Lunch box for children : Which one to choose?
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Did your little boy finally start school this year and you want him to pack his lunches in a container? Do you want to pack your daughter's lunch in a lunch box, but don't know which one to choose? No more panic! We have the best answer to your concern.
Back-to-school time is one of the most important times for kids to eat out. And if your little one decides to take his lunch to school, you should know that it represents about 180 lunches to prepare. It is therefore essential to get a lunch box that is both durable and efficient. Unfortunately, this is an exercise that many parents find difficult and give up after a few searches. In the end, they settle for an ordinary container without knowing if it is safe for their children. However, the selection is quite simple.
Indeed, the lunch box you have to choose must correspond to criteria of resistance, dimensions, compartments, maintenance and manageability. We also don't forget to specify that it must meet your budget.
Through this mini-guide, we will detail everything on how to choose the best lunchbox for the happiness of your children. Between the benefits of the product, its selection options and a brief presentation of our best offers, you'll be totally equipped at the end.
Why use a lunch box for your child?
Basically, the lunch box is the best food preservation option you can offer your children. Unlike disposable bags or packaging, it offers healthy advantages for the well-being of children.
Control over food
In fact, packing a food box for your little ones ensures that they will eat a nutritious lunch. This can be fruit, vegetables, sandwiches, beans, rice, peas, etc. You can also be sure that your child will eat only healthy foods. For example, if he is allergic to lactose or wheat, you are sure to respect his preferences. This is still not the case if you leave the fate of his food in the hands of the canteen instead.
Variety of food
In a school canteen, the child is content to eat the same dishes and this can quickly disgust him in the long term. Gradually, they lose their appetite, stop eating and become ineffective during classes. And this is where the lunch box comes in.
With the lunch box, you have the possibility to make changes in the diet. Specifically, you can change the meals as you wish and introduce new elements during the preparation. Your child will love it.
The economic advantage
If your school doesn't have a lunchroom, it means that you will have to spend money every day to feed your teenager. Fortunately, boxed lunches are a great way to save money on lunch. You prepare any dish from home with your own ingredients and pack it with ease.
On the other hand, the economic advantage of the food box lies in its ecological aspect. In fact, these types of bowls are usually reusable, which means that the child will not have to dispose of them after use. You just have to take good care of them.
How to choose the right lunch box for your child?
There are several options when it comes to choosing the right lunch box for a child. In this section, we will take care to detail them.
Choose according to the resistance
Children are usually boisterous, especially during recess when they have to carry and take out their lunch. Inadvertently, they may drop the lunch box. Therefore, it must be solid and waterproof so that it does not give way to a possible shock or fall. We remind you that the resistance of the jar will essentially depend on its design material. On the market, we find plastic and stainless steel containers.
- Plastic containers: basically, they are rejected by parents, because plastic can release dangerous chemicals into the food. This information is only true when you are not familiar with the silicone materials industry. In fact, there is a category of plastic that is still certified food safe for children's health. This includes polypropylene plastic. It is lighter and enhances the appetite thanks to its transparent aspect.
- Stainless steel boxes: very popular, these containers have the advantage of being durable. Moreover, they do not retain odors or stains. But unlike plastic containers, brushed stainless steel containers can be heavy for little ones.
On the other hand, there are also materials like glass, but we don't recommend them. A bowl made of glass is not unbreakable and could compromise the conservation of meals.
Choose according to the dimensions
It is especially important to pay attention to the size of the storage box when choosing for your children. Obviously, a huge box won't fit in your child's small backpack. Also, the lunch container should not be too small. All in all, it should be of sufficient size, as the goal is to feed the child well during their day at school.
Choose according to the compartments
Do you want a lunch box with a single compartment or divided into compartments? This criterion is necessary for the organization of foodstuffs. From a food point of view, the best lunch box should have two or more separate compartments for a better capacity. This way, the child will be able to enjoy all food groups: vegetables and fruits, proteins and cereals.
Choose based on appearance
The style or design of the bowl can make all the difference. Generally, young children are more likely to be interested in their lunch if it's in a colorful container. Specifically, it can be a drawing of their favorite character or some other cheerful design. So think about this detail during your market canvass.
Choose based on manageability
Do you want your boy to depend on someone else's help to better use his lunchbox? The answer is certainly no. To that end, we recommend that you choose a model that is easy to open and handle. Here, the shape comes into play, because an oval box could hardly fit in the fragile hands of a small child. Also, the choice of lid is crucial. Some models are so tight that it takes a lot of strength to open them. A child will need a removable lid.
Choose based on the level of care and price
Once your daughter has finished using her lunch box and is taking it home, the next step is to clean it. Obviously, this is your job. You should be aware that your children's lunchboxes may require specialized care in terms of maintenance. It's a good idea to see if the one you plan to choose is dishwasher safe. This is understandable, as not all products are dishwasher safe.
Finally, the last selection option you should aim for is the price of the model in front of you. Here, you will not be advised to invest in a low-end product. It is all about the health of your children. Therefore, it is important to spend money on an excellent quality lunch box that clearly meets your budget.
Our two best lunch boxes for kids
To make it easier for you to choose, we offer you two Healthy Lunch products.
The Unicorn Lunch Box
Is your child an avid unicorn lover? We believe that this food box will not only delight them, but also fulfill their expectations. In addition to being non-toxic (healthy plastic and Bpa-free) and microwave-safe, this lunch box is practical. It is dishwasher safe and its lid offers a good seal to better preserve food. And even if it does not offer a large capacity, its unique compartment allows to keep a balanced meal. Its dimensions also contribute to this advantage: 20.5 cm long, 13.5 cm wide and 7 cm high.
The Lunch Box for children
If the name of this small cooler seems simple, it is not the case of its characteristics. First of all, it has two compartments to better separate food and drinks. Moreover, its dimensions make it easy for the child to hold it and to integrate it in a school bag. It has a length of 18.5 cm, a width of 13.5 cm and a height of 7.5 cm. On the other side, your little boy can keep his meal warm without any danger. The design plastic of the box is food certified and BPA free. Finally, the delivery of the product is free and integrates you in the community of zero waste advocates.
Here we are at the end of our mini-guide and we are convinced that you now master the different options to facilitate your choice. Please feel free to browse through our catalog to discover more of our additional offerings. You can even invite your child to browse our products with you.