We’re continuing our journey with Monti Kids, a Montessori toy subscription. Around 4-6 months, the big focus is tummy time and sensory exploration.
Here’s our experience with the Level 2 toy box, from the unboxing to playing with the toys and deciding if it’s worth it.
Note: I purchased the Monti Kids program with my own money, and this article is not sponsored or reviewed by Monti Kids in any way. I am an affiliate with Monti Kids, meaning if you click a Monti Kids link in this article and purchase the program, I will earn a commission. Thank you for your support!
Level 2 Unboxing & First Impressions
The Monti Kids packaging is, once again, top-notch. Everything is packed neatly in individual boxes, and I actually save everything in the original box so I can potentially resell these later on.
I recognized some classic Montessori toys in this one immediately, particularly the spinning drum and wobbler toy.
I love how they use primary colors and clear representations of rainbow colors. It makes it so much easier to talk about red, orange, yellow, and so on compared to other companies like Lovevery, which use pastels and variations of primary and secondary colors.
That’s a little thing, but I immediately noticed it and thought it was awesome.
As always, most of the items are high-quality wood, meaning they’re going to stand the test of time. Also, no batteries, no loud noises, and no mechanical movements. I really love the simplicity and intention of Montessori toys.
Pros and Cons of Monti Kids Level 2
Pros of Level 2:
- Aesthetically beautiful toys
- High-quality, mostly wooden materials
- No batteries, loud noises, or mechanical movements
- A focus on primary colors, making it easy to start talking about color
- Materials perfectly designed to encourage and extend tummy time
- The rattles are amazing for keeping baby happy and occupied while I get things around the house done (the interlocking rings are a favorite around here)
- The basket is wonderful for keeping toys together and contained
- The teether ball can be frozen, which is perfect for soothing my son’s gums
- The online video course is absolutely phenomenal for understanding how and when to use these toys to get the most out of them
Cons of Level 2:
- Expensive at $195 for the box (11 toys)
- Only free shipping in the Contiguous U.S. ($20 flat fee for Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and U.S. Territories; varies for international locations)
I literally cannot think of any other cons of this Monti Kids level – the toys are incredible, and I’ve had the most special time watching my son hit milestones alongside them.
Monti Kids Level 2 vs Lovevery
Monti Kids and Lovevery are certainly competitors, and some of their toys overlap. I was a die-hard Lovevery fan before I ever found Monti Kids, so we have all the Lovevery play kits.
Both Monti Kids and Lovevery have a spinning drum, tummy time wobbler, contrast cards, and rolling bells in their respective toy boxes. And I have to say, after comparing them side-by-side, Monti Kids has a higher quality product.
Note: Lovevery does offer free shipping in the contiguous US and Canada, whereas Monti Kids only offers free shipping in the contiguous U.S.
Spinning Drum Comparison
Monti Kids spinning drum’s construction is superior, and I love how it has ledges that make it easier for babies to control the spinning. The Lovevery version is flat and can be harder to grasp and spin.
It’s also smaller, and the colors aren’t clearly primary and secondary colors – they’re that classic Lovevery pastel look, which is beautiful, but maybe not as helpful for teaching and talking about colors.
Tummy Time Wobbler Comparison
The tummy time wobbler from Monti Kids is fully wooden, and it has this red top that captures my son’s attention. It also just does a better job of spinning and moving when he touches it.
The Lovevery version is also lovely – we’ve loved it for years – but it kind of pales in comparison to the Monti Kids version. It’s also not wooden, so it’s not quite as durable.
Contrast Cards Comparison
Lovevery also has contrast cards in their Charmer play kit for 3-4 months, and once again, the Monti Kids version is superior.
While it’s a little smaller, it’s more durable and doesn’t start creasing right away like the Lovevery version.
Rolling Bell Comparison
Lovevery has a rolling bell, and Monti Kids has a cylinder rattle. They are essentially the same thing, a jingly toy that encourages your baby to roll it and attempt to crawl after it.
I love both versions. Monti Kids has the primary colors on their version, which captures my son’s attention for sure. But I like the shape of the Lovevery one a little better as you can more clearly see the source of the bell. I call this one a tie!
Is Monti Kids Level 2 Worth It?
I’m a sucker for these toys from Monti Kids.
I so look forward to these boxes when they come – it’s like we’ve graduated to the next set of milestones. I love how they look, and I love they aren’t overstimulating.
They’re going to stand the test of time, which means I can pass them down to the next generation or potentially sell them when I’m done.
I think Level 2 is worth the price, most definitely. The items in this kit are going to help your baby hit important developmental milestones, including exploration, hand-eye coordination, wrist and arm strength, visual skills, and even making strides towards getting ready to crawl.
We loved – and still love – Level 2 from Monti Kids. These toys are ideal for 4-6 months, but as we approach the 6-month mark, I find that my son loves these toys even more.