Lovevery “The Looker” Play Kit Review – November 2019
Lovevery is a subscription box created by child development experts to deliver age-appropriate play products to stimulate your child‘s growing mind. Each stage of development requires a different approach to play to best suit your baby and his/her expanding mind, and Lovevery is here to provide the tools, taking the guesswork out of how to play and interact with your baby to give them what they need for each crucial stage.
There are six $80 boxes available for purchase starting at age 0 to 12 months. These boxes ship every 2 months:
- The Looker Play Kit for weeks 0-12,
- The Charmer Play Kit for months 3-4,
- The Senser Play Kit for months 5-6,
- The Inspector Play Kit for months 7-8,
- The Explorer Play Kit for months 9-10,
- The Thinker Play Kit for months 11-12
There are four $120 boxes available for purchase for ages 13-24 months. These boxes ship every 3 months:
- The Babbler Play Kit for months 13, 14, 15,
- The Pioneer Play Kit for months 16, 17, 18, T
- he Realist Play Kit for months 19, 20, 21,
- The Companion Play Kit for months 22, 23, 24
This is a review of The Looker Box, suitable for 0-12 weeks of age.
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: Lovevery
The Cost: Play Kits are priced at $40 per month. Kits for babies arrive every 2 months for $80; kits for toddlers arrive every 3 months for $120. Save 10% when you pay upfront for all boxes.
The Products: Stimulating play products for each developmental stage of your child.
Ships to: The US and Canada for free
Lovevery “The Looker” Play Kit Review
Each box comes with a thick stack of colorful info cards called The Play Guide. The amount of information provided in this box is staggering! I was shocked and overall very impressed by how thoroughly they covered each detail, leaving no questions on how to use each item and why it was chosen for this specific box and age. They also included one- and two-month stickers for the ‘gram!
The box also came with another info booklet including care instructions and safety warnings for each item.
This simple and unique mobile caught the eye of my infant immediately. He is two weeks old, and he is not very fond of getting his diaper changed. The info card suggests hanging this mobile above his changing area, and it actually has distracted him quite a few times, making diapering a much easier task. Its diameter measures a little over 10 inches, and it is pretty cool that they thought to paint each side. The black and white side has the contrast in colors that mesmerizes and intrigues infants, while the colorful side is more suitable for a 5-month-old.
Simple & Complex Black and White Card Set
Along the same lines as the mobile, these black and white cards are very eye-catching for the first 2 months of life. The patterns range from simple to complex, and the data cards suggest to start with a simple pattern, then when your baby loses interest, flip to a more complex pattern. They also suggest moving these horizontally so baby can practice following an object with their eyes. There are 8 cards total with 16 different patterns printed on shiny paper; the cards aren’t quite as thick as I’d like them to be, but since they will be tucked into a protective holder (see items below), it isn’t a deal-breaker.
Travel Card Holder
I can’t help but love the idea of this item. Insert black and white cards above into the slots, and your babe will be drawn to the contrasting designs. This straps right on to the headrest of your car to provide something stimulating for your baby to look at while on the go.
Standing Card Holder
The makers of this box put a lot of time and effort into making each item very stylish and unique; these are not your typical in-store finds. This little cardholder should be used during tummy time to encourage your babe to lift their head and focus on the images. The design on the outside is fun and colorful, and the velcroed card storage pouch on the outside is a thoughtful touch.
This handy standing cardholder is also a great distraction for when it comes time for diaper or clothing changes! I’d like to introduce you all to my son, Ronan Michael; he was born on October 29th, and he’s been a real sport, trying out all of these new finds from Lovevery this month.
The quality of this little picture book is outstanding. This book shares the same concept of the black and white contrast cards, and it is a quality find. I enjoy these images more than the random patterns and shapes on the cards, and I love how durable this book is. The info card talks about how important reading time is for your baby, and how strongly a human voice can affect your baby’s developing senses. Even though this book does not have a story, the cards recommend reading a book or magazine of yours to your babe; the sound of your voice is the most interesting sound to him/her according to Lovevery.
Silicone Rattle with Removable Ball
This is one item that Ronan will not be interested in playing with for a while; however, the point of including this item at this time is really for a parent to help coordinate the baby’s sense of watching and hearing a moving item. It is funny to observe a baby’s reactions to different sounds, and this rattle really didn’t phase my babe. He listens to my barking dog all day, so it is hard to find a dull moment to utilize something like this, but the limited time we had to work on it, it was amusing to watch his little eyes try to focus and follow the sounds. It is a work in progress but definitely something I’d like to practice more with him.
This little booklet would come in handy for anyone who likes to sing traditional lullabies and may not know the lyrics, but I pride myself on making up my own little songs and rhythms to sing to my baby. And he seems to really like them, for now!
Black and White Mittens
These multipurpose mittens can be used practically to keep your baby from scratching his face, but the high contrast pattern on them is also meant to stimulate their weak sense of sight and help to discover their hands a little earlier than usual. My baby was born with really long fingers, so it was a little difficult to put these on him, but after they were on, the velcro held them on quite well. His nails are growing rapidly, so I was thankful to see this secure-fitting pair in this box.
Bonus: Days and Years Mug
“The days are long; the years are short,” – what an excellent reminder to enjoy the day to day stuff but also to make time for myself to drink up on that coffee and tea that I missed dearly while I was pregnant. On a serious note, I feel like these long days are running together since Ronan came along, but I wouldn’t trade them for anything because I know in a few years I will feel as if someone somehow hit fast-forward on my time with him at this age. This cafe-style mug holds 8 oz of liquid comfortably (10 oz max), and it is a high quality, heavy cup. It is awesome that Lovevery included such a nice freebie for mom and dad in this box.
Verdict: I was wowed by all of the research and thought put into The Looker Play Kit. I graduated with a degree in Human Development and Family Studies, so this box intrigued me from the get-go. My final thoughts on the curation? I think this kit is worth every penny! I enjoyed utilizing each item with my son, especially considering how stylized and high quality each item is, and this box is also very informative on how and why it is important to engage with your infant while also supporting their growing minds and senses.
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? Yes! Before checking out, you’ll input your due date or child’s birthday, and if it fits within the 0-12 weeks age range, then The Looker Play Kit will be your first box.
Value Breakdown: This box costs $80 with free shipping, which means that each of the 7 items in the box has an average cost of $11.43.
For more great options for little ones, check out our list of the 10 best baby subscription boxes for 2019!
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