It goes without saying that every baby will need a teether at some period of their infancy. With so many choices and brands to choose from, some parents tried out the Vulli Sophie the Giraffe Teether, hand made in France since 1960. Read on to find out if over 50 years of experience is worth the high price of the teether or if this toy is simple all bark and no bite.
Is the Vulli Sophie the Giraffe Teether Worth Buying?
Each Vulli Sophie the Giraffe Teether is made and painted by hand, which makes each one unique. All the materials are natural, so even the paint is safe if accidentally ingested. The natural rubber is made to withstand baby teething, pulling, gnawing and chewing and parents do not have to worry about the material opening or leaking, which can sometimes happen with water or gel filled teethers. The light squeaky noise keeps baby’s attention and Sophie can easily be cleaned with soap and water.
Because the Vuilli Sophie the Giraffe Teether is made of natural rubber, it can give off a strong smell, some babies love it and other babies hate it. The paint is safe if ingested, but most parents do not like the idea of their infant eating paint of any kind.
Since the paint is hand painted on, it can also be rubbed off easily while washing and washing can ONLY be done by hand. There is no way to boil or sterilize the toy and while hand washing, special caution must be taken to prevent water from entering the squeaker. If water does get into the squeaker, the toy must be set in the sun until the water evaporates or take the chance of mold starting to grow inside.
The Vulli Sophie the Giraffe Teether was either a huge hit or a total flop with infants and parents. With the price tag, some parents mentioned that they would rather look for another teether with brighter colors, that’s easier to clean and one that does not have the paint come off in the infant’s mouth.
That said, for other parents they found it to be an excellent, charming handmade teething option.