The Lovevery “Play Kit” is a subscription box that delivers expert-designed play essentials for children 0-24 months.
Each box will consist of high quality, stage-based play products accompanied by an in-depth activity guide that helps you learn right alongside your baby. The items are beautifully crafted from materials such as organic cotton, sustainably harvested wood, rice plastic, silicone, and baby-safe plastic. To ensure you’re getting the safest toys for your little one, all Lovevery products are made without BPA, phthalates, heavy metals, formaldehyde or flame retardants.
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Upon subscribing, your first Play Kit will be based on your baby’s birth date and when he or she will grow into the next micro-stage of development. Baby Play Kits are designed for baby’s first 12 months of life: the “fourth trimester” (0 to 12 Weeks), and Months 3-4, 5-6, 7-8, 9-10 and 11-12. There are 6 total Baby Play Kits. Toddler Play Kits are designed for toddlers 13-24 months old and are shipped every quarter (every 3 months). There are 4 total Toddler Play Kits.
Subscriptions are $36/month or $80 per 2-month Baby Play Kit. The Toddler Play Kits are $36/month or $120 per 3-month kit.
Let’s see what’s in the Lovevery “The Pioneer” Play Kit!
Everything was shipped in a large (and heavy!) box with the Lovevery logo across the top.
A peek inside!
A large insert listed all of the items inside “The Pioneer” box, which is geared towards toddlers in the 16-18 month age range. As mentioned above, toddler boxes are sent quarterly so this box essentially contains the equivalent of 3 months’ worth of products.
A smaller info card gave additional details on each item — specifically the materials they were made of and how to properly clean/care for them.
The in-depth play guide was incredibly, well, in depth!
To begin, there was another list of everything inside the box.
Next, there was a section called “The Real Deal”, which introduced the purpose of the kit and gave a few pages of helpful tips on how to encourage your child to learn and explore the world around them.
A section called “Baby and You” included some of the achievements and milestones that children in this age range are likely to be working on or have already accomplished.
“The Play Things” section included cards for each of the products in the box and gave helpful information on some of the skills that they can assist in developing.
The final section, “Real Life Play” provided a variety of simple, engaging activities to do with your child that utilize everyday items around the house.
Okay, onto the toys!
Organic Cotton Big Kid Ball
Can you kick it?
According to the play guide, toddlers around 18 months are often able to start kicking a large ball around. They may also start enjoying throwing one toward a box or other target. This colorful “big kid” ball is made with a soft organic cotton fabric, making it ideal for (safe!) indoor use.
Max and Nana Go to the Park
Processing and Managing Emotions
This sturdy board book follows a little boy named Max on an adventure to the park with his Nana. While playing, poor Max takes a little tumble and hurts his knee. He cries for a bit, but Nana helps clean his wound and soon he’s off playing once again. The story helps to show children that it’s okay to have different emotions and how easy it can be to bounce back from the bad/sad ones.
Race and Chase Ramp
Fun with Motion, Gravity, and Changing Direction
How cool is this racing ramp?! I was instantly impressed when I pulled this big (and heavy!) toy out of the box. The beautifully crafted ramp is made from FSC sustainably harvested wood and sealed with a non-toxic, water-based finish. It came with two little wooden race cars — one for each side of the ramp. My daughters (who at 7 are a wee bit old for this box) were surprisingly interested in this toy and had fun racing the cars & seeing which one got to the end first. They zip through at a pretty fast pace and even I thought it was fun to watch them zoom by.
Fuzzy Bug Shrub
Building Finger Strength and Dexterity
This fuzzy “bug shrub” features a PBA/phthalate-free plastic lid that opens up to store 3 fabric insects with Velco backings. Your baby will learn to use both hands to open the lid, as well as build finger strength & dexterity by peeling the bugs off the shrub and sticking them back on.
Playthings to Go Box, It’s Me! Mirror, Mouse in Organic Cotton Sleep Sack
Learning on the Changing Table
The next 3 items are grouped onto one page/section in the play guide as they’re perfect for storing together and can be used to distract baby during diaper changes. The first is the colorful storage box above, which is made from recycled paper and soy ink. It has a magnetic-close lid and 2 small compartments that fit the items below perfectly…
How sweet is this itty bitty stuffed mouse?! 😀 The lil’ guy (girl?) is made of baby-safe felt and comes tucked into his/her own teeny organic cotton sleep sack.
By 16-18 months, your baby is starting to understand that the face looking back at them in the mirror is in fact their own. The baby-safe, foldable mirror above is made with sustainable wood, water-based/non-toxic finish, and BPA/phthalate-free plastic. Use it during diaper changes to distract baby as he/she opens/closes it and admires his/her reflection. 😉
Things I Can Do
Learning Through Imitation
Another board book! This time instead of a story, the pages are filled with children acting out various activities. As you look at each page with your baby, have them try to imitate the things each child is doing to help them grown their cognition skills.
Simon Says Cube and Cards
Identifying and Naming Body Parts
This engaging game consists of a soft die (made of organic cotton & baby-safe vinyl), along with a set of 2-sided cards to slide into each of the built-in pockets. To play, you simply roll the die and perform the action on the card that lands face-up. This is a fun way to teach your baby the different parts of the body and how to say them.
Friends of All Shapes Puzzle
Matching by Shape
My girls loved these kinds of puzzles when they were babies/toddlers. Not only does this one help with cognitive ability, but it also depicts children of various races, which is nice to see. Like the other toys, this is made with sustainably harvested wood and non-toxic/water-based finish.
Threadable Bead Kit and Drawstring Bag
Working with Two Hands at Once
Tucked inside of the colorful organic cotton bag above was an equally colorful threadable bead kit. The kit consists of 14 wood and BPA-free plastic beads, along with a wooden “base” connected to a long dowel-tipped rope for threading. According to the play guide, stringing beads is a challenging fine motor activity for most babies. Most don’t master it until between 20-23 months, so repeated exposure is key. 🙂
Wow! I gotta say, this Lovevery Play Kit was one of the most impressive baby/toddler subscription boxes that I’ve had the pleasure of reviewing in quite some time. (I’m talking since the early days of the now defunct Citrus Lane box!) All of the toys were beautifully made using high quality, baby-safe materials and selected specifically for the 16-18 month age range. The comprehensive play guide was packed with helpful information including milestones to look for, parenting tips, activity ideas, and more. I would have absolutely LOVED a Lovevery subscription when my girls were babies/toddlers. — Without a doubt one of the best baby/toddler boxes out there! 😀
Lovevery "The Pioneer" Play Kit Review
If I could give this box 6 stars, I would. Heck, I’d give it 10. 😉 High quality, beautifully crafted toys made with sustainably harvested wood & organic cotton — all designed for your baby/toddler’s current age/stage. No cheap “throwaway” filler items, no questionable materials… The perfect baby box! 😀