Going to the zoo is an experience you don’t want to miss out on with your little ones. Watching your baby’s eyes light up when they see their favorite storybook animals is something you will never forget.
When taking your baby to the zoo, it’s best to be prepared and have a plan. We’ve put together some tips to help you prepare for a memorable day at the zoo below.
Tips for Taking Baby to the Zoo
Table of Contents
- What age should I take my baby to the zoo?
- How do you take a baby to the zoo?
- How do I prepare ahead of time to take a baby to the zoo?
- What should a baby wear to the zoo?
- What time of day is best for taking a baby to the zoo?
- Should I bring a stroller to the zoo?
- Should I bring a baby carrier to the zoo?
- Can I nurse a baby at the zoo?
- Can a baby eat snacks while at the zoo?
- Diaper bag essentials when taking baby to the zoo
- How taking baby to the zoo can be a positive, interactive experience
What age should I take my baby to the zoo?
Once you are comfortable with your baby out in public, there really is no age too early to start taking your baby to the zoo. Babies will likely become more alert, engaged, and interested in the animals closer to the twelve-month mark. But that doesn't mean they can’t go sooner, as babies can absorb so much that the zoo has to offer.
Regardless of age, the zoo is a fantastic way for families to get out and for your baby to start observing more animals AND people! If you have the opportunity to take your baby to the zoo more than once, you will love to watch as their engagement and interests change. Your six-month-old who was fascinated by the popcorn stand may be the biggest elephant fan just a few months later. The zoo is a wonderful place for a baby’s mind to get curious, absorb, and learn.
How do you take a baby to the zoo?
Taking your little ones to the zoo for the first time is a special experience. But if you’ve been to the zoo, you know that as special as it is, it can be challenging with babies. Leaving the house with a baby can feel like a lot of work for many parents. While it certainly can be, being prepared and planning ahead is key for any outing.
Taking your baby to the zoo is no different.
Knowing what to expect will help you determine how to dress, how to plan, and what to pack for a day of fun with the family. A stroller can be a lifesaver for a long day at the zoo, but we parents know that most babies don’t want to be in the stroller all day. Bring a baby carrier along for the journey if you're heading to the zoo. Babywearing allows you to keep your baby safe and close while protecting your body and improving the experience. The Tushbaby Carrier is the #1 best-selling hip seat carrier on the market. Consider ordering one before your first zoo adventure.
(Also Read: Benefits of Babywearing for Both Baby and You)
How do I prepare ahead of time to take a baby to the zoo?
Being prepared for a day at the zoo will have you ready for anything, and, more importantly, ready to relax and have some fun! The best way to prepare for a day at the zoo is by doing some research ahead of time. Check out your zoo’s website to see what kinds of interactions they have and which would be a good fit for the family. This also includes reading up on the parking options. Knowing where to park beforehand will alleviate some arrival stress and start the trip on a high note.
Many zoos offer guided tours which can be an excellent way to get everyone off their feet and a little closer to the action. Knowing which tours are offered with the cost of admission or additional cost will help you decide beforehand which adventure you will take.
Your zoo's activities will also help you determine what to pack. For example, some zoos may have playgrounds and splash pads for the little ones to cool off and splash around in. Knowing about these types of interactions will help you determine if you’ll need swimsuits, towels, or even just an extra change of clothes.
What should a baby wear to the zoo?
When dressing your baby for the zoo, there are a few tips to keep in mind:
- Comfort is key (for baby and parent). With lots of activities and exploring, being in comfortable clothes will help to keep your baby happy and fuss-free.
- This means shoes too. Especially if your baby is of walking age. While they likely won’t end up walking all day (those little legs will get tired), having good shoes on will allow them to explore as much as possible.
- Bring layers to accommodate varying temperatures. It never hurts to have a jacket and hat handy for whatever the day holds.
What time of day is best for taking a baby to the zoo?
When deciding what time is best to take your baby to the zoo, you may want to consider what schedule your little one is on. For example, if you're trying to avoid disrupting nap time, you may want to plan around that.
Going to the zoo in the morning or evening may be best if you're trying to beat the heat. Of course, check the zoo hours to plan your arrival appropriately. Some zoo locations have seasonal operation times or modified holiday hours. Regardless of arrival time, be sure to leave yourself plenty of time to experience the zoo's activities.
Should I bring a stroller to the zoo?
You may question whether a stroller is necessary at the zoo. The general consensus for parents is that it never hurts to bring a stroller. Even if your baby doesn’t sit in the stroller, it may be handy for storing your family’s belongings if they get tired of carrying their bags around. Many parents have experienced the moment their child expresses they simply can’t go any further. The stroller will come in handy then.
Should I bring a baby carrier to the zoo?
Being able to hold your baby and share the moments they are experiencing at the zoo is something you don’t want to miss. The Tushbaby Carrier is perfect for the zoo as it’s designed to distribute your baby’s weight around your hips evenly. This ergonomic design will allow you to carry your baby longer and more comfortably during a long day at the zoo. That’s a win for both baby and parent!
Can I nurse a baby at the zoo?
If you’re a new mom or new to nursing in public, you may be wondering about nursing at the zoo. Trust us when we say that you certainly aren’t the first, and you absolutely can nurse your baby at the zoo. Nursing in public may come with challenges, but those can be made easier with the right gear. Wearing a baby carrier like the Tushbaby Hip Carrier is one way to keep your baby close to your body for nursing. The carrier can also double as a nursing pillow where your baby can comfortably rest while eating. Read our blog post on “Nursing Babies in Public” to learn more about how to safely and comfortably nurse in public.
Can a baby eat snacks while at the zoo?
Snacks are a must for a day at the zoo. Having snacks on hand will help keep your child energized while avoiding any hunger meltdowns. While the zoo may sell snacks, it never hurts to pack your own. Remember that snacks at the zoo may be pricey and may not be the healthiest option for your child. Packing your own is best to be prepared.
Diaper bag essentials when taking baby to the zoo
For a long day at the zoo, having all the diaper bag necessities is a must. Be sure to cover your baby’s needs with the following diaper bag essentials…
- Baby wipes
- Extra clothes
Ditch your usual diaper bag and use the Tushbaby Carrier to carry your kid more conveniently and have everything you need on hand (and hip). With 5 easy-to-access storage pockets, you can wear your baby and all the essentials too. Tushbaby is committed to making life with a baby easier.
How taking baby to the zoo can be a positive, interactive experience
There is so much that a trip to the zoo has to offer for a family. Not only can it be a great way to get out and get some walking in, but it’s also an educational experience for the whole family. Some of the best memories can be made at the zoo, and taking your baby to the zoo is one of those special “firsts” where you’ll want to soak in every moment.
Being prepared for the day and having the proper support will help ensure that you have a positive, interactive zoo experience with your child. The Tushbaby Carrier has your back when it comes to lumbar support and storage needs for making your day at the zoo relaxing and fun. By babywearing, you can speak and connect with your baby without being interrupted by all the noises and distractions.
The Tushbaby Hip Seat Carrier is the best-selling carrier on the market, and once you try it, you’ll understand why. The Tushbaby Carrier was made by moms who understand the daily struggles and importance of keeping your baby safe and your back pain-free. It was designed with intention, love, and the hope of making your day-to-day life more manageable. Tushbaby offers a strap-free, ergonomic hipseat that evenly distributes your baby’s weight. With 4 carrying positions and plenty of storage pockets, the Tushbaby Carrier makes every trip to the zoo or everyday errands easier and more enjoyable.