“ Brand: Mothercare / Type: Mobile „
My daughters baby is now due in seven weeks time and the excitement is growing, we know its a boy so have been able to prepare the nursery with little baby boy things, but I have been rooting around in the attic for the old baby things that I had bought when my first grandchild was born and found this Mothercare Fun at the Zoo Mobile which my second grandchild had when she was a baby.
I bought this a few months ago for my second grandchild and her other grandma bought the same thing so I put it away in case anyone became pregnant again or the other mobile got broken as I hate throwing things away and couldn't take it back as the 30 day refund promise was up.
I am so glad I kept it as it has been a good purchase for my grandaughter who loves the mobile and animals over her cot, so as it's a unisex toy I thought it would look nice hanging over the new cot for when my next grandchild arrives.
The Mothercare Fun at the Zoo Mobile has colourful hanging animals with crinkle and rattle sounds it plays what a wonderful world, which was one of my mums favorite songs and reminds me of her as she passed away when I was six, so this is a special mobile to me.
The soothing song can lull my grandson to sleep when he's restless.
It's suitable form birth to six months but my grandaughter had this over the cot until she was eight months old and loved it.
She used to get really excited and kick her arms and legs when the mobile moved. It was so funny to see how much she loved it.
It can be hung over the cot until the baby can pull themselves up or kneel up as it can be dangerous if the toys get pulled off the mobile, but all babies move and develop at different ages and stages so it's safe until they can get within reach of it.
The reason I am passing this one on to my new grandson is that it worked for my grandaughter who used to fall asleep listening to the song and loved the mobile, hopefully he will do the same but you never know as all children are different.
I like the wind up action on it as it just goes without having to press lots of buttons and the tune plays in length depending on how much you wind it up.
It's quite sturdy and fits most cots.
if your looking for a sweet mobile that plays a tune, then this one is a good option and recommended by me.
The Mother Care 'fun at the zoo' range is excellent. It is brightly coloured and appealing with funny zoo characters on all of the products in this range. The good thing about the range in general, including the mobile, is that it doesn't sway towards 'boy' or 'girl' so even if you don't know the sex of your baby but want a theme for the nursery then this is perfect. It's a vivid and appealing option rather than the dull cream, beige or yellow that most expectant mothers tend to go for. The range has characters such as a lion, monkey, giraffe, crocodile...basically zoo animals but cartoonified.
The mobile is £19.99 - or was when I bought it, I think it's in the sale now for about half the price!
The mobile has the same zoo characters as mentioned above except one of them is a zebra I think (not 100% sure what it is supposed to be!) instead of a monkey.
The cross part of the mobile is covered with a striped piece of fabric which is supposed to bear a resemblance to the leaves of a tree. The characters hang from each end of the cross and the whole thing turns and plays a tune.
It comes with a disconnected yellow 'stem' that you connect together yourself by pushing them together. This is quick and very easy to do; you then screw the clamp to the side of the cot. When I say screw I mean it comes with a giant plastic screw that tightens the clamp to secure it so no screwdrivers are needed (bonus!)
The 'stem' arches up and over the cot and ends with a hook; to this hook you attach the music box. Again it is a wind up music box which plays 'what a wonderful world' over and over. I must admit most mobiles drive me crazy but this ones tune is actually quite relaxing and makes you think 'awww' -possibly could have been my reaction due to being hormonal and pregnant but hopefully its because it is actually beautiful.
You then effectively make the mobile by tying the dangly characters onto the 'crossbar' shall we say... and adding the big 'leaf' shape to the top by slotting it over the plastic and attaching each 'leaf' to the end on each cross section using the Velcro that it already in place. I am making it sound a lot harder than it actually is! I assure you you don't need to have a degree to put this together! Once the leaf is attached the bars are hidden which makes it look nicer.
You then attach the cross to the music box-which also has a hook underneath it- The hook is the part that turns when you wind up the music box making it turn as the music plays and stop when the music stops.
I absolutely loved this mobile. I did find it quick and easy to assemble (promise) and my son loved it too. He could lie and watch it for hours...which obviously meant I had to wind it up every 5 minutes of course! Speaking of which I did find that the length of time it played for was ideal. I found a lot of mobiles either play strange songs or stop too quickly but this one was relaxing and lasted quite a while.
The wind up mechanism was easy and it looked and sounded great in his room. I think even if you didn't have the room as this theme throughout it would still 'go' with anything.
I think the price for this is just right, even better if the rumours of a sale are true! However I have also heard that they may be discontinuing the range which -if true- would be a great shame as I feel that its one of the only vibrant unisex theme for babies rooms around and I'm sure it would be rather popular.