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11 Kids' Subscription Boxes We Love

10 subscription boxes sure to please your little baker, scientist, or web designer.

11 Kids' Subscription Boxes We Love

Whether your child is a total techie, a budding chef or a fabulous fashionista there’s a subscription box out there designed just for your little one. We’ve rounded-up our 11 favorite subscription services that will keep your kids learning, playing and exploring all year long. With the dog days of August in full swing and the first day of school still in the distant future, these monthly goodies are the perfect anecdote to late summertime boredom.

1. Baby Boy Bakery Creating culinary memories with your child has never been easier thanks to Baby Boy Bakery’s “We Cook” kit. Each parcel includes an original recipe with step-by-step photos and instructions, tools and accessories to help prepare the dish, plus tips to help make the experience special and educational for your child. Choose between the month-to-month ($20/kit), 6-month ($17/kit) or 12-month options ($15/kit). Each month a portion of the proceeds go to a different children’s charity in honor of founder Jacqui Saldana’s late son Ryan Cruz, the inspiration behind Baby Boy Bakery.

2. LillyPost Perfect for the budding bibliophile, LillyPost delivers a selection of hand-wrapped children’s books to your door each month. Select either the Board Book (ages 0-2) or Picture book (ages 3+) options and choose between a 1, 3, 6 or 12-month subscription – pricing ranges from $26 for one month to $220 for 12 months (the 12th month is free!). Receive bonus quarterly “goodies” if you sign up for 3, 6 or 12 months. For every box shipped, Lilypost will donate one book to a children’s literacy charity.

3. Kiwi Co “Tinker, create, innovate” with these age-targeted monthly crates (ages 0-16). Each contains a craft project with materials, a magazine and online DIY ideas that make Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math (STEAM) learning fun and accessible. The goal is to promote confidence and foster your child’s natural curiosity and creativity through each enriching activity. Choose from month-by-month ($19.95/month), 3-month ($19.95/month), 6-month ($18.50/month) or 12-month ($16.95/month) subscription options.

4. Mac & Mia Like Stitch Fix… for the junior set. Mac & Mia offers high-quality kids clothing (sizes newborn-6T) and accessories (think brands such as Mayoral, Go Gently Baby and Everbloom Studio) delivered straight to your door. First, you take a quiz to determine your style likes and dislikes. Then, you receive a monthly box of 6-8 items, hand-picked by your personal “stylist”. Pay for what you keep, and send the rest back in a prepaid envelope. The average price point for apparel is $35 and accessories $12.

5. Pley Finally a solution for NYC parents with, ahem, limited living space and active children. Welcome to Pley, the Netflix of toys. Like a “toy library,” you pick your toys (geared toward ages 0-12) and Pley sends them (cleaned and sanitized) to your door. When your child is finished playing, you return them (there is an option to keep the toys you like). Choose from over 500 of the best brands including, Lego, Disney, Leap Frog, Hot Wheels and American Girl. The basic “Novice” plan is $12.99/mo. and the “Wizard” plan is $29.99/mo. and includes premium “smart” toys. For every new sign-up Pley donates a toy to a child in need.

6. Little Passports Your little explorer will love learning about the world and different cultures with Little Passports boxes. The age-specific packages (ages 3-14) range in theme (e.g. art, music, food) and include activities, stickers, maps, trading cards, recipes and games (plus online resources) that help your little one become a “global citizen”. Prices start at $12.95/mo. and go up to $18.95/mo. for the “Science Expeditions” package (ages 9+).

7. 21Bundles. Perfect for new babies, this sweet subscription box will win the heart of mama too. Alongside the developmentally appropriate organic toys and baby board books are a handful of smartly curated skincare and wellness products for your little one that will tick off some boxes on your grocery list too.

8. Bitsbox This cool service allows kids ages 6-14 to create apps using real code. Each box arrives with a mix of coding projects ranging from the simple to the more advanced. The monthly projects build upon each other as your child develops more skills. Don’t worry, kids don’t need any prior coding experience (and neither do their parents!). Kids choose and personalize apps on the Bitsbox website. The apps can be used and shared on any mobile device. Subscriptions start at $20/mo.

9. Cooper & Kid These “dad-centric” kits contain 6-9 products and educational activities designed to enrich and maximize quality time between fathers and their kids. Designed for ages 5+, all activities are gender neutral and range from building projects to storybooks to themed dinner menus. Plus, there are links to online resources just for dad. One of the more expensive of the subscription boxes, the Cooper Kit is delivered quarterly and costs $65/quarter or $59/quarter if you pay the year subscription in advance.

10. Spangler Science Club These monthly boxes are designed to provide a hands-on, interactive experiences for your 7-14 year-olds using real science. Designed by Scientist and TV personality Steve Spangler, there are three subscription options to choose from. The most basic plan, STEMsnack ($9.99/mo) contains one experiment per month and requires minimal adult assistance. The next level STEMlab ($19.99/mo) contains up to 5 STEM experiences and also requires minimal adult assistance, while the most advanced, STEMdeluxe ($29.99/mo), includes up to 10 STEM experiences and is designed for parent-child collaboration.

11. Little Pnuts In a world of “smart toys” that entertain with the push of a button, it’s refreshing to get back to the basics. Enter Little Pnuts. You share your child’s name, birthdate and gender and Little Pnuts sends a monthly curated box of 3-5 high-quality, eco-friendly, developmentally appropriate, non-battery operated toys meant to foster learning through good old fashioned play. Brands include Hape, Haba, Janod and Plan Toys. Choose between three age-based subscription options: Infant (0-12 months), Toddler (1-3 years) and Preschool (3-6 years). Prices start at $25/month.

After 4 kids, this is still the best baby gear item I’ve ever purchased

I wouldn't be swooning over the BABYBJÖRN bouncer after eight years and four kids if it didn't work.

I have four kids 8 and under, so you might expect that my house is teeming with baby gear and kid toys.

But it turns out that for me, the more kids I have, the more I simplify our stuff. At this point, I'm down to the absolute essentials, the gear that I can't live without and the toys my kids actually play with. And so when a mama-to-be asks me what things are worth registering for, there are only a few must-haves on my list.

The BABYBJÖRN bouncer seat is on the top of my list—totally worth it and an absolute must-have for any new mama.

In fact, since I first splurged on my first BABYBJÖRN bouncer eight years ago (it definitely felt like a splurge at the time, but the five star reviews were really compelling), the bouncer seat has become the most-used product in our house for baby's first year.

We've actually invested in a second one so that we didn't have to keep moving ours from the bedroom to the living room when we change locations.

BABYBJÖRN bouncer bliss

baby bjorn bouncer

The utility of the seat might seem counterintuitive—it has no mechanical parts, so your baby is instead gently bounced by her own movements. In a world where many baby products are touted for their ability to mechanically rock baby to sleep, I get that many moms might not find the "no-motion" bouncer that compelling. But it turns out that the seat is quite reactive to baby's little kicks, and it has helped my kids to learn how to self-soothe.

$200

Lightweight + compact:

The BABYBJÖRN bouncer is super lightweight, and it also folds flat in a second. Because of those features, we've frequently stored it under the couch, in a suitcase or in the back of the car. It folds completely flat, which I love.

Entertainment zone:

Is the toy bar worth it? The toy bar is totally worth it. Not only is the toy bar adorable, but it's one of the first toys that my babies actually play with once they discover the world beyond my boobs. The toys spin and are close to eye level so they have frequently kept my baby entertained while I cook or take a quick shower.

Great style:

This is not a small detail to me–the BABYBJÖRN bouncer is seriously stylish. I am done with baby gear and toys that make my house look like a theme park. The elegant European design honestly just looks good in my living room and I appreciate that parents can enjoy it as much as baby.

It's adjustable:

With three height settings that let you prop baby up to be entertained, or lay back to rest, we get years of use. And the bouncer can actually be adjusted for bigger kids and used from newborn to toddler age. It's that good.

It just works:

I wouldn't be swooning over the BABYBJÖRN bouncer after eight years and four kids if it didn't work. But I have used the seat as a safe space to put baby while I've worked (I once rocked my baby in it with my foot while I reported on a breaking news story for the Washington Post), and as a cozy spot for my second child to lay while his big brother played nearby. It's held up for almost a decade with almost-constant use.

So for me, looking back on what I thought was a splurge eight years ago, was actually one of the best investments in baby gear I ever made.

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Motherly editors’ 7 favorite hacks for organizing their diaper bags

Make frantically fishing around for a diaper a thing of the past!

As any parent knows, the term "diaper bag" only scratches the surface. In reality, this catchall holds so much more: a change of clothes, bottles, snacks, wipes and probably about a dozen more essential items.

Which makes finding the exact item you need, when you need it (read: A diaper when you're in public with a blowout on your hands) kind of tricky.

That's why organization is the name of the game when it comes to outings with your littles. We pooled the Motherly team of editors to learn some favorite hacks for organizing diaper bags. Here are our top tips.

1. Divide and conquer with small bags

Here's a tip we heard more than a few times: Use smaller storage bags to organize your stuff. Not only is this helpful for keeping related items together, but it can also help keep things from floating around in the expanse of the larger diaper bag. These bags don't have to be anything particularly fancy: an unused toiletry bag, pencil case or even plastic baggies will work.

2. Have an emergency changing kit

When you're dealing with a diaper blowout situation, it's not the time to go searching for a pack of wipes. Instead, assemble an emergency changing kit ahead of time by bundling a change of baby clothes, a fresh diaper, plenty of wipes and hand sanitizer in a bag you can quickly grab. We're partial to pop-top wipes that don't dry out or get dirty inside the diaper bag.

3. Simplify bottle prep

Organization isn't just being able to find what you need, but also having what you need. For formula-feeding on the go, keep an extra bottle with the formula you need measured out along with water to mix it up. You never know when your outing will take longer than expected—especially with a baby in the mix!

4. Get resealable snacks

When getting out with toddlers and older kids, snacks are the key to success. Still, it isn't fun to constantly dig crumbs out of the bottom of your diaper bag. Our editors love pouches with resealable caps and snacks that come in their own sealable containers. Travel-sized snacks like freeze-dried fruit crisps or meal-ready pouches can get an unfair reputation for being more expensive, but that isn't the case with the budget-friendly Comforts line.

5. Keep a carabiner on your keychain

You'll think a lot about what your child needs for an outing, but you can't forget this must-have: your keys. Add a carabiner to your keychain so you can hook them onto a loop inside your diaper bag. Trust us when we say it's a much better option than dumping out the bag's contents on your front step to find your house key!

6. Bundle your essentials

If your diaper bag doubles as your purse (and we bet it does) you're going to want easy access to your essentials, too. Dedicate a smaller storage bag of your diaper bag to items like your phone, wallet and lip balm. Then, when you're ready to transfer your items to a real purse, you don't have to look for them individually.

7. Keep wipes in an outer compartment

Baby wipes aren't just for diaper changes: They're also great for cleaning up messy faces, wiping off smudges, touching up your makeup and more. Since you'll be reaching for them time and time again, keep a container of sensitive baby wipes in an easily accessible outer compartment of your bag.

Another great tip? Shop the Comforts line on www.comfortsforbaby.com to find premium baby products for a fraction of competitors' prices. Or, follow @comfortsforbaby for more information!

This article was sponsored by The Kroger Co. Thank you for supporting the brands that supporting Motherly and mamas.

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