My daughter’s Sophie the Giraffe has lost her squeak, and unfortunately, it’s my fault.
The reason: I didn’t follow the cleaning instructions that came with the French teething toy. Instead of wiping Sophie by hand with a soapy cloth, I put her in the dishwasher.
When she came out, she was squeak less, and many of her spots had faded. This is why today’s hint is to make sure to hand wash Sophie and other such squeaky Rubber toys (like Sophie’s friends) instead of throwing them in the dishwasher or in soaking or running water.
While the dishwasher is a great convenient way to wash many plastic toys, Vulli’s Sophie really does need to be hand washed if you want to make this beloved $20 teething toy, expensive by teether standards, worth the money.
I’m not the only parent who has made this mistake. Moms over at BabyCenter, What to Expect and The Bump have also mistakenly washed Sophie in the dishwasher or soaked her in water, ending up with silent giraffes or ones with faded spots.
In a thread entitled “I killed sophie,” one mom over at The Bump writes how Sophie squeaks funny after being thrown “into a soaking bowl full of bottles and such.”
So how should you clean Sophie and similar toys? Moms over at What to Expect suggest using disinfectant wipes and making sure to cover Sophie’s hole when she’s near water. You also could just follow the manufacturer’s instructions and spot clean her with a cloth.
Of course, some babies may like the squeak less versions of the toy better, and a more quiet Sophie could be a good thing for parents too. Meanwhile, sometimes Sophie does regain her squeak when she dries, as moms over at Momtastic note, though our Sophie didn’t.
What are your tips for washing Sophie and similar toys, as well as your Sophie stories? Share them below.