15 Best Kids Lunch Boxes & Bags 2021
This school year might be looking a little different, but packing your kids’ lunches is something most parents will have to face at some point in the near future. Instead of a brown paper bag, opt for one of these cute kids’ lunch boxes this back-to-school season, whether they’re heading into the yard for a picnic or bringing lunch to school.
Many of these lunch bags, boxes, and totes were also top performers when tested by the Good Housekeeping Institute’s Kitchen Appliances and Technology Lab. Just don’t be surprised when you find yourself wanting to “borrow” their new bag. Here are the best kids’ lunch boxes:
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Best Overall Lunch Box
Carryall Freezable Lunch Bag
Thanks to a freezable gel liner, this was the only bag to stay below 40°F (a safety benchmark for perishables) for 5 1/2 hours in our test. It’s super spacious, comes with a long strap for easy carrying, and is available in dozens of fun colors and patterns. We recently tested PackIt’s Everyday Lunch Box Cooler, too, which is a new, cubed shape, perfect for stocking up with goods for picnics. Both fold up for storage – and taking up minimal room in your freezer!
- Built in gel liner that can be frozen to keep foods cold for hours
- Folds up for storage
Best Bento Lunch Box
Bento Lunch Box
Bento boxes are great for kids because they get a little taste of everything with various lunch and snack portions. It only has one latch, so little hands can open their lunch box with ease. Plus, these lunch boxes are available in a variety of different colors.
- 5 half-cup compartments plus a dip section
Best Lunch Box for Bento Boxes
These Bentgo lunch bags were specifically designed to fit an assortment of bento boxes (but you could still use ’em separately!). It’s insulated, and it claims to keep food warm or cold for up to four hours. There’s even an interior mesh pocket and an exterior pocket, too.
- Perfect for rectangular shaped containers
- Insulated with exterior pockets
Best Lunch Box for Picnics
The Flatbox is a soft-sided lunch bag with a comfortable handle on top. When you unzip the sides and lay it flat, it becomes a placemat, making it a great companion at picnics and other venues with messy surfaces (field trips!). It’s also machine washable.
- Easy-grab handles
- Opens flat to act like a placemat
Best Lunch Box Set
Fast Flames Set
Go Green Lunch Box
This five-piece set is the ultimate lunch box starter kit — it comes with a lunch bag, food box, reusable ice pack, water bottle, and even a mini white board so you can leave him a new note each day. If your kid isn’t into race cars, these lunch box sets also come in other patterns.
- Slim, insulated design
- Comes in an assortment of patterns
Best Personalized Lunch Box
Mackenzie Classic Lunch Bag
Pottery Barn Kids
The Mackenzie bag is super spacious and the rigid walls keep delicate foods from getting crushed. There are zippered pockets inside and out, and its double zipper won’t come open if shaken or dropped. Plus, you can get it customized with your little one’s name!
- Keeps its shape in a tightly-packed bag
- Can be monogrammed
Best Character Lunch Box
Soft Lunch Box
This simple and affordable Thermos lunch box comes in 35 different variations based on your kids’ favorite movie and TV-show characters. Some designs even come in different forms, like one actually shaped like a police car. They zip open and closed to reveal one main compartment to stash lunch and snacks.
- Available in a variety of shapes and sizes
Best Lightweight Lunch Box
Soft Neoprene Lunch Tote Bag
The Gourmet Getaway Lunch Tote from Built is super lightweight, plus the polyester and neoprene material is flexible enough to fold up for storage after lunch. Careful with liquids, though, as this bag leaked in our testing.
- Thin, flexible material
- Stores flat
Best Leak-Proof Lunch Box
Flip-Top Lunch Box
L. L. Bean
The Flip-Top was one of the only bags we tested that proved totally leak-proof and stain-resistant. It didn’t break when dropped and earned perfect scores for ease of packing.
- Inner mesh compartment for more storage
Best Slim Lunch Box
Insulated Lunch Box
This lightweight lunch box has a smooth plastic interior that lets you clean up sticky spills easily. Plus, it won’t stain, even if you leave grape juice on it overnight.
- Compact design
- Exterior and interior pockets
Best Stainless Steel Bento Box and Lunch Box
Stainless Steel Bento Lunch Box
The Planet Box Shuttle lunch carrier might be pricey, but it comes in fun themes, like this unicorn one. The set includes the stainless steel lunchbox, a cylindrical container for sauces, decorative magnets for the top of the box, and a colorful carrying case.
- Multiple sized compartments
- Includes insulated carrying case
Best Lunch Box for Leftovers
This set is totally leak-proof and freezer, microwave and dishwasher safe, making it a smart option for kids who love leftovers for lunch. It comes with three colorful plastic containers that snap onto an ice pack: The largest holds a sandwich and the smallest is ideal for snacks.
- Leak-proof and freezer-proof
- Individual containers can be used on tray or separately
- Microwave- and dishwasher-safe
Best Lunch Box for Hot and Cold Foods
Bento Box for Kids
This bento box style lunch box from OmieBox is insulated and comes with a removable leak-proof container for liquids. The rectangular compartments come with dividers that you can use with or without to make larger or smaller.
- Small and compact
- Removable, leak-proof bowl can be used for hot or cold liquids
Best Backpack Lunch Box
Big Apple Buddies Lunch Backpack
- Easy to carry
- Thin, lightweight material
Best Customizable Lunch Box
Lunch Bag and Box Set
The Bentology lunch bag set is a great pick for kids who like to customize their lunch. The separate plastic containers mean your child can eat various snacks with their lunch!
- Containers have individual lids
- Containers can be used with or without carrying case
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MIER Insulated Lunch Box Bag with Bottle Holder
If you are looking for a well-organized lunch bag that can carry everything you need then this is the best option for you. This lunch box is great for meal preppers and those of you who like to keep your food and snacks perfectly separated. With a measurement of 9.1L x 4.7W x 11H inches, this bag offers you lots of space to store your food. 1 main insulated compartment with 1 inner zip mesh pocket, 2 front zipper pockets, 2 side mesh bottle pockets, 1 name cardholder and 1 back zip pocket for ice pack, this is ideal for preventing foods from getting soggy. The interior comprises a soft aluminum lining which also plays a role in preserving the heat and food aroma. It also ensures the food or drinks retain their freshness and taste. This MIER lunch box bag looks nice and professional while also being sturdy and easy to care for. Suitable for different users including adults, teens, and children.
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- Insulated Office/School/Outdoor Lunch Cooler —- The thick and food-grade aluminum foil lining makes sure your stuff hot/cold/fresh for hours. Inside heat-welded seams prevent the liner leaks, no inside seams make it so much easier to clean and you don’t have to worry about liquids getting into the cracks and making it smell
- Lot of Well-thought-out Features —- Equipped with a strong buckle handle clips onto strollers, totes, backpacks or sports bags for convenient travel to and from school, daycare and sports activities; the back compartment fit ice pack in a separate pocket so there’s no soggy food; a small clear pocket for name cards
- Multiple Pockets Lunch Bag —- Main insulated compartment (Inner size: 8.3″L x 4.3″W x 9.8″H) fits up to 12 cans, with an inner zip mesh pocket. Outside: 2 front zipper pockets, 1 back zipper pocket, 1 transparent name cardholder and 2 side mesh pockets. The whole bag exterior measuring 9.1″L x 4.7″W x 11″H
- Built to Long-lasting —- Made with top quality and abrasion/water-resistant tarpaulin material accompanied by MIER zippers, high strength MIER buckles and reinforced box-stitched on every stress point to ensure the comfort experience
- Material: Marine-grade tarpaulin
- Exterior measuring 9. 1″L x 4.7″W x 11″H
- Inner measuring 8.3″L x 4.3″W x 9.8″H
- Capacity: 12 cans (355ml)
- Weight: 0.88lbs
- MIER brand zippers for longer durability
- Detachable & adjustable shoulder strap for easy access
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Best Preschool Lunch Boxes and Sippy Cups: Our Picks for 2019
Here at Lucie’s List, we take lunch breaks very seriously… which is why we’re ditching the brown paper bag and setting out to find the best containers and lunch essentials for our preschoolers and Kindergarteners to tote their sandwiches, snacks and beverages around. Below, you will find our top picks for preschool lunch boxes, lunch bags and sippy cups.
Best Preschool Lunch Bags
I’m literally obsessed with back-to-school shopping (my dream shopping spree would be a close call between books and office supplies), and there’s something strangely special about picking out lunch bags for the school year ahead. I loved picking out my lunch box when I was a kid, and it’s so fun to be on the other end now as a parent…except for one small problem: my kiddos’ lunch bags have held up so well that they haven’t gotten to indulge in this once-annual tradition.
Here are our favorite lunch bags for preschool and daycare!
LL Bean Insulated Kids Lunch Box ~ $19 (20% Off with code KIDS20)
We love the LL Bean kids lunch box, and we’re not the only ones — it’s also a top pick at Wirecutter, Good Housekeeping, Babylist, and elsewhere. This lunch box is durable and affordable — it’s the standard high-quality product we all know and expect from LL Bean. The mesh pockets on the inside are nice for storing extra snacks or ice packs, and the interior is roomy enough to store all the food your hungry toddler will need for a full day’s adventures. The zipper close is easy for little hands and holds everything in very effectively.
The inside wipes clean easily (Bean recommends spot cleaning only), and you can add your kiddo’s monogram for an extra $8.
Skip Hop Zoo Kids Insulated Lunch Box ~ $15
These are a very close second to the LL Bean lunch bags in terms of quality and durability, but they have the added benefit of being machine washable, which is a HUGE perk since toddlers aren’t really ones for being neat and clean at lunchtime. You can also match it to a Skip Hop backpack (see also: our Favorite Backpacks). Seriously, little kids love picking their special animal from all the fun choices. I can’t even pick a favorite.
Much like the LL Bean bags, these are lightly insulated but come ready-made for ice pack storage, and the zippers are easy for preschoolers to zip open and closed. We like that the handle on this one comes with a buckle, which makes it an easy add-on to backpacks, diaper bags, work bags, and whatnot. (I don’t know about all of you, but it’s usually me who’s carrying my kid’s sh*t into school!)
PlanetBox Carry Bag ~ $25-$30 (on sale for $20!)
If you have the Cadillac of lunch boxes, the PlanetBox, then you might want to think about the PlanetBox Carry Case to go with it. It’s insulated with extra storage space for more ice packs, utensils, and a cup. And of course the PlanetBox fits inside perfectly. We like it because it’s easy to carry and makes for a practical appendage to the PlanetBox. We know it’s a splurge, but this just might make it to college. Fingers crossed.
Zoli Nomnom ~ $18
Another fab preschool lunch bag is the Zoli Nomnom (and everything Zoli, for that matter). We LOVE the Nomnom because it keeps the food/beverage UPRIGHT in the bag (vs. lying flat), which is better for certain types of foods (thermoses, for example). It can also hook onto a larger bag, like a backpack, so you can carry it in one piece. Zoli makes a matching backpack we love called the MiniStash. See the full lineup here. Meg’s girls use and love these!
PackIt Freezable Lunch Bag ~ $31 — Honorable Mention
This is a more fandangled pick! The PackIt has freezable gel built into its lining, so it functions like a little “portable refrigerator” — no ice packs necessary. The bag folds up to look like a wallet, and you leave it overnight in the freezer for 12 hours. Then, when you unfold it and pack your child’s lunch, the insulated walls keep everything fresh for ten hours. This is the kind of multi-tasking product many parents adore.
On the downside, it’s hand wash only, and some users complain that the Velcro wears pretty quickly (especially in the hands of toddlers). Note, too, that compared to zip-closure, Velcro is less reliable for containing spills or leaks.
Best Preschool Lunch Boxes
Lunch packing is an intricate art — slicing all the veggies, cutting all the crust, making sure cold food stays cold and hot food stays hot, packing it all neatly into one compartment…a good lunch box will help you accomplish it all, making all your food prep efforts worth it and the midday meal a bit tastier.
What constitutes a good lunch box, you ask? It needs to be durable, leak proof, easy to use, lightweight, roomy, and a breeze to clean. Thankfully, there are a lot of options out there that fit the bill. Without further ado, here are our faves.
Yumbox ~ $28 (20% Off with code KIDS20)
If your kid’s go-to lunch is a sandwich, this box is for you. You can fit a whole sandwich (with crust on), a side and snacks. Thanks to the molded silicone lid, you can even put yogurt, apple sauce and other liquid foods in there — it’s completely leak-proof. You can remove the tray to clean it easily, and there’s only one latch, so little hands can open their lunch box with ease. We also love the playful designs that the boxes have on the inside, which is sure to make your kiddo’s lunch a whole lot more exciting!
PlanetBox ~ $55
The bento box from PlanetBox is a stainless steel lunch box with five compartments of different sizes, which is great if your child likes to have options for lunch. The set includes the lunch box, two separate stainless steel containers for holding sauces or extra snacks, and a set of magnets to personalize the front of the box. The PlanetBox is dishwasher safe and toxic free, and it carries a 5-year warranty. Beware though, since it is made of stainless steel, it is on the heavier side and may be better suited for older kiddos.
U Konserve ~ $16
This sleek lunch box from U Konserve is another great eco-friendly alternative to plastic. We particularly love the moveable and removeable divider, allowing you to adjust portion sizes and divvy up your little one’s food accordingly. The box comes with one divider, but you can purchase more of them to customize (check out their full line of food storage). The clear lid is also a nice touch for you and your Mini Me to see what’s inside.
Some customers have reported the tops to crack over time. To avoid that issue, the brand recommends keeping the lid out of extreme temperatures. Note also that the dividers aren’t leak-proof (though the lid is), so you’ll want to avoid packing things like yogurt or apple sauce.
OmieBox Bento Container ~ $39
Struggling to pack hot foods without adding heft to your little one’s load? The Omie Box is here to help. What sets this lunch box apart is the removable insulated stainless steel thermos food jar designed to keep foods hot. Not planning on a hot lunch? No problem… Just take the thermos out. The other three compartments are great for sides and snacks. The built-in handle is a nice touch, allowing your little one to carry his lunch around without needing an outer bag.
The lunch box is easy to open, and the lid to the thermos was designed with tots in mind. That said, some reviewers say that it’s a bit difficult for little hands to open and close, so it may be a better option for older, more agile kids.
Lunchbots Thermal Insulated Food Container ~ $24
Is soup on the lunch menu this fall? Swap the lunch box for a food thermos and lunch bag. We love Thermal by LunchBots. With its triple insulation, the thermos will keep your little one’s food hot for 6 hours or cold for 12 hours. We also love that it’s short and wide — easy for kiddos to eat out of, and super convenient to fill. The stainless steel interior can hold up to two cups of food, and the leak-proof lid means you don’t have to worry about your child coming home with a backpack full of pasta sauce. Even the lid is made of stainless steel, which means no plastic touches the food.
Best Cups for the Lunchbox
Not to brag (cough), but we know about sippy cups. We’ve written about how to transition from bottles to sippy cups and have logged countless hours assessing them to tell you what’s what in the Sippy Cup Smackdown.
But the best cup around the house isn’t necessarily the best choice for daycare or preschool. In an ideal world, the perfect sippy cup for preschoolers would be some kind of hybrid between a water bottle and sippy cup; it would be affordable, easy-to-use, lightweight, leak-proof, destruction-proof, toddler-proof, insulated, and dishwasher safe to boot.
There is also a trade-off in materials used…. plastic is nice because it’s lightweight, but on the downside, it doesn’t keep the drink cold (especially in hot weather), can impart a plastic-y taste and some are concerned about the safety of plastics (in general). On the other hand, stainless steel performs amazingly well, is safe, and cleans easily — but by god, it can get heavy! At the end of the day, it seems that most parents have a couple of high quality stainless containers for drinks – plus a couple of plastic ones as backup.
- Whatever you do — get that Sharpie out and write (and re-write) your kiddo’s name so it doesn’t get lost!! It’s a pain, but worth it!!
Though no one’s created the perfect solution for these concerns, here are our top picks for sending your kiddo off to school or daycare with her bevvie of choice:
Thermos FUNtainer ~ $17
The Thermos FUNtainer is a fantastic option. It’s a straw thermos with insulation that keeps drinks cold for up to 12 hours, so it can last through a full day of care or school. When the lid is closed (make sure it clicks!) the FUNtainer is leak-proof, and we like that the lid also keeps the straw covered when it’s not in use. (The lid is easy for toddlers to open and close, too.)
The FUNtainer has four parts, which come apart easily and are also easy to clean. Thermos suggests hand-washing them all, but each piece is top-rack dishwasher safe, so that’s a nice option. It comes in a range of fun character designs and a few different colors!
Klean Kanteen Kid Kanteen Sport Bottle ~ $19
The Klean Kanteen is another nice choice. It’s a single-walled water bottle with a pull-top silicone lid that parents and daycare workers alike say lasts for years. The Kid Kanteens are a standout for durability — one parent wrote on Amazon that they “take beatings wonderfully.” Nice. (If you want to put yours to the test, it also comes with a lifetime warranty.)
All the components here are dishwasher safe, and cleaning is generally easy, although a few parents have reported having trouble cleaning the tops. This version is not insulated. If you want to go with the insulated bottle (~$25), note that it can’t go in the dishwasher.
Unfortunately, this bottle isn’t 100% leak proof, so we wouldn’t recommend throwing it mindlessly in your kid’s lunchbox or backpack. Lastly, the pull-top lids on the sport bottle can be tough for some toddlers to open and close on their own (the brand recommends it for kids ages 4+), but you could opt for the sippy top version (~$18) if you have a younger toddler.
Nalgene Grip-N-Gulp ~ $10
If leakproof status is your biggest priority, the Nalgene Grip-N-Gulp is a top choice. Many parents who’ve tried tons of other options end up sticking with the Grip-N-Gulp for that reason alone, but it’s also easy to clean and super durable.
Camelbak Eddy Kids Stainless Steel Water Bottle ~ $20
The Eddy kids bottle by CamelBak is great for your kiddo’s school adventures. It features a valve that kids have to bite down on gently in order to release water. You can shut it off, which also means it’s spill proof. We love that it’s easy for kids to use and for parents to clean. All the parts come removable for you to clean easily and to ensure no mold grows in crevices and tiny corners. The stainless steel makes this CamelBak durable and more environmentally sound, which we also love.
Contigo Autoseal Trekker Kids Water Bottle ~ $15 for 2
If your little one has outgrown sippy cups but hasn’t outgrown spilling, this Contigo trekker water bottle is a great choice — and at $12 for a 2-pack, an affordable one at that. It features a one-touch AUTOSEAL lid that automatically seals between sips for mess-free drinking — no spilling, no leak. (This reviewer’s video demonstrates how it works.) Plus, the shape of the bottle is the perfect fit for tiny hands to hold and for most cup holders.
This BPA-free bottle is easy to clean and dishwasher safe. (Though, note that you cannot take the lid apart, so if you want to avoid mold from growing, you’ll need to immerse it with hot soapy water. )
First Years Take ‘n’ Toss Spill-Proof Sippy Cups ~ $4 for 4 — Budget Pick
These First Years Take ‘N Toss cups are a nice option for toddlers who’ve just gone through the bottle to sippy cup transition but aren’t quite ready for the weight of a real water bottle yet just yet. These cups are cheap, easy, and pretty darn leak-proof. (The travel tops are a bit flimsy for our tastes, though.)
Munchkin 360 Cups ~ $12 for 2 — Honorable Mention
Munchkin 360 cups are always a leading contender when it comes to the best children’s cups, and although they’re not necessarily a top pick for preschool, we did at least want to mention them here since dentists everywhere recommend them as the best cup for oral health. You could opt to use these for school if you wanted (Brit does), especially since they’re a great bargain. Now that Munchkin makes lids (~$3 for 4) they’re more user-friendly for daycare and school. That said, these do leak when thrown on the ground or left tipped over.
That’s all we’ve got, parents, happy packin’!!!
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About the Author
Charlene is the Managing Editor at Lucie’s List. Babywearing addict and baby gear aficionado, she is passionate about helping moms and moms-to-be be their best, most confident selves. Charlene is a French expat and has earned a degree in journalism from Columbia University. She now lives in Brooklyn, New York with her husband and two sons. When she’s not working, she’s usually chasing after kiddos, falling down the social media rabbithole, enjoying a glass of Sancerre while binge-watching Netflix, or singing her heart out at karaoke.
10 Best Kids Lunch Boxes (2021 Reviews)
It’s usually only after you’ve used your child’s new lunch box for a few days that you find out whether it suits your needs. Until you’ve been disappointed in a couple of products, it’s easy to assume that every lunch bag, box, and set are created pretty much equal. But this is not the case.
Having packed thousands of lunches for my kids and having gone through our fair share of lunch box disasters, here are my favorite lunch box picks.
Compare the Best
Best Kids Lunch Kit
Bentology Lunch Bag and Box Set
- Five removable containers
- Many colors and prints
- Additional pockets
Best Stainless Steel Lunch Box
PlanetBox Rover Bento Lunch Box
- Has compartments
- Hinged lid
- Changable magnetic lids
Best for Toddlers
Bentgo Kids Children’s Lunch Box
- Rubber-coated edges
- Leakproof seals
Best Freezable Lunch Bag
WHBag Freezable Lunch Box Bag
- Large bag
- Adjustable shoulder strap
Best Insulated Lunch Box
Wildkin Insulated Lunch Box
- Extra storage
- Easy to clean design
- Includes a food-safe liner
Best Eco-Friendly Lunch Box
Eco Lunch Box, Splash Box Kit
- Easy stacking
- Machine washable
DaCool Stainless Steel Thermos
- Easy to clean
- Long heat retention
Best Lunch Bag
Violet Mist Neoprene Lunch Bag
- Compact & easy
- Extremely durable
Skip Hop Kids Lunch Box
- Whimsical design
- Handle clips onto any backpack
- Retains heat
Best Tupperware Lunch Box
Tupperware “The Best Lunch Set”
- Dishwasher safe
- Insulated carry bag
- Sturdy & durable
Different Types Of Kids’ Lunch Boxes
The sheer variety of kid’s lunch containers that are available can be overwhelming. Not only do you have to choose between styles and shapes, but there are many materials and sizes to factor into your choice.
So, let’s take a look at the main options.
Plastic Vs. Stainless Steel Options
Stainless steel, as a material, has less of a negative environmental impact than plastics but it cannot be put into the microwave and is not suitable for use with hot foods.
On the other hand, stainless steel is easy to wipe clean. It’s also durable, lasting for many years.
Most plastics can go into the dishwasher so they are easy to keep clean, but some can become brittle over time and crack. Plastics also tend to break more easily when they are dropped.
Bento boxes come as either individual boxes which sit within a larger box, or as a tray with a number of depressions into which you can place a variety of foodstuffs. The tray style comes with a large lid to cover the entire tray. The box style may have lids for the individual boxes, plus a lid for the larger box, or just a lid for the outer container.
- Promotes trying a variety of foods.
- Natural portion control.
- The presentation is more appealing.
- Can’t accommodate larger items such as a full sandwich.
- Can be awkward to clean.
Lunch bags are readily available at most retailers and come in a wide variety of materials, from plastic-lined cotton to neoprene. Lightweight and easy to carry, team them up with an ice pack and they can usually keep food chilled for a couple of hours. These are one of the best toddler and elementary school options.
- Their soft body makes them easy to squeeze into a school bag.
- Simple to clean.
- Limited protection for the food.
A thermos is an insulated container in which you can transport hot or cold food. They are usually constructed as a metal inner container, then some insulation and a final outer container. Some styles come with foldable utensils, and most have a lid which can also be used as a bowl or a cup.
- Provides an option for hot meals.
- Lightweight and easy to clean.
- You’ll need a separate container for items such as sandwiches.
This is a category which is distinct from regular lunch bags. You can place freezable bags in your freezer overnight. Then, in the morning the bag will be deep chilled and able to keep the contents cool for up to 12 hours, depending on the bag and the outside temperature.
- Keeps the entire lunch cold.
- Doesn’t take up freezer space when not in use.
- You have to remember to freeze the bag the night before, or it doesn’t keep food cold.
Plastic containers can be as basic as disposable Ziploc style boxes or as sturdy and long-lasting as Tupperware boxes. Plastic containers can be used on their own or in conjunction with lunch bags and ice packs for added flexibility. If you choose a plastic lunch box, look for one with a hinged lid to prevent your kids from losing lids.
- Most can be washed in the dishwasher.
- Lightweight, easy to find, inexpensive to replace.
- Some plastics break easily.
How to Choose the Best Kids’ Lunch Boxes
To save you the time, trouble, and expense of going through several options before you find “the one,” here is a list of things to consider when you’re trying to choose the best kids’ lunch boxes.
Ease of Opening
This is especially important when your child is in preschool or daycare. Choose a lunch box that can open and close independently.
The best kids’ lunch boxes are lightweight when they are empty. While a two-and-a-half pound bag and box combo might not sound too bad, by the time you fill it with food it may be too much for your toddler.
This might be the single most important factor when choosing a lunch box for your child. It has to be able to handle daily use when they are in school.
Make sure the lunch box is big enough to accommodate your child’s appetite now, and for some time in the future. You may also want to ensure there is room for a water bottle, ice pack, or similar.
Do you need to keep foods hot or cold? If you’re packing lunch items that need to stay chilled from a food safety perspective, you need to make sure your lunch box stays cold long enough (1).
If you don’t think the look is important, try persuading a stubborn toddler that they want to go to daycare with the new elephant lunch box you bought for them. That can be quite a feat when they have decided they’ll only eat out of a lunchbox decorated with spaceships.
Ease of Cleaning
This might be one of your top criteria to save yourself some time. Whenever possible, choose a lunch box or bag you can throw into the dishwasher or washing machine.
If your lunch box is not dishwasher safe, make sure it can be easily wiped clean with hot soapy water and a cloth.
Unless you want your child to open their lunch box to find a gooey mess, or have their lunch leak all over the other contents of their bag, make sure it is leakproof.
If the environmental impact of your kid’s lunch box is important to you, avoid items that are made of plastic or require you to place the food inside disposable bags.
The Best Kids’ Lunch Boxes of 2021
Here are our favorite lunch box picks for kids.
1. Bentology Lunch Bag and Box Set
The Bentology lunch bag and box set provides a simple solution to the age-old problem of buying multiple items in which to pack your kid’s lunch.
There’s no working out “Does this box fit in this bag?” or “Will I need to buy an ice pack?”
Instead, everything you need for flexible lunch packing is here for you in one beautifully coordinated package.
Use it as a bento box, a larger, undivided lunch box, or as a soft lunch bag.
- Five removable containers which fit within the larger lunch box.
- Available in a wide variety of colors and prints.
- Additional pockets on the soft lunch bag, large enough for water bottles or additional snacks.
- While the containers are dishwasher safe, the lids are not.
- Does not come with a water bottle or thermos.
|Dimensions||10.3 x 9.5 x 3.5 inches|
|Dishwasher safe?||The boxes are. The lids and bag aren’t.|
2. PlanetBox Rover – Stainless Steel Bento Lunch Box
Best Stainless Steel Lunch Box for Kids
This stainless steel bento box with a matching, insulated carrying bag is durable enough to last from toddlerhood through childhood, and beyond.
Included in the set are two stainless steel “dipper” containers, with lids that fit into the pockets of the bag. That means you don’t have to use up a bento compartment for dips to go with your veggies.
Outer pockets provide room for additional treats, hand wipes, and more.
- The compartments are designed to prevent foods from touching when the lid is closed.
- The lid is hinged so it can’t get lost.
- The designs on the lid are magnets and can be changed.
- The compartments aren’t leakproof.
- A little heavier than some other lunch boxes.
|Dimensions||12 x 9 x 2.5 inches|
3. Bentgo Kids Children’s Lunch Box
Best Easy Open Lunch Box for Toddlers
This is a smaller lunch box, specifically designed for toddler-sized portions. The easy-to-open latches are made for little hands to manage with ease, which makes it ideal for promoting independence.
The simple, bright colors appeal to those under 5 years old, making it a good choice for those who are not fans of cartoon prints or gender-specific designs.
The tray in which the food sits is removable, making it easier to wash by hand, or you can place it on the top shelf of the dishwasher.
- Rubber-coated edges protect the box when it slips from little hands and hits the floor.
- The removable food tray can be microwaved.
- Leakproof seals prevent mixing between compartments or dripping from the box.
- No room for ice packs.
- Only good for a toddler-sized appetite.
|Dimensions||8.5 x 6.5 x 2 inches|
|Colors/designs available||3 colors|
|Dishwasher safe?||Removable tray can be washed in the top rack only.|
4. WHBag Large Freezable Lunch Box Bag
With 6.5 liters of interior space, this insulated lunch bag from WHBag is roomy enough for the biggest of appetites.
School-aged kids can pack their lunch, a couple of snacks, a drink, and any utensils they might need, all in one bag.
- An unusually large lunch bag.
- No need to buy separate lunch bags for hot or cold food.
- Adjustable, padded shoulder strap and a handle.
- You still have to buy boxes or bags for your individual items.
- Can be difficult to clean.
|Dimensions||9 x 3.5 x 10 inches|
|Colors/designs available||24 designs|
5. Wildkin Insulated Lunch Box
This lunch box, in all its cool designs, is perfectly insulated. It keeps your kid’s food hot or cold, depending on what you’ve made them that day, throughout the school day. This ensures the food is quality, fresh and tasty when they come to eat it.
Besides the insulated feature, your kid will love the different designs of the lunch box. It’s available in 15 different designs so they can choose one they love. This includes Under Construction, Big Fish, Gray Camo, Monsters and much more.
- A front pocket and interior pocket for extra storage.
- Easy to clean design which is great for busy parents.
- It includes a food-safe liner.
- The insulated design will keep food hot and cold throughout the day.
- The lining isn’t great, so as some things defrost, it can cause leaks.
- It’s a bit flimsy and not very durable.
|Dimensions||7 x 3.25 x 9.75 inches|
|Colors/designs available||15 designs|
5. Eco Lunch Box, Splash Box Kit
Best Eco-Friendly Kids’ Lunch Box
If you are looking for a lunch box or bag that does not have any plastic or rubber involved in its construction, this kit could be just what you need. The stainless steel bento box has a silicone lid and fits inside an organic cotton carrying bag. And the set is rounded off with a bamboo spork.
If you are looking for a child-friendly, more sustainable alternative to the majority of lunch containers, then this lunch box and bag kit ticks all the boxes.
- You can purchase additional items individually.
- The boxes are shaped on the bottom, and the lids are recessed, allowing for easy stacking.
- All items are machine washable.
- The silicone lid can be turned inside out causing damage.
- The bamboo spork did not last long with our compulsive chewer.
|Dimensions||10.5 inches high with a 7 x 4.5 inch-base|
|Colors/designs available||Six sea designs|
7. DaCool Stainless Steel Thermos For Hot Or Cold Food
Best Thermos Kids’ Lunch Box
If your kids love soups, stews, and noodles, then you absolutely must have a wide-necked thermos container.
This thermos from DaCool allows your child to eat directly from the flask. But it also has a two-stage lid that will allow your little one to pour out their food and eat from the “lid bowl.”
Complete with a foldable spoon that fits into the lid, this is our go-to hot lunch jar for the kids. It has two sizes to choose from to accommodate a range of appetites.
- The thermos keeps food hot for a full 12 hours.
- The wide mouth makes it easy to clean.
- A range of colors and finishes make this suitable for little ones and older kids alike.
- Our kids found it a little awkward to eat out of the jar, with the spoon.
- A foldable fork or some camping chopsticks would have been appreciated.
|Dimensions||8.1 x 4.2 x 4.2 inches|
|Colors/designs available||Five colors and two sizes|
8. Violet Mist Neoprene Lunch Bag
Made from the same material as a wetsuit, this lunch bag retains the heat or the cold, holds in any spilled liquids and can be run through the washing machine with the rest of your laundry.
The simple zipper closure makes this a breeze for the smaller kiddos to use, with the added advantage that you don’t have to use a lunch box inside of it.
- Being lightweight, it’s easy for toddlers to manage.
- The bag is compact when it is empty, easy to store in a drawer, or flat on a shelf.
- These bags are extremely durable.
- You have to wrap the ice pack in a cloth to prevent it from freezing the food.
- Have to buy bags or boxes for the food.
|Dimensions||11.4 x 5.5 x 10.4 inches|
|Colors/designs available||42 designs|
|Dishwasher safe?||Can be washed in the washing machine.|
9. Skip Hop Kids Insulated Lunch Box
Most Budget-Friendly Lunch Box
The Skip Hop box is actually a lunch bag with rigid sides. Designed to appeal to the younger child, these lunch boxes are cute animal heads, complete with fun and quirky matching zipper pulls.
The lunch box will hold enough for a smaller child’s lunch, such as a sandwich, apple, snack, and juice box. It also has an interior mesh pocket for utensils and napkins. The interior is easy to wipe clean, and it will retain the heat or cold, although only for about four hours.
- Whimsical design appeals to toddlers and younger children.
- The handle can be attached into any backpacks.
- It provides flexibility as you can add a lunch box or thermos and still squeeze in some snacks.
- Not the biggest of lunch boxes so really best suited to the preschool set.
- Although it says the bag is insulated, the food was only just warm, not hot, after four hours.
|Dimensions||7.5 x 3.25 x 9 inches|
|Colors/designs available||10 animal designs|
10. Tupperware “The Best Lunch Set”
Best Tupperware Kids’ Lunch Box
Tupperware has made many lunch boxes and kits over the years, many of them specifically for children.
These days, however, the selection is significantly more limited.
This set is everything you would expect from a Tupperware product — no-frills, sturdy, durable, and it does exactly what it says it will.
- Flexible with a range of air-tight and liquid-tight containers.
- Dishwasher safe. The insulated carry bag is easy to wipe clean.
- Easy to find and buy replacement boxes or cups.
- No capacity for color choice — they will send you a random color.
- Smaller children may find the lids difficult.
|Dimensions||4.3 x 1.6 inches|
|Colors/designs available||Random color sent — no choice available|
Kids Lunch Box Comparison Chart
Buying the best kids’ lunch boxes is a delicate balancing act between choosing something your children will like and buying an item that will do the job. You also want it to last longer than one term at school or the first three months at daycare.
When buying a lunch box for your child, make sure to consider all the buying tips we shared so you can avoid buyer’s regret.
About the Author
Patricia Barnes is a homeschooling mom of 5 who has been featured on Global TV, quoted in Parents magazine, and writes for a variety of websites and publications. Doing her best to keep it together in a life of constant chaos, Patti would describe herself as an eclectic mess maker, lousy crafter, book lover, autism mom, and insomniac.
16 Lunch Boxes Your Kid Will Actually Want To Take To School
Second to backpacks, lunch boxes are one of the most important back-to-school buys. Kids use them almost every day, so it’s nice to find one they actually like. These Amazon buys are all budget friendly, and if you have Prime, can be at your door before the bell rings. We’ve got bags for every age, whether your little one is starting elementary school or heading off to college. For more back to school prep, check out these must-have snacks and easy lunch recipes for the new year.
Shining Stars Thermal Lunch Tote
Snag this out-of-this-world bag for less than $15!
Bentgo Kids Lunch Box
Keep things organized for your kiddo.
Ice Cream Lunch Box Sleeve
Slide a Bentgo box into this fun sleeve.
Bentology Alien Lunch Bag Set
This cool insulated alien pack comes with a bento box, five small containers and an ice pack.
Art Of Lunch Insulated Lunch Bag
These stretchy bags will fit a full lunch.
Pack It Freezable Lunch Bag
This neutral bag keeps food cold for 10 hours!
Orchidtent Neoprene Lunch Bag
It comes with a water bottle holder, too.
Ultra Expandable Lunch Box
There’s a full plastic bento box inside this sporty bag.
SoYoung Small Cooler Bag
For the eco-friendly teen.
PackIt Freezable Classic Lunch Box
This chambray lunch box has a zip pocket for ID cards or napkins.
Srise Tote Lunch Box
Reviewers gave this simple bag 4.6 out of 5 stars on Amazon.
Marble Lunch Tote
These fold up for easy storage, and look super cute.
Baloray Tote Lunch Bag
It’s roomier than it looks, and even has a pocket for your phone.
Kate Spade Lunch Tote
Another important lesson from mom!
Bento Stackable Lunch Box
This cute set is easy to carry, has three separate storage containers, and comes with a fork and knife.
Floral Cooler Bag
TBH, this could double as a purse.
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These lunch and bento boxes for kids make healthy eating even easier
I have my share of parenting fails (too much screen time and an inconsistent bedtime routine to name a few), but packing a healthy, satisfying lunch for my daughter isn’t one of them. I thank my assortment of bento boxes for consistently inspiring me to bring my early-morning A game (an achievement for this decidedly non-morning person).
Packing lunches seems to scratch a creative itch, and with all those perfectly-portioned boxes to fill, it makes it infinitely easier to crank out lunches that are nutritionally balanced and fun to eat — not to mention pretty to look at. (You can see my cucumber turkey boats in the picture to the left — one of my early bento successes that my daughter still requests to this day.)
Whether you brown-paper-bag it or use a bento-style lunch box, NBC News BETTER’s nutrition columnist, Samantha Cassetty, RD, agrees that a packed lunch is most often a better way to go: “Packing school lunch puts you in charge of the foods you feed your child, and a meal made at home can be lower in sodium, added sugars and saturated fat than what you might find in a school meal.”
I tapped Cassetty, along with dozens of parent friends, to share some of our favorite bags, bins and boxes that you, your kids and even the environment will love.
First things first: The lunch bag. Almost all the parents I polled said they let their kids pick out their own lunch bag or lunch box each year, most often one that features their favorite TV or movie characters, hobbies or animals. Make that part of your back-to-school shopping list — and something you can do together. But if you’re like me and have a messy kid, try you might to steer them towards something more like this:
Neoprene Lunch Bag
If you’re looking for a lunch box that cleans up quickly, try one of the soft and flexible neoprene lunch bags like these from Built and Funkins — they’re water and stain-resistant, wash and dry quickly and come in a variety of patterns and colors to suit almost any child.
For a bento-style box with a lower price point, the moms and dads I quizzed swear by Rubbermaid’s Lunchblox set. The modular containers snap together so you can add or subtract depending what’s on the menu that day. Added bonus: At less than seven bucks, you’ll be less likely to fly off the handle if your kids’ lunch stuff ends up stranded in the lost and found.
Planetbox Rover and Shuttle
Whenever I ask parents to name to their favorite bento-style lunch box, Planetbox is one that consistently ranks at the top of the list. (Shout out to my friend Nicole for the parent pro tip on this one years ago!) The stainless steel box is slim and sleek, easy to pack, cleans up like a dream in the dishwasher and is virtually indestructible. My daughter’s Planetbox is six years old and still going strong. There are three different options: The Rover with five compartments, the Launch with three, and the Shuttle with two compartments. All boxes come with a case and magnets, but you can buy individual items and accessories separately on their Web site.
Lunchbots Bento Trio and Cinco
Another fan favorite for both parents and kids alike: Lunchbots. These bento-style boxes come in a variety of sizes, including a 3-compartment and a 5-compartment version that are perfect for packing balanced, healthy lunches. Like the Planetbox, they’re made of stainless steel and easy to clean in the dishwasher. Lunchbots fit in most standard lunch boxes and bags.
On Sundays, I make big batches of Instant Pot meals and stash them in the freezer which makes things infinitely easier on hectic mornings. The downside of a hot lunch is the extra side containers I need to pack along with it, making things bulky and heavy. This problem has been solved with the OmieBox, which is part bento box, part thermal container. The OmieBox comes in six colors and features a stainless steel thermal container to keep hot foods hot and double-insulated boxes to keep cold items fresh.
Bentology Lunch Bag and Box Set
If you’re looking for a one-stop lunch solution, this Bentology set fits the bill. It features the lunch bag, bento box and ice pack (along with a water bottle holder) in over 20 different colors and designs your kids will love.
Reusable sandwich and snack bags
If you’re worried about plastic (and even paper) ending up in a landfill — or worse, our oceans — consider buying washable, reusable sandwich and snack bags. Here are highly rated picks from our parent panel:
Lunchskins 2-pack reusable sandwich and snack bags
These sandwich and snack bags are lightweight and can be washed and dried in the dishwasher along with the dinner dishes.
Stasher Reusable Silicone Food Bag
Stashers are non-plastic bags for sandwiches and snacks that provide an air-tight seal and are easy to rinse clean.
Disposable snack bags
Often, class trips, field days and other events call for lunch, snack and sandwich bags that can be tossed in the trash. Here are our favorite parent-approved (and eco-friendly) picks:
Lunchskins disposable snack bags
With fun prints like red apples and blue sharks, these 100 percent recyclable and compostable lunch bags have an adhesive strip that allows you to seal in sandwiches and other food items to keep them fresh. There’s even a section on the bag to add a love note or a word of encouragement.
If You Care Unbleached Sandwich Bags
These unbleached paper bags are perfect for sandwiches and other snacks. They can also be used in the microwave.
Planetbox Capsule and Booster
A big selling feature of the Capsule and Booster water bottles is an easy-to-use, leak-proof cap. And if you struggle to keep your water bottles clean and mold-free, these bottles are straw-free and feature pieces that can be washed and dried separately in the dishwasher.
Klean Kanteen 12oz Stainless Steel Sport Bottle
This 12 oz. sports bottle is made for kids 4+ and is on the smaller side so it’s a perfect spill-proof bottle to stash in a lunch bag that won’t weigh your child down.
Lunchskins disposable snack bags have a special section just for lunch-time love notes and pep talks. Lunchskins
A Lunch Packing Tip from a Nutritionist
Now that you’ve got your gear squared away, what are some good guidelines for packing those lunches? Focus on easy-to-eat whole foods — think: whole grain breads and crackers, lean protein and dairy and plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables. And as much you want to treat your kids, go easy. Cassetty says she favors “whole fruit over juice, and instead of a treat each day, you might consider packing a cookie on occasion and more routinely delighting your little one with special notes.” We’re willing to bet a daily pep talk, silly knock-knock joke or a simple “I love you” is just the kind of sweetness your kid needs.
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15 kids’ lunch boxes your children will love this year
Whether you’re preparing to teach your child at home for the new year or you’re sending them off to school with a few new kids’ face masks — a healthy diet is a necessity. One way you can get your child excited about eating well is with a fun kids’ lunch box!
No matter if you’re on the hunt for the perfect kids’ bento box, a Pottery Barn lunch box or just a simple snack container, we’ve got plenty of options that are bound to work for your family.
To shop this article by category, simply click on each link below:
Kids’ Lunch Boxes
1. Lonecone Kids Insulated Lunch Box
The Lonecone insulated lunch box comes in two sizes that provide insulation and plenty of room. We love this colorful rainbow pattern but it’s also available in dinosaur, unicorn and fish patterns too!
2. Pottery Barn Kids Gold Unicorn Critter Lunch Box
For the little girl in your life who loves anything and everything that’s pretty in pink, consider getting her this fun unicorn lunch box from Pottery Barn Kids. It’s lined with water-resistant polyester and has plenty of room for your child’s meal, drink and a snack.
3. L.L. Bean Kids Lunch Box
This one comes just in time for Discovery Channel’s Shark Week! L.L. Bean’s kids’ lunch boxes are a classic option that any child would love! This one is designed with insulated BPA-free material and is compact enough to fit inside your child’s backpack. For a personalized touch, you can also add a monogram for an extra $8.
4. Stoney Clover Lane Tie-Dye Lunch Tote
This one is more of an investment, but your little girl is bound to love this trendy tie-dye lunch tote from Stoney Clover Lane. It’s made with durable nylon material and has gold metal hardware and two top handles, making it super easy for your little one to carry around. You can even personalize with it extra patches for a customized touch!
5. Pottery Barn Kids Blue Dinos Lunch Box
This Pottery Barn Kids lunch box is for all the little guys who can’t stop talking about their favorite dinosaurs. The interior is made of PEVA, an environmentally-friendly, food-safe vinyl that’s made without chlorine or plasticizers and is easy to clean. This lunch box also has straps on the back so you can attach it to your child’s backpack.
Kids’ Bento Boxes
1. Bentgo Kids Lunch Box
A small bento box is a great way to keep your child’s food organized and makes it super easy to pack lunches in a sustainable way — with way less waste and mess. This Bentgo lunch box is an Amazon’s Choice product and has almost 8,000 verified reviews! It includes five compartments that are portioned perfectly for a child’s appetite, plus a drop-proof, rubber-coated, sturdy exterior for active kids. It’s available in blue, green and purple.
2. Kinsho Bento Box For Kids
This bento box would work well for older kids thanks to the six organized compartments. It’s made with durable and eco-friendly plastic that’s insulated through double-walls. An added perk? This bento box comes with a spoon and fork!
3. OmieBox Bento Box
This OmieBox bento box is another great option that’s highly-rated on Amazon with over 1,900 verified reviews. It includes a removable thermos insert to allow you to pack a hot and cold meal all in one container.
4. L.L. Bean Yumbox Panino Bento Lunch Box
This bento box from L.L. Bean is leak-proof, dishwasher-safe and made with food-safe ABS plastic that’s also free of BPA and phthalates. The tray has four compartments that can fit a sandwich, two sides and a dip or small treat.
5. Pottery Barn Kids Spencer Bento Box Container
For a fun and sparkly bento box, consider this gold glitter design from Pottery Barn Kids. It has five compartments to keep your child’s food separate and tasty. It comes in eight different colors and is currently on sale for just $11!
Kids’ Lunch Containers
1. Sistema Lunch Food Storage Containers
If you already own a lunch box and don’t want to buy a bento box, consider these simple and colorful food storage containers form Sistema. They come in a set of three and are the perfect size for a sandwich.
2. Thermos Foogo Vacuum Insulated Stainless Steel Food Jar
Summer weather is definitely in full swing — but it will be cold before you know it! For those frosty days, consider buying your child this stainless steel thermos to keep their lunch warm. It can hold up to 10 ounces of food and keep contents cold for up to seven hours and warm for up to five hours.
3. WeeSprout Stainless Steel Food Storage Containers
This set of WeeSprout food containers is basically indestructible thanks to the stainless steel design. No more worrying about cracked plastic or broken glass containers!
4. Fit & Fresh Kids Reusable Lunch Box Container Set
If you’re in the market for an entire collection, you can’t go wrong with this 14-piece set that provides you with a versatile range of options for packing healthy lunches. It even comes with reusable ice packs that snap on top of the lids!
5. EasyLunchboxes Reusable Bento Containers
These reusable bento boxes come in a set of four and make for a budget-friendly way to send your kids off with a healthy and organized lunch.
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Tips for Sterilization and Food Preparation
1) Hygiene of children’s dishes
The health of the baby’s gastrointestinal tract depends on the cleanliness of baby bottles and plates. How often and with what can the washable parts be treated, and when should the bottle parts be replaced?
To boil or not to boil?
During the first year of life, it is important to maintain optimum cleanliness of all items related to the baby.If you feed your baby from a bottle, you need to sterilize or boil them before each use in order to wash off all the remains of the mixture and prevent pathogenic bacteria from growing in the dishes. Many mothers during this period do not use detergents at all – the infant formula is easily washed off the walls of the bottle using a special brush. When washing, disassemble the bottle completely, separately rinsing the container, nipples, ring and cap.
Bottles do not need to be sterilized every time closer to the year; it is enough to scald them before use.Each mother has her own strategy for maintaining cleanliness: someone stops sterilizing baby accessories after six months, and someone continues to thoroughly clean them after. It will not be possible to completely isolate the baby from bacteria, but this does not need to be achieved: the child’s body must get acquainted with the world around it and train immunity.
With the introduction of complementary foods, the baby’s arsenal will have their own plates, cups and cutlery. It is not recommended to use dishwashers for washing them, as children’s dishes need to be cleaned more thoroughly.It is easy to wash any dishes immediately after eating, as long as the food remains are not dry.
Bottles do need a good cleaning from time to time. “Adult” detergents are not suitable for washing children’s dishes. They contain many aggressive substances, preservatives and fragrances that are not completely washed off and can disrupt the balance of the child’s microflora. Use certified and hypoallergenic products for baby dishes. Be sure to read the composition on the label: only mild cleaners and natural extracts may be present in it, fragrances and dyes should not be used in products for children.
Proponents of home recipes clean the bottles using a solution of baking soda, lemon juice or citric acid. Be careful with the dosage and rinse the bottles thoroughly after such products, as their remains can also harm the delicate body of the crumbs.
When to change?
In addition to cleaning, you need to monitor the condition of the replaceable elements. The nipples of the bottles should be changed regularly to prevent wear and tear. Philips AVENT Silicone Teats last longer with flexible petals for extra softness and elasticity.Such a nipple will not break, even if the baby bites it with the first teeth. The anatomical shape of the nipple provides a natural grip and makes it easy to combine bottle feeding with breastfeeding.
The service life of plastic plates and bottles is always indicated by the manufacturer. However, if during use on the dishes scratches and other damage appear, it must be replaced. Firstly, it is more difficult to wash such plates and bottles, and secondly, any damage can be dangerous for the crumbs.
2) Bottle feeding: bottle selection
A baby bottle should ideally suit the type of feeding of the baby, his age, as well as be easy to use for the mother and even satisfy her aesthetic taste. How not to make a mistake in choosing and purchase a suitable model?
Today, a huge variety of baby bottles are presented in stores and pharmacies. But if you follow the path of simplification, they all differ in three main parameters.And the first thing that catches your eye is, of course, the material. The bottles are made of either glass or plastic. Moms who prefer glass focus on easy cleaning – these bottles are easy to keep clean, as they do not stain under the influence of juice, yogurt or soup. However, glass containers also have obvious disadvantages: they are heavy in weight, can easily break, and in addition, the liquid in them is heated for a long time due to the thickness of the glass.
Plastic bottles, on the other hand, can become stained with food components.But at the same time, they are safer for the baby (if they do not contain bisphenol A), since he can easily hold the plastic in his hand. In addition, the plastic does not break, and also does not crack from boiling water.
The second parameter is the form. Narrow cylindrical containers can already be attributed to an outdated type, since it is not very convenient for a baby to hold such a container. Therefore, most moms lean towards bottles that have a taper in the middle – especially for baby pens. The wide neck also belongs to the elements of the “correct” shape.It is necessary in order to easily wash the container and easily fill it with the mixture. Bottles of bizarre shapes are also often found, especially with a hole in the middle (in the form of a “donut”). Sometimes parents buy such bottles because of their “non-standard”, but here it is important to understand that they are intended for children who are learning to drink on their own, that is, over a year old. And the newborn baby will not be able to hold her, and it will be extremely inconvenient for the mother to wash such a container.
The anti-colic design of the bottle can also be attributed to the shape.Its secret is that it does not form a vacuum inside the container during feeding, and the child drinks the liquid without looking up from the nipple or swallowing air, which means that he is less likely to suffer from intestinal colic. Among these bottles, parents often prefer Philips AVENT models. They feature a unique one-piece valve system that allows the outer part to bend while the baby suckles, allowing air to flow directly into the container rather than into the baby’s tummy. As a result, the baby is less irritable and easier to calm down.This anti-colic effect has been proven clinically. Trials have shown that infants fed with a Philips AVENT bottle at 2 weeks of age had fewer colic attacks than infants fed with a conventional bottle.
Another advantage of Philips AVENT is the physiological shape of the nipple that mimics the shape of the female nipple. If your baby is on a mixed meal, or you are breastfeeding only with a bottle of tea or juice, this nipple will help you breastfeed because it makes the transition from breast to bottle easy and non-addictive.Philips AVENT bottles are made of plastic, including the recent introduction of BPA-free bottles for absolute safety for babies. They are available in two versions – milky and honey in color, the latter being distinguished by increased strength and durability. The Philips AVENT bottle also meets all the principles of convenient use: it has a fitted shape and a wide neck. In terms of volume, this bottle comes in three sizes: 125 ml, 260 ml and 330 ml.
When talking about capacity, you should choose a bottle size according to its intended use. So, for feeding crumbs from birth to six months, a volume of 125 ml is suitable. A one-year-old baby will need 330 ml. Try to get a bottle that is clearly marked with a graduated scale so that you can easily keep track of how much you cooked and how much the baby eventually ate.
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must be at a certain temperature and it is very important to maintain it for
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an indispensable assistant when going on a visit, to the doctor, moving, traveling or
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thermal bags capable of holding from one to five containers at once. Also important
the characteristic is the width of the bottom of the bottle, depending on it you can
choose a bag of universal tailoring or designed for a special brand.The next
the point to pay attention to is the material of manufacture and the form. Thermal bags
for bottles usually made of synthetic materials that isolate circulation
air on a soft or hard frame. Attention should be paid to the clasp and
carry handle. Experienced moms advise choosing a zipper and a small handle
or a shoulder strap, such a bag can be easily attached to the stroller or
car seat, or hang on yourself.
But we will give you a more complete and detailed advice on how to choose a children’s thermos below.
Thermos flasks for children – long walks for pleasure
All mothers know that walks with a child are not recommended to be canceled under any weather conditions, especially if the season is conducive to long walks in the park, outdoor recreation and trips out of town. But it is worth remembering that babies in the first years of life have their own regime, which must be observed even outside the home. Therefore, you need to create all the conditions so that sleep and feeding are possible anywhere. A comfortable stroller always saves for sleep, and for feeding you need to buy a baby thermos.
This is a special container that maintains the temperature of the food for several hours. Even if the baby’s diet consists only of liquid milk porridge, special conditions are required for their preparation. Therefore, the easiest option is to prepare the formula at home and keep it at the temperature before feeding using a thermos for baby bottles. With the help of this device, you can also maintain the temperature of juices, compotes, tea and other drinks that the child uses.They will not deteriorate in hot weather and will not cool down in cold weather.
Buy a thermo bag for baby bottles or a regular thermos?
Thermo containers for baby food can be divided into two types: a baby thermos and a thermal bag for baby bottles. The first option is a steel box that works on the principle of a conventional thermos, the second is a kind of cover for dishes made of special insulating materials that does not allow food or drinks to cool down.Also on the market are bags with a special car heater powered by a cigarette lighter. This option is necessary on the road when you travel by car.
As for the choice in favor of this or that product, then here it is already necessary to take into account the needs and wishes of the parents. Both options perform the same function. You can buy a thermos for a baby bottle if you are looking for a reliable product and the issue of the excess weight of the bag in which the thermos will be placed is not acute.Steel boxes are more expensive than fabric covers, but they are considered to be more durable. What attracts mothers to a bag for baby bottles – price, compact size and low weight – these are the main advantages of this type of accessory. The bag is able to withstand the required temperature for up to 6 hours.
The principle of operation of children’s thermal containers
The inside of the bag or baby thermos is isolated from the external conditions, so the temperature of the product is maintained. The children’s thermos for drinks has a vacuum inside, which allows you to keep drinks and water cold or warm, and they do not deteriorate.The thermal bag for baby bottles fulfills its function thanks to a special insulating material. The walls of the product can be soft or durable, but the second option will be a little more expensive and more in weight.
You can buy a thermal bag and a children’s thermos in Ukraine in a wide range. The children’s store Baby-protection.com.ua presents a variety of designs and shapes of thermal containers. Children’s thermoses, the price of which is too low, cannot be of high quality. When choosing these products, the cost matters, the higher it is, the more reliable the product you choose.The assortment of the store includes various types of thermos bottles from trusted European manufacturers.
Before you buy a thermal bag for baby bottles in Kiev or another city, you need to decide how many bottles you need a model for. There are small options for one bottle and roomy models that can hold up to 5 items. In Kiev, we have a courier delivery service, so you can place an order and receive the goods without leaving your home.The online store of children’s safety Baby-protection.com.ua tries to make everything as comfortable as possible for its customers.
The assortment of our online store includes a good selection of thermoses, which are selected by experts according to the criteria of quality, price, reliability and safety.