ABC Kids Expo News
I’m sad to say that before the ABC Kids Expo last week, I had never heard of a Zoobie pet. While seeing endless strollers, child carriers and high chairs, a booth filled with zoo and safari animals caught my eye. At first glance, they looked like regular stuffed animals. And yes, what child doesn’t have too many stuffed animals and probably doesn’t need a single one more? But Zoobies are different! So, so different than your run of the mill stuffed animal.
Zoobie pets are a fabulous 3-in-1 concept. Each pet is a plush toy, a soft pillow and a comfy blanket. Since I have one child that is securely attached to her stuffed animals and another child that is attached to his blanket, I had to try them out.
Zoobies have two collections of animals to choose from: the Safari Collection and the new Zoo Collection. Let me say that the animals are adorable! They are soft, squishy and oh-so-lovable. With animal choices including giraffes, hippos, monkeys, zebras, elephants and many more, there is sure to be a perfect choice for any child.
I chose Jafaru the Giraffe and a Baby Zoobie Ellema the Elephant. Jafaru found a very loving home with my 3 1/2 year old daughter. She instantly fell in love with this new safari animal. Jafaru brought out the wild side in my daughter as she danced around the house with her new friend.
Jafaru is an animal with excellent hidden features. If you undo the two Velcro pieces on his tummy, he lays out to be a very soft pillow. My daughter was so amazed that she dropped to the wood floor just to try out this new animal pillow. And that’s not all! There is a zipper on Jafaru that reveals a very large plush blanket hiding inside. The blanket, measuring at 54 x 35 inches, was so much larger than I anticipated. The Zoobie people thought of everything with this animal because the blanket can zip off for easy washing. Each animal even comes with a tag that shows mom how to refold the blanket to stuff back inside and a collar on each animal. My daughter now takes Jafaru everywhere with her. She hasn’t slept a night without the giraffe (as a pillow) since he came home with me.
Not to worry because Ellema the Elephant was a hit as well. Ellema is one of the Baby Zoobies that is brand new to the line of Zoobie pets that has all the features of a Zoobie at a reduced size. My 1 1/2 year old son was instantly in love with Ellema. After endless hugs and talking jibberish to the elephant, he couldn’t have been more happy when I revealed the blanket inside. The blankets inside all Zoobie pets are all made of a cozy, warm coral fleece. The blanket is so incredibly soft and snuggly! Since our Ellema is a Baby Zoobie, the blanket is a smaller (but still very useful) size of 29 x 22 inches. Perfect for a toddler! A blankie lover, my son has had Ellema in his crib as a blanket since she came home with me.
The Zoobie pets also make great travel companions. Your child will have their friend, pillow and blanket with them all in one adorable animal. You gotta love the 3-in-1 concept. I definitely think they would be an ideal gift for any child! Zoobie Pets are available nationwide at independent retailers and online stores.