The lunchbox I've found for her is the one I like the best so far out of all the lunchboxes I've used over the years so I thought I'd share it with you, and the pro's and con's of the other lunchboxes if you are looking to get one for your kids. (Of course it's just my opinion and this isn't a sponsored post or anything!) I do like the other lunchboxes, but for school and for fitting into a school bag I like the Nude one the best.
This is the one I'm using for school and is my favourite- The Nude Food Mover Mini. I bought it from Plastic Box but you can buy them online from Yum Yum Kids. There is also a larger Nude Food Mover but it is pretty huge!
Nude Food Mover Mini
- not too bulky or long so easily fits in her bag along with her book bag and jacket
- easily fits a sandwich, muffin or other treat, raisins, babybel in the main compartment (I don't use the sandwich 'seatbelt') that comes with the lunchbox
- the two pod containers are great for things like pretzels, popcorn, crackers, cheese and carrot sticks, grapes, yoghurt...
- can take out one of the pod containers and put a small apple in the space
- The only con I can think of is your child losing the lids or the whole containers from the pod compartments so I've labelled the lids and the containers as well.
- and it can't fit a banana
- lots of compartments so don't need any extra containers which is great
- can't fit an apple as it isn't very high
- can be quite difficult for kids to open
- I find it a bit too long when stuffing it in a school bag with everything else in there!
Penny Scallan style lunchboxes
- look very cute and the kids love the look of them too
- insulated lining
- fits an apple or a banana
- I found it quite bulky and difficult to fit in a school bag with everything else
- have to use gladwrap, snack bags or a lot of little plastic containers if like me you are not a fan of gladwrap!
Sistema lunchbox 'Quaddie'
- compartments on top plus a compartment for small water bottle that comes with the lunchbox so no need for separate containers
- another one I found just too bulky to easily fit into a schoolbag
- the lid is quite heavy and actually takes up a lot of space in the main lunchbox compartment
- I could just see my 4 year old forgetting to shut the lids on the top compartments properly and then opening up the main lid and anything left in there tipping out everywhere. Maybe not but highly likely!
For her drink bottle I went with this Sistema one I bought from Plastic Box as well. It was only about $5 and is small, light and BPA free (I was looking for a small one as school bags can be heavy enough without a large, heavy drink bottle as well, and there's water fountains at her school too) and it's easy to open and close.
So there you go, my two cents worth on kids lunchboxes...
And here's a couple of tips from a really great blog post I read last year that had heaps of lunchbox tips and ideas but I can't for the life of me remember where I read it (if you have written a kids lunchbox type post let me know!)
- buy two of the same lunch boxes and drink bottles so you've always got one ready to pack
- freeze a whole lot of muffins and mini muffins so you've got something to grab from the freezer.