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When Teething Symptoms Begin, Help Your Baby With a Great Teething Eco Toy | REVIEW & VIDEO

Updated on May 16, 2013

My baby is almost 6 months and he has more and more teething symptoms. The first signs of teething started three months ago: excessive drooling and finger biting. Even if my son was been just three months at the time, I knew that it was a teething symptom. The symptoms can appear as much as two to three months before that first tiny tooth does. Now he has almost six months and we are still waiting for his first tooth.

In the meantime, we have prepared. We bought special rings to chew on, some of them simple, others with water inside, to place in the refrigerator. We started out with them, but not before my baby begin chewing his own fingers. Our teething baby didn't enjoy our toys.

Sophie the Giraffe, not only a teething toy, but the best friend for my baby boy
Sophie the Giraffe, not only a teething toy, but the best friend for my baby boy | Source

I got several such toys, in various forms, but none were good enough for him to relieve the sensation in the gums. Their shape didn't allow him to chew with the side gums, where back teeth will appear. That's how he likes it.

For a teething baby, any surrounding object, from a soft toy to the edge of its eating chair, everything must be chewed. The unpleasant sensation in the gums, and the lack of proper objects or toys to release the teething pressure made him more nervous. For a teething baby, the discomfort can be relieved by counter pressure, and this is biting everything.

Gradually, other teething symptoms began to appear:

  • Irritability - Fortunately, so far, my teething baby has daily only a few moments of irritability, which emphasizes even more when he is tired. He is happy and calm baby, so this behavior change was visible. No wonder he's cranky, as that little tooth presses on the gums!
  • Low-grade fever – I know that inflamed gums can sometimes produce low-grade fever (less than 101° F, measured with our rectal thermometer). Now, opinions are divided. Some doctors say that low grade fever in a teething baby is a coincidence, because now their immune systems begin to be put to the test. This is the age when they begin to move and test more. They begin to stand on their tushies, to bite and chew their fingers and all the objects he can reach. Mom no longer has absolute control, so the baby is more susceptible to infections and bugs.
  • Ear pulling - My mother started noticing this last week. And no, I did not know it was a teething symptom. I read on that “Teething babies may tug furiously at their ear or rub their cheek or chin. The reason? Gums, ears, and cheeks share nerve pathways, and so an ache in the gums can travel elsewhere”.
  • Nighttime discomfort - Oh, and let's not forget about this symptom. I just started to enjoy my newly routine, with a baby who used to sleep 7-8 hours a night. I felt lucky for almost 3-4 weeks. Now, he always wakes up after only 5 hours of sleep, which is around 4 AM. His teething bothers his sleep. The only way I can settle him back to sleep is to breastfeed him. And I don't know what to say that... It seems that we are back again to the nighttime feedings. I will insist more with pacifier, because I don't want to restart that routine. Some nights the pacifier worked.

And then, we discovered Sophie the Giraffe

During the day, the moments of discomfort were becoming more frequent. And even if it's a cheerful and calm baby, a teething baby is a teething baby.

I tried to avoid, as much as possible, the stuffed toys (even washed), plastic or rubber toys. First of all, even if they are washed up, I don't have confidence in the materials and the paint they used. They are all made in China and I don't think they are 100% baby safe. So, I discovered Sophie the Giraffe, this 7-inch-high have rubber teething toy, the perfect toy for my teething baby.

My baby is crazy for Sophie the Giraffe
My baby is crazy for Sophie the Giraffe | Source

Sophie the Giraffe, the must-have teething toy. "Chew on me, I’m eco-friendly!"

Sophie the Giraffe is a cute toy, made from a natural and soft rubber, is non-toxic and for the stains they are using food dye. It is one of the few toys today are made by hand from 100% natural materials.

It's the perfect toy for your baby's teeth and gums. I have to say that liked it from the beginning. I liked the look - it is light and easy to hold. I have to admit, I've tasted too. Because I knew that my baby will chew her, I wanted to know what is going in his mouth. I have to say that it tastes OK. It doesn't leave residues on the tongue and the paint - I was afraid of that. I washed Sophie the Giraffe many times with warm water and it looks like it was just bought. I like that it has no deep holes, to gather dust.


Sophie the Giraffe, a safe teething toy

The shape of the head is small enough to be easily chewed. But it is slightly domed, what gives me the assurance that my baby will not swallow deep into his mouth, or to suffocate. A teething baby is nervous and, in order to soothe its gums, the needs to rub strongly with any object he can reach.

Why is Sophie the Giraffe the perfect baby toy?

  • Made of soft rubber, natural, non-toxic, perfect for your baby's teeth and gum
  • Very light and thin parts - easy to hold.
  • Painted with food paint, non-toxic
  • Does not contain phthalates, vinyl or PVC
  • The swollen head prevents swallowing
  • When she is squeezed she makes a happy squeaking sound
  • It stimulates his hearing too, not only the sight, the touch and the smell

When he gets bored to eat Sophie's head, then moves on to the legs. The giraffe's long legs allow my baby to rub the area of the side gums as well. However, the smart design of this teething toy makes difficult for the legs to enter deep into the throat.

Over 10 million copies have been sold worldwide.

It's no wonder that parents trust to buy this toy made in Europe. Sophie the Giraffe has a tradition of 50 years! Produced by the French company Vulli, the teething toy Sophie the Giraffe was launched on 25 May 1961.

Why the name Sophie? Its name refers to its launch date, day associated with the name Sophie.

On Wikipedia I read something very funny. According to Slate magazine, in France Sophie the Giraffe is a national icon status, with more sold each year (816,000 in 2010) than babies are born (796,000).


The best age to buy Sophie the Giraffe

I decided to buy Sophie the Giraffe teething toy when my son was almost 4 months. Initially, I thought I waited too long, but when I saw how he first played with it I knew that I have taken the best decision.

The producers say that is a 0 month toy, but until the baby is 3 months he can't hold objects, even less to coordinate them towards the mouth and to the spot where the gum is under pressure. So, if you want to buy Sophie the Giraffe for your teething baby, don't rush.

Only after a few days my baby started enjoying Sophie the Giraffe. In my opinion, after 4 months is really the best age to introduce your baby to Sophie.

Even if it is just a baby, my boy already has preferences among his toys. For the time being, Sophie the Giraffe is his best friend. And if a teething baby fell in love with this toy, then I, as a mother, I love Sophie too.

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      Tirralan Watkins 

      5 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Awww, I remember these days. It will get easier and better. My sister uses a Sophie Giraffe for my nephew, but I never knew this was such a unique teething toy and eco-friendly! Very cool.


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