Are you trying to figure out if you should order a Lovevery Play Kit? I’m giving my honest review of the Lovevery Play Kits and whether or not they are worth it! Spoiler alert: I love them!
Lovevery Play Kits Review / I Love Them!
This blog post is unsponsored, but to be perfectly transparent, I want to disclose that while I purchased my first Lovevery Play Kit, my second Lovevery Play Kit was gifted to me by Lovevery in exchange for pins on Pinterest. However, this review is completely 100% my own opinion and unsponsored.
To be completely honest, when I first started seeing Lovevery online, I thought the toys were from an overpriced fad company. I had twins and with two babies my thinking was “I cannot afford a subscription.” But after trying The Babbler Lovevery Play Kit for Cal, my youngest baby, I wish I had purchased the play kits back when my twins were babies.
Why? Because if you’re a minimalist, the Lovevery Play Kits are all you need!
I was absolutely blown away by The Babbler Play Kit when Cal started playing with it. The toys are well made and they entertained him FOR HOURS! Plus, the toys are beautifully designed and colorful and look great on the shelves of his playroom or nursery!
The Babbler Play Kit contains the following:
- Slide and Seek Ball Run
- Bunnies in a Felt Burrow
- Flexible Wooden Stacker
- Circle of Friends Puzzle
- Wooden Bank Set with 3 different lids
- Bedtime for Zoe Board Book
Cal has loved every. single. toy. He has played with each of these toys and they have really held his attention. I think his favorite was the wooden bank set with the coin posting lid or the carrot posting lid, but he also loves the bunnies in the burrow and the ball slide.
And his fine motor skills are amazing! I try really hard to not ever compare my children (because it’s really easy to do that as a twin mom), but I’ve discussed Cal’s fine motor skills with my husband and his grandparents and we all agree that his fine motor skills are way more advanced than the twins’ fine motor skills were at the same age. And I truly believe that it is because of his Lovevery Play Kit toys.
My subscription for the next play kit was coming up, but Lovevery reached out to me and gifted it to me instead in exchange for some pins on Pinterest. I, of course, agreed because I honestly love the Lovevery play kits and was going to purchase it anyways.
The Lovevery Pioneer Play Kit is for months 16, 17, and 18 and contains the following:
- Race and Chase Ramp
- Community Garden Puzzle
- “Max and Nana Go to the Park” Board Book
- Threadable Bead Kit
- Wooden Stacking Peg Board
- Fuzzy Bug Shrub
And, again, Cal has loved every single toy. At 16 months old, he loves the Race and Chase Ramp, the Wooden Stacking Peg Board, and the Fuzzy Bug Shrub and I’m hoping in the next few months he will master the Community Garden Puzzle and the Threadable Bead Kit.
My only critique of the Lovevery toys is that some of the pieces do not pass the “toilet paper roll test.”
Don’t know what that is? To determine if a toy is a choking hazard, see if it fits through a toilet paper tube. If so, it is a choking hazard and depending on that it is, it is either not suitable for baby to play with or requires supervision when playing with that toy.
The carrots as part of the Wooden Coin Bank in The Babbler Box as well as the racing cars as part of the Race and Chase Ramp in The Pioneer Box and the beads as part of the Threadable Beads all pass through a toilet paper tube.
This is fine, these toys just require direct supervision when Cal is playing with them. But unfortunately, I cannot keep these items in his Safe Baby Play Space, thus why I’m listing it as a critique. They are still awesome toys, but some require constant, direct supervision.
To clarify – Lovevery’s safety warning is “Do not leave children unattended while products are in use.”
My three year old twins ALSO love these toys. They think the toys are for them! When they find them in Cal’s room, they run and tell me “Mommy, there’s new toys!” The toys obviously don’t hold their interest as long as they do for Cal, but they entertain them for a little bit and I’ll take any little bit I can get.
They especially love the board books because they feature kids their age (or slightly younger) doing the exact same things that they do right now – getting ready for bed, going to a doctor’s appointment, or going to the play park.
I just saw that Lovevery makes play kits for toddlers up to 4 years old, so I might have to get one of the older play kits for my twins. If so, I’ll update this review with my thoughts.
We were also gifted the Block Set which I highly recommend! Cal is obsessed with the “wheels” part of the set. I also love that it’s a fairly “small” and contained set (when compared to other block sets sold by other companies) so it works great for keeping in his room.
Also, I see in Lovevery’s FAQs that if you lose or damage an item from a play kit, you can contact them to purchase a replacement. Knowing this, I’m more willing to purchase some of the older kits for the twins knowing that if we lose or damage one of the pieces, I can simply order a replacement and store the toys until Cal is old enough to play with them.
Wary of purchasing because of the subscription? I was, too, but don’t be worried about it, it’s super easy to cancel.
After Lovevery gifted me the Pioneer Play Kit, I was able to sign into my account to cancel (or pause) my subscription so that I wouldn’t be sent the next box. No hassle cancellation!
Here’s what Lovevery says about canceling on their website:
“Please log into your customer account and click on Manage Subscriptions. You’ll see when your next Play Kit is scheduled to ship and can also cancel your Play Kit subscription. You are able to cancel your subscription and stop shipment up to 3 business days prior to the next shipment date using this functionality. If you cancel an up-front paid subscription, you will be refunded the purchase price of the Play Kits that you have not yet received and will forfeit any prepaid discount.”
Ok, so now to answer the question of if the Lovevery Play Kits are worth it?
Yes, they are “expensive” at $120 per box, but if you break that down monthly, it’s $40 per month. You can also pre-pay for 3 kits and receive a discount of $18 (so this breaks down to $38/month), or pre-pay for 4 kits and receive a discount of $48 (and this breaks down to $36/month).
You can definitely search for similar items on Amazon and put together your own kit, but it’s almost the same amount of money (if you have free shipping through Prime) and most items will be made of plastic.
Lovevery toys are simple but well made and my kids are truly interested in playing with them which cannot be said for some other toys I have purchased over the years. I truly wish I had purchased some of the earlier play kits for either Cal or my twins, but I’m just happy we started when we did and Cal (and the twins) are having a great time playing with them now!
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