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Sophie The Giraffe Gift Boxed Version from Vulli
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- Created in France in 1961
- Made from 100% natural rubber and food grade paint
- Stimulates all 5 senses
- Soothes sore teething gums
- Light and easy for baby to hold and manipulate
|Sophie the Giraffe Authorized Dealer-- Sophie the Giraffe products sold by Amazon.co.uk are genuine and come from Vulli in France where the manufacturer is based. Sophie the Giraffe is traditionally produced and hand painted in small batches--therefore no two Sophie’s are the same. This means that Sophie’s details, size, colour and spots may vary. It is normal for Sophie’s colour to fade over time due to chewing and cleaning as the colouring is food grade paint--for the safety of your child.|
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Once upon a time, a simple story, the little giraffe was born on 25th May in year 1961, Saint Sophie's day. In those days, the only animal toys available were farm animals or pet figures.
That is why one day in France a certain Monsieur Rampeau, who was an expert in transforming sap from the hevea tree using the rotational moulding of rubber as a toy-making concept, came up with the idea of designing a giraffe. Such an exotic wildlife figure would be a first on the market and its size and shape would be ideal for a baby's small hands to grasp.
Sophie the Giraffe, who looked exactly the same then as she does today, went into production on Thursday 25th May.
She was an immediate success. Sophie quickly became a “must have” in baby’s essentials. Designed to stimulate the senses and soothe teething gums, parents recognised right away the benefits of this little giraffe for their child.
By simple word of mouth, the little giraffe's fame spread.
From then on in Europe, generation upon generation of children were to love hearing Sophie squeak whenever they pressed her tummy or head.
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. Sophie the Giraffe is still "traditionally" produced to this day, a process that involves more than 14 manual operations.
This includes individually hand painting each giraffe meaning that no two Sophies are exactly the same.
If purchased in a gift box there is a blue card inside which may sometimes rub off onto sophies head, you can remove this by simply wiping the head of Sophie
Made from 100 per cent natural rubber derived from the sap of the Hevea tree, Sophie’s flexible, renewable, natural materials and non-toxic food grade paint mean she is a safe and natural teething toy for your little one. Over time the paint may wear off Sophie as baby plays - especially if she is chewed lots or harsh chemical wipes are used on her.
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 retro style has ensured that she has remained fashionable for over 50 years.
In France nine out of 10 new-born babies are given their own Sophie la giraffe.
Still the same, even after more than 50 years, she hasn’t dated in the slightest.
For the last 2+ years Sophie has been manufactured with a batch number on the leg. Prior to this it was possible to buy a Sophie with no batch number, so if she is missing one this does not mean it is a fake.
The batch numbering method has changed across time as manufacturing methods improve - originally batch numbers were part of the mold so would feel raised on the leg of the toy. Currently they are laser etched and so are very easy to miss - it's very, very faint but is there if you have a close look. This is done, so it does not spoil the aesthetics of the toy, but is there for identification.
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Top Customer Reviews
After the massive success of Sophie with my two little ones (my daughter's Sophie is still out and about although my son's was packed away recently when he turned 3), I have just bought another one for my new baby niece in the new updated packaging and I have been told by Mum that she is already following it with her eyes when Sophie is squeezed and squeaked and I am sure she will love her as much as my two little ones loved their Sophie's.Read more ›
My baby is just hitting his for month old mark, and is going through some serious teething sessions. You know how it goes, drool everywhere, constant whining, everything needs to go in the mouth - hands, hair, toys, dummies - you name it. And nothing does the job. I have teething rings, baby keys, toys with teething accessories, silicone teething baby dummy clips. All of it. But because he doesn't quite have the motor skills yet, I have noticed he prefers items with a long, straight grabbing option. Like his wooden toy rattle (which, unfortunately isn't a great teething toy, as it doesn't fit in his mouth; along with him quite comically bonking himself on the head with it).
So I searched high, and I searched low. I searched the distant areas of internet shops to try and find a teething rattle like toy. That was soft, entertaining, and with a long handle for my son's easy grip.
And let me tell you, I couldn't find anything. So I bit myself, and found myself looking at Sophie The Giraffe. What is so magical about this toy? It's just a bloody rubber giraffe, for thirteen quid! But, hearing my baby struggle in the background with his fist in his mouth, I swallowed my pride and bought Sophie.
Sophie arrived to us the next day. Nicely wrapped up in her little gift box. I took her out of her little travel case and introduced her to my baby. His eyes instantly went to her. And after a short while, he figured out that he can rather easily get a good grip on her, and that yes - she fits in his mouth. I now had one happy baby gnawing on Sophie's face while she worked her magic.
What is it about this toy that children love?Read more ›
I ordered another one from a well know childrens store and the difference is unbelievable!!!
Please do not risk this product. just pay a little extra for the proper item
I am currently in contact with Amazon as I can not believe that they would sell these death traps and asking for a full refund.
We tried all the usual remedies and gels but this is a drug free way to help him teethe and he loves to play with Sophie even when his teeth are not hurting him. Overall this is a must buy for any parent. Yes its more expensive than a teethin ring but the quality is a lot better and it will last forever.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This stated was originally Sophier it's not. It's made from different stuff my disabled sons original Sophier spilt after 3 year so had to replace . Read morePublished 20 hours ago by lesleyann
Been ever were for one ever body sold out great that you had them. Happy baby nowPublished 2 days ago by Teresa Hewitt
Arrived promptly and well packed. Sophie is a toy every baby should have.Published 4 days ago by helen walker
My little one loves this he can chew the legs and keep hold of it easilyPublished 6 days ago by alison82
Great little teething toy. My son loves this giraffe and keeps him occupied for ages. Initially he couldn't get the hang of it but he was only about 4 months old. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Anthony B.
Arrived before due date 😊 however box was ripped and I am giving it as a present so looks slightly bad.Published 8 days ago by moggy6
Nice product, soft and nice to touch, great for small hands although price is too high for a teether and my daughter isn't crazy about it as I thought she will be reading all the... Read morePublished 8 days ago by Joanna Kolackovska