When Ryan was a few months old, we attended a pool party. I connected with one of the other moms there; she was there by herself with her two girls, one around three years old and the other I’d guess about six months old. She had her hands full attending a party solo with the girls, but I noticed how enamored her youngest one was with this giraffe toy she was holding. It really kept her occupied as she chomped on this thing that looked to me a lot like a dog’s chew toy. And she had definitely been working on it a lot because the paint was wearing off.
It looked cute enough, so when I got home I looked it up. It was apparently the hottest toy around, and I felt so out of the loop having heard nothing of it before. As a blogger, I’m used to hearing about new products sometimes before they even hit the shelves. When I finally found the product online, my jaw dropped. This chew toy was twenty five dollars? Say what?!
There was no way, no how I was spending that much on a teether. Yes, I know it’s adorable. And as I discovered by reading this Yahoo article, it’s made in France instead of China. That’s all good and well, but I can think of a few other alternatives to an overpriced piece of rubber. Like a cookie, for one.
I know that celebrity endorsements help promote these kinds of products, and this is a celebrity-obsessed country we live in. Which I believe is the reason many Americans are in suffocating debt situations. We have to have the latest this and that because so-and-so has it, but it’s at a cost. And I think it’s silly to spend $25 on a rubber chew toy. But that’s just my opinion.
What are your thoughts on Sophie the Giraffe?
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