If you have a teething baby, you might need to check their favorite chew toy. Parents are reporting black mold growing inside of the toddler teething toy Sophie the Giraffe. Pediatric dentist and mother of two toddlers, Dana Chianese, said she was cleaning a Sophie the Giraffe toy last month when she smelled something musty coming from a hole on the toy, Good Housekeeping reports. Out of curiosity, she decided to cut her children’s Sophie the Giraffe and found mold growing inside.


Photo: Dana Chianese/ Good Housekeeping

Dana reportedly always cleaned the toy according to the directions – with hot, soapy water applied with a damp sponge and never submerged it into water. “It still hurts my heart to know that for a month I allowed my babies to chew on moldy toys,” she told Good Housekeeping. “I no longer buy any chew toys with a hole or recommend any.”

Another parent on Amazon reviewed the toy and stated “Beware!! If you have a drooly baby, moisture will get in the hole and you’ll end up with mold!”


Photo: Stephanie Oprea via Amazon

Have you taken a look inside your Sophie the Giraffe? Let us know what you find in the comments below!