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A little something that gives a big smile
Subscription boxes for toddlers is a great way to give them something to look forward to at home while you struggle to manage their expectations yet breastfeed a new born baby. (Or any other reason that leaves you stretched thin between a toddler and newborn.)
A new baby has entered your household and everyone couldn’t be more happy. Your toddler has been talking about their little sibling’s arrival for the past 9 months but now that it’s real, it’s evident that it will be a huge adjustment for everyone. Your toddler is jealous and you are feeling guilty over how many times the words “no”, “stop”, “don’t do that” is coming out of your mouth.
You love them to the depth of your soul but parenting multiple children is hard and there just is no perfect way to make everyone happy all the time.
But you can do something little for your toddler to get them to feel special. Have your kiddo pick out a subscription box from CrateJoy with you and enjoy a monthly delivery of items special for them. By no means should you ‘buy’ their love, however that huge smile on their face will be priceless. Also, when that package arrives it will give you a break between that dreaded sibling rivalry.
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Subscription Boxes for Toddlers from CrateJoy
CrateJoy is a platform for other companies to showcase and sell their subscription boxes. Most boxes are small businesses that put their heart and soul into catering a beautiful and meaningful experiences for their clients. It is similar to Etsy, in that you find uniquely themed products for everyone in your life.
CrateJoy has innumerable subscription boxes for toddlers. This list really only scratches the surface, however I picked the subscription boxes that appeared most reputable and that have a good amount of reviews.
The nice thing about a subscription box rather than purchasing objects singularly is the element of surprise. You never know exactly what will be in each box which makes opening it exciting.
You can purchase boxes as a one time order or continue monthly. No need to sign a contract and you can cancel anytime.
1. Toy Box Monthly subscription box
Perfect for the toddler who enjoys character toys
- price: starting at $24
- includes: 4-6 toys from well-known brands
- pro: bigger main toy always included
- con: some felt like toys were too young for 8 year old.
What you get: Each box includes the latest toys from well-known brands such as Disney, Marvel, LEGO etc. Choose a box for girls, boys or mixed to receive toys catered to your child’s particular interests. Although the box is suggested for children 4-8 years old, many of the toys can be enjoyed by toddlers as young as 2.5-3. (Be mindful of your child’s particular character).
2. Unicorn Dream Box subscription box
Perfect for the toddler who loves horses & unicorns
- price: starts at $38
- includes: 6-9 or 10-15 items depending on box
- pro: value of items far exceeds cost of box
- con: some reviews feel like items look cheap
What you get: Each box includes a great variation of unicorn themed products such as a plush, bag, accessories, storybooks and more. This box will be loved by all unicorn loving children of any age and is the best unicorn themed subscription box on CrateJoy.
3. The Preschool Box subscription box
Perfect for the toddler who likes letters & numbers
- price: starts at $29.16
- includes: 16+ activities in each box
- pro: a lot of activities and instructions included
- con: some reviews thought activities were too advanced for 3 year old
What you get: activities for toddler age 3-6 to make learning fun. The best part, each box comes with a weekly schedule to take all the guess work out of implementing the activities. Get your toddler set up and you should be able to nurse your newborn while they color in big letters, craft some clouds with paper and pipe cleaners or browse through the book that comes with each box.
4. Little Learners Busy Box subscription box
Perfect for the toddler who likes making things
- price: starts at $13
- includes: 3-5 activities depending on box
- pro: all activities are reusable
- con: some reviews felt quality was low
What you get: This box is designed by a homeschooling mama of 3 and is perfect for ages 2-4. Activities are themed each month and focus a lot on fine-motor skills with the addition to learning letters and numbers. Get your kiddo going with this no-prep activities, so you can sit back and nurse your baby.
5. Charlie’s Bookstore subscription box
Perfect for the toddler who loves learning new things
- price: starts at $50.00
- includes: 40+ activities
- pro: some items customized to your kid with their names on them.
- con: only one review
What you get: Each box is filled with educational activities catered to specific age groups between 2-8. (You choose which age the box is for at checkout). Every month is themed to get your little one excited and learning about a specific topic through multiple activities. Since this box caters to a very narrow age group, you can expect activities appropriate for your child. This will then leave you more time to attend to that nursing baby guilt-free.
6. Little Dreamers Club subscription box
Perfect for the toddler who likes going into detail on subjects
- price: starts at $29.99
- includes: 6-8 craft projects + book
- pro: 2 age group options allow for more age appropriate products.
- con: one reviewer said there was a bit too much coloring related activities in their box
What you get: Receive a box full of crafty fun, each month is a different theme and everything is set up to use right away. Some previous themes are underwater creatures, bugs, outer space and dinosaurs. Choose between 2 boxes: age 2-5 and 6-8. Get your kiddo set up at their table so that you can nurse nearby while they go wild with this crafty box.
7. Craft + Boogie subscription box
Perfect for the toddler who wants to learn about western traditions
- price: starts at $24.99
- includes: 3-4 themes crafts, family game, festive recipes, table decorations, activities pages and bookmark
- pro: reviews say this is the best craft box on CrateJoy due to quality items.
- con: does not seem to have boxes related to other non-christian holidays.
What you get: Each box celebrates a holiday, whether it’s the big ones like Independence Day or Thanksgiving, or the smaller ones like father’s day and earth day. Enjoy crafting while learning about the important topics that make our world. You could have some great conversations with your toddler while they craft and you breastfeed that newborn. Age group not specified but images show preschool appropriate activities.
8. We Craft Box subscription
Perfect for the toddler who enjoys paper-related crafts
- price: starts at $25.00
- includes: 4+ craft projects
- pro: has 200+ reviews
- con: some reviews felt like it was too difficult for the younger age group.
What you get: This box comes with monthly themes and crafts for ages 3-9. Enjoy simple visual instructions and all the supplies needed to get that creativity sparking! Some previous themes were penguins, camels, outer space and monsters. This box will have your toddler enjoying safe activities independently (for a little while at least) while you take care of that new little bundle of joy.
S.T.E.A.M stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math
9. Green Kid Crafts subscription box
Perfect for the toddler who wants more challenging activities
- price: starting at $21.91
- includes: 4-6 STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math) activities
- pro: Reputable Company
- con: some activities might be too difficult for younger toddler to do independently.
What you get: This is the real deal type of box as it’s been featured in a number of publications such as Wired, NYT, Good Housekeeping and more! Activities focuses on a mix of science experiments and art projects. You will very likely receive activities not normally found at your local store which will grab your toddler attention while you step back to nurse your baby. Ages 2-10 but looks quite advanced for the younger age group.
10. Peaceful Play Box subscription
Perfect for the toddler who learn best through sensory play
- price: starts at $99.00
- includes: 10 activities with video instructions
- pro: focuses on calming your toddler through play
- con: no reviews yet
What you get: This box is more expensive that the others listed, but the products you get are also higher grade. Expect full size educational toys with a nice variety of sensory materials. Catered for ages 3-7 and focuses on S.T.E.A.M learning. This will be like nothing else your kiddo has at home which will have them excited enough to give you a break to nurse your newborn.
11. Dough Castle subscription box
Perfect for the toddler who loves play-doh
- price: starts at $43.50
- includes: 4-6 items
- pro: play-doh is a great for imaginative play
- con: only one review
What you get: Each month the box is curated with a theme. You will receive a book with home made non-toxic play-doh and characters related to the theme. This is great for imaginative play. The age group for this box is 4-8 mainly because it does come with a handful of smaller items. play-doh is one of those awesome open-ended toys that will be sure to keep you toddler entertained in order for you to nurse that new born baby of yours!
12. Sensory TheraPLAY Box subscription
Perfect to calm the high energy toddler
- price: starts at $38.28
- includes: 5-7 items
- pro: great for children with autism or have sensory processing needs
- con: geared towards slightly older children
What you get: Monthly boxes are for ages 5-9 but they have a single purchase toddler box (not sure if it’s available directly through CrateJoy). Honestly, looking at the images of past boxes, my almost 3 year old would gladly play with the majority of the items. Sensory play can be both stimulating and relaxing at the same time. Let your kiddo wind down with this box while you give your new breastfeeding baby some nursies!
13. Ultimate Sensory Box subscription
Perfect for the toddler who learns through making
- price: starts at $39.00
- includes: 10 activities
- pro: Reviews say children were very engaged in these activities
- con: it’s only every 3 months
What you get: This box follows guidelines for Common Core State Standards. It helps families focus on the learning skills required for school while enhancing the experience through sensory play. Enjoy the multitude of textures that come in this box that includes storage for all items for future use. Sensory play is a great way to engage our little ones and can give you that break. Your toddler will be too busy with their box to notice you stepped away to breastfeed their little sibling.
14. Learning Crates subscription box
Perfect for the toddler who gets excited when seeing their name labeled on things
- price: $21.67
- includes: not clear. Looks like 3-4 books with some activities
- pro: customized to your child’s interest and with name on box
- con:some reviewers did not think box related well enough to child’s chosen interests.
What you get: This box is one of those cool customize to your heart’s desire! Pick your child’s age and interest and each month a box of books curated specifically to them will be sent to your door step. In addition, their name will be on the box, and I think we all know how excited children get when they see a box is for THEM! This subscription are for children age 4-12. Books are based on their interest which will keep them occupied while you nurse your little one.
15. Bookroo subscription box
Perfect for the toddler who likes looking through books
- price: starts at $16.95
- includes: 2-3 books depending on subscription
- pro: great that you can pick between hard cover, picture book or alternate months.
- con: no visible cons
What you get: Pick between board books or hard cover and Bookaroo will send you hard to find books that they guarantee you will love. Each book is gift wrapped for a premium unboxing experience. Perfect for ages 0-6. Get your kiddo comfy by your side on the couch with their box of books while you breastfeed their little sibling.
ps. purchased this as a Christmas present for a family this year. 🙂
16. My First Reading Club subscription
Perfect for the toddler who likes books but also drawing.
- price: starts at $16.99
- includes: 3 hardcover books, an activity book and a gift for mom
- pro: pick between specific age groups for best fit
- con: mom gift is often just a travel size lotion
What you get: A box with books for all age groups. Pick between ages 0-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-10 and 11-12 for age appropriate books to keep your child’s love for reading alive. 0-2 is always board books but the rest are soft cover. What is nice about this subscription is that you get that little something extra via the activity book and mom gift.
17. Elephant Books subscription box
Perfect for the toddler who enjoys getting new books
- price: starts at $17.99
- includes: 2 picture books
- pro: replace up to 2 books if they send something you already own.
- con: picture book age group 2-6 too broad.
What you get: choose between 3 board books (age 0-2) or 2 picture books (age 2-6) with the latest published books on the market. There is no real theme to each month, but expect to be delighted by an assortment of thoughtfully picked out books for your little one to enjoy.
Having a newborn with an older sibling can be hard
Getting a sibling is exciting but also such an adjustment for your younger one. Jealousy can run sky-high and you are juggling a newborn baby the literally needs you most of the day with a toddler that is seeking acknowledgment that they are still loved.
What better way to put a smile on your toddler’s face by getting them a monthly subscription box that they can look forward to. Best of all, it’s something from you JUST for them, that they don’t have to share with their sibling (at least not now).
There are so many subscription boxes for toddler out there, however CrateJoy has a really nice assortment with prices that won’t break the bank.
Mama Question’s Choice
If you are unsure which box to go with I highly recommend Sensory TheraPLAY. It focuses on learning through sensory play. The presentation of the box is beautiful and exploring textures is something that most ages can do relatively independently. This box has many very good reviews.
Here are a few extra pictures of the Sensory TheraPLAY Box.
Would your toddler prefer a box with books, preschool learning, s.t.e.a.m, crafts or just toys?
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