Babble Box – A Review

I came across Babble Box on Instagram at first, and followed them up on their website. I fell in love with the idea behind it – once a month your child received a box full of goodies, suitable for him or her and they look forward every month to opening it and the contents are a surprise every month! They can do boxes from 0-4 years and you can choose to have it as a month-to-month set up or a 3, 6 or 12 month subscription.
And the best part about Babble Box? For every box sent each month, they give back by making a donation to a charity such as Bravehearts and Barnardos. Isn’t that lovely?

I think it’d make a great gift especially.  Imagine if you were far away from a little one, perhaps a niece or nephew, or a godchild or even a grandchild. How beautiful would it for them to receive a box every month from you? And you don’t have to worry about it every month, it’s sent out for you. Or perhaps you could order a box in advance as a birthday gift. Heck, it could be your own child that you spend 24 hours a day with and it’s still a cool idea.
So what was in the September box I received? 
Well let’s start with the packaging. Oh my! Pretty darn cute if I do say so. Not to mention it was addressed to O, not to me. I’m sure for kids who can recognize their name, this would be a thrill! O was more into the cute bear logo on the box.
After unwrapping it all and then rescuing the paper from O’s tightly clenched fists that were shoveling it into her mouth (kids are really like puppies sometimes) I found the following items inside my Babble Box. Sorry, O’s Babble Box!
Also included was the tray pictured at the top of this post, along with a toy for O:
She moves way too fast these days to capture a decent
quality pic, sorry!
I thought I’d escaped this toy for awhile… surely 11 months is too young to know how to blow into a toy trumpet? Wrong. Fucksticks. Thankfully, at 11 months her attention span is very short and therefore she only has a couple of blows into it before throwing it over her shoulder and moving on to chewing a DVD (or the lounge, or her bib, or the glass coffee table…).
My favourite item in the box was probably the pig tray. Just because it’s really cute and made from bamboo. O’s favourite item was the trumpet. She goes from being enthralled with it to being petrified of it!
Check out Babble Box and surprise a child in your life.

Complete

This morning I was making breakfast and out of my kitchen window I saw the above image. It made me feel so happy! I stopped whatever I was doing and just stared for a moment. My belly felt butterflies, my mouth was smiling… It felt right. It felt complete. But it’s only a half-assembled second-hand swing set, you say. But it’s a symbol of my dreams having come true, I reply. You see, before I even met hubby I had a dream of being the traditional wife and mum, staying home and cleaning, cooking and playing with the kids. Until they were old enough to go to school, where I’d get a job to fill my days before they came back home. That dream is coming true. It has come true. And the swing set is kind of like a token, a reminder of that dream. This me, in my kitchen window, looking at my child’s swing set in the backyard! The hubby said “It kind of completes the backyard, doesn’t it… It’s given the backyard it’s purpose now.” Spot on, husband! It’s perfect. And I’m not done yet! I want to add a trampoline, a sand pit, a cubby house, more play equipment… and of course a nice new deck, a vegie garden and in many years to come, a dog (we recently adopted ours out). But for now, this sun-faded, incomplete swing set has complete my backyard. How blissful.

After possibly the most challenging week of my parenting life, this weekend hasn’t been much easier. But there is a taste to Spring in the air and I’m going to go enjoy the rest of the day! Hope you will to.