As I write this, our four year old as begun junior kindergarten, and our two year old is gaining more independence on a daily basis. For that reason, I have been searching for lunch boxes and lunch box accessories in the last few months for our boys to use and/or practice with at home.
I have tried a number of boxes, many of which were made of plastic. Since the contact between plastic and food runs a risk of toxins leaking into the food, I began searching for other options. I have always been an admirer of Bento style lunches, as the presentations are virtually limitless, and creativity can help encourage kids to try things they may not otherwise have tried. This is what led me to ECOlunchbox products.
Once I managed to convince the kids that the ECOlunchbox Three-in-One was not a new age drum set (talk about versatility!), I managed to pull it from their hands to wash and fill up with food. I love watching them try products out for the first time, as children easily provide honest and sincere reactions, making my reviews easier to write!
They love the stainless steel (the look and feel), and the dual level with extra compartment. What I love most is the different compartments. There is room for creativity when packing the food, especially if paired with Bento accessories.
•They’re made from high-quality, food-grade stainless steel. This also means no toxins leaked into your packed food, which makes me feel better as a parent!
•No sharp edges or seams where food can get stuck in. This feature makes for safe eating and easy cleaning.
•They are dishwasher safe
•The latches are pretty easy to open and close, which makes them great for pre-kindergarten kids.
•Separate compartments allow you to serve a variety of food without them touching.
•Please note that this product is NOT leak proof. The reason for this is because no plastic gaskets are used. I like that there’s no use of plastic, so this is still a pro for me. For serving smoothies or soft textured food, you can use a separate container, or reusable feeding pouch. For us, these containers will be used both inside and outside the home, so the texture of food inside will vary based on whether or not we need to put the lids on.
•This set is nearly $35 off their website, a bit pricey for some. I know many parents have a tight budget for feeding products, especially for younger children. My response to that would be that one could view this as an investment. Stainless steel would hold up longer than plastic containers, and will keep warm food warm, and cold food cold for a longer period of time.
Notes/Tips on the Product
•I recommend browsing their gallery for Bento accessories. You may have noticed posts of mine that include their Silicone Bento Cups. These are perfect for dividing food, or adding a splash of color to the presentation of your organized meals.
•Don’t limit your lunch box set to outdoor eating, as this makes for fun undoor snacking as well.
*****ECOlunchbox was kind enough to send us ECOlunchbox Three-in-One to try out. I have not been financially compensated for writing this review. All opinions and images are my own.