Sophie has made quite the splash in the news most recently! I would like to put everyone at ease and address the subject. After photos surfaced of Sophie covered in mold (on the inside) Moms across America began to cut their Sophie Teething Toys open, to see what was inside. Dr John Carl told TODAY, that with proper use and proper cleaning, saliva from teething, did not cause the mold. Dr John Carl stated that “overly diligent cleaning” by parents (soaking or sterilizing) or use in bath water or a pool caused the added moisture.
Also, Dr. Ferda Arca-Sedda PhD from University of Pierre at Marie Curie provided the following statement: “Sophie the Giraffe is safe, it is unlikely that the mold growing inside Sophie is coming from saliva, since it is known that saliva is acidic and contains several enzymes like amylase, pepsin, lipase that play a role in breaking down food particles. In addition, saliva contains antibacterial, antimicrobial and anti-fungal enzymes that kill bacteria, microbes and fungus. The mold inside Sophie comes from submerging and washing Sophie with water and not from saliva. I confirm that cleaning Sophie with a damp cloth is more than sufficient to keep it safe.”
I wanted to remind everyone that Sophie is made out of 100% natural rubber and the best way to clean Sophie is by wiping her off with a damp cloth. (As explained on the packaging and the leaflet inside of the packaging. She should not be immersed in water nor rinsed off, to prevent water from getting inside. Improper cleaning may result in damage to Sophie and extra moisture. Sophie is to be used by one child, and therefore should not need to be soaked or sterilized. Sophie IS designed especially for the safety of your child and complies with all worldwide safety standards.
I invite you to watch the following video to see how Sophie is made:
As parents, we can only do what WE think is best for our children. Government, News and Social Media are always going to be there, attempting to influencing us. If you are concerned, continue to do your research and make the decision YOU think is best for your babies!