She loves the black and white cards so much she couldn't get close enough!
Haha but seriously, this was her set up most time I took a shower,
the black and white cards totally kept her attention!
I found Lovevery through a friend's baby registry! I started digging and learning about their company and became OBSEEEEESSED. I reached out to collaborate and am now an ambassador (which means I am also an affiliate, if you'd love their products and buy from my links I make a commission… which also means if you do buy, I'd be stoked if you used my link! As I always tell you I only work with companies I love.) So I want to tell you what Lovevery is and why I love them so freaking much!
Lovevery It is a Montessori based toy box backed by research. And I believe it because she loves all of the toys, and if she doesn't I just have to wait about a week or two until she learns a new skill and bam, she loves it.
When you go to the website you enter in baby's birthdate to get a box perfect for their age! Then every other month a box of toys arrives.
This is the only subscription box I've ever collaborated with. Typically I don't like them. I hate monthly payments, I don't like the mystery items that show up and I don't want extra stuff around the house that I don't need.
WELL if you pay for the boxes upfront (aka no monthly payments but a bigger lump sum at once) you get a discount! You know what is coming in the box, each item is thoughtfully chosen and she loves it all.
These boxes are about $36-$40/month and a box is delivered every 2 months. A lot people said this is expensive… then Seth told me he bought her a teether shaped like an egg and with shipping it was around $20! But the one I was looking at shaped like a t came out to be about the same. But 1-2 of these type of toys a month and the box pays for itself! PLUS these are made to help with their development (and also come with teethers).
They're also nontoxic and made from sustainable products so not only are we helping our baby, we're helping the world (W's all around!)
These are literally the only toys she has (not entirely true, people love gifting baby's toys, but they're the main ones she plays with) and they're great!
I'm in for development. Let me tell you about what comes in the first box for 0-12 weeks.
Learning the development steps from the play guide and then seeing your baby do it is so exciting. I remember Seth and I getting SO amped when she tracked him from the kitchen into the living room! Haha!
What’s Inside The Looker Play Kit?
1. THE PLAY GUIDE
THIS. This is handy dandy book is for us parents! It explains what developments they're going through (some of the info above), WHY each item is in the box and different activities you can do with your baby during this developmental stage! PLUS it's backed by all the research you don’t have time to read.
I pulled some information from the Lovevery play guide about your baby at this age:
– Your baby is easily overstimulated because she can't get screen out what she sees hears and feels. Even what is happening inside her own body is stimulation!
– Babies have a great sense of smell (which is explains how they ALWAYS know when mom is around… that milk smell).
– They'll have some trouble tracking moving objects until they're about 5 weeks but around this time they begin to notice their hands!
– Their world is about 8 to 12 inches away from their face and they can see best in black and white.
– Tummy time strengthens her neck and core and you can start after the umbilical cord stump has fallen off! Time on the floor is good for them to understand their body. I put our babe on the floor all. the. time. (when I wasn't snuggling her) instead of being in a swing.
2. THE MOBILE
Double sided mobile, black and white for the first 5 months, colors for after that!
We hung this over her changing station and she has stared at it from the beginning! Once she was about five months old we flipped it over so she could see the color side and loved it all over again. It really would mesmerize her.
3. Standing Card Holder,
4. Travel Card Holder,
5. Black and white card set
Babies LOVE high contrast images in the early months! I was shocked at how interested she was in these cards!
We would put it in the standing cardholder while she was doing tummy time (or while I grabbed a quick shower!).
We also put them in the travel cardholder that we put under her mirror in the car. But if I'm honest, there was really no stopping her from screaming for the first 4 months (am I alone here?). To her, we were gone (remember 8-12 inches is as big as her world is)!
6. BLACK & WHITE MITTENS
HOW COOL ARE THESE!! We know they like black and white, and we know they eventually find their hands, these help them find their hands sooner (backed by research????)!
These were the only mits I ever put on her. I didn't want to mute one of her senses, I wanted her to feel everything around her. To prevent her from scratching herself I buff her nails down (with this, you're welcome for this hack).
7. WOODEN BOOK
This wooden book is made from sustainable wood (love). And again, the black and white contrast images totally captured her attention. Even when she was just a couple of weeks old. We hung it over her rock and play so she could see it. Or even when she was little and would just hang out on her back we would put it next to her and she would stare at it. When she was bored of the page she'd fuss and stop when we turned the page!
8. SILICONE RATTLE WITH
9 .REMOVABLE BALL
Lovevery says this is for grasping—and learning how to track moving objects and sounds. The shape of this thing made it SO easy for her to manipulate from the start and -eventually- easily get it to her mouth and use as a teether. The black and white held her attention and made it easy for her to find when we were playing with her. The ball in the middle is a rattle and comes out, she loves both toys individually now.
10. Lullabye book
It's incredible how well you know lullabies until you actually start singing them! This book was fun to re-learn the words haha!
I can't recommend Lovevery enough, and I look forward to getting the new kits every couple of months to learn about her upcoming developmental stages and help her master them with the toys included!
I am doing a giveaway with Lovevery for a play kit!
Giveaway is open to US and Canada residence and open from Oct 6-Oct 10th, 2020 midnight PST
1. Subscribe to Lovevery's YouTube
2. Subscribe to my youtube
3. Sign up for my email list (even if you're on the list, entering your email here puts a little tag on your name that says you've “entered”… but its the same list you've been subscribed to, nothing changes besides the tag)
THAT'S IT! Good luck 🙂