Bumby Box is a monthly eco-friendly toy and book subscription service for infants, toddlers and preschoolers that tailors their deliveries to each child’s interests and developmental needs! When you sign up, they send you an email asking you what your child’s favorite activities are. They also ask whether your child is approaching any significant milestones, such as potty training, moving into a new house or becoming a brother or sister. Based on your answers, they curate a box especially for your child.
What’s amazing to me is that even after this initial correspondence, they continue to stay in touch. They ask whether or not you were happy with the previous box and what new interests your child has developed so that they can “adjust the items (they) send to keep up with each child’s pace.” “It helps (Bumby Box) know when to send something a bit more challenging for (the child) to try.” The folks behind this box care a lot, try really hard and are extremely successful as a result!
Each box contains approximately 3-4 eco-friendly toys and books. Included toys are always free of pthalates, PVC, BPA and other harmful plastics. Paints and inks are either water or soy-based. While all included manufacturers support their own communities, treat their workers well and provide them with fair wages, Bumby Box strives to do the same as well: it donates toys to nonprofits that help families and children in times of crisis. This is a box to feel great about! Bumby Box promises that the total value of the box will always exceed the amount paid for the box.
Each box of toys and books arrives well-packaged along with a letter that includes information and ideas to help encourage playtime with your child.
This month’s shipment included two books, a submarine, a bathtub toy set, bathtub crayons and an ocean themed puzzle.
The included letter lists the contents of the box along with ideas to help foster play with your child. This month, the folks behind Bumby Box offered lots of helpful suggestions about water play, bubbles and how to make garden soup! I love how their suggestions always tie in with the theme of the box, in this case, water!
“Beach Baby” by Kate Merritt ($3.93) is produced from a soft nontoxic paper-like substance that is indestructible and can even be put in the dishwasher! Cool! I wish I had known about these when my son was little (he loved eating books)!
Part of the same series, “Baby Night-Night” by Kate Merritt ($4.08) is also indestructible.
I was very excited to receive these Sea Life Buddy Blocks from Begin Again ($9.99)! We received the woodland friends edition in June’s Bluum Box, and we quickly combined them for my daughter’s stacking pleasure.
Eager to play with them too, once my daughter was finished stacking them, my son sorted them out and tried his hand at the six puzzles.
He enjoyed playing with these very much!
Once he was done, he returned the puzzle to the tray, sting ray side up.
These Endangered Species Bath Crayons ($6.45) have a soap base, so they’re perfect for use in the bathtub or shower.
This Bathtub Ball by Begin Again ($15.99) contains a rubber octopus, shark and diver. My daughter was so excited to play with this! Taking pictures of the content of the box was difficult because she could not wait to play with the octopus!
Green Toys’ Submarine ($14.93) was also a huge hit! My daughter calls it a boat and carries it around wherever she goes. She loves spinning the propeller and carrying it by its handle. When I open up the top, she enjoys putting her hand inside.
It amazes me that even without me saying anything, every time I open Bumby Box, my daughter magically shows up demanding to play with the contents immediately.
After trying unsuccessfully to redirect her for ten minutes as she continued to play with the bath ball and octopus (which were still contained in the original packaging!), she finally moved around the table to my great relief. This was short-lived, however, as less than two seconds later, she stopped and started playing with the submarine. If it’s a sign of a great box that kids gravitate toward it and demand to play with its contents immediately, then Bumby Box is the best out there.
This is the third month in a row that Bumby Box has delivered a fabulous assortment of books and toys to my home! Frankly, I cannot imagine a better curated toy and book box! And with a value that exceeds the cost of the box, I thought this was a great deal. My daughter and I cannot wait to receive next month’s shipment!
The Description: BUMBY BOX is a monthly and quarterly subscription service delivering a box full of fantastic activities and toys designed to stimulate your child’s mind. The contents of each BUMBY BOX are carefully curated by our experts to be developmentally appropriate for your child.
The Price: $49.95 per month