It’s January 2017 bluum unboxing time!
If you’re not aware, bluum (yes, with a lowercase b) is a monthly subscription box for babies & kiddos from birth through age 5. Each box contains four 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 there are many variations in the boxes that are sent in each shipment. (I don’t think I’ve seen any two boxes that were exactly the same.)
Disclosure: I received this box for review purposes. I was not compensated in any way. All opinions are my own. Post may contain affiliate and/or referral links.
bluum now gives you the option to choose the exact items that you’ll receive in your box! When you log into your account you’ll be given a chance to pick one item from each of the available categories for that month’s box (food, toys, books, etc). If you’d rather be surprised, you can forgo picking and have them choose the items as they did in the past. They also give you the choice of opting out of the “mom” items, which I love because I kinda hated getting things for myself in a kid’s box. 😉
Subscriptions are $34/month or less with multi-month commitments. For a limited time, you can save $10 on your first month with coupon code “MRVA286CCE“.
My girls are currently 52 months old (remember — they go by months), so the bluum box I received was geared towards a 53 month (4 year old) child.
Let’s see what’s in my January 2017 bluum box!
The big red box!
A peek inside.
As always, there’s no actual printed info card… just a generic insert indicating the current month and age range of your child. Once your box is delivered, you’ll be able to log in to your account and view a list of its contents on their site.
Melissa & Doug Farm Lacing Beads ($7.99)
After a few months of letting bluum choose the items for me, I decided to pick my own for January’s box. I chose this wooden lacing bead set because I love Melissa & Doug toys and it looked cute. Of course, I didn’t consider the fact that my girls already have a M&D lacing set that they’ve sort of outgrown… That said, I’m happy to keep this on hand to use as a birthday/Christmas gift for the other little ones in our family. 🙂
Stephen Joseph Farm Sketch Pad ($9.88)
This cute barn-shaped sketch pad features 100 blank pages, along with a pack of 6 crayons and 2 sheets of farm-themed stickers. It also has a built-in easy carry handle and an attached reusable/resealable crayon pouch. Somehow we have a zillion coloring books, but no blank pads/notebooks, so this is perfect for the girls to unleash their creativity in (on?).
Melissa & Doug Alphabet Magnets ($8.99)
My girls have been obsessed with the alphabet since they were 2, so of course I had to choose this wooden letter magnet set. 😉 It includes both uppercase and lowercase letters — 52 in all — in bright red, blue, green, and yellow colors. The letters are stored in a solid wood case with a see-through top that slides into place, making it easy to keep them all together (hopefully!).
We can never have too many crayons and I liked how these came with their own storage case. There’s 12 crayons in all, which are extra-trick and feature a triangular shape that’s makes it easier for kiddos to learn the proper grip.
Since I picked this month’s item myself, I’m obviously happy with my January bluum box. 😉 The total value (using Amazon prices) was about $34… Right in line with the cost of the monthly subscription. While the value isn’t amazing, I did choose the items and we’ll definitely use them, so I’m happy. 🙂
Remember — if you’d like to sign up for bluum, you can save $10 on your first month with coupon code “MRVA286CCE“!
January 2017 Bluum Review
Value-wise, this month’s box fell right at the actual monthly subscription cost. However, since I chose the items myself and they’re things we’ll use, I’m totally fine with that. 🙂