Some toys come and go, but Sophie the Giraffe has been a successful baby toy for over fifty years. Sophie the Giraffe is a small rubber squeaking toy made from HEVEA tree sap that is great for teething babies. The first Sophie was made on May 25th 1961 so that means this week she will be celebrating her fifty-first birthday. Happy Birthday Sophie!
When Sophie the Giraffe was first born, the only animal toys around for little kiddos to play with were farm animals or pet figures. An exotic African animal, like a giraffe, is appealing to little kids and the shape and size of Sophie the Giraffe is perfect for little hands.
Today, Sophie the Giraffe looks exactly as she did on May 25th, 1961. However, there have been a few Sophie the Giraffe theme products that have spun from Sophie’s birth including a blanket, teething rings, key chain and even a gift case.
Here are a few reasons why babies love her:
At the age of 3 months, a baby’s eyesight is still limited and he or she can only make out high contrasts. The Dark and contrasting attention-catching spots all over Sophie the Giraffe’s body provide visual stimulation and she soon becomes a familiar and reassuring object for baby.
Sophie the Giraffe’s squeaker keeps baby amused and stimulates his hearing. To begin with, the funny sound Sophie makes when she is squeezed helps to stimulate baby’s hearing, and then later, helps him to understand the link between cause and effect.
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 during teething.
Touch is the first means a baby has of communicating with the outside world. Sophie the Giraffe’s soft feel, like baby’s mother’s skin, stimulates physiological and emotional response that soothe baby and promote healthy growth and well-being.
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 18 cm (7 inches) 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.