In preparation for preschool coming this fall (sad face) and trying to get Sylas eating better and being more interested in meals, I started shopping around for a lunch box. Of course, I got Ivan one as well so as to not lave him feeling left out. I really liked the one that Britneyandbaby uses on her YouTube channel. So I went with that and a few other pieces to create my lunch time arsenal. I’ll go through piece by piece and share with you what I like about them, and dislike. All of the products were purchased on Amazon and I will link them below.
First off, is the Yumbox (first link). It is a compartmentalized lunchbox that has sections for each food group that help to teach portion control and healthy eating. They come in different styles; I got one with 6 compartments and another with 4. They are leak proof and they allow you to pack wet and dry foods together in the same box which is great. No more plastic baggies! The only downfall that I can think of is cleaning. If you have a dishwasher, there’s no problem. Just take the compartment tray out of the box itself and toss them both in the dishwasher. If you have to wash by hand, there are some nooks and crannies that would be hard to get clean.
Next, I got a set of EasyLunchboxes (link 2). Its basically a set of compartmentalized Tupperware with three different sections. They are about the same size as the Yumbox so there’s no need to get a different lunch bag to put it in. I like that you can still teach portion control, and you can keep the foods separate for your picky eaters. They are dishwasher safe, but again, hand-washing could be a little bit more difficult due to the compartments. The other downfall is that its more plastic Tupperware in the house. I know that bothers some people, so I wanted to mention that.
Next, I got a lunch bag to carry their lunches in by Olive Kids (link 3). These bags hold either of the lunch boxes from above perfectly, with just enough room for a juice box and ice pack as well. They are pretty sturdy, though we haven’t had the true test of time with a school year yet. They are nice quality and come in lots of patterns for boys and girls. The only downfall is that the zipper needs a little workout to break it in; Sylas had a hard time getting it open when it was brand new, but that has since passed with use.
Last but not least, I got a pack of ice packs (link 4). They are flat and compact but still keep the food cold. They fit perfectly in the lunch bag under the Yumbox or the EasyLunchbox and still allow the bag to be zipped. They are made of hard plastic so you don’t have to worry about a baggie leaking that gel all over inside the lunch. I can’t come up with a downfall for these as they are just simple and perfect for what we need.