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Review: Box Upon A Time

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Product Reviews | Posted on 07-10-2014

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Time for another subscription box review, and this time it features one of my favourite products: baby clothes. I am dreadful when it comes to buying baby clothes – any trip to the supermarket isn’t complete with a cute top or outfit sneaking its way into the trolley. I also love to scour the rails at local nearly new sales and always manage to track down a bargain.

Box Upon A Time is a baby clothes subscription box that sends out new designer clothes to you either monthly, quarterly or as a one off which you can even send as a gift. You get a choice of three boxes – silver, gold or platinum – and each contains clothes up to the value of between £40 and £170!  Brands featured in the boxes include ones you’re probably familiar with like Olive & Moss and Little Green Radicals, and ones you might not be quite so well up on like I Talk Too Much and Rock Your Baby.

Little Dude was sent a Silver box to review, which included three items of clothes whose value totaled between £40 and £60. The box itself retails at £29, so the saving was up to 60%. Inside we found two sleepsuits and a pair of cotton dungarees. Now for me the value of this box was terrifying based on its contents. Around £50 for THREE items, two of which were sleepsuits. Whilst they were both very cute, and they both felt clearly to be better quality than I would usually buy from the local supermarket, the price tag was a bit scary for items that will be grown out of within two or three months. The third item – the dungarees – were not to my taste at all, but as a review sample I had no input as to its contents. (Customers get to provide details of the sort of clothes they like and are able to return boxes if they don’t like whats included.)

I love the idea of a baby clothes subscription box, and especially one that introduces you to brands you might not be familiar with, but for children as young as Little Dude, I think the price is a little steep for my budget. When they get older, absolutely. For a child of Little Man’s age – four in a couple of weeks – I could probably get on board with the idea, but with the speed Little Dude is growing, and the frequency of milk coming back out of him, I don’t think this is entirely worthwhile. A one off gift for a baby, or perhaps a quarterly treat is fair enough. But I think stumping up £30 to £70 every month for three or four items of clothing is crazy. I’ve never been that type of parent that dresses their child in pricey designer wear. In fact its only once clothes start lasting a year that I’m willing to spend more than supermarket prices on anything. For now I’ll be sticking to the supermarkets and nearly new sales to keep my two looking their best.