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Vulli Sophie the Giraffe Teether– Some products seem as fleeting as the latest fad, but a rare few are absolute stalwarts: reliable and timeless offerings from long-trusted brands. One such veteran is particularly cherished given the intimate role she’s played in the lives of countless infants - so intimate that her cheerful face is likely embedded in many a subconscious. We’re talking about Sophie the Giraffe Teether, a naturally manufactured baby product offered for more than half a century by the French company Vulli.
Broad-smiling Sophie - a pintsized giraffe at just 7 inches tall - is made from rubber rendered from the Hevea tree and colored with natural food paint, making her the perfect (and endlessly patient) object of a teething, sore-mouthed infant’s gnashing delights. She’s remarkably interactive, not least because of the charming squeak she emits when squeezed. Indeed, given her safe chewability, soft and rich-smelling rubber, arresting spotted pattern, and responsive voice, she’s a deceptively rich package of sensory stimulation.
That kind of multifaceted stimulation means Sophie’s as instructive to a teething infant as she is enjoyable and comforting. She becomes an unmistakable fixture for children, a real anchor to help usher them across the teething threshold and beyond, all as they explore the powers of their senses and the complexities of their environment. The toys of our earliest days exert a huge, long-lasting influence. They become inextricably logged in our memories (whether or not we can actively call them to mind as adults), so much so that the sight of such a toy years later may bring back sights, smells, sounds, and tastes long forgotten. For generations, Sophie the Giraffe Teether has been a fundamental, formative, and faithful plaything - and thus has many a devoted fan across the globe.
Vulli has been producing Sophie toys since 1961 - more than 30 million have been sold - and the giraffe’s design and function haven’t wavered across the decades. There’s a kind of comfort to that consistency: your infant is unknowingly communing with history when she holds Sophie close. Vulli itself first strode onto the infant-supply scene in 1946, so the venerable company has had a long time to expertly refine its diverse products.
Give this beloved French giraffe yet another new home - and yet another new baby to mesmerize and engage. She’s done her important job well for over 50 years, and, judging from that unfailing grin and those happily alert eyes, she shows no signs of slowing down yet.