I don't know about your kids, but mine have a ton of stuffed animals. They also have a ton of blankets. The stuffed animals go un-played with, and the blankets manage to find their way from the beds to my couch, then the floor, then to the washing machine. I stumbled across Zoobies, more specifically their Zoobie Blanket Pets, back in December. I thought they looked really clever. A stuffed animal, with a blanket attached; a way to kill two birds with one stone. Zoobies let us pick which blanket pet we'd like to review, and my daughter chose Ping the Panda. She's been loving Kung Fu Panda lately, and she gets excited when something looks like Po and yells "PANDA!"
The two things I was really curious about was the overall quality of the Blanket Pet and the actual blanket size. We've purchased similar items in the past from other brands, and the quality has been less than impressive. My daughter is really rough with her toys, so I was hoping for something that would stand up to her "kung fu" skills. I really expected the size of the blanket to be a little disappointing too. I just couldn't picture a quality, good size blanket folded up inside of a small stuffed animal pocket. I'm glad to say I was wrong, and the Zoobie Ping the Panda exceeded my expectations on all counts!
"Coming to you from the remote bamboo forests of the Orient, this extra-cute panda is sure to warm your child's heart...and toes. Destined to become your child's constant companion, not only is Ping™ an adorable panda, but also a comfy pillow and super-soft blanket all in one. Perfect for road excursions or just cuddling in bed. Also makes for the perfect baby shower gift." ~ Zoobies
Ping the Panda arrived looking like a stuffed animal. Ping's fur is super soft, but at first I thought that it was a little hard to be used as a pillow. Then I turned it over and it all made sense. There are two straps that loop through holes and Velcro that help keep its shape. Then you can undo them so the Blanket Pet lays flatter, and you have a soft pillow. I still was a little skeptical about the size of the blanket because this product isn't all that big. So, I unzipped the area, took out the blanket and unfolded it. It was huge. OK, maybe huge is a bit of an exaggeration, but the blanket was a good size blanket and perfect for the size of a toddler. I actually use it in the evenings while watching TV as a throw blanket. It covers my feet, legs, and most of my torso. I really like that the blanket can be unzipped from the animal all of the way so you don't have a floppy panda head attached at all times. The blanket is a really soft thick fleece, and folds up neatly in thirds to fit perfectly into the square pocket.
As you can see she was fascinated by her Ping the Panda Blanket Pet. Although, she thought the tags were the best part at first. However, now she carries that blanket with her everywhere! I had actually hid the Blanket Pet from her for awhile so I could get pictures without all of the pet furn we have floating around getting on it, and she searched it out and found it. Sneaky Sneaky.
The face of Ping the Panda is super soft and squishy. She has fun molding his face into different expressions. They're subtle changes, but it entertains her for a few minutes here and there. The blanket measures 44" by 34" so it really is a pretty good size blanket esp. for being a thicker fleece. I also really like that I can wash the blanket in the washing machine separate from the body. The zipper seems to be great quality, and we didn't have any issues unzipping or re-zipping the blanket back to the pet portion.
This is one toy that will definitely be coming with us on car rides and visits to grandma's house. I wish all of her stuffed animals were so versatile and as good quality as the Zoobie Blanket Pet! She literally uses the blanket every day, and the fact that I can use it too makes the value of this product (to me) worth much more.
Make sure you find Zoobies on Facebook and Twitter! Feel free to say "Hi" from DealPeddler! They also have a large variety of different Zoobie Blanket Pets, as well as other products including Book Buddies, Duffel Dogs, Storytime Pals, Blankie Babes, and Slumber Pets.
Zoobies is offering a Zoobie Blanket Pet of choice for a giveaway! You'll be able to enter the giveaway [HERE] when it is live. Entrants must be 18+ and residents of the USA. Giveaway will run for approximately 1 week.
*I received a product for free in order to facilitate this review. All opinions are 100% mine. See Disclosure Policy.