Best Baby Activity Subscription Boxes

Best Baby Activity Subscription Boxes 2019

January 1, 2019

Best Baby Activity Subscription Boxes 2019

We tried them all! Here's a guide to the most fun boxes that'll keep your kids entertained for hours. These make great gifts for birthdays and holidays.Best Baby Activity Subscription Boxes 2019

You know that feeling when someone sends you a gift in the mail? The anticipation. The excitement. The surprise. You get all those feels—and you skip hassling with researching and shopping for the best stuff—when you sign up for a subscription box.

A subscription box is a bunch of well-curated goodies (think: baby gear, books or toys) that arrives once a month or quarter. Most services offer month-to-month plans, but provide discounts when you sign up for six months or a year’s worth of boxes.

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A Little Bit of Everything

In each box, Bluum includes four or more products that get high marks on Amazon and from other Bluum parents. Expect a mix of books, toys, clothing and natural home and body care based on your little one’s age and, sometimes, the season. For example, a spring-themed box contained a wide-brim sun hat, a board book about spring, a frog pull toy and a wooden duck toy. Unlike most subscription services, Bluum gives you a sneak peek at what’s in your box and the option to choose another box, if you like.

Additional Specs
Age Range Pregnancy to preschool

Something to Do Together

It’s not too early to teach your tyke about art and science when it’s done through play. With Cricket Crate, you and your toddler get a monthly project—designed in collaboration with child development and behavior experts at Seattle Children’s Hospital—to work on together. Each box has a theme like neighborhoods or measurements that help your mini-me learn more about the world and strengthen emerging skills (like: fine motor skills and counting).

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Age Range 2 to 3 years old

Build a Book Collection

It wouldn’t hurt to have a Pulitzer Prize winner in the family, right? Encourage a love of literature with a Lillypost subscription. Every box contains three or four board or picture books individually wrapped and suited for your child’s age. You’ll get new books and old favorites at up to 50 percent off retail prices. And, while you’re developing a strong reader, you’re also giving back: Lillypost donates a book to a child in need for every box ordered.

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Age Range Newborn to 7 years

Montessori at Home

The Montessori teaching philosophy stresses learning through discovery and through hands-on tinkering—two things toddlers love to do. Simple wooden toys without lights or sounds are meant to maximize imaginative play and problem solving. Two-minute videos explain how to introduce each toy to your child before giving your little one space to figure things out on their own.

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Age Range Newborn to 3 years

For the Diverse Bookshelf

The Little Feminist box is designed to help build empathy in children of all genders. What you get: 1-2 books-of-the-month featuring strong female characters and/or people of color, selected by a team of teachers, librarians and parents. The box also includes hands-on science and art activities that focus on feminism and social justice, as well as discussion questions for the whole family. Customize your box for age appropriateness—there are versions for 0-3 year olds, 3-7 years olds and 7-9 year olds.

Additional Specs
Age Range 0-9 years

Stock the Playroom

Milestones’ quarterly collection of toys and books (and occasionally apparel) helps children practice the skills they need to master at various developmental stages—from being able to do the pincer grasp to sorting by color and shape. Kids receive four to seven items in each box, based on age and gender. You can also buy one-time gift boxes or subscribe for the siblings box if you have more than one kiddo.

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Age Range Newborn to 4 years

For the First Year

First-time moms: this box is filled with at least five products that help you tackle things like bathing your baby, introducing solids and soothing your little one to sleep. Each quarterly box has a theme, and you can choose to subscribe to receive all four of them or just buy an individual box.

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Age Range Pregnancy to 1 year

Stage-Based Play

Lovevery is known for a thoughtfully designed Play Gym that grows with baby through the stages of first-year development. Now they have boxes that continue that idea. The Lovevery Play Kits break baby’s development down into 2-month chunks—because each stage is so different—and customizes each box with toys and play ideas for that stage. For example, the Looker Play Kit, for ages 0-8 weeks, is geared toward sight development. Each kit comes with a play guide that gives parents ideas on how to play and engage with baby during each developmental period, and all the items are 100-percent baby safe, with sustainably sourced wood and organic cotton fabrics. Subscribe to the whole series and save 10 percent.

Additional Specs
Age Range Newborn to 1 year

For Eco-Friendly Families

If your family is focused on using organic and environmentally friendly products, this box is for you. You’ll get four to five items—from bath and beauty products to pregnancy and baby gear and even snacks—for mom and baby based on your due date or your child’s birth date. Love one of the items? You can purchase the products individually from Ecocentric Mom’s online shop. And if you’re not ready to commit to a subscription, they also have one-off, limited-edition boxes.

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Age Range Pregnancy to preschool

Heirloom-Quality Toys

The Hoppi Box delivers three to five high-quality toys that help your little one work on developmental milestones like hand-eye coordination and matching and sorting. You’ll get mostly wooden toys, blocks and some art supplies. Even better? Many of the toys are attractive enough that you won’t mind leaving them out when company comes over.

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Age Range Newborn to 3 years
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