Lovevery Playkit Subscription Review: Worth It?

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You may be deep in research learning all about montessori toys and the best toys to buy for your baby or toddler's brain and physical development when stumbling upon Lovevery. Now you're wondering if the montessori based toy subscription service, Lovevery, is worth it? They seemed too good to be true, but I'm happy to report after having all their play kits since 2018, they are 100% worth it!

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We've had the Lovevery Play Kits and Play Gym since the day we brought our daughter home and absolutely love them.

Everything is really aesthetically pleasing, easy to clean and organize, and engaging for our daughter.

Plus, as a new parent, having the toy subscription delivered right to our door saved us time and cut down on researching/decision fatigue that so many new moms face!

Even better, they keep clutter to a minimum (we tell people, not to get us toys, just their favorite children's books), and ultimately saved us money compared to buying the montessori toys separately.

If you've been on the fence and keep wondering if Lovevery Play Kits are worth it, I'm happy to say they are! I'll share more about why in this post and answer the most FAQ's I've gotten over the last year and a half about Lovevery!

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What are the Lovevery Play Kits?

Lovevery Play Kits are a montessori based toy subscription service that is delivered right to your door! It keeps things easy for parents, as all the toys are already selected for you and are backed by research to support your child at each stage of their development.

They have different tiers based on age to meet your baby or toddlers developmental needs. For baby's from 0-12 months the montessori based toy subscription arrives every other month. For toddlers from 12-36 months Lovevery is delivered every 3 months.

They are expertly designed to meet your child at each stage of development.

Seriously, they work with academics, researchers on baby brain development, psychologists, montessori experts, and occupational therapists in designing their products! You can see who they work with and their credentials here.

The materials are so high quality too! They sustainably source the wood, the cotton is organic, the ink is soy based, and they use baby safe plastic!

Toddler Play Kits by Lovevery

Inside of each play kit, is a little explainer book that talks about why they included the toy, suggestions for different ways to (re)imagine playing with it, and insights about the skill your baby or toddler is developing at that stage.

Is Lovevery montessori?

Yes, Lovevery is one of the only montessori based toy subscriptions for babies and toddlers.

Can you buy Lovevery toys separately?

Yes, you can buy a couple of handfuls of toys from Lovevery separately here.

But the toys in the play kits can only be accessed through a play kit subscription here. When you subscribe to the play kits you can get access to a “shop” page where you can buy individual items from past and current play kits at 40% off (all the details on that here).

We have their block set, an item that you can purchase separately, and LOVE it. I saw on Jessica's IG that they are thinking about doing a “add on” pack for it even, which I'm excited about!

lovevery block set

IMO, this is the best block set out there. You can re-imagine it into 20 different ways of playing. The box it comes in can transform into a pull car. It has tiny people, toggle strings, a shape sorter, and so much more.

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We also have their play gym which we adore. You can start the play gym literally from the day you bring baby home! We used it a ton during the first year and now that my daughter's a toddler, I'll take it out every few months and R still goes wild for it.

Are the Lovevery Play Kits worth it?

In my opinion, YES!

I know I felt a little sticker shock when I saw the play kit subscription boxes ranging from $72-120 a box; but when you do the math, it comes out to about $8-10 a toy (depending on the kit and whether or not use take advantage of the 10% discount they offer!)

I tried to find some of the toys like this montessori drop box on Amazon, and it was about $30! In the Lovevery Play Kit, it comes out to about $8!

BONUS: Since they are a done for your toy subscription service, you'll save a ton of time researching toys and debating over the best ones to buy your baby or toddler!

Seriously if you're anything like me you know this is invaluable! Say goodbye to decision fatigue and wasted timed! And hello to actually getting a moment to relax when the baby goes down for a nap!

But will my baby or toddler actually enjoy the Lovevery play kits?

YES! Again, they are designed by child development experts and kid tested.

Jessica Rolph is the CEO and co-founder, she has 3 littles one. Seriously, follow her on IG she gives tons of awesome parenting and play tips!

Anyway I digress… when I was pregnant, I had big dreams like many first time moms: all wooden, montessori based toys to help my child develop.

And I got SO many eye rolls from parents. They would tell me things like:

“Just you wait until baby arrives, you'll see they only want to play with the things that light up and make noise! Your kid will have no interest in wooden toys!”


And Lovevery's play kits proved that. On average, my daughter plays for 30 minute stretches on her own with her toys from these play kits. Sometimes more, sometimes less. And for reference she's about a year and a half.

Part of that is the toys, part of that is because we took the time to model playing with them for her, and part of that is utilize toy rotation <– parenting hack you need in your life!!

But the bottom line is, yes, our daughter loves them and prefers them over the 2 light up/noise making toys she has.

The Play Kits by Lovevery

What if I'm choosing between the Lovevery Play Gym and Play Kits?

I'd recommend the play kits over the play gym if you have to choose.

We love our play gym and still play with it all of the time thanks to the “tent” feature, but it ended up being a bit shorter lived for us since we ended up getting this amazing Pikler Triangle for R's first birthday and put a blanket over that to create a tent.

With that said, if you are having your first baby and can get both, then 100% get both!

The play gym is amazing for tummy time, hanging out, and development and toddlers LOVE the tent feature.

I have a newborn, when should I start my Lovevery subscription?

If you financially can, I'd start with the Looker Play Kit! It's the 0-12 week playkit and some of the items in it, like the wooden book, travel card holder and standing card holder we still use to this day at a year and a half old!

Now if you are like, “Eh newborns don't really need toys, when should I buy if I'm a frugal mama taking a truly minimalist approach and holding off on buying toys for my baby for as long as possible?”

Then I'd say start with the Inspector Play Kit for months 7-8.

The toys in the Inspector Play Kit are, IMO, the turning point from newborn to play fiend. Maybe it's because my daughter started crawling at 6 months? Maybe it's just where kids are at in their development?

Regardless, the toys in that play kit are items she continues to play with well past the first year, with no signs of slowing down.

Detailed review for each Lovevery Play Kit:

The Looker Play Kit for weeks 0-8

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

The Babbler Play Kit for months 13, 14, 15

The Pioneer Play Kit for months 16, 17, 18

The Realist Play Kit for months 19, 20, 21

The Companion Play Kit for months 22, 23, 24

The Helper Play Kit for months 25, 26, 27 (coming soon, stay tuned!)

The Enthusiast Play Kit for months 28, 29, 30 (coming soon, stay tuned!)

The Investigator Play Kit for months 31, 32, 33 (coming soon, stay tuned!)

The Free Spirit Play Kit for months 34, 35, 36 (coming soon, stay tuned!)

How do you clean your Lovevery toys?

Honestly cleaning the toys from the play kits is really SO easy!

Since they are all well made, you can either toss them in the wash (I always wash things on cold, and tumble dry on low heat).

Or just use a little soap and water on a soft cloth to wipe them down.

Since the toys generally have clean lines and not a ton of parts, they are easy to wipe down.

The hardest one (which wasn't really hard) to clean was the “slide and sleek ball run” from The Babbler Play Kit. My daughter decided to put her muffin down the slide to see if it'd work… only crumbs got in where the plastic opening screws into the wooden staff. I just got in there with a q-tip and it came out really easy. It's like they made it a wide opening because they knew parents would need to clean it haha!

Do you have a Lovevery Discount code?

Lovevery offers 10% off on your play kits when you click here!

It's on step 2 at the checkout process!

How do I cancel my Lovevery subscription?

Lovevery makes everything SO simple. If you ever have questions, all the information you need can be found here or in the footer of their website.

To cancel your Lovevery play kit subscriptions you simply login to your account and navigate to Manage Subscriptions.

Things to know: You can stop the shipment of your next Play Kit up to 3 days before the ship date. If utilized the “pay up front” option when subscribing to receive a discount on Lovevery Play Kits, you will be refunded the purchase price of the Play Kits that you haven't received yet, but you will lose out on the discounted price.

You can also contact: [email protected] if you have any issues!

Updates to Lovevery “toddler” 1 year old play kits: September 2020:

So at the end of September 2020, Lovevery updated their toddler “1 year old” play kits (13-24 months).

This change caught a lot of my readers (and myself) by surprise. They essentially cut the amount of toys received in those play kits in half. Bringing the average cost per toy from $7-9 to $15-20.

As far as the changes they've made to the playkits, it's honestly disappointing, but I'm also not surprised. The former versions of those play kits were a STEAL. I mean comparable toys on Amazon often times cost at least 50% more and were worse quality than what you got in the Lovevery play kits.

With this change, they also opened up a “shop” where you can buy discontinued and current play kit items for 40% off if you’re a subscriber (all the details here.

Here are my updated thoughts as of Oct 2020:

The Babbler Play Kit for months 13, 14, 15 is still 100% worth it IMO. The items in it will REALLY last and are some of my favorites. At 20 months my daughter is now able to take the bottom off the “coin box” and I think would LOVE the changeable tops…

I would 100% SKIP The Pioneer Play Kit for months 16, 17, 18. I don’t think it’s worth $120 AT ALL and am really disappointed in this change.

The Realist Play Kit for months 19, 20, 21 – I’m on the fence about BUT thing it’s still worthwhile after looking at some comparable items on amazon (e.g. the lockbox similar on amazon was $60, the “felt critter pockets” was $30). My daughter has a 3d geo puzzle and LOVES it and I know she would LOVE the little number/counter push box. So I think this is still overall good – the reason I’m on the fence is I think the cup is stupid and the “checkup book” is my LEAST favorite of all the books we’ve ever gotten from them.

The Companion: I’m on the fence with this and leaning towards SKIP. The items are great and definitely get a ton of use in our house, but a lot of the items you can find comparable on Amazon for $15 (so about $5 less than the kit). The amazon ones are much uglier though so if you love aesthetics keep that in mind.

Personally: I’d “subscribe” at the Babbler, get the link for their new “shop” (they send it via email a few days after you get the box), order all the items you want at a discount, then cancel before the next charge.

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Final thoughts on Lovevery's Play Kits and toys

We've had the Lovevery Play Kits and Play Gym since the day we brought our daughter home and absolutely love them.

Everything is really aesthetically pleasing, easy to clean and organize, and engaging for our daughter.

We also loved the face they save us time on researching/finding toys for her, keep clutter to a minimum (we tell people, not to get us toys, just their favorite children's books), and ultimately save money compared to buying the montessori toys separately.

If you've been on the fence and keep wondering if Lovevery Play Kits are worth it, I'm happy to say they are! AND they just keep getting better!

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