I was excited to see my December bluum box sitting on my porch this morning. However, I wasn’t too thrilled that the mailman left it right in a puddle of water. Thankfully nothing was damaged and it turned out to be a LOT better box than last month’s questionable offering.
If you’re not aware, bluum is a monthly subscription box for babies & kiddos from birth through age 5. Each box contains five or more products that are responsibly sourced, eco-friendly and often organic. The contents are based on the age of your kiddo in months, so boxes tend to vary a LOT. I really love this about bluum, since I’m never really sure just what I’ll see when I open their big red box.
My girls are currently 28 months old, so the bluum box I received was for 29 months.
Let’s see what was inside!
bluum doesn’t include an information card in the box. Instead they send you an email with its entire contents after your box has been delivered. Boxes vary a lot, so I’m guessing that’s why they just send generic age-based cards that simply list the month and general age (“toddler”). You can also access the info via their website (again, once the box has been delivered).
On the Farm Book with Puzzle Pieces ($15.98) – A board book with a built-in puzzle — neat! Each spread of the book has a spot to put one of the farm-related puzzle pieces (stored above the book in their own little tray). I like how many of the things in the scenes are labeled and that they use “real” people and animals along with the cartoon drawings. The only thing that doesn’t quite make sense is that they used peg puzzle pieces so you have to remove them before you turn the page. Flat magnetic pieces would have made more sense. Ah well, it’s still cute.
Lauri Toys Crepe Rubber Puzzle ($7.33) – We don’t have any rubber puzzles yet, so I was happy to see this guy. Not only is this made in the USA, it’s also latex-free, super durable, and washable. Since it’s made from rubber it won’t rip, curl, or crease. It even comes in its own plastic storage tray with a removable pattern board.
EZ Sox 2-Pack ($10.00) – I think this is my favorite item in the box. (I had no idea such a thing existed.) These are socks with little reinforced loops at the top to help toddlers easily pull them on. The cute animal faces do double duty, as they help them see which was is “up”. Such a neat idea!
“Jack and the Beanstalk” from Parragon Books ($5.01) – A board book that tells the classic tale of Jack and the beanstalk with colorful illustrations and more text than I’m used to seeing in board books. I always forget how creepy fairy tales are until I re-read them… There’s a giant in this that eats children. Uhhh… that’s not in the least bit disturbing.
“Ten Little Monkeys” from Child’s Play ($4.99) – This is a cute book with die-cut holes throughout and an audio CD to sing along with the story. Sadly, we already have a copy and it may have even been from an older bluum box. I’ll need to go look at my past reviews and shoot ’em an email if that’s the case. I know they always offer replacement items when they send duplicates.
As I said earlier, this box was SO much better than November’s. All of the items were for my girls (no adult vitamins!) and they’re all things we can use. The total value of everything (using Amazon prices) comes to $43.31, which is a lot more than the $24.95 monthly cost. Nice!
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December 2014 bluum Review
I was so relieved to see an improvement this month. It’s a good thing we like books, since there were 3 of ’em. The socks are cool and I’m curious to see if they work. The puzzle isn’t something I’d normally pick out but I’m sure my kiddos will like it. Overall, good stuff!
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Disclosure: I purchased this box on my own. I was not compensated in any way. All opinions are my own. Post contains affiliate links. Amazon prices subject to change at any time.