“ Manufacturer: Manhatten / Type: Baby Toy „
Having previously bought the Whoozit Zigzaggle for two of my friends and received fantastic feedback, it went without saying that this was one of the first toys I bought for my daughter when she was born.
The Whoozit Zigzaggle has lots for little hands (and mouths!) to explore! For those not familiar with Whoozit toys, Whoozit is a character (the one with the blue face and big red nose!) featured on all Whoozit toys. On the Zigzaggle, Whoozit is attached by a elasticated cord to one end of the toy, on the other side of Whoozit's face is a black and white spriral. Whoozit's friend, Tizoo is on the opposite end. She has a rattle inside her and they both have little knotted ropes around their edges.
Also coming out of either end of the toy are another four cords. On two of these are a set of two smooth plastic rings, the other two hold a knobbly plastic disc each. The central 'body' of the toy makes a crinkle sound and consists of a variety of textures for baby to feel.
I personally think that whoever designed this toy is a genius! Who knew that children would love tiny knots so much?! Or be so captivated by two rings that could be flipped open and closed?! My daughter would study this toy with such intensity that I would be mesmerised watching her! Initially she would enjoy locating a knot a popping it in her mouth for a good old suck! Then, as her fine motor skills developed she started fiddling with the other features on the toy. The knots were still a great source of fascination, but so were the rings. She would flip them so they were together, then separate them again, then give them a chew, then flip them again...then she'd have a look at the knobbly discs, and give them a quick taste...then go back to the knots. It would keep her so quiet that it became the toy that was permanently attached to the pram or car seat to keep her quiet on outings. She would often fall asleep sucking on one of the knots! I think the success of this toy is that no matter how they hold it, there is something to grab their attention. All the features are the perfect size for little hands and mouths, and there are so many different colours (including black & white for the newborns!), textures and things to fiddle with that further exploration is irrestistable!
The Zigzaggle costs between £8 - £10, and is worth every penny!