevea tree) makes Sophie the Giraffe very special and easy for your child to identify amid all his other toys.

EASY TO GRIP : Sophie the Giraffe’s shape and 18cm size are perfect for baby’s small hands. She is very light and her long legs and neck are easy for baby to grip, even from his earliest days.

Sophie the Giraffe £12.99
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