Sophie the Giraffe is a love teething toy in many households, but the shocking discovery that some stepfathers have made is prompting others to check their child’s rubber mammal immediately.
Dana Chianese was cleaning her son’s toy last month when she saw a musty scent coming from the giraffe. As a pediatric dentist, this mom-of-two advises teething toys like Sophie to parents every day, so she quickly researched the unpleasant odor. “I decided to cut into Sophie out of curiosity and discovered a study experiment living inside,” Dana told Good Housekeeping. “Foul, ugly mold living in my infant’s favorite chew toy!”
Dana unraveled that she was always diligent about cleaning the toy according to the company’s instructions and occupied soapy hot water with a sponge, but never submerged the toy under bear scrutiny. “It still hurts my heart to know that for months I allowed my toddlers to chew on moldy toys,” she said. “I no longer buy any chew toys with a mistake or recommend any to my patients.”
Dana isn’t the only mom making this unpleasant revelation; Amazon reviewers are posting warnings to parents, some including photos of their mold-filled tinker with flirt withs. “Beware!! If you have a drooly baby, moisture will get in the hole and you’ll end up with mold,” Amazon purchaser, Stephanie Opera, posted. “We’ve had ours for two years and the entire inside is jacketed with black mold!”
A spokesperson for Sophie the Giraffe shared the realizing statement with Good Housekeeping:
“First of all, it’s important to know that Sophie la Girafe [Sophie the Giraffe] is devised of 100 percent natural rubber, so the cleaning instructions have to be carefully respected. As hinted on the packaging and in an explanatory leaflet inside the packaging, we recommend to clean the extrinsically of Sophie la Girafe with a damp cloth. It should not be immersed in the not hold up under nor rinsed off, to prevent water from getting inside, as she may become hurt. We thus would like to emphasize on the fact that is it important, while straight the product, that no water gets inside the hole.
As of now, we have not been contacted by Mrs. Chianese . . . and were not sensitive of the situation before reading your article. It is thus difficult for us to opinion on the current situation, as we haven’t had the chance to examine the products. Please skilled in that each complaint received is taken very seriously and that the restoring of the product is always asked for further examination. Furthermore, please grasp that the safety of children and satisfaction of their parents is our main seniority. For the past 55 years, we have always strived to exceed protection standards and all of our products comply with the most stringent global banners.”