“It has achieved national icon status in France, according to Slate, with more sold each year (816,000 in 2010) than babies are born (796,000).
Sophie is also popular in the United States, where the toy has been available for decades and even appeared in the movie Three Men and a Baby (1987), and where it has become the best-selling baby product offered by Amazon.com. Launched in California in the trendy Hollywood area, it became popular through word of mouth, especially on Amazon.com since 2008. The reasons proposed for this success are that it is marketed as eco-friendly and a growing consumer mistrust of the security and health standards of products made in China since 2007.”
Yeah, that Sophie.
Guess who it was named after.
“Sophie the Giraffe, a French children’s toy, was named after Madeleine Sophie Barat because the first toy went into production on May 25, 1961, St. Sophie’s day.” (source)
Did you all know this?? Are you as amazed as I am?? I was literally just now doing a little research on St. Madeleine Sophie Barat when I came across this info. We’ve actually never had a Sophie — my oldest was born in 2004, four years before its popularity on Amazon took off, so it was never given to us and I never thought to buy it for my boys (despite the fact that everyone that I know with kids the ages of my youngers have one), but I’m kind of digging having a toy named after an awesome and awesomely-named saint! It’s definitely jumping up to the top of my must-give-to-new-moms list (along with the books of saints). So so cool.