Does anyone else feel like they go through kids' containers, snack bags, and water bottles at a ridiculous rate? It can be so frustrating to stock up on new gear for the school year...only to find that the water bottle leaks upon first use or the lunch box smashes when it is inevitably dropped in the cafeteria. Here are our top picks of the best durable, affordable, and fun kid's snack and lunch gear.
We've lost count of how many different water bottles we have purchased over the years! There's nothing worse than arriving at the park ready for a full day of activity only to find a pool of water at the bottom of your bag. A drenched bag and a thirsty kid are not a good combination. Here are a few of our favorite brands that we highly recommend:
If you are trying to keep your little baby safely hydrated, we cannot recommend this Munchkin product enough. These trainer cups are easy for little hands to control, as well as being reliably leak proof. We also love the affordable price at under $5 a piece!
This is a perfect toddler water bottle. It keeps drinks cold for up to 24 hours, and more importantly, it truly stands up to the rough and tumble of toddler life. It is certified BPA-free, phthalates-free, PVC-free, lead-free, and cadmium-free. We also love that it consistently stays leak proof year round!
This Camelbak water bottle is ideal for older kids. It is lightweight, leakproof, and easy to carry around in backpacks and lunch boxes. We also love that all parts are dishwasher safe (top rack), which is a must for busy parents! There are loads of fun patterns and colors available to choose from.
Snack Bags & Containers:
If your kids are anything like ours, they are demanding snacks around the clock! It can be tempting to slip into unhealthy habits with pre-packaged bags of chips and cookies. These convenient snack bags and containers are ideal for encouraging healthy on-the-go snacks.
Do you have a baby or a toddler who is constantly spilling snacks? Yup, we do too! These no-spill Munchkin snack cups have been life-changing for us. Our little one is happy as he has the independence of holding his own snack, and we as parents are happy to know that we won't have to be picking crushed Goldfish crackers out of the rug all afternoon.
We love these snack bags for so many reasons. If we are being honest, a huge part of our adoration of these bags is the darling pattern options! You can choose large or small sizes, and they are very reasonably priced. We find them perfect for toddlers and for school snacks. They earn big bonus points for being machine washable and dishwasher safe as well. Made from an easy-wipe waterproof fabric, choosing reusable bags over plastic baggies is a positive eco-friendly decision for your family.
This 3-compartment snack box is great for encouraging filling and healthy snacks for your kids. The molded silicone lid means that filling the snack box with yogurt or dip is no problem at all. We also love how the snack tray can be removed and is dishwasher safe.
Now comes the main show: lunch boxes! Giving your child a nutritious and satisfying lunch is crucial for the success of their day. Here are our favorite options covering a range of price points.
If you are looking for something fuss free, affordable, and appropriate for younger members of your family, this is your best bet. It is a simple 3-compartment lunch container. The compartment sizes are appropriate and the container is easy for a little one to eat out of. We love the variety of color choices - the bright range is definitely our favorite!
This 5-compartment bento-style lunch box encourages healthy portion sizes and a nutritiously balanced selection of foods. The rubber-coated edges means that it stands up to being dropped over and over again (you know how kids are...). We also love the bright, fun colors!
Okay, so we admit it: these are a little on the pricey side. But before you rule out PlanetBox, you have to remember that they have a five year warranty. As parents, that's a huge benefit! This stainless steel lunchbox contains no lead, PVC, phthalates, or BPA materials. They also have a ton of fun designs for the tray insert. These are great for offering older kids a healthy and balanced variety of foods for lunch.
Do you have a favorite lunch box, snack bag, or water bottle? We'd love to hear your top tips!
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