What not to do at the zoo

Before Austin had his nap after 20 minutes. We timed this zoo trip VERY well. 

Before Austin had his nap after 20 minutes. We timed this zoo trip VERY well. 

Here's a little list for you of what not to do when going to the zoo with bubs (compiled by me, master of whoops moments):

  • Decide on a whim half way through the day to take your family off to the zoo 
  • Just sit around relaxing after making this decision and wait until your baby wakes from his nap to begin packing and preparing to leave
  • When you get there, ignore that the carpark is so full that people have parked on the nature strip. This surely doesn’t mean anything, nothing to do with the zoo being REDIC busy on this glorious sun shining day
  • When you can’t find a carpark keep driving around and around and around and then end up parking over a kilometre away and then walk back to the zoo (no need to worry about time, next naps etc, all is going VERY WELL so far)
  • Rush out of the butterfly enclosure (the only thing really that interests a 10 month old) to get to the next exhibits
  • Worry that your baby is not interested in the elephants or giraffes and stares at the tree trunks instead
  • Leave your phone in the parents room. It's probably just a distraction anyway, so you know, best to just rid yourself of these modern day conveniences

What to do at the zoo

  • Just do the opposite of everything we did above and you will be seriously fine. Oh and do, do, do laze around and enjoy the sun while bubs sleeps after being there for 20 minutes. Yep, WHOOPS, what a disaster.  

How to #win at life at the aquarium (with a baby)

He is REALLY loving the fish. Can't you tell?

He is REALLY loving the fish. Can't you tell?

So we took Austin to the aquarium, and I'd have to say the visit was a success! #winning! I think we are getting better, smarter, wiser (whatever you want to call it) at this baby thing. And no, this winning streak had nothing to do with what we learnt from our first attempt at visiting (where we were far from #winning).

I wouldn't say Austin LOVED the fish but he did enjoy seeing them, most of all the penguins and turtles (i think because they have faces he found them more interesting) and as always one of the things he liked most was.... looking at the other kids. Haha.

Anyway if you're planning on taking bubs to the aquarium take advantage of our rookie mistakes (yes, before we were the better, smarter, wiser parents) and see my tips below:

Mega's Tips:

  1. Get there early, real early
  2. Pre-purchase and print out tickets. Then you can do a smug by-pass of the ticket line full of screaming kids
  3. If bubs is small enough, use a baby carrier. Bubs can go mano-a-mano with the fishies, and you can breeze past the brigade of prams
  4. There's no 'parent room' facilities at the aquarium so be prepared! They do have one lonely change table but if you have a poo-plosion or a boob-obsessed monster that require A1 baby facilities a small hike is required. Nearby parent rooms are located at The Emporium (level 3, 287 Lonsdale Street) or The Southgate Centre (midlevel, 3 Southgate Avenue, Southbank). Unfortunately, there are also GREAT shops at both of these locations, so you may just need to have a quick squiz while there!
  5. Your ticket can be used all throughout the day, so if sleepy time comes a calling (not for you, for bubs!) don't stress, let the little one sleep then pop back when rejuvenated and ready

Bubba does melbs


A lady the other day pointed to Austin, saying to her child "look at the big baby" omg I thought - he's not the little baby anymore, he's the big baby! Time has flown. It's time to get this bub acquainted with Melbourne town and what better way than looking through the spray painted cobbled laneways of the cbd.

These laneways aren't exactly Melbourne's best kept secret- they feature in nearly every tourist book- but they also don't disappoint. Hosier lane has some great pieces, with artists creating new work around the clock, which can be great to watch (though not sure about the fumes near bubs). Austin loved the mess of colour, perhaps a future art enthusiast? Banksy watch out.  The great thing about using graffiti as an art appreciation tour is that baby can be as noisy as he wants; you can pitstop for some crawling or running and no-one's going to give you the evil eye. 

Flinders lane was next and time for coffee at dukes coffee roasters. There is minimal room for a pram in this tiny cafe, but god damn their coffee is good. If you're after a takeaway this is the spot. Or if you want to plonk yourself down and take in the local buskers head to Degraves Laneway where you'll be able to get another dose of graffiti and bearded baristas.