Classic French Children’s Toys – Sophie la Giraffe

Inspiration for new baby gifts or an effective baby teething toy, Sophie la Giraffe is a classic French children’s toy oozing with French charm. There are many gorgeous French toy brands that have stood the test of time and my mother recently purchasing a Sophie for my nephew who is teething reminded me of how we as a family in France loved this one!



The history of Sophie the giraffe is a lovely one. She was first manufactured in 1961 by Monsieur Rampeau who discovered that in taking the sap from the hevea tree he could create a rubber like substance from which Sophie could be made. She’s not changed much since that first initial design from that day Mamans all over France fell en amour with her. We also owned one of these classic French toys and to be honest it was a godsend during the dribbling, red cheeked teething phase. What’s more Sophie is made from natural fibres so risk free for babies to chow down on when teeth are coming through.

Made from 100% natural rubber derived from the sap of the Hevea tree, Sophie’s flexible, renewable, natural materials and non-toxic paint mean she is a safe and natural teething toy for your little one.


As you may or may not know every day of the year in France is named after a Saint. The first Sophie was made on 25th May which is Ste Sophie, hence this pretty little giraffe’s name!


Sophie is made by Vulli the same people who made the classic tree house toy, remember this, the Klorofil Tree?  magiclandI didn’t even know it was French and played with this every day for about five years when I was small!

As well as these classics there are many new variations of Sophie and friends available. Visit the New products from Vulli here for a full list and places you can buy them.


Don’t just take our word for it, there are plenty of fab reviews of Sophie on JoJoMaman Bebe a retailer for sophie toys too. Buy Sophie la Giraffe here.

  • ymah on Thursday, June 18, 2015
    Really nice and unique teether. easy to hold and bite, lightweight and attractive
  • review score 5

    Laura on Saturday, May 16, 2015
    Fab little teether. Baby loves it!

  • review score 5

    Sarah Dallas on Wednesday, May 13, 2015
    A simply must have item for any teething baby

  • review score 5

    Amy Bridges on Wednesday, April 01, 2015
    Best teething toy ever…….

  • review score 4

    Mum of two on Wednesday, April 01, 2015
    Have heard how popular of this teether before and bought for my little boy. It’s very easy for him to hold and he enjoys chewing the ‘ears’ of the giraffe..

  • review score 5

    Jadey on Wednesday, April 01, 2015
    Best teething you on the market

Here’s a lovely little film about the making of Sophie la Giraffe 

So, if you have a teething baby at home or need a stylish baby gift then look no further than lovely Sophie. Word of warning, there may only be one thing that bothers you and your pet hound about Sophie ……. her rather loud squeak!

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