Once upon a time a simple story...
The little giraffe was born on 25th May in the year 1961...Saint Sophie's day!
In those days, the only animal toys available were farm animals and pet figures ...
That is why one day in France, a certain Monsieur RAMPEAU, who was an expert in transforming sap from the HEVEA tree using the rotational moulding of rubber as a toy-making concept, came up with the idea of designing a giraffe. Such an exotic wildlife figure would be a first on the market, and its size and shape would be ideal for a baby's small hand to grasp.
Sophie la girafe®, who looked exactly the same then as she does today, went into production on a Thursday 25th May, hence her name.
She was an immediate success. Young mothers immediately saw that she was a must for their children... When the first signs of teething appear, Sophie la girafe® helps babies stop crying!
By simple word of mouth, the little giraffe's fame spread. From then on in Europe, generations upon generations of children loved hearing Sophie squeak whenever they pressed her tummy or head!
VULLI, a company based in Rumilly, France which is located in the Haute-Savoie region, has continued to keep the highly guarded secret of how this wonder toy is made.
Sophie la girafe® is still "traditionally" produced to this day. This process involves more than 14 manual operations. Sophie la girafe® is made from 100% natural rubber derived from the sap of the Hevea tree.
Sophie la girafe®: a 100% natural rubber toy
Latex from the rubber tree (HEVEA) was first processed in 1928 using the vulcanization invented by Mr Charles Goodyear.
The rubber used by Vulli comes from the HEVEA trees (rubber trees) that grow in Malaysia. Every morning, before the daytime heat sets in, the milky liquid that oozes from the cells beneath the bark is collected from these millions of HEVEA trees. This liquid is known as "latex".
Latex is a natural, elastic and water-resistant material that acts as an insulator and is pleasant to smell and touch.
Vulli takes this latex, heats it, and then applies a special process that includes a rotational moulding technique. The result after 14 manual operations is the wonderful petite "Sophie la girafe®".
Why is Sophie such a huge success?
Sophie la girafe® is a BABY'S FIRST TOY, stimulating EACH OF THEIR SENSES from the age of 3 months:
At the age of 3 months, a baby's eyesight is still limited and they can only perceive high contrasts. The dark and contrasting attention-catching spots all over Sophie la girafe's body provide visual stimulation. She then becomes a familiar and reassuring object for a baby.
Sophie la girafe's squeaker keeps babies amused and stimulates their hearing. To begin with, the funny sound Sophie makes when she is squeezed helps to stimulate baby's hearing, and then later, helps him to understand the link between cause and effect..
Sophie la girafe® is made of 100% natural rubber and food paint which is completely safe to chew and similar to a feeding bottle. Her soft texture and numerous chewable parts (ears, horns, legs), make her perfect to sooth a baby's sore gums while teething.
Touch is the first means a baby has of communicating with the outside world.
Sophie la girafe's soft feel, like baby's mother's skin, stimulates physiological and emotional responses that soothe a baby and promote healthy growth and well-being.
The singular scent of natural rubber from the Hevea tree makes Sophie la girafe® very special and easy for your child to identify amid all their other toys.
Easy to grip:
Sophie la girafe's 18cm size and shape are perfect for a baby's small hand. She is very light and her long legs and neck are easy for a baby to grip, even from their earliest days.
Still the same, even after more than 50 years...
She hasn't aged in the slightest...
More than 50 million Sophies have been sold...
She is an undisputed star for the very young ...
The archetypal embodiment of an early learning toy, Sophie la girafe is a must-have! With widespread popularity, she is genuinely loved by every parent and child alike...
Sophie la girafe® has become timeless and cross-generational ...
YOUR BABY NEEDS HER!