Saturday, 21 April 2012

A rainy day at the zoo

I love going to the zoo.  As a member of ZSL I get to go to London or Whipsnade zoo for free whenever I like, but unfortunately due to pregnancy, winter and a little baby I haven't been for a while.  This week I was excited to get invited to help Mummy Gadget Geek with Wee Man and Bubby D and go to London Zoo to meet Trunki and see their new SnooziHead range.

I enjoyed the day at the zoo despite the frequent rain showers, but is it really a suitable place to go with a 7 month old baby?


Baby M showed little interest in the komodo dragons (unsurprising since they probably looked like logs) and she was barely interested in the giraffes despite her love of Sophie. She enjoyed animals that moved quickly and those she could get close to. Favourites included fishes in the aquarium, the butterflies, meerkats and the penguins.

To make it easy for parents the zoo is child and buggy friendly with plenty of baby changing facilities, ramps and even a children's zoo.  It is free for under 3's.

Getting there is less easy as the 2 nearest tube stations (Camden Town and Regents Park) don't have step free access.  I went without a buggy and carried Baby M in a BabyBjorn all day, but between the 3 of us (MummyGadgetGeek, Rocknrollerbaby and I), some coerced strangers and 2 friendly transport police officers we successfully negotiated the steps and escalators.

Feeding time at penguin beach
Teaching perspective: small, far away
In the aquarium
Butterfly paradise is a warm, inflated 'tent' where the butterflies might even land on you
Trunki are one of those brilliant ranges that capture the imagination of both children and their parents. So why were Trunki at London Zoo? 50 pence from each of their new Animal SnooziHedz sold will go to support the brilliant work of zoo's (either ZSL London or Bristol Zoo's penguin conservation project depending on the animal purchased). The SnooziHedz are a snuggly blanket that comes in a pouch which (with the help of an inflatable insert) turns into a pillow.  They also have a "Trunki grip" which can help the blanket stay on. My favourite is the penguin, but all 4 are cute and would make lovely travel sets.  At £19.99 rrp does anyone want to buy Baby M one for her birthday?

The lovely Trunki ladies also had a range of their paddlepaks on display.  These lightweight waterproof backpacks are designed for kids to take swimming and have a fishy theme. Given the rather wet British weather they would be great to take out for any adventure.  I love the new shark and killer whale designs with a fin on the back, but unfortunately these are for older kids (6 plus).  Trunki kindly gave me a pink fish PaddlePak (suitable for 36 months plus) for when Baby M is a bit older.

Pippin the Penguin SnooziHedz
A blurry Jaws PaddlePak
Baby M modelling her PaddlePak

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