Babble Best Picks:
Kids Lunch Boxes 2011
Whether your little one is heading off to nursery school or high school, pack their lunch in a way that gets them excited to eat a healthy meal. Factoring in durability, portability, and affordability, we rounded up the very best tried-and-true lunch boxes that will make meal-packing a little more bearable. If we missed a lunch box you and the kiddo love, please nominate it here!
- Michelle Horton
Best for Little Kids | Dabbawalla
Besides the fact that these lunch bags come in a wide variety of adorable patterns (everything from a cutesy monkey to a hipper British flag), we especially love that the flexible neoprene fabric insulates both cold and hot lunches and is - here's the big perk, parents - completely machine washable. Yes, machine washable. Because even though those other lunch boxes have "wipe-clean" interiors, you know they'll eventually have that funky sandwich smell that's impossible to scrub out. And it even comes in two sizes, including a smaller "lunch sack" that's easier to fit in backpacks.
PB Kids Mackenzie Classic Lunch Bags
Here’s a classic lunch box choice, especially if your little one is using one of the Pottery Barn Mackenzie backpacks, which has coordinating patterns. The lunch box is a little on the larger side, and while the (environmentally friendly, food-safe) interior is more convenient to keep clean than a cloth interior, it also gives the lunch box less flexibility to fit into smaller bags. Yet if you’re using a Mackenzie backpack as well, you can always clip the lunch box to the outside. All in all, it’s one of the easiest non-machine-washable lunch boxes to clean, while providing a roomy, insulated lunch carrier.