BabyBin Subscription Box Review – April 2017
BabyBin has just started a monthly subscription box that brings you age and gender appropriate products for you and your baby to keep! They previously had a subscription model that felt like a “Stitch Fix of baby boxes,” where they sent you a “styled/curated” box filled with items and you would pay only for what you keep. I really like their new model better. I’d much rather pay a flat rate for a subscription that will bring me a good value in surprise baby products because I can go to the store and touch, feel, and buy toys and clothes and gear at full-price myself at any time on my own. I’m really glad they changed their model because I always loved the products they sent.
FYI – BabyBin announced, after this box had shipped, that this was their last shipment for their subscription and they are closing their doors. From BabyBin:
Your final BabyBin shipment has been shipped and you should receive it by the end of the week. We filled your BabyBin with the products necessary to fulfill the remainder of your subscription (i.e. if you had three months remaining on your subscription, you will receive three months worth of products in this shipment). For those of you on month-to-month memberships, please consider this your last BabyBin shipment.
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This review is of the 19-month-old Boy, $33 a month, box.
The Subscription Box: BabyBin
The Cost: $33/month with free shipping, with discounts available for longer-term commitments
The Products: Age-appropriate baby items including clothing, essentials, toys, gear, and must-haves.
Ships to: U.S.
SkyBaby Plush Owl – Value $6.99?
This owl is super cute and my son started hooting and reaching for it as soon as I pulled it out of the box. It has a bell inside so it jingles. It’s a little young for my 19-month old, but it’ll be a nice soft toy for my next baby (coming October 2017!) to bat around when he gets to that point.
Munchkin White Hot Safety Spoons, 4 pack – Value $5.99
These BPA-free spoons change colors, turning to white if the food is too hot for your baby to eat. I’m not really seeing anywhere what temperature they deem “too hot,” but nevertheless this seems handy. Saves me some trouble!
Munchkin Traveling Flash Cards – Retail Value $7.49 (found on Amazon for $4.99 as an add-on item)
So, I got this book from BabyBin in January. I’m bummed to get a duplicate of this, but I plan to gift it so it will still be useful to someone.
This is a little traveling set of flash cards that has 40 pages of shapes, colors, and animals. There’s a mirror on the front cover, too, that my son loves.
All 80 images are bilingual, and I love that the animal images are real photos and not just drawings. This says ages 3+ but honestly, my one-year-old is loving flipping through it and naming or imitating all the animals. I like that all the photos are of real animals, too.
Sassy Critter Links – Value $8.99
This is another duplicate item for me – I received these in my March box. It seems like since this was their last box, they may have tossed whatever things they had left into subscribers’ boxes. However, unlike the flash cards, this is an item I don’t mind having a double of because a set of links can always be added to and become a bigger set of links.
Sassy is another brand I really love! In fact, I had a different set of Sassy links with my son and they were one of his favorite things for a long time.
These are a great toy for new babies and they’re handy, too, because you can use them to link together and hang toys from the car headrest or car seat handle or play mats, etc., for them to play with.
These links are a bunch of different colors and several have little critter designs and then the other colors have different textures, too.
Verdict: I’m sad to see this subscription end because they have consistently delivered a great value of top brands and products. Unfortunately, they seem to have sort of thrown their last remaining products into boxes and not expended much effort on curation or preventing duplicates since this was their last delivery. Which, I mean, is really just what any subscription does when they’re sending out their last box (it’d be refreshing to see something go out with a stellar goodbye box, but obviously there’s no sense or incentive or probably even capital/manpower for a closing box to do so…). That being said, I am having another baby in the fall so the couple products that are young for my toddler will get used, I can gift the flash cards book, and the duplicate link set can just easily be combined with the other link set I got last month. So, it’s not a total wash for me.
The value adds up to $29.46 which might be the lowest value I’ve received from them (I usually received $50+), which, again, isn’t surprising for their last box. I’ll miss this sub for sure! They always supplied both fun and practical products that have been some of our most used toys/items.
What do you think about BabyBin? What are your favorite boxes for babies?