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Lovevery Dupes: Everything You Need to Know

Lovevery dupes

Buying Lovevery dupes can be as simple clicking ‘add to cart’ on Amazon.

I’ve struggled with finding affordable toy subscription kits and Montessori toys. So, I started researching what you actually get for the Lovevery price tag, whether or not Lovevery is actually worth it, and where to find Lovevery dupes, which is what I’m sharing with you here!

In this blog post, I’m sharing the best Lovevery dupes! I’ll be covering:

  • What are Lovevery Play Kits?
  • What comes with Lovevery Play Kits?
  • How to buy Lovevery Play Kits
  • Can you buy Lovevery play kits or toys without a subscription?
  • Are Lovevery Play Kits Montessori?
  • Are the Lovevery play kits actually worth it?
  • How to buy the best Lovevery dupes

So if you’re ready to save some money and figure out which toy subscription box has the best Lovevery dupes, then you’re in the right place! Your kids will love playing with these fun, age-appropriate toys for a fraction of the cost.

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What are Lovevery Play Kits?

Lovevery Play Kits are “stage-based play essentials for your child’s developing brain”. Their site also claims that these will be the “only toys you’ll need”.

The play kits are separated by age group, and each play kit is designed for specific developmental targets for children between ages 0 to 5-years-old.

Related: Sensory Play for Babies

Do I have to buy the Lovevery Play Gym to use the Play Kits?

The Play Gym is a mat with five areas that are designed to target certain skills. The Play Kits are designed to go with the Play Gym without having the exact same toys.

But, the official answer is no you don’t have to buy the Play Gym to use the Play Kits.

Baby playing on the floor with toys dangling above her

What comes with Lovevery Play Kits?

To learn which Play Kit is right for your child, start by entering your child’s birthdate. Lovevery will suggest a Play Kit that aligns with your child’s “micro-stage” of development.

You have the option of using your baby’s due date or adjusted birth date when choosing which kit you want.

The 0 to 12-month-old Play Kits each include:

⭐between 7-11 toys (or toys + 1 book)

⭐the corresponding play guide

The 1-year-old Play Kits each include:


⭐1 book

⭐between 6-8 toys

⭐the corresponding play guide

The 2-year-old Play Kits each include:


⭐1 book

⭐between 5-6 toys

⭐the corresponding play guide

The 3-year-old Play Kits each include:

⭐1 book (except the first kit in this group comes with 3 books🤷‍♀️)

⭐between 5-6 toys

⭐the “Get Started Guide”

⭐the corresponding play guide

The 4-year-old Play Kits each include:


⭐1 book

⭐between 5-6 toys

⭐the corresponding play guide

How to buy Lovevery Play Kits

You can purchase the Play Kits by subscription only. Lovevery does not allow you to purchase individual toys or kits without signing for the subscription service.

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    Lovevery subscriptions

    You can cancel the subscription at any time, but it is up to the you to do this. Lovevery doesn’t let you sample the items and return them.

    After receiving the box(es) with your subscription, all items within the box are yours to keep.

    • The 0-12-month-old Lovevery Play Kits are delivered every two months at $80 per kit.
    • All other Lovevery Play Kits (1-4-years-old) is delivered every three months at $120 per kit.

    Can you buy Lovevery play kits or toys without a subscription?

    The Play Kits are the only Lovevery item that must be purchased through their subscription model. And, if you want full access to the Lovevery app, you must have an active Lovevery subscription.

    The Play Gym is a popular item that is sold by itself (no subscription required), which is sold in many places like Amazon.

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    Are Lovevery Play Kits Montessori?

    Lovevery claims that their products are not Montessori, calling them “Montessori-inspired”. They say there is “no such thing as a Montessori toy”.

    Although, the Lovevery website has specific information about The Montessori Method and what makes a toy “Montessori-inspired”, and lots of toys with Montessori in the name.

    Are the Lovevery play kits actually worth it?

    No. Here’s why.

    Lovevery’s Play Kits are very pricey, but many of their subscription box toys are basically identical. When looking at each toy in the Play Kits and comparing it to similar options, the price is not worth it.

    @mariaandmontessori

    Replying to @stephanie.aboytes . Let’s talk about Lovevery again and why I don’t think it’s worth it. And this is coming from the perspective of someone who fully intended to use Lovevery when i was going to be a working mom with frequent late meetings. I tried one box and that’s when I realized the issues that, in my opinion, make it not a worthwhile option. But for many, the convenience may outweigh these issues and that’s ok! #greenscreen #NextLevelDish #montessori #montessorihome #montessorihomeschool #montessorimom #lovevery #loveverytoys #montessoritoys #waldorftoys #montessoritoddler #montessoriactivities

    ♬ original sound – Maria | Montessori Explained

    One price without equal results

    Although each kit does not contain the same number of toys, books, or other items, you are charged the same price for each kit.

    If you are drawn to Lovevery because it’s a Montessori (or “Montessori-inspired”) toy option, there are SO many options out there that are more affordable. Keep reading to see my favs!

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    How to buy the best Lovevery dupes

    Below you’ll find my Lovevery dupe ideas and subscription toy box alternatives that have all the fun of Lovevery’s Montessori toys without the astronomical price tag!

    1. Play Gym dupe

    My kid really does love the Lovevery Play Gym. Unlike the Play Kits, the Play Gym is kinda worth the money.

    I was influenced by TikTok to buy the viral Fisher Price Playmat, which might be overstimulating for some, but tbh my kid LOVES IT.

    The Fisher Price mat could be a great Lovevery dupe if you aren’t looking to spend $140 on the Lovevery Play Gym.

    2. Fauxtessori on Instagram

    My favorite resource for finding Lovevery dupes is Fauxtessori on Instagram, which I found thanks to this post on Reddit.

    Fauxtessori’s Instagram account has done the work of finding Lovevery dupes for you with Amazon lists of dupes for each Play Kit!

    The Play Kits vs. Fauxtessori’s dupes

    But, if you like the straight-to-your-door option of the Lovevery subscription boxes, Fauxtessori’s dupes would probably not be a good fit for you.

    To follow Fauxtessori’s guides for Lovevery dupes, you’ll use her lists to buy toys from Amazon yourself.

    Image from Fauxtessori on instagram

    Credit: fauxtessori (Instagram)

    3. Facebook Marketplace

    Search Facebook Marketplace to find pre-loved Lovevery items for a fraction of the price.

    4. PandaCrate

    • PandaCrate by KiwiCo is a subscription-based service for 0-36 months that is similar to Lovevery, but the prices are much more reasonable.
    • PandaCrate will get delivered to you every two months for $43.90 per crate ($23.95 per month).
    • But you’ll get what you pay for. Negative reviews for Panda Crate cite concerns about the quality, consistency, and age-appropriateness of the Panda Crate toy boxes.

    5. Tiny Earth Toys

    • Tiny Earth Toys is a subscription service where you can rent toys that are said to be as high-quality and engaging as the Lovevery Play Kits.
    • You can rent 5 toys per month for $37, 8 toys per month for $47, or 10 toys per month for $57, for which you get to rent the toys for 60 days at a time.
    • The big drawback to this service is that it’s kind of pricey to rent the toys, plus, you have to pay for the toys on top of already paying the rental price if you decide to keep them.

    6. Didi’s Toy Box

    • Didi’s Toy Box is a subscription service that offers frequent deliveries of heirloom toys and is based in the US.
    • Each box comes with 3-4 toys, and you can choose a monthly subscription box for $49.95, a 3 month subscription box for $135, or a 6 month subscription box for $255.
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    7. Little Passports

    • Little Passports by Begin is a subscription service that delivers boxes based on their topic, which can also be customized by age within each topic.
    • They have lots of options to choose from, making them our top choice for an affordable and fun Lovevery dupe that’s worth your money.
    • The theme of the boxes changes monthly.
    • Their monthly boxes are $29.95 per month if you pay month-by-month, but you can also pay every 6 months at $27.95 per month, or you can pay once a year or $24.95 per month.

    8. Hoppi Box

    • Hoppi Box is another Montessori-inspired subscription box service.
    • Their options are the closest match to what Lovevery offers, with a much lower price point.
    • You only have two options, though. You can either pay quarterly (pay four times a year/ every three months) for $75 per quarter, which equals to $25 per month, or you can sign up for their annual plan at $66 per quarter, which equals to $22 per month.

    9. Bitsy Boxes

    • Bitsy Boxes is a subscription service that gives you 5 items per box, with monthly deliveries.
    • All boxes include free shipping, and they have three subscription box plans to choose from.
    • You can pay for either the month-to-month subscription for $49.99 per month, the six-month subscription for $21.50 for the first month + $42.99 for each month after the first, or the nine-month subscription for $23.99 for the first month + $39.99 for each month after the first.

    Conclusion

    Now that you know all the best Lovevery dupes, will you be sticking with Lovevery’s Play Kit subscription, or trying something new?

    Whether you buy Lovevery dupes on Amazon, find some gently used Lovevery toys on Facebook Marketplace, or choose one of our recommended subscription toy box alternatives, you’ll save some money by not buying directly from Lovevery.

    Which Lovevery dupe will you try first? Comment below and let us know! We look forward to talking with you in the comments, and it would mean the world if you’d subscribe to the blog. For everything homeschool, we can PlanIt! ♥

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