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Matchstick Monkey Gigi Giraffe Teether Review

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Matchstick Monkey Gigi Giraffe Teether at a glance:

Gigi Giraffe Teether is an innovative silicone teether, containing BioCote® Antimicrobial Technology. BioCote® protection kills 99.5% of microbes in just two hours, making it hygienically cleaner than other teethers.With clever bumps on the back of the giraffe's head, applying teething products and massaging hard to reach molars is fuss free. Easy-to-grip "arms" help develop fine motor skills and enable little ones to self-soothe. Simple to clean in the dishwasher or steriliser, it can be placed in the fridge for added pain-relief.Fun and functional, it can also be used as a pre-training toothbrush to encourage early brushing.

We spoke to these real parent testers to get their review...


How did this product make your life easier?

Rhiannon Bray says: It’s great to have a teething toy that my baby likes and looks good and has great functionality. When my baby first used this toy she was about four months old but as she has got older she has used it much more. I like that it comes in a number of colours and patterns. The quality of the material looks good and it has been durable.

Helen Bullivent Coxon says: This is a really lovely teething toy-it’s easy for my baby to hold, fits in a changing bag pocket or my pocket easily, and above all else is very easy to clean. I’m not overly sold on the “hygienic storage box” as it’s just another thing to clean and lose. The antibacterial properties of the product are a bit irrelevant when it’s been skulling around under the sofa, but I can see how it could be reassuring to others.

Kerry Burt says: It makes my life a lot easier as it helps keep my daughter entertained. She likes the feel of the product on her gums as well as being soft it is also good for soothing her gums. It’s easy to grab and also to hold. I like the fact the product is not too big and easy to carry around. Love the colour too.

Would you recommend this product to other parents?

Alexandra Campbell-Ricketts says: Yes I would recommend this teether. Its made of great quality silicon which is BPA free. Its very easy clean in soapy water or in the dishwasher and can also be put through a heat or tablet steriliser. It retails at a good price point, not too expensive as its good to have several teethers. I like the suggestion of putting it in the fridge and then giving it to her to me extra soothing.

Sally Capewell says: I definitely would recommend this product to a friend/fellow Mum and have done so many times. The designs are lovely. So easy to use. Nice and compact to fit in the nappy bag. As mentioned above, much easier for younger babies to use over it’s competitors and very easy to clean which is a big plus.

Lucy Gumise says: Joshua has literally put out it down, it comes everywhere with us and I’ve purchased another as a spare! Love the different designs available all having differing textures to explore within the teether toy. The price point is fair for the quality and it’s stylish design is alot nicer than some of the others available.

Would you choose this product above all others on the market?

Michelle Kyle says: Now I know about it I definitely would! The design itself is perfect for little hands to grab at the same time none of the features are too big (choking hazard) for little mouths and they offer a number of soothing textures whilst also being extremely lightweight meaning that little ones can easily manoeuvre it to suit.

Rhiannon Bray says: I really like the design and I think my baby will continue to use it as she becomes a toddler. I also have not come across other products with antibacterial properties and this is a big bonus as my baby is constantly dropping it on the floor. I also like the price.

Helen Bullivent Coxon says: Now that my daughter has worked out that she can play with this (see above about the boring for a baby colour palate) she loves it- the different surfaces are very soothing, and it fits in her hand really easily. It’s also easy for me to transport due to its size fitting in a pocket, and it seems to not have picked up fluff!

What changes would you make to this product?

Kerry Burt says: I wouldn’t change a lot if I had to change this product maybe just slightly cheaper so £8/9 rather than £10 other than that I think it’s a great product. I like the fact you get a plastic case to carry it in and also keep it clean in your bag and helps you find it easier too. My daughter has a couple of teething products but this one is one of her favourites.

Alexandra Campbell-Ricketts says: The Gigi giraffe colourway is trying to imitate the competing Sophie giraffe teether. This is a monkey teether, I think it unnecessary to try to imitate the other teether and think that the primary coloured monkeys are much better. Its much easier to find a brightly coloured one when it has been dropped on the floor and also babies like primary colours.

Sally Capewell says: I would love it if they came with a little cover/bag to keep them clean and crumb free in the nappy bag! As mentioned before, they are very easy to clean so this isn’t the biggest deal in the world but would still be nice. I’d also like to be able to buy these in packs of 2 or 3 to make sure I always had one handy!

 

  • Author: Emily Thorpe Emily Thorpe
  • Job Title: Digital Writer

Having worked for Mother&Baby magazine for four years where she wrote news and product pages, features and  interviewed celebrities such as Paloma Faith, Fearne Cotton and Alex Jones, Emily now works as Digital Writer for Mother&Baby online.

A fondness for travel, chocolate and her sausage dog Luna, in her spare time. Emily also runs the lifestyle blog, Musings & More.

 

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