What happens when one doesn't have enough time to leave the house to run errands or the thought of taking your little one(s) in and out of the car between store runs is too overwhelming? What about for those that don't even like shopping or hate the selection in big box stores? The answer I've found is Wittlebee! I was fortunate enough to do a review one month of Wittlebee's service and got to customize a clothing box for Kiggster. Before I get into my choices and what I received, here is a word from Wittlebee's CEO and the inspiration for Wittlebee:
“As a parent and a technology entrepreneur, I appreciate any product or service that makes my life easier and gives me more time to focus on my family. Parents today are already pulled in a million different directions, I saw an opportunity to automate shopping for basics by giving families access to a new way to keep up with their clothing needs. Any parent knows taking your children into a store is a scary task, and trying on clothes for toddlers can be an impossible mission. By updating children’s wardrobes regularly with the clothes they wear the most, we hope to free parents up of the hassle of shopping so they can do want they want most, have fun with their kids.” said Sean Percival, founder and CEO of Wittlebee.
Couldn't have said it better and I am so glad someone came up with the idea of a kid's clothing service that takes the hassle of shopping away. I can't believe I'm saying that, being somewhat of a self-proclaimed shopaholic but after having Kiggster, there's no way I can tote her around to run errands and buy clothes too. Plus the selections in the stores were less than inspiring, everything looked the same from newborn through pre-teen selections. All the same prints but in different sizes, girls only had pinks and flowers to choose from and the selections didn't help parents or kids feel they could be unique.
When one goes to subscribe to their monthly clothing service, you're given a survey to fill that to help the Wittlebee stylists determine what pieces would be best for your child's box. You can even opt to speak to one of their stylists if you feel there is something you want them to know that the survey may not capture, which is a great option! I love the style options that they give you for each gender:
So below were my choices for Kiggster's box:
Here is a picture of what we received in our box, note that there are 8 items in our box but there has recently been a change in the number of items offered in the boxes and I will mention more about that later in my post:
I received the following items:
- 1 Luca Charles long sleeve shirt (18-24 Months)
- 1 pair of J. Khaki Baby bermuda shorts (24 Months)
- 1 t-shirt from American Apparel (18-24 Months)
- 1 TeddyBoom dress (24 months)
- 1 B.T. Kids sleeveless top & shorts set (24 Months)
- 1 set of pajamas from Skivvy Doodles (24 Months)
The items that came in the box were really nice quality, brands that I don't normally see in stores, and the styles were unique. I loved the color scheme they chose, the turquoise was very nice and I'm not sure how they knew but I love cherry themed items and so I was in love with the sleeveless shirt and shorts set in the box-super cute! The pajamas set was another favorite in the box, really comfy and she was in dire need of some new PJs, especially long-sleeved & long pant separates! Everything fit Kiggster really well, with some room to still grow, expect the dress. The dress was marked as 24 months but it ran really small because we could not even get her arms to fit into the dress so we were not able to let her wear it at all. Also, I was hoping for more cold-weather clothing, hence why I chose Chilly Nights option in the sign up process, however, I was told that their cold-weather clothing choices were slim during summer (clothing designers must not live in San Francisco). However, I was told that if I was a paying member of Wittlebee, I would have had the option to work directly with a Wittlebee stylist to exchange the items in the box until the member is satisfied with the size and clothing styles. Also, a stylist could work with you on how best to pair, layer, or dress up the items in your box if you should need any help with that. If you have any questions, they have an FAQ section to answer your questions and I found their return/exchange policy there and it states the following:
We want to make sure that our members are happy with their experience! If any of the received items are defective or if you received items for the wrong gender, then please contact our customer service and we will be happy to replace them right away. If you would like to exchange your clothes, all requests must be made within 30 days of when the box was delivered and customers are responsible for the postage. Make sure to send it back with the sender name matching the name on the account.
As of July 1st, Wittlebee has changed their subscription services for new members from 8 clothing items to 6 clothing items, however, the retail value of the boxes remain at approximately $100. Each monthly box is only $39.99 per month, making each item only $6.67/item for a 6 item box! That's a great deal and considering the unique items you'll each month, plus saving on gas, sales tax, the hassle of driving, etc, this is a service you want to have! I did also wish there were other sized box options such as a 4 item box for a lesser cost for those that just want to add a few items to their monthly clothing selection.
Do you need a service like this? What are you kid's clothing shopping woes? Share your stories, I'd love to know that I'm not alone! On the way, check out Wittlebee on Facebook and Twitter-they post giveaways often for their members! If you'd like to try out their service, you can get $10 off your first order by clicking and signing up through my link here: http://curebit.com/x/3AUKT
Kangaroo Mama was provided product for free from the sponsor company for review but the opinions stated in this posting are completely my own honest opinion and not influenced by the sponsor company.