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5.0 out of 5 stars Don't let the price deter you!, October 11, 2008
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This review is from: Vulli Sophie la Girafe (Baby Product)
My 5 month old daughter LOVES her Sophie the Giraffe toy! This toy is absolutely wonderful in every way. Sophie is made of soft rubber and makes a pleasant-sounding squeak whenever any part of her body is squeezed, so even a young baby can elicit a reaction from the toy with minimal effort.

I don't know what it is about Sophie, but whenever my daughter plays with her, she gets very vocal and talkative.

I saw another review which referred to this toy as "a glorified dog toy". That reviewer is mistaken, and simply doesn't realize the value of this toy.

- Sophie's body, while soft, has several areas of thicker rubber (the nubs on her head, her ears, and her feet) which are perfect for teething babies to gnaw on for relief.
- Sophie's contrasting colors (spots) are visually stimulating to a baby.
- She is easy to grip given her long, thin neck.
- This toy is made of 100% natural rubber and uses food-grade paint (SAFE!).
- This is a quality baby toy which will last for many years.

I would much rather pay $20 for a safe, engaging toy for my baby, than pay $5 for some piece of junk with lead paint.
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Initial post: Aug 5, 2009 10:52:05 AM PDT
T. Rubin says:
I don't have this toy but I have the little pink alien (pie gnon or whatever) and to be honest my first impression was that I paid $14 for a squeaky dog toy (my dog reinforces that thought by being totally into the squeaking and thinking the toy is his). HOWEVER as soon as I put it in my 2.5 month old son's hand I saw the value of it. It's light enough for even him to swing around and put in his mouth and even fling away! I just wanted to say that although I love this type of toy from this company, I can see where the glorified dog toy opinion comes from.

Posted on Sep 7, 2009 8:46:51 AM PDT
Anjali says:
Excellent review. Thank you!

Posted on Oct 11, 2010 7:49:17 AM PDT
MamaBear83 says:
amen to that- i agree it's much more worth it to have a SAFE and engaging toy for $20 than some $5 piece of toxic crap. seems like babies have too many toys anyway. i would like to tell my kid's grandparents that i would rather the kids get one or two quality toys for christmas/birthday than an armload of junk that is made in China.
maybe it is a glorified dog toy- but glorified for a REASON- it's safe and provides just the right stimulation for a little one.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 12, 2012 8:23:27 AM PDT
A customer says:
saw on the news where a baby stuck the whole leg down her throat and the mother looked over and saw her pale white and was able to take it out. This may not be as safe as some think. Look it up.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 12, 2012 8:48:35 AM PDT
LC says:
This toy has been in the market for what? 30? 40 years?
Things will happen and a freak thing now and then doesn't mean a toy is unsafe.
If we recalled every toy that a child managed to do something unsafe with, there would be no toys out there.

Posted on May 22, 2012 11:51:47 PM PDT
SweetMom says:
Only that it has turned out now to be UNSAFE and TOXIC! Releasing cancerous nitrosamines, as verified now in several studies by different consumer report agencies, as well as a chemical safety agency, in Germany and France! It has been declared unmarketable and unsafe in Germany and will be recalled! Maybe you want to research this and edit and amend your review, since it is on top of the reviews here on Amazon, and I was one consumer who fell for this supposedly safe and natural product! I am very upset that it is exactly the opposite of what it is claiming to be! It is so misleading!

In reply to an earlier post on May 23, 2012 4:34:40 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 23, 2012 4:38:01 PM PDT
LC says:
SweetMom:

This is not true and you are blowing this out of proportion:
http://guide.thesoftlanding.com/sophie-the-giraffe-is-full-of-toxic-nitrosamines-not-so-fast/
Even if they change the acceptable limits, it only tested at less than 1 part per billion. Minute, trace amounts - even non-detectable in some instances. Vulli didn't have these these tests done in their own lab, so I don't see that they're hiding anything. They were third party testing centers.

Posted on May 26, 2012 2:50:10 PM PDT
SweetMom says:
Unfortunately it IS TRUE! An independent lab in Germany, the CVUA, a chemical safety agency, tested it and found 1770 micrograms of soluable nitrosable amines per kilogram. Which is 18 times over the allowed amount for teethers, pacifiers, or anything a baby mouths, in Germany.
It is forbidden to be sold there now, and has to be taken off the shelves! This is brand new information, as of the May 18, 2012.

And by the way; article you are citing is OLD: December 2011, and notably, from the *US Distributor for Vulli*.

In reply to an earlier post on May 26, 2012 8:13:37 PM PDT
LC says:
Do you have a reliable link to this info?

Posted on May 30, 2012 6:23:44 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 30, 2012 6:36:58 AM PDT
SweetMom says:
http://presse.oekotest.de/presse/SophielaGiraffe.pdf
http://www.libellas.de/mitwelt/das-urteil-der-%E2%80%9Esophie-la-girafe%E2%80%9C
(both in German)

...and by the way: I read the 'test reports' from December 2011 that the Vulli distributor mentions, that Vulli had conducted, directly from their own website, in French!
...and guess what: they only say 'passed' and 'complies with EU law'. No numbers are given at all! It is not a scientific test report. This is directly from them. They do comply with EU law for toys, as everyone agrees , but NOT for teethers, or items that baby mouths. For this they fail, and are not allowed to market and sell in Germany anymore, as this is clearly an item baby is mouthing constantly, as it was intended.
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