Things I wish I had known about the Toniebox

A big thank you to Toniebox for sending a unit for us to review. A post was not required, but I wanted to share all the things I wish I had known about the Toniebox before.

Things I wish I had known about the Toniebox

So, what is a Toniebox?

The Toniebox is the cutest little imagination-building, screen-free, digital listening device for kids. It’s a soft and squishable music and storybook player that is perfect for little listeners. Swap stories and themes just by connecting your favorite Tonie characters to the top of the Toniebox. Squeeze an ear to raise or lower the volume and tap the sides to change chapters or tilt to fast-forward or rewind.

The Toniebox comes to life when paired with the expansive collection of Tonies. These are hand-painted characters with hours of stories to tell, worlds to explore, and songs to sing along with. Each collectible character magnetically attaches to the Toniebox, making it simple for little listeners to change stories whenever they want.

Connect to Wi-Fi through an easy, one-time setup and then you can go Wi-Fi free after that. Charge it up and you can go cordless and take your Toniebox with you on all your adventures.

Things I wish I had known about the Toniebox

Things I wish I had known about the Toniebox before:

1} How much all of my kids were going to love it, including the teen. The marketing for the Toniebox made me think it would be for really young children, but my 6, 10, and 13 year old love cuddling up and listening together. I love that they choose it to wind down with after a long day, and they love that they can hear all their favorite tales whenever they want.

2} It’s screen-free entertainment. No app required, only your own vivid imagination required to ] bring the stories to life.

Things I wish I had known about the Toniebox

3} That it’s not just for stories. You can buy Tonies that have singalong songs, ones that have stories and songs, and ones that you can make your own however you’d like.

4} Truly no-limits fun. We put limits on TV time, on tablet time, even on crafting some days. But, listening to stories on the Toniebox? There’s never a limit to that. Slip away into as many stories as you’d like, kiddos. It’s nice to have something I can always say “yes” to.

5} That we would want to collect allllll the Tonies. Whether educational content, audiobook or sing-along songs, each Tonie is a unique listening experience. We got three Tonies with our first order, and quickly discovered what a hit it was. Then we ordered two more. And, another two. Now, we have quite the collection as well as a wishlist of Tonies we’d love to add to our story time. From princesses to bedtime stories, and with all the big names in Disney magic, it’s easy to find a few Tonies your kiddos would love. We were especially excited when we realized many of our local neighborhood toy stores carry Tonies and Tonieboxes, so we can easily add to our collection on whim or for a special occasion or long trip.

Things I wish I had known about the Toniebox

6} Tonies=Adorable décor. Tonies aren’t just fun little tools to get the Toniebox to tell your favorite stories, they are also absolutely adorable little hand-painted figurines of your child’s favorite characters. Display them on a shelf, or along a dresser, or even on a magnetic board since all Tonies attach magnetically to the Toniebox.

7} How truly portable the Toniebox is. Many products today feature photos with photoshopped cords so that they appear cordless or neglect to mention that they need continuous wi-fi in order to work, so I’m always disappointed to find myself chained to a wall or stuck finding wi-fi to use them. The Toniebox is different actually quite portable because you can just charge it up, connect to wi-fi to pull the story for each Tonie you own, and from there you can take it anywhere you like. We love our Toniebox for long car rides because it provides screen-free relaxation for the kiddos. My one hope? That eventually the Toniebox will have a case that it can slip into with a space for Tonies inside to keep them together. Right now, we just use a ziplock baggie for Tonies, but it would be nice to have an easy-to-take-with-you bag or box for storage.

8} The Toniebox is a personalized toy. I don’t know if you’ve ever shopped for personalized toys, but they cost *a lot* of money. As soon as a toy can be customized, the dollar signs start adding up. But, with the Toniebox, every starter pack includes a Creative Tonie. With Creative Tonies, you can record up to 90 minutes of custom content. Record your own favorite books, sing songs with your little one, have grandparents send special messages, and even safely store special memories that you can record for your child. If you have multiple children and want each one to have a personalized experience, simply buy more Creative Tonies for your collection. With the Creative Tonie, you can be exactly as creative as you want to be!

9} It would quickly become a favorite toy. The first day my daughter opened her Toniebox, she was excited about all the characters and the cuteness, but then she set it aside. It was clear to me that she didn’t quite understand how it worked, so I was happy to pop open the box and show her. Thank goodness I had charged it in advance and added all the Tonies to the Toniebox to download the content so it was ready to go upon opening the box. Then, all that she needed to do was to pop her favorite Tonie on top and it would start playing the stories or songs automagically. Within days it was one of her most prized possessions, which is truly saying a lot.

10} How much I would enjoy it. Not just because it keeps my kiddos happy and entertained {which is great, obviously}, but because it truly entertains me and other adults. I find myself getting drawn back into stories I’ve heard over and over again, even though I could easily recite certain parts. I guess that’s the real magic of Tonies and one of the biggest things I wish I had known about the Toniebox.

Are there more things you wish you knew about the Toniebox? I’m sure I could come up with a half dozen more things I wish I had known about the Toniebox!

4 thoughts on “Things I wish I had known about the Toniebox”

  1. I’m a grandparent buying this for my grandchild. I can charge the box but can I set this up or does my daughter have to set it up with her device so they have access to all the stories? Also, do I understand correctly that I could take a creative and record it at home and then give it to my daughter and it will work for her on my grandchild’s Tonie box?

    • Sonya, I think your grandchild will love it! You can set it up on your phone if you’d like, it’s screen-free once it gets to the child anyway (the stories are all in the little Tonie friends/characters so a device isn’t needed). You will need the Toniebox to record on the Creative Tonie. Once you record, you give both the Creative Tonie with the Tonie box to your granddaughter.

  2. We got one for Christmas (the biggest starter pack) and right from the box it didn’t work correctly. We’ve struggled to get help from the company (email replies take 7-10 days between replies). Ultimately, we believe (and they affirm) they stuck the wrong ID on our box and it simply will not work until they give us the correct information…but I have my doubts that’ll work still. Not to mention our kids watched us fiddle with the darn thing for about 6 hours (of frustration) that they’ll likely be terrified to use the darn thing if we did manage to get it working. I’ve watched this item for years and finally pulled the trigger by getting one and absolutely cannot recommend it to anyone.

    I do get a lot of marketing emails from them, though…

    • D, I’m sorry you had this experience. I would definitely reach out and have them make it right. It sounds like they owe you a working toniebox and hopefully they can do more for you. It’s one of my daughter’s favorite things in the world, and I hope that your kids can experience the magic, too.


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