Sophie the Giraffe came along after my kids were past teething age, so while I haven't experienced the phenomenon myself, I've spoken to parents who have. They lovingly liken Sophie — a soft, natural rubber teething toy — to "baby crack." Comments such as NOTHING SOOTHES MY BABY LIKE SOPHIE and WE DON'T GO ANYWHERE WITHOUT SOPHIE and OMG SOPHIE are not uncommon.
I even stopped a parent whose baby was gnawing on Sophie as we boarded a plane. I pointed at Sophie, raised my eyebrows and asked, "Really? Is Sophie really all that?" Her answer: OMG SOPHIE.
All of the Sophie preamble is to say that there's something about the texture and shape of Vulli natural rubber toys that works magic on teething babies. Chan, along with pink Pie and green Gnon, are Vulli's more "creature-like" designs, and, from the reviews, are just as soft and chewable (and addictive) as Sophie.
For the next week, Chan, Pie and/or Gnon are 20% off the list price, and the "Buy Together" deal includes Sophie. If you've got a teething baby, or you're on the hunt for a shower gift, this may do the trick. Both are part of the Amazon Mom program, are eligible for free Super Saver and Amazon Prime shipping, and are returnable for an entire year under Amazon's Free 365-Day Return policy.
Price good until June 16, 2011