This week begins my first favorite Friday post where I will share some of my favorite things for kids. This might include toys, clothes, local stores or services and other items.
My first Favorite Friday item is the Pottery Barn Kid’s Classic Lunchbox for Boys or Girls. As a parent of children that attended daycare as toddlers, I found we would go through insulated cooler bags quite frequently. We always had to send at least one or two sippy cups of milk for their days at school, and it would often spill into the bags and get into the creases and seams. This was nearly impossible to clean. It was inevitable that within just a few weeks, a new bag would begin to smell inside (sorry, but they did). I was always embarassed by this, and found myself replacing bags more than I wanted. I tried nearly every bag sold in the nearby children’s superstore, but ultimately had the same problem no matter how well we tried to keep them clean.
When my daughter started Kindergarten, we purchased a brand new backpack and lunch box from Pottery Barn Kids, because I wanted her to feel all grown up. I loved the patterns and how cute everything paired together. Yes, we purchased the matching water bottle too.
As we continued through that year, I had no complaints with the quality of her lunch box, but probably purchased 4 insulated cooler bags for her little brother who was just 2 years old. One evening, after yet another bag was a mess within just two weeks, I wondered why we went through bags so quickly for him and not for my daughter. I inspected her lunch box and realized that the interior was molded into one solid piece – no seams or creases for milk to get stuck. It would be easy to clean!
Although I had not wanted to spend the money on a PBK lunch box for a two year old, I realized that it would be better to spend the money once, instead of every 2 – 3 months. About 9 months ago, I purchased the classic lunch box for my son along with a matching preschool backpack. The pair works nicely together because you can attach the two pieces via clips making it easier to carry. I can put his blanket, extra clothes and anything else we need into the backpack, and I usually put his water bottle on the side of the backpack, too. Then all cold items are stored inside the lunch box. I do wish the lunch box had a little more space, but it really was a great purchase. And now he also loves to wear his own backpack down the hallway to class, and be a big kid just like his older sister. I love watching my little man walk proudly with his big kid backpack that is perfectly sized for the little ones.
I recently had a conversation with a mom of a child in my little guy’s class, and we discovered that the spilled milk and smelly bags was a common complaint from the other mothers and soon I was getting inquiries about where I had purchased our easy to clean lunch box.
So my Favorite Friday share is the Pottery Barn Kids Classic Lunch Box that is easy to clean and therefore, will last longer for your toddler!