Little Starters is a clothing & styling subscription for babies and toddlers, sizes 0-3 months to 4 years. They specialize in simple and fun mix-and-match clothing for boys and girls, and you only pay for what you decide to keep.
This box was sent to us at no cost for review. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes).
The Subscription Box: Little Starters
The Cost: Pay for what you keep; average item price is $12.50
The Products: Mix-and-match clothing for kids ages 0-3 months to 4 years
Ships to: Free shipping (and returns) in the United States, Hong Kong, Singapore, and China.
Good to know: You can sign up for a single box, subscribe monthly (12 boxes a year), or subscribe seasonally (4 boxes a year). You'll get a 20% discount if you keep everything in your box!
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This is our second box from Little Starters. When you first sign up, you'll be guided through a quick quiz to select your sizing and styling preferences for your child: you can read more about the sign-up process in our first review.
This time around, I did need to update the sizes for our Bottoms from size 2T to 3T, and found it was super easy to log in and make an update.
Little Starters includes a note with each order, reminding you that you only pay for what you decide to keep. There are no upfront fees either (other than a $1 pending charge on your card, like other similar kinds of programs). Returns are also free!
There's a little info card included as well (same one we received in the last box). They design new prints every 4 weeks, so if you subscribe monthly you'll always be getting something completely new.
The invoice and returns slip come folded in a nice, easy-to-find envelope. The price to keep each item is clearly listed and the total discount if you decide to keep the whole box.
Cactus Tank in White, Size 3T - Cost to keep: $12.50 ($10 with whole box discount)
I am in love with the cacti/succulent trend over the past few years and thought this shirt was totally adorable. Plus, we don't have any tank tops at the moment and we spend a lot of time outside, so I was happy to have something cute and cool for the summer heat.
Little Slouch Pant in Black, Size 3T - Cost to keep: $12.50 ($10 with whole box discount)
We had a couple of pairs of this slouch pant in different patterns in our last box, too. My two-year-old is really tall, and they tend to fit him more as a crop pant and scrunch up into long shorts, but I like the casual look! Most importantly, they're super lightweight and seem comfortable for my son even on hot days.
My son picked this shirt out of the box immediately ("Cac-us shirt! Cac-us shirt!") and we wore this outfit for a day out at the botanical garden. You can see here how the pants tend to scrunch up at his knees and act more like long shorts. He stayed nice and cool all morning despite it being a hot and humid day!
Sunshine Tee White, Size 3T - Cost to Keep: $12.50 ($10 with whole box discount)
How cute is this shirt? I personally love black and white graphic patterns so this was right up my alley. It's a fun unisex design, too!
Painted Stripe Slouch Short Red, Size 3T - Cost to Keep: $12.50 ($10 with whole box discount)
These shorts are made of the same lightweight material as the Little Starters tees. That does mean you can see the prints on the diapers underneath. That doesn't bother me personally, but I did want to call it out. The plus side is that they are super comfortable and cool in the heat!
I love this graphic pattern and, like our last shipment, I love how all these pieces can work together in a mix-and-match style.
I really love the combination of the graphic tee with the bright red shorts! It just screams "summer!" to me.
Fit wise, the 3T shorts from Little Starters fit him perfectly now, even though in lots of other brands 3T pants are still too big on him. (He can still wear his 2T slouch pants from our May box, but they're pretty snug now). The 3T tees are pretty much perfect too. Using the size chart on the Little Starters site, he's definitely falling in the 3T range for both weight and height, so I'd say their sizing is pretty accurate.
S/S Gold Star Tee White, Size 3T - Cost to Keep: $12.50 ($10 with whole box discount)
We had a similar foil shirt (a lightning bolt) in our last box, and it's been one of our favorites to wear! I love how simple this design is. The gold foil is great quality. The silver foil lightning bolt shirt has put up with a lot of abuse and has definitely been through the washer and dryer a lot in the last few months, and it still looks great.
Painted Stripe Slouch Short Ocean Blue, Size 3T - Cost to Keep: $12.50 ($10 with whole box discount)
This is the same cut, pattern, and fabric as the previous striped pair, and once again, love that these can be paired with so many different things. I did find myself wishing the drawstring was functional (it's decorative) but these are still so cute:
I couldn't resist a little half-tuck on the shirt. My little guy is so stylish right now! Looking at this photo again, I think the 3T tees are going to last us awhile– he still has a good amount of length on them for sure.
Cool Cactus Tee White, Size 3T - Cost to keep: $12.50 ($10 with whole box discount)
Our last item in the box is one more cactus tee! As I said before, I am in full support of this trend and I think this shirt is super cute. It is, however, a little more cartoony than I expected from Little Starters. Our first box had a lot of great minimal designs that I felt were pretty unique, and I feel like this shirt, in particular, is something I could pick up at any kids' clothing store (especially since cacti are so trendy right now).
That said, my son loves his "cac-us" shirts. (I apologize for the indoor Instagram photo - I'd asked my husband to take some photos while they were out at the park earlier in the day but he forgot.) The fit and fabric was the same as the other shirts, a bit loose but overall seems like the right size for us.
We got another laundry bag this month as well!
Verdict: I was happy with our second Little Starters box! As I explained in my first review, I personally try to avoid buying clothes splattered with cartoon characters and focus more on basic colors and patterns, which is definitely a big part of the appeal to me with this box. While the fabrics on these summer items, in particular, are on the thin side, I know the items from our first box that have used this fabric have held up well through washing and drying multiple times.
The cost to keep the entire box after the 20% discount is $70, an average of $10 per item. As I said in my last review, the pricing seems fair to me; it's definitely a little more expensive than buying Cat & Jack basics from Target, but overall in line with specialty brands like Primary.com and cheaper than boutiques like Mini Mioche, both of which have a similar minimal aesthetic when it comes to dressing your kids.
What do you think about Little Starters?