Didn't you get the memo? You have to put a giant giraffe in your baby's nursery. It's like, crib, check, changing table, check, dresser, check, giraffe... crap I HAVE TO GET A GIRAFFE FOR MY BABY!!! It's like the nursery equivalent of a Fiddle-leaf Fig Tree in your living room.
All kidding aside, I think they are popular for several reasons - they have great vertical scale, a small footprint, and they're baby safe, as far as giant toys go. This one made by Melissa & Doug isn't even crazy expensive.
If you are feeling a bit more spendy, there is also this more realistic option from Hansa. If it's good enough for Nina Garcia, it's good enough for you!
If you need any further proof, look no further than this Pinterest board I curated: Spot the Giraffe. I think there's over 30 images of various kiddo rooms with this guy making an appearance.
This got me thinking - giraffes have had their day. What would be a good alternative? Dinosaurs! Fortunately, Hansa has that covered, too. Check out these awesome nearly life-size creations. Next time I design a nursery, I might have to beg, borrow and steal for one of these bad boys.
Y'all have a great weekend. RAWR!