Cricket Crate is the newest subscription in the Kiwi Crate family, their first box designed for babies ages 0-2! Currently, you can only buy a "3-Month Newborn Pack" subscription. We're hoping that Kiwi Crate expands this box to the 4 - 36 month age range later this year.
My Subscription Addiction paid for this box. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)
This is Newborn Pack Box #2 (of 3) from the Cricket Crate subscription by Kiwi Crate, $60 for three months.
The Subscription Box: Cricket Crate
The Cost: $20/month (billed upfront as $60 for the 3-month Newborn Pack)
ACTIVE DEAL: 15% off
The Products: Every month, get an age-specific product, a board book, a copy of Wonder Magazine with more information about your child's age and developmental stages, and access to more online resources.
Ships to: Anywhere in the United States and Canada, including Hawaii, Alaska, Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands and APO addresses. Free within the United States, $6.95 to Canada
Keep Track of Your Subscriptions: Add this box to your Wish List or Subscription List!
This is box 2 of 3 in our Newborn Pack subscription. For more info on box #1 and notes on giving this box as a gift, check out our previous review.
Each box comes with a copy of Wonder Magazine, which helps parents with more info about the items included and their baby's current developmental milestones and capabilities, plus more:
This month the focus is on visual milestones.
I personally really enjoyed reading about brain development during my pregnancy, and this booklet has a lot of really interesting information. Did you know that newborns usually have 20/400 vision at birth, and it develops to 20/25 by 6 months?
This month's hero item is a mobile with take-along toys. The magazine is full of ideas about how to encourage your baby to explore their new toys and engage their vision in the early months!
And as baby gets older, they have some additional tips for enjoying books together, developing neck and head control, and more.
Both boxes from Cricket Crate so far have contained books, too, and this month has a nice little feature on high-contrast black and white books! We had this one for my son, and he loved staring at it when he was a newborn.
Like other boxes from Kiwi Crate, there are plenty of resources online too, including printable cards, book picks, and more education for parents.
This month's board book, Where's Cricket? is a cute and very simple hide-and-go-seek book.
As a first-time parent, I wasn't really sure how long peekaboo and hide-and-seek would be entertaining... but my son is 2 and still loves it, he's just changed the way he plays over time.
There's also a little-advanced activity at the end of the book, to go back and find some different animals on the previous pages. This is a nice touch that helps extend this book's usefulness beyond a just the few early months.
The hero item this month is a mobile with removable toys!
These soft fabric toys have an underwater theme. I love that not only are they different shapes and colors, but each toy has a different shape pattern, too! Great for babies to explore as they develop those visual recognition skills 🙂
The toys are all about 5" long and can hang from the mobile, or on a stroller, car seat, or activity gym. We always had a handful of small toys on hand when we'd venture out of the house in those first few months.
These look easily washable too, always important for soft toys!
To construct the mobile, you get a simple wood frame that easily fits together:
Instructions are included for hanging and alternate uses, too.
The finished mobile is cute! I tend to prefer minimal and natural toys, and for me, this fits the bill.
Verdict: Thinking back to when I was on maternity leave, this Cricket Crate would have been a cute surprise to receive in the mail. Books and new small toys were definitely always welcome in our house to help break up the (sometimes) monotonous days. This month, I did really like the mobile - although I feel like these days, most parents would already have a mobile setup in their nursery before baby is born. Thankfully the toys are removable and still useful!
This is a nice continuation from the first box, too. As a gift, I think this would be appealing to many first time parents (and I really love the idea of a gift that helps support their first three months with the resources and more!). $20/month is a reasonable price point for me (even though this 3-month sub is paid upfront), and it's made better with our 40% off your first box coupon.
What do you think of Cricket Crate so far?