Pregnancy I’m a Pregnant Doula and I Tried Bump Boxes. Are They Worth It? Bump Boxes are a nice option, especially for first-time parents, but they're a bit generic. By Carrie Murphy Published on May 10, 2023 Share Tweet Pin Email In This Article View All In This Article What Is Bump Boxes? Signing Up for Bump Boxes Receiving My Bump Boxes Pros & Cons Final Thoughts We independently evaluate all recommended products and services. If you click on links we provide, we may receive compensation. Learn more. Photo: d3sign / Getty Images As a doula for over a decade, I’m all about products and services that make life easier or more special for pregnant people. Pregnancy can be an intense time of life and expectant parents need a lot of support. And if that support comes in the form of useful products, so be it. I’m currently pregnant with my second child and on the hunt for things to enhance my experience. I’m certainly not alone in that; after all, there are over 3 million babies born (and parents made) in the U.S. every year, and most of those birthing parents would no doubt appreciate some products to support the pre- and postpartum journey. So, I decided to try Bump Boxes, a curated monthly subscription box made especially for pregnant people. Read on to learn about my one-month subscription experience with Bump Boxes, including what was in my box in the second trimester of my pregnancy and my thoughts on the products (as both a doula and a mom). What Is Bump Boxes? Bump Boxes was founded in 2015 by parents who wanted to give parents access to “the safest, most effective pregnancy products and ensure healthy pregnancies around the world.” The boxes consist of curated products for pregnant people, like skincare, body care, and other items for the pregnancy journey. The company is owned by Bump Health, which manufactures products for parents (like the BumpLife and BlushTeas brands) and also assists parents in getting breast pumps covered by insurance. Sign Up for Bump Boxes Signing Up for Bump Boxes It was super easy to navigate the ordering process for Bump Boxes. I could order for one month, six months, nine months, or twelve months (Bump Boxes also now offers BitsyBox, which will send you a baby gift every month for the first year of your child’s life). The nice thing is that shipping to the continental U.S. is always free, as are returns. Plus, the more months you sign up for with Bumb Boxes, the less you pay per individual box. For example, if I were to sign up to pay monthly, I’d pay $50, but if I was ready to commit to longer, I’d pay: $43/month for six months$40/month for nine months$39/month for 12 months There is also the option to prepay for a specified set of months, which gets you an even bigger discount on these curated pregnancy products: If you prepay for six months, you’ll pay $254, a savings of almost $100If you prepay for nine months, you’ll pay $366, a savings of almost $175If you prepay for 12 months, you’ll pay $462, a savings of over $250 In the end, though, I decided to sign up for the Month to Month Subscription Box. Once I’d selected my subscription plan, I was prompted to input my due date (I was in the late second trimester at the time). Next, I was offered the option to get an upgrade product. I didn’t choose this option, but it looks like upgrade options include onesies, belly butter, tote bags, and more—and it’s available to anyone that signs up for a subscription that lasts more than at least one month. While doing a little research about this subscription, one thing I noted—and particularly appreciated—about Bump Boxes was the fact that, if there’s a product in your box that you love, you can buy it from the website’s store. That’s a useful and convenient feature that makes things super easy for pregnant people who may be overwhelmed with choosing and buying quality products. Receiving My Bump Boxes I ordered on a Wednesday and got my box on a Saturday, so shipping was lightning-fast. It came on its own (not inside of any other packaging), and was a bright pink cardboard box that had a logo of a noticeably pregnant person on the outside (which felt like gendered marketing). The box and the shipping materials are both recyclable. Courtesy of Carrie Murphy. The box I received contained five full-sized products: BumpLife brand printed wet bagDr.Brown’s Disposable Breast Pads, 30 count T.N. Dickinson’s Witch Hazel Cleansing Cloths, 25 countKanu Mother Cooling Leg Gel, 4.2 ozBumpLife brand small wooden massager The box also included a postcard from Bump Health (Bump Boxes’ parent company) with a QR code to scan to help parents get a free breast pump through their insurance. I didn’t try this service, but I was impressed that this is something the company provides—anything that helps parents navigate health insurance is a big plus for me. There was also a postcard explaining how Bump Boxes works, with a number to text to get more deals on products. Courtesy of Carrie Murphy. My favorite product was the cooling leg gel. I live in a hot climate, so it felt great to use after a long day of walking. I can see how this would be a very soothing product for any pregnant person, especially as the pregnancy progresses. That said, as someone at the end of their second trimester/beginning of the third, I didn’t find all of the products to be particularly useful. I inputted my due date when I ordered, so I assumed the products would be more targeted to my stage of pregnancy. For example, the disposable breast pads and the wet bag don’t seem to be applicable until you actually have a baby, which for me is probably more than three months away. I won’t be able to use breast pads until I’m lactating, so it seems like this would be more appropriate to include at around 36 weeks of pregnancy or in a postpartum box. Courtesy of Carrie Murphy. The witch hazel pads also seem more geared toward the postpartum time, but they can still be useful throughout pregnancy, especially since hemorrhoids are common as pregnancy progresses. Courtesy of Carrie Murphy. I would have loved a guide that explained why the specific products were included and how to use them. For example, as a doula, I know that the wooden mini massager included can be helpful to ease discomfort during labor (as well as to soothe tired muscles in pregnancy) but I’m not sure that’s common knowledge. I can think of a ton of other products that would be great for third-trimester moms, ones that they could use and enjoy while they are experiencing those last few months of pregnancy. The website also says the products are “clean,” but I couldn’t find much information on these standards other than that all products inside Bump Boxes are free of “parabens, phthalates, retinoids, formaldehyde, salicylic acid, sulfates, and artificial fragrances.” That doesn’t necessarily mean that the products included are eco-friendly, though, if that’s something you’re concerned about. I’m curious about what comes in subsequent boxes, as Bump Boxes does offer them monthly—perhaps boxes for later in pregnancy would be more appropriate for that time. I emailed customer service to ask but was told that there are different versions of each box and that the boxes change from month to month. In general, it seems like specific information on the contents of the boxes isn’t readily available, so keep that in mind if you’re someone who wants to know exactly what you’re getting. Customer service is speedy—they got back to me in less than 24 hours, which was great. It’s a simple process; you just send them an email. Pros & Cons Overall, I think Bump Boxes are fun and useful, but there are ways the subscription could be better. Here are my pros and cons. Pros Easy to order Simple gifting Fast, free shippingFree returnsResponsive customer serviceAssistance in getting a breast pump Cons Not very specific to the trimester of pregnancy you’re inProducts may not be useful to youUnclear how products are chosen/vetted and by whomVery gendered packaging Final Thoughts Plenty of parents will appreciate receiving a box full of products each month, especially products they might not even be aware of (like the wooden massager or the leg gel). As I mentioned, I think the products could be more specifically tailored to someone’s stage of pregnancy, but I think there are at least a few products in each box that can make a difference to any pregnancy experience. The boxes also seemed more suited to a first-time parent who knows less about what to expect, physically and emotionally, during pregnancy. One thing that irked me: Although the website says the products in the boxes are “vetted by experts,” I am not sure what type of experts are actually vetting the products. Is it parents themselves, OB-GYNs and midwives, doulas, lactation consultants, or others who work with expecting families? I could not find any information on who chooses the products and why. Also, it doesn’t look like the company offers any way of giving back to the community, such as free or discounted boxes for low-income parents, donations to charities that support maternal health causes, or other initiatives. This is something I’ve seen with other, similar subscriptions so it feels like a miss. That said, I still think a subscription to Bump Boxes would make a wonderful gift for a pregnant friend or family member, especially if they’re a first-time parent or one that doesn’t live near stores with family planning supplies. Ordering one or two would also be a nice gift for yourself as you move through the trimesters. Even if some of the products aren’t right for your current pregnancy stage, they could be helpful down the road. Sign Up for Bump Boxes Edited by Ally Hirschlag Was this page helpful? Thanks for your feedback! Tell us why! Other Submit Sources Parents uses only high-quality sources, including peer-reviewed studies, to support the facts within our articles. Read our editorial process to learn more about how we fact-check and keep our content accurate, reliable, and trustworthy. Births and natality. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 2023.