Moms + Babes Box offers a quarterly subscription that curates high-quality, premium products for moms and kiddos. Created by friends Jana Kramer (One Tree Hill fan here!) and Sarah Boyd, these fellow mamas noticed a void in the marketplace for high-quality products for families and sought to fill it.
The Cost: $59 per quarter and includes at least six full-sized premium products (totaling $150+ in retail value).
Coupon: Use code MSA50 for 50% off your first box!
Ships to: The U.S. (free shipping) & international (for a $20 flat rate)
When my Moms + Babes Box arrived, I'd enjoyed an instant serotonin rush. It's weighty (easy to carry, but these goodies have some heft). I noticed its packaging colors resemble Pantone's 2021 colors; Ultimate Gray & Illuminating (a vibrant yellow). I'm a bit of a nerd when it comes to details like this.
As I opened the box and began sifting through the crinkle confetti (my pup Wyatt helped), I pulled out one full-size product after another. It reminded me of Mary Poppin's endless carpet bag of surprises; just when I thought I'd collected all the goodies, there was more left to discover!
In the interest of full disclosure, I do not have a human babe of my own (I mean, Wyatt comes pretty close), but as a former teacher and the go-to cool aunt, the Moms + Babes Box feels inclusive to individuals and families outside the trademark name.
What's Inside the Box
Since the Moms + Babes Box for fall 2021 abounds with practical treasures, I decided to detail how I incorporated these products over the course of a day (with some expert insights from the families in my neighborhood).
First, here's a quick breakdown of everything inside the Fall 2021 box:
- KAL Organic Kids MultiSaurus Gummies (Retail: $24.99 for 60 count)
- Wild & Pure Dry Wipes + Bag Roll Set (Retail: $12)
- Little Spoon Immunity Defender Sniffle Shield (Retail: $5.99/5-pack)
- Mad Lab Glow Foam Putty (Retail: $7.29)
- Little Bellies Organic Animal Crackers (Retail: $14.88 for 4.58 oz, pack of 5)
- Dr. Zenovia's 5% Benzoyl Peroxide Acne Spot Treatment (Retail: $25 for .5 fl oz)
- EUKA Wellness Antiseptic Spray (Retail: $1o for a 2-pack of 2 oz sprays)
- Habit Morning and Night Toothpaste (Retail: $22 )
- BioDerma Sensibio H2O Micellar Water (Retail: $14.99 for 16.7 oz)
- Don Fransisco's Dark Roast Bag Coffee (Retail: $10.99 for 10 oz bag)
- Lanolips The Original 101 Ointment (Retail: $16.99 for .52 oz tube)
- The Shower Cat (Retail: $12.95)
I'm always open to incorporating a new morning routine, whether wellness hacks or new products; I think every individual and family is looking for ways to maximize their day.
When I'd incorporated several of these products for my morning routine, I noted how each of these items could also streamline a family's morning simply with enhanced ingredients in common products.
Habit Toothpaste: This innovative brand has formulated toothpaste to help you wake up and wind down at night. It's funny; I never thought about how ingredients in toothpaste could help influence this. The morning toothpaste Activate: Wake Easy combines caffeine, vitamin B12, and vitamin D (two vitamins that 92% of American's including myself, have deficiencies in). The toothpaste texture is thinner than most I've used, but it has a light spearmint flavor, reminiscent of double mint gum. Though I didn't notice an immediate burst in energy, I'll monitor how my mornings go over time.
Don Francisco's Coffee French Roast: I love strong coffee and darker roasts. This particular coffee offers both of these without a bitter aftertaste. I recommend preparing this blend with a French press. It'll bring out hints of dark chocolate, which is perfect if you are trying to resist that morning donut (my eternal struggle).
KAL MultiSaurus Gummies: Multivitamins have come a long way since the Flintsone gummies of my youth. Although these are specially formulated for kiddos, they include vitamin C and zinc, which adults (like me) can benefit from as temperatures start to drop. I wanted an honest assessment from my neighbor's kids (Sam, 8, and Liza, 5), and I was told they were "the right amount of chewy and yummy."
I'm fortunate to live on an island dotted with several trails. This afternoon, Wyatt and I decided to invite Sam and Liza along for a mini-adventure. Here is what we decided to bring along:
Little Spoon Immunity defender Sniffle Shield: We loaded up our water bottles with these berry-flavored vitamin packets. I often use electrolyte packets to enhance my water. Still, these included all-natural immunity defenders with zinc, prebiotic, and vitamin C & E. It tends to get a little clumpy within the water (the most common paring seems to be sprinkled directly onto food.) Still, the kids were unfazed and said it reminded them of a grape popsicle.
EUKA Wellness Antiseptic Spray: I had been reading about this spray for a while when I was on the hunt for an antibacterial soap that wouldn't aggravate my eczema. EUKA is 62% plant-based ethyl alcohol, which effectively kills germs but feels gentle and moisturizing because of the natural essential oils and glycerine. It smells super fresh, and I didn't have to follow up with lotion like I usually do after our time on the trail. Also, it's non-toxic for kiddos which is good because often there was not much of a pause between spraying Sam and Liza's hands and enjoying our Little Bellies Organic Animal Crackers (these are organic and use minimal sugar and ingredients). Sam was not as much a fan as Liza but still finished all of his. Liza said she liked that they tasted like bananas (I couldn't really detect it), but they are definitely softer and more shortbread-like. Wyatt was upset we did not share.
Wild & Pure Dry Wipes + Bag Roll Set: This proved valuable for wiping off our sandy feet (and paws) after wading by the shore. I liked how sturdy these were, thicker than a paper towel (100% cotton) super-absorbent, are even washable and compostable. This is the kind of item you can always find a use for. I packed this for an upcoming road trip for Wyatt and me.
Lanopolis The Original 101 Ointment: This multi-award-winning (Nominated for Vogue Beauty Award and Refinery 29 Editors Pick) hydrating balm has been a cult classic and on my list to try. It proved soothing for bug bites on me, the kiddos, and Wyatt. I also started using it recently on my cuticles and as an eyebrow tamer. Anything that's multi-purpose like this and is non-toxic, dermatology tested, and effective yet gentle is a 10/10 in my book.
Mad Lab Glow Foam Putty: Liza was a BIG fan of this on our trail walk when Sam and Wyatt were annoying her. I also found the almost entrancing texture of this putty, a great stress relief, and stress relief the following day while stuck in traffic.
The Shower Cat: Now, this was one product I was a bit perplexed with. I knew it belonged in the shower but was still a bit clueless. Then after visiting their website, I was enlightened. All those stray hairs that come off when showering can be placed within this cute receptacle to dispose of later (to avoid messy shower walls and potential clogging of the shower drain.
BioDerma Sensibio H2O Micellar: I was skeptical if this would effectively remove my sunscreen and my long-wear makeup, but it did the job. I had to go over a second time to remove my remaining mascara, but it was waterproof, and I tend to be a bit heavy-handed.
Dr. Zenovia's 5% Benzoyl Peroxide Acne Spot Treatment: I was excited this was included since I am one of those lucky 30-somethings that still experience breakouts. So fun. My skin is on the sensitive side, so this tingled when I put it on but subsided within a few seconds.
Habit Toothpaste Unwind-Sleep Easy: This evening toothpaste incorporates melatonin, chamomile, and lavender. Though I love lavender, I was worried about what that might taste like, but it had a similar light mint taste to the morning activate. I definitely felt more relaxed after brushing with this and fell asleep while reading-which is rare for me.
Value - Was This Box Worth It?
The Cost: $59 per quarterly box
I've got to say that this box is most definitely worth it. The value breakdown at the beginning of the article shows its value as being 3x the subscription cost (est. $177.00)
Coupon: Use code MSA50 for 50% off your first box!
I was impressed with the assortment of full-size products and the fact that each product was well-researched and really aligned with the Moms + Babes Box mission of delivering premium quality products to families.
I found every item in this box helpful, useful, and practical! There wasn't one product I would consider a throwaway or that I would just give away (unless, of course, Sam or Liza asked). I love and appreciate the niche marketing of this subscription to Moms + Babes Box, but don't let that deter you from treating yourself to it! The holiday season will be here before we know it, and this is a great subscription for new parents. I'm thinking of using it as a great way to include unique stocking stuffers for friends and kids that seem to have everything.
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