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Legs are choking hazard,
This review is from: Vulli Sophie the Giraffe Teether (Baby Product)Initially, we fell in the camp of enthusiastic adorers of this toy. Baby learned to pass it from hand to hand, retrieve it when lost and gaze intently into the friendly face. Then he managed to stuff one of the long legs deep into his mouth and started to gag. The legs are exactly the size that can block airways. Since he was supervised, nothing bad happened, but babes at this age (4 months) don't have enough control to pull back the toy from their mouths when already scared by the gagging. I don't think I'll try again at a later date -- even older babes are still too young to be trusted to react correctly when a leg goes too far in.
This toy has many thoughtful features -- no-slip texture, right-size for hands, light weight, soft (no banging on heads), friendly face and an engaging presence. But the legs can choke, which is why we've replaced it with a friendly velvet rocketship...
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Initial post: Dec 6, 2009 8:13:02 AM PST
M. Wiesman says:
I find it interesting you deem this toy dangerous b/c a BABY put it in its mouth and gagged. Babies also put their fingers in their mouths and gag. Does that mean we should deem fingers dangerous too??
Posted on Dec 8, 2009 6:45:41 PM PST
Me Opinion says:
I really appreciated your considerate input on this product. As a mother of a 5-month old who is in the midst of her teething frenzy, I was seriously thinking of getting her this cute and highly praised toy. Your review along with a few others convinced me to look elsewhere. The design is obviously flawed for this purpose. Your input/experience seems to be entirely credible and concerns are sound and noteworthy.
As far as M.Wiesman's comment is concerned - I am not sure about how often a baby should be gagging?!! I have yet to find my baby gagging on anything. She is always placing things/fingers/etc. in her mouth, but not to the point of gagging -- Thank goodness!
In reply to an earlier post on Jun 24, 2010 10:04:19 PM PDT
D. Howell says:
what a rediculous reply to this review... no, we shouldn't consider "fingers" dangerous. fingers are not long rubber objects that can get lodged into a baby's throat and considered hazardous. a teething toy that has legs long enough to go DOWN the baby's throat (as opposed to their 1-2 inch fingers) is hazardous.
In reply to an earlier post on Jun 24, 2010 10:05:31 PM PDT
D. Howell says:
yeah no kidding. me too. evidently wiesman is perfectly okay with their children choking on things
In reply to an earlier post on Jul 26, 2010 7:13:19 AM PDT
Melissa E. Casamo says:
Uh...this review specifically states that babes can't pull the giraffe back out of their throat by themselves; however, babies CAN pull their fingers out of their mouths. This person was trying to be helpful to others.
Posted on Aug 3, 2010 9:40:45 AM PDT
Something incredibly similar happened to my 4.5 month old this morning! I heard her cough/choke in an odd way and then begin to cry. She'd managed to flip over on her stomach and stuff one of Sophie's legs into her mouth and throat. I jumped up and pulled Sophie out but I couldn't believe how deep she'd gotten the leg into her mouth. I'm not sure if her airway was blocked or if there was any real danger but I know we were both scared. We were also big fans of Sophie and indeed, I've purchased her for many friends and their babies but I'd be remiss if I didn't warn them about this.
Posted on Aug 13, 2010 11:10:42 AM PDT
tracy m cones says:
The exact same thing happened to my 4 month old daughter. Sophie is now a cute, decorative giraffe that sits on a shelf.
Posted on Sep 1, 2010 5:00:03 PM PDT
B. White says:
Thanks for your review, you changed my mind about getting this!
In reply to an earlier post on Sep 14, 2010 6:29:00 PM PDT
Same thing happened to my 4.5 month old today. He was 2 feet away from me while playing with Sophie and I didn't even hear him choking because the leg had gotten lodged so far down his throat that he couldn't effectively make a "choking" sound or cry for help. Luckily, I realized what was happening before he turned blue or worse. DO NOT BUY THIS TOY!!!
In reply to an earlier post on Sep 17, 2010 8:18:24 PM PDT