When Tyler first started preschool two years ago, I had to pack a lunch for him. He’s always been such a picky eater, I was a little worried about what I was going to send for him to eat at school. At home, he usually gets a bit of this and a bit of that, but that doesn’t work well when packing a school lunch. So I started looking for options, and found the Yumbox on amazon and decided to give it a try. It was a little more than I wanted to spend on a lunchbox, but I am so glad we got it.
The Yumbox is a bento-box style lunch box that comes in a few different versions, depending on the age of the person who will be using it and what they would typically be using it for. Of course, we have the child version since we are using it for preschool. If your child likes to bring a sandwich to school, then the adult one has space for that. The older one, the original one we bought, had the different food groups listed with cute little graphics of the food to know what to put in which place. The newer ones have cute images still, but not of the foods, although there is still text with the recommendations.
The BEST part?! These are leakproof! Well, for the most part. They don’t completely contain liquids, but I can put yogurt in one of the sections and once the lunchbox is closed it doesn’t leak into the other compartments. The first couple weeks of school I sent some applesauce for Tyler, and his teachers said that was leaking a little bit because it’s so watery.
Tyler has been using his Yumbox for two school years now (going to school two days per week), and there are almost no signs of any wear and tear on it, just a few scuff marks on the outsides. We have also used it to pack up some food when we go to the pool or splash pad with no problems. It fits inside a regular lunchbox, so I send it to school in that with an icy pack to keep his food cold, a spoon or fork if he needs it, and a napkin. The only thing that doesn’t fit in his lunchbox with this in there is his cup, but we bring that separate to his class anyways because he uses it throughout the day.
Ease of Use
I love how easy it is to make a lunch with a variety of foods in it, since that’s usually what younger kids prefer anyways. Fill up the compartments, close it up, and it is sealed and ready to send.
The insert comes out in all one piece for easy washing, and then goes right back in to make the lunch. It can also be cleaned in the dishwasher on the top rack, although the website recommends to not put it through the heated dry which isn’t a problem for me because I don’t use that option.
It’s not only easy for me, but also easy for Tyler and his teachers. Tyler knows how to open this up, and then everything is ready for him. His teachers don’t have to help him open anything because it’s already ready to eat in the Yumbox. Tyler loves this because he is an independent child, and enjoys being able to do it all by himself.
When I first purchased the Yumbox, I thought it was a little pricy for a kids lunchbox at $30. But like I said, I figured I would give it a shot. The reviews were all very positive and it seemed to be exactly what I was looking for. Now that I’ve had the Yumbox for a couple years, I can easily say that the price is completely worth it. In fact, I just bought another one a couple weeks ago so Ryan will have one for school since he started preschool this week as well.