Bindi Irwin stunned by brother Robert's nursery makeover

Gillian Wolski
·Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer
·4-min read

Bindi Irwin, 22, was left stunned after her younger brother Robert revealed a surprise nursery makeover ahead of the arrival of Bindi and husband Chandler Powell's first child.

The dramatic unveiling of 'funcle' — that's 'fun uncle' — Robert's dinosaur-themed room was part of a teaser clip released ahead of the Irwin’s new TV special, Crikey! It’s A Baby!

Bindi Irwin was left stunned by brother Robert's nursery makeover for baby Grace. Photo: Animal Planet.
Bindi Irwin was left stunned by brother Robert's nursery makeover for baby Grace. Photo: Animal Planet.

Crikey! It’s a dino!

The one-hour episode will document parents-to-be Bindi and Chandler's pre-birth excitement, the arrival of their daughter, Grace, and the young family's return home to Australia Zoo.

Part of the pre-birth preparations included a special effort by Robert, 17, who decked out Grace's nursery with dinosaur toys and a giant animatronic T-rex above her cot.

In the teaser, which first aired on Good Morning America, a pregnant Bindi is guided into the room by Robert and Chandler before uncovering her eyes to take in her brother's handiwork.

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A T-rex looms over baby Grace's cot courtesy 'funcle' - that's 'fun uncle' - Robert Irwin. Photo: Animal Planet.
A T-rex looms over baby Grace's cot courtesy 'funcle' - that's 'fun uncle' - Robert Irwin. Photo: Animal Planet.

"Oh my God!" she exclaimed. "What is that?! That just gave me the biggest heart attack of my life!" she asked as Robert and Chandler laughed.

"She can't even articulate how much she loves it," Robert later joked to the camera.

Elsewhere in Grace's room, a photo of Robert holding an echidna sits near a changing table with the sign, "If mum says no, ask uncle Robert".

Bindi Irwin and Chandler Powell looking at their baby daughter Grace Warrior Irwin Powell
Bindi and Chandler welcomed their baby daughter Grace on March 25. Photo: Instagram/bindisueirwin.

Getting ready for baby

Also in the lead up to Crikey! It’s A Baby!, the family shared a new photo showing a smitten Bindi lovingly gazing at her daughter, who is dressed in a brown and white striped babygrow and wearing a pink hat.

In the special, which is set to air on Saturday 22 May at 6:30pm on Animal Planet, viewers will get an inside look at the lavish baby shower Terri put on for Bindi which included animals, games and Chandler's parents attending via Zoom from the U.S.

Ahead of the arrival of her first grandchild, Terri tells the hilarious lead up to Bindi’s birth when Steve panicked and lost his keys.

The episode also includes Chandler’s emotional surprise for Bindi on her last day of work at the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital and Robert's preparing to become a 'funcle' by using his dog Stella to demonstrate his baby caring skills.

When it comes to the birth, the cameras were there to document Bindi packing her bag for the hospital, Robert providing updates from the waiting room and Chandler and Bindi’s arrival home to Australia Zoo with Grace Warrior Irwin Powell in tow.

Robert Irwin holding his newborn niece, Grace Warrior Irwin Powell
Doting uncle Robert holding his newborn niece, Grace Warrior Irwin Powell. Photo: Instagram/robertirwinphotography.
A photo of Bindi Irwin and Chandler Powell's newborn daughter Grace Warrior Irwin Powell
Grace's middle name is 'Warrior Irwin' in honour of her late grandfather, wildlife warrior Steve Irwin. Photo: Instagram/bindisueirwin.

Welcoming Grace

On March 25, Bindi took to her Instagram account to announce the arrival of her daughter, Grace Warrior Irwin Powell.

Bindi revealed her Grace’s name — Warrior Irwin — is a touching tribute to her late father, Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin.

"Grace is named after my great-grandmother, and relatives in Chandler’s family dating back to the 1700s," Bindi explained.

"Her middle names, Warrior Irwin, are a tribute to my dad and his legacy as the most incredible Wildlife Warrior.

"Her last name is Powell and she already has such a kind soul just like her dad.

"There are no words to describe the infinite amount of love in our hearts for our sweet baby girl. She chose the perfect day to be born and we feel tremendously blessed."

Grace was born weighing 7lbs 7oz and measuring 20 inches on a day that was already special to parents Bindi and Chandler: their first wedding anniversary. 

On March 25, 2020, the couple was married in a ‘small ceremony’ at Australia Zoo after being forced to move everything forward due to the coronavirus.

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