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Hello, Well, my little girl is ready to go to kindergarten. This is going to be a big change for everyone. This is probably the most trivial of the transitions, but I just wanted to ask a few questions about kindergarten lunch. We've never had to provide for lunch before. Our preschool serves snacks and lunches. My daughter isn't the most coordinated and I wanted advice on the best lunch boxes and containers. I have a feeling that if she can't open it, she will be too shy to ask for help, therefore, won't eat anything. Not only is easy access a concern, but also safety and health. I know that there are certain plastics and synthetic materials I should stay away from but I'm not aware of what they are and what products I should steer clear from. Also, what about sippy cups? Cups with pop-up straws for water? Anyway, any suggestions would be appreciated. In addition, if anyone wants to share any appealing lunch box recipes, I would be absolutely grateful! Mom of uncoordinated & picky eater
My 5 year old son will eat a sandwich if it is on a bun (hamb or hotdog) so we put turkey, cheese. Will stay away from mayo because I'm weird about it sitting. I will get him used to it this summer so that it is ok at school. He won't eat peanut butter but will eat sunflower butter from Trader Joes (there is also almond). Also, carrot sticks with small, easy open container for dip (hummus, ranch). Then some sort of cracker or chip. I buy the Kirkland juices at Costco (14% sugar) or the small water bottles. If it makes it home, then we will recycle again and again and if it doesn't I'm hoping they recycle at school.
Advice from a mom of 4 told me to start practicing lunch this summer so that he is used to it. My son can take up to an hour to eat lunch. Bite, play, bite, toilet, bite, etc. At school, they get like 20 minutes and then go out to recess. We play school and he is so excited that it works. Also try new recipes with him this summer (big kid school food) so that I know he will eat it at school and not be hungry. Our kindergarten is 9-3pm so that is a long time to go with no food. excited about Kindergarten
He likes it alot ann wants to eat dinner out of it, too. The little compartments are fun and easy to keep clean. It comes with its own silverware.
Its easy to keep clean, too. My one gripe is the latch is tricky to open and he requires a teacher's help. Hopefully, he'll learn to work it himself soon.
If you really think your daughter won't ask for help to open it, then I wouldn't get it. But maybe she'd like it so much she could be brave enough to ask. Its working well for us. Lunch Box Fairy
My 3-year-old son has been using this lunch box every day at preschool since the beginning of the year. I love it! It reduces waste, is non-toxic and safe, and the little boxes make it fun. If you order the whole lunch system online it comes with a nice little book that has some healthy lunch ideas. It also includes a plastic-safe water bottle so you don't have to use a sippy cup.
It's very versatile and oddly makes packing lunches more fun (it looks so pretty after I have filled all the boxes up with colorful food). Laptop Lunch fan
Has there been any advice given about alternatives to vinyl lunchboxes? All of the parents in my daughter's preschool have complained that they cannot find any alternatives to vinyl (e.g. the metal lunchboxes that I grew up with). Besides the old standby the brown paper bag, does anyone have alternative suggestions? Daphne
I'm looking for an insulated lunch box for my preschooler with a *removable hard plastic insert* so I can take it out and wash all milk and other spills out completely. We had one like this (insulated rectangular box - fabric on the outside, shoulder strap, hard plastic insert to protect sides and bottom) that we bought at Pastime but it is lost and I've been to many hardware stores, drug stores, and searched online to no avail. I keep hoping that the ''back to school'' products will come in soon and I'll be able to find what I'm looking for but I'm getting tired of searching and am hoping someone has seen one or knows a brand name. - Thank you!! Charis
I'd like to buy a new lunch box for my 5-yr old. Is there such a lunch box that can take cold things (cold juice, cold milk, blue ice) and hot things (hot food in thermos) at the same time? What do you recommend? Where can I find the product? Thank you very much.
They all go together (with utensils, etc.) into any soft-sided lunch box. I know that the soft-sided ones are a little trickier to keep clean, but the rigid lunch boxes are not flexible enough to hold all the assorted size containers. The vacume thermos is so well insulated, the hot food stays hot, and the cold food stays cold.
The Thermos was a little pricey, but REALLY keeps the food warm. It works best if you pre-heat it with boiling water for a few minutes before adding the warm soup, or whatever. R.K.
My daughter is starting school in fall and we're looking for a lunchbox, with a thermos. We would like something other than Barbie or Brittany, even Dora the Explorer would be better. We've tried Toys R'Us and Target with no success. Any ideas much appreciated. anon
Re-heatable re-usable boxes for school lunches, with separate compartments and tight fitting lids. We send our kids to school with home cooked lunches most days. We are looking for a better solution that than small square rubber maid containers, which don't keep the food separate. Have found lots of options that are too big. I need something small enough to fit in a lunch box. Something like a small sturdy bento box would be ideal. Anyone found anything like this? peterandbrian
When packing lunches for my kids I am thinking of two things, ONE - is the packaging safe and TWO - am I being environmentally wise. So my question is this...is it Ok to put food into the nylon/fabric wraps that are now available? How do I know that they are safer than plastic bags? One website that I was looking at is the www.reusablebags.com. Any favorites that last long and still look good while keeping the food products free from toxins found in plastic. Thank you, Green Mama
There are other containers that use stainless steel and/or uncoated/unlined fabric, which you might prefer. Etsy has many sellers making the fabric ones. And if you're not concerned about packing wet items, you can simply wrap foods in a regular cloth napkin! (Though adding a button or velcro or what-have- you helps keep things contained.) Holly
My three year-old takes her lunch to preschool in small tupperware containers. Her teachers heat it up (when necessary, such as soup, or rice and beans) in a microwave. I'm sure these containers aren't microwave safe and am concerned about the health effects of heating plastic over and over. What do you use to pack your child's lunch in? The metal containers I've heard of can't be microwaved, and glass is too breakable. Do you know of any products to solve this? Searching for a better solution
So what's the answer to this conundrum?
Adjust what you're sending to school. No microwaving food at school at all. Either cold lunches, or whatever can be sent in a stainless steel thermos (raviolis, soups, etc). The thermos will keep them between tepid and warm. And that is good enough. Get a wide mouth thermos and you can put lasagna or casserole-ish items in there to be scooped out with a spoon.
You might think this is too hard, but I'll tell you this: I don't use a microwave ever, even at home, and I'm just fine. In my case, it's because I read microwaves change the cellular structure of food and the body doesn't recognize it as food anymore. If the body doesn't recognize things, sometimes it sends these things off to be quarantined in fat cells. So then, aside from the fat problem, if food isn't providing my body nourishment because my body can't unscramble the coding, what is the point? No microwaves for me. But if I did use micros, I'd NEVER put plastic in them. Too much info out there on this...
My daughter has a non-lead lunch box (wouldn't go for the tiffins, unfortunately). I use small tupperware inside for pasta, protein, veggies, etc. I'd like to stop using the plastic, but I don't know what to use instead. She won't eat sandwiches, so I can't wrap in cloth napkins, etc. I need small metal, or non-toxic plastic containers I can pack in her lunch for things like chopped fruit/veggies, hot dogs and the like. I have a stainless steel thermos for pasta and that works fine. trying to get off plastics...
You also mentioned ''non-toxic'' plastics. If you are using Tupperware (or most similar Rubbermaid and ZipLoc containers), they are probably #5, polypropylene, which does not contain plasticizers or BPA, and is considered relatively non-toxic (don't use for hot stuff to be even safer). Other ''safer'' numbers are #1 and #2. Definitely avoid #3 and #7. If the containers you are using are not labeled with a recycling number, use something else. R.K.
So where on earth does one find a kids' drink thermos these days? My child is starting Kindergarten in a few weeks. I have a perfectly fine lunchbox from his preschool days, and a really great insulated food jar with a couple of inner containers (so my gourmet child can have warm tortellini and broccoli for lunch). All I need is the little drink thermos with the plastic cup on top, so my son can have his milk (and I don't have to buy it at school). I originally thought I'd have to look a bit to find one that didn't have Superman on it; it now turns out I'd accept one with Superman on it if I had to. I've found a couple online that are glass inside -- but this is a 5-year-old we're talking about. Do they not make these things any more? What's going on??? Confused mom
I am concerned about warming food up in plastic containers. Can someone tell me where I can get small glass containers with plastic lids that I can use to send my daughters lunch to daycare. Thanks! shari
But if you're worried about plastic, you'll want be sure the lids are removed before they go into the microwave or get containers with glass lids. David
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