Wednesday, June 27, 2012

PetiteBox Review

One of the most unique trends I’ve seen in baby products (and in other areas, especially beauty products) is the “monthly box”.  You subscribe to a service and receive a box monthly of baby items that are specifically tailored to your baby’s age, some are full-sized items and others are samples.  It’s a wonderful way to try out new baby products, especially more unique items that you would not have heard of on your own or that you would not normally have splurged on.  These make great baby gifts, especially coming from a group of people.  The average price for one of these monthly boxes is $25, which is the price I would normally spend for a baby shower gift; when combined with several other people, you could purchase a three-month, six-month or even year subscription for the new mom.  I was given the opportunity to try out a monthly box from petiteBox, one of the newcomers on this scene. 

adorable petiteBox box
The first thing I noticed when I received my petiteBox is the adorable box it came in.  It is not merely a cardboard box to be thrown away, it is a nice, sturdy, adorable box with ribbon closure that can be repurposed for a variety of uses.  Right now, the box we received is serving as a keepsake box for Lucia, holding the cards she received for her first Christmas, Valentine’s Day and Easter, her baptism keepsakes, and more. 

Upon opening the box, I was impressed by the number of items it inside.  Included is a product care with a brief description of each product included, as well as the retail price for a full-sized item.  Some of the items were in fact the full-sized item, while others were sample or travel sizes.  Here is a list of all the items I received, the prices for a full-sized version, and my (or my daughter’s) reactions to them:

mOmma teether (full-sized product) $5.99 I was very pleased to see a teether inside the box.  I received the “four month old” box, and the inclusion of the teether ensured me that the boxes were in fact put together with age in mind.  Lucia loves this teether and although we have others, this one seems to be one of her favorites, perhaps because of the ease in which she can hold and maneuver it.
a look inside a petiteBox

Petites Frittes reversible bib (full-sized product) $12.00 This bib is certainly a luxury bib - soft, classic, and made with baby-friendly dyes.  This is a product I would expect to see in a box like this - something that I wouldn’t normally purchase, but would love to have.

Angel Dear Blankie (full-sized product) $13.00 Lucia already has an Angel Dear elephant blankie that she adores, so by seeing this included in the box, I felt like it was chosen by someone with a lot of experience with babies.  In fact, Lucia received hers from a “baby expert”, David’s uncle who has three little girls until four.  Truly classic, this owl blankie is perfect for any baby!

Earth Friendly Baby Bubble Bath (full-sized product) $9.95 Once again, I was pleased with an item because, like the teether, it fulfilled a real need I had.  I’ve taken several baths with Lucia since she was born but didn’t feel comfortable using any of my bubble baths or oils with her.   I never even thought to look for baby friendly bubble bath until this box came!

2 Weleda Almond Soothing Cleansing Lotion (sample size .34 fl oz) $19.00/2.5 fl oz. I love that the box includes mom products, because we all know that new moms don’t usually take the time to care for their needs. 

Dr. Hauschka Lavender Bath (sample size .34 fl oz) price unknown (not included on product card)  I’ve enjoyed using a few drops of this in the bath tub (when not taking a bath with Lucia) and again, it’s a nice reminder for mom to relax and care for herself in the midst of caring for baby.

There were two products listed on my product card that I did not receive: (sample-sized) Weleda Almond Soothing Facial Cream and Weleda Iris Hydrating Day Cream.  In addition, I was supposed to receive a set of articles that were pertinent to a mother with a four month old, however, these were not in the box.  I contacted the company and they explained that on the occasion they are out of stock of certain products, they substitute other products of the same or higher value.  I had received an additional Weleda Almond Soothing Cleansing Lotion and the Dr. Hauschka Lavender Bath in place of those items.  They also assured me that the missing articles was simply a mistake and offered to send me the ones I missed as well as the next month’s box to make up for the issues I experienced.  I was happy with how customer service dealt with my complaints and felt they went above and beyond what was required.  I didn’t mind getting substitute items, although I would have preferred to get another different item instead of two of the same, I simply thought there should have been an explanation included as to why that happened and perhaps an explanation of the substitute item similar to what would have been on the product card.  The second box I received had all the listed products included and contained similar high quality products.

As you can see by the prices, the box was well worth the $25 monthly price tag in just the full-sized products alone.  Overall, I am quite pleased with petiteBox and would recommend them to anyone looking for a baby shower gift or to a new mom looking for ways to find and try unique, high-quality baby items. I was worried that I would receive items that I wouldn’t apply to us, however, I’ve felt while all the items may not be necessities, they have all been useful.

equally high-quality items in the 2nd petiteBox I received

I received two boxes from petiteBox to facilitate this review.  All opinions are 100% mine.  Please see Disclosure Policy.


  1. I have seen monthly boxes for beauty and health items  but never a baby box, cool! 

  2. Wow, I never knew that they did things like this!!  Good to know for next baby! I might sign up!

  3. Great post thanks for sharing

  4. If I have another little one I might just have to sign up for the monthly baby box!  That is really cool!

  5. Wow, that is cool. I never knew that had baby boxes either!


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