I have documented in the past how certain baby products are dangerously tainted with toxic mold. For example, in May 2016, I had written about moldy children’s spill-proof cups like the brand, Tommee Tippee Sippee cups which eventually led to the recall of 3 million cups because of the risk of mold that could cause sickness.

Now there is another potentially moldy baby product that parents need to be aware of. For the past couple years, many parents are documenting online how their baby’s chew toys chew toys such as the Sophie the Giraffe are filled with potentially harmful mold.

Here are a few online complaints that I have found on various websites and parenting forums:

GoodHouseKepping.com reported: We have more bad news: Sophie the Giraffe isn’t safe either. Recent reports from parents reveal people have found mold growing inside of the popular toddler chew toy.

As a pediatric dentist, Dana Chianese recommends teething toys to parents every single day, including Sophie the Giraffe (which her two boys under the age of three prefer), but not anymore. A month ago she decided to clean the toy and noticed the air coming out of the hole smelled musty. “I decided to cut into Sophie out of curiosity and discovered a science experiment living inside,” Chianese told Goodhousekeeping.com. “Smelly, ugly mold living in my infant’s favorite chew toy!”


Here is a bad review on Amazon:


In August 2015, a mother said,MOLD in my Sophie Giraffe!!

I, like many bought into the whole Sophie Giraffe craze. I had read a story about her legs getting caught in the throats of some babies recently, and it scared me a bit, since my daughter LOVES chewing on the legs. My DH and I thought we’d be smart and cut the legs, so they weren’t so long…Afterall, she’s a $30 toy, we didn’t want to just throw her out. Well, when we chopped the legs, it revealed a lot of mold growing inside!! Needless to say, Sophie is now residing at her new home at the dump. Just a little heads up to other moms who have this toy. Sorry my photography isn’t great, but you can clearly see the mold.



In December 2015, one mother reported:

“Fear the giraffe! Beware of Sophie! I can’t believe I have to write this…My 7 month-old son, like many other infants who struggle with teething pain, adores his Sophie the Giraffe. This beloved rubber toy has gotten us through some tough times, especially when other teethers just aren’t doing the trick. When hanging out on his play mat, 99% of the time Sophie is the lucky toy that is hand-selected by Chanan to be the chosen one.

This is why I am distraught, as I detected a strange odour coming from the giraffe. Originally I thought it was just a smell of rubber mixed with the saliva of a baby who loves cauliflower. However, as the smell grew stronger, I decided to cut it open. My investigation revealed more than I had expected, and I was beyond horrified to discover that the toy my baby has been chewing on for months is completely covered in mould on the inside.

Black, disgusting mould.

We’ve followed cleaning instructions carefully, making sure to wipe it clean and not submerge it in water, so I don’t understand why a baby toy would so easily become infested with mould. This post is to make parents aware of the situation, and hopefully they err on the side of caution. I know this is not something that most people experience with their Sophies, but do be aware that it has happened. I’ve contacted Vulli, and I hope I get a positive response back from them. Be aware of #sophiethegiraffe by #vulli !”