Sophie the Giraffe really is the teething toy queen


If you’ve had a baby in the past 10 years, chances are you’ve received a cute little rubber giraffe as a baby gift. You may have even received that giraffe multiple times. Such is the irresistible charm of Sophie the Giraffe.

And while she may seemingly have come from nowhere to take the world by storm, like all great ‘overnight sensations’, the success story of Sophie the Giraffe is one worth sharing.

Sophie has been a childhood staple and national icon in her native France since she went into production on 25 May 1961. (Fun fact: She was named Sophie in celebration of the feast day of Saint Madeline Sophie Bara which falls on 25 May.) In fact, recent stats show that sales of the giraffe in France outstrip the number of babies born in one year –  816 000 giraffes versus 796 000 babies.

Sophie the Giraffe goes to Hollywood

But until Kate Hudson’s baby son Ryder was spotted ‘avec’ giraffe in 2004, the toy was largely ignored the world at large. Demand in Hollywood quickly rose for the ‘status teether’ and before you could say Mon Dieu, it was one of the most popular baby items on Amazon. In fact, about 500 000 Sophies are sold in the US each year.  Now available in 77 countries around the world, a whopping 50 million Sophies have been sold.

Sophie finally made it to Australian shores in 2006 and has been a firm favourite amongst the junior set ever since. Sales were no doubt helped along by the massive recall in 2007 by Mattel of millions of lead-tainted Chinese-made toys. By contrast, Sophie the Giraffe continues to be produced in exactly the same way she was in 1961 –  handmade from 100 percent natural rubber using food-grade paint. Because perfection never needs to be improved upon.

Sophie’s pricepoint is another reason for her success. At around $20 to $30 Sophie is expensive enough to be considered of value, but cheap enough not to be an extravagant, budget-breaking gift.

Sophie the Giraffe

Sophie the Giraffe really does have it all going on … which makes her the perfect first toy for babies


And if you need any further convincing that Sophie the Giraffe really IS the Queen Of The Teething Toys, here are five more reasons babies are crazy for that little giraffe:


1. She loves a snuggle  at nap time

? with your bestie is LOVE #sophiethegiraffe #love #sleep #ammehoela #ammehoelakids

A photo posted by Ammehoela ( on Jun 16, 2016 at 1:32pm PDT


2. She loves a splash in the bath

B L U E #sophiethegiraffe

A photo posted by Sarah Felberbaum (@sarahfelberbaum) on Jun 13, 2016 at 10:08am PDT


3. She loves spreading the joy

Cudowny widok, idealne rozpoczęcie dnia 🙂 Dziękujemy @sentymentalna_mama #dziecko #instadziecko #sophiethegiraffe #fabrykawafelkow

A photo posted by (@fabrykawafelkow) on Jun 14, 2016 at 12:12am PDT


4. She loves having her head nibbled on

Harry and Sophie #harrysmiles #babyharrow #littleharrow #princessharry #sophiethegiraffe #shanghai #sheepbaby #shanghaimamas #zaishanghai #zippy #wondersuit #bondsbaby #bondsaus #cutebabies #taitailife #lifeinchina #momlife #mygirl #mumlifeisthebestlife

A photo posted by realjessnichols (@realjessnichols) on Jun 16, 2016 at 8:42am PDT


5. She is super-stylish

?Exactly a week from today until we get to meet our little prince! ??Words can’t describe how much we look forward to have him home! Ryan Arild, mom, daddy and big brother love you very much! ? #junebaby #mamma #pregnant #37weeks #gravid #summer2016 #RyanArild #oslo #norway #latinvikin #nameit #nameitnorge #hustandclaire #sophiethegiraffe #gutt #boy #niño #toy #giraffe #girafa #sophielagirafe #clothes #baby #vest #artivingsoon

A photo posted by Sandra M Calderón? (@smcbridalstylist) on Jun 16, 2016 at 8:16am PDT


6. She loves getting out and about

I’m so happy I have a girl ? All those bows @sunnydaysboutique and dresses make my heart melt

A photo posted by Photographer (@iraprystai) on Jun 15, 2016 at 7:53am PDT