Choosing The Right Lunchbox For Your Child

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Choosing The Right Lunchbox For Your Child

Choosing the right lunchbox for your child can be a challenge with so many lunchboxes on the market these days. How do you know which one is right your child?

We are all mums here at Little Treehouse Lane and between us all we have 15 kids. That's a lot of lunches we pack! We are happy to share our recommendations and advice with you.

A good lunchbox is an investment and the right one for your child can make the whole process of school lunches much easier and free from stress!

Considering that we can pack up to 200 lunches a year for just one child, it makes sense to put a little thought into what will work best for your family.

Some things to consider when choosing a lunchbox:

  • do I want to buy ones that are durable and will last?
  • how old are my kids and what is their preference?
  • are they easy for my kids to open and use?
  • what do my kids like eating and how much do they eat?
  • is there a fridge at school or do I need to think about insulation?
  • how easy are they to clean, can they go in the dishwasher? 
  • do I want lunchboxes made from safe materials?
  • what are the school policies around lunches?
  • can I get replacement parts if needed?
  • do I need something leak proof?

Our top lunchboxes (as recommended by mums):

Go Green Lunchboxes

GO GREEN

Go Green are very popular bento style lunchbox and one of our favourites. They come in snack, medium and regular sizes.  You can also purchase a Go Green Lunchbox Set which includes a lunch box, water bottle and insulated bag.

  • very durable and long lasting
  • bento style for kids who like lots of variety
  • BPA, lead and phthalate free
  • can fit lots of food
  • replacement parts available to extend life
  • turn ‘n lock technology ensures food stays fresh
  • silicone bands around each compartment to ensure a secure leak-proof seal 
  • hand washing required 

SHOP GO GREEN here

"I love the Go Green lunchboxes for functionality, ease of use and longevity! My kids have used Go Green for nearly 6 years, in that time I've only had to replace 3 lids!
I have a lot of people ask how younger kids go opening them with the four latches and the dial, the simple answer is show them! Explain how it works and sit them at the table and show them how to open it, then let them try for themselves. 
My youngest had her first GoGreen at 2.5yrs old, I intentionally did not show her how to use it as she wanted to carry it in her lap in the car and I wanted to avoid spillage! It took her a week and a half to figure it out completely all by herself and we didn't use it daily just when out and about." Nyomi, LTHL Team

"Go Green is our favourite. It's a huge lunch box and great for packing a variety of foods. Its nice and hardy, which is great for my kids who tend to be a little rough on their stuff." Cinnamon, LTHL Team
 

Munchbox Lunchbox

MUNCHBOX

Munchbox come in several different sizes and colours. You can purchase interchangeable bento tray inserts to suit whatever you are packing for lunch that day!

  • dishwasher safe on top shelf (remove outer box before drying cycle for longer life)
  • durable impact resistant Tritan 
  • can fit lots of food
  • one year warranty
  • BPA and phthalate free
  • easy to open single latch
  • leakproof sealed compartments 
  • Australian owned and operated  

SHOP MUNCHBOX LUNCHBOXES here

"Munchbox Bento Style lunchbox is tops! I purchased two of the Munchbox lunchboxes for my two little granddaughters in New Zealand. High-quality, Australian-designed lunchboxes in lots of bright and beautiful vibrant colours." Megan, LTHL customer

B Box Lunchboxes

B.BOX 

The BBox lunchboxes are also a bento style lunchbox with a space for a sandwich and a flexy lid to fit around whole pieces of fruit. They come in snack box, mini, regular and even a Hello Kitty one!

  • leak proof compartments 
  • great price point 
  • gel cooler pack that fits under the tray 
  • adjustable compartment size
  • hand wash only 
  • easy to open latch 
  • freezer safe
  • BPS, PVC, BPA and Phthalate free

SHOP B.BOX LUNCHBOXES here

"I love B.Box! They are great for little hands, have an inbuilt ice-pack and a great selections of colours to choose from." Kate, LTHL Team

Little LunchBox Co Lunchbox

LITTLE LUNCHBOX CO

Little Lunchbox Co are a favourite with our customers for their fun designs! They are bento style with two, three or five compartments and little bento cups are available too. 

They also have a great large stainless steel bento box.

  • child friendly latch
  • no removable parts so things don't get lost
  • dishwasher safe, top rack
  • leakproof compartments
  • BPA free
  • Australian owned and operated 

SHOP LITTLE LUNCHBOX CO LUNCHBOXES here

 

Little Lunchbox Co Stainless Steel Bento

"I also love Little Lunch Box Co! They are on the smaller side however they still hold quite a bit!

When my youngest hit kindy age last year, we had to pack two lunchboxes, one for main lunch and one for fruit stop.

She likes a range of finger foods so we used the Bento 5 for her main lunch and the Bento 2 for fruit stop. They are super easy to unlatch and close back up and don't take up heaps of space in the kindy fridge or her bag!

Utilizing the Little Lunch Box Co range also meant she could have cute matching prints on her lunchboxes which were appropriate for her age." Nyomi, LTHL Team

 OMIE BOX LUNCHBOX

OMIEBOX 

Omiebox is the big daddy of our lunchbox range!! This deluxe lunch box features an insulated section for hot or cold foods as part of its bento set up. 

  • insulated compartment has a wide and shallow food grade stainless steel bowl
  • great for hot or cold food 
  • leak proof
  • BPA and phthalate free
  • dishwasher safe, top rack
  • easy to open for small hands

SHOP OMIEBOX LUNCHBOXES here

"Absolutely love it!! Its exceeded my expectations and I get so many comments about it. Definitely worth the price tag." Cherie, LTHL customer

Cheeki Stainless Steel Lunchbox

CHEEKI

Cheeki make great stainless steel lunchboxes in a few different sizes from 500ml up to 1.2 litres. 

  • ecofriendly stainless steel
  • long-lasting and durable
  • virtually indestructible
  • big capacity for hungry kids and teens 
  • sturdy lock clips that are easy to open
  • dishwasher safe 
  • BPA and toxin free

SHOP CHEEKI LUNCHBOXES here

"Cheeki stainless steel lunchboxes are perfect for children who are starting high school and are 'too cool' for lunchboxes! We have used them for a couple of years and my two children love them." Kylee, LTHL team

 

Woodland Wares Eco Bamboo Bento Lunchbox

WOODLAND WARES

Woodland Wares are a great QLD-owned business who make eco-conscious bento lunchboxes. 

  • biodegradable bamboo materials
  • easy to clean 
  • practical to use
  • hand washing recommended
  • BPA and phthalate free
  • $1 from each box donated to Greenfleet Australia
  • cute on-trend colours and designs

SHOP WOODLAND WARES LUNCHBOXES

If you need any help at all deciding which one would suit your child, please ask us in store or send an email. We are happy to help you with recommendations and advice. 

Once you have decided on a lunch box, you also might need to think about a good water bottle and an insulated bag. We also have snack bags, insulated jars, cutlery sets, ice packs, backpacks, kindy sheet sets, swimming essentials and even bag tags!

SHOP ALL BACK TO SCHOOL HERE 

Until the 23rd of January, you can get 10% off when you order three or more products from our back to school category. No code needed, discount is automatically applied at the checkout. 

If you need some inspiration for lunchbox recipes and snack ideas: 

15 Snack Ideas for Lunchboxes
Food Ideas for Insulated Jars

We hope this has helped you with choosing the right lunchbox for your child. Please let us know your thoughts.

What works for you? Do you have any awesome lunchbox hacks? 


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