During the summer I invested in 3 Yumbox lunch boxes – with the aim of using them for picnics and day trips. Our eldest child also takes packed lunch to school so I was hoping to use it for that as well.
I was a little more than thrilled when I found a website that had a 3 for 2 offer – so I snapped them up!
The idea behind the Yumbox is that it allows food to be separated, for children who have a fear of their food touching (this effects more people than you think!). It also encourages good portion control and helps to illustrate the different food groups that we should be eating everyday. The leak proof lid allows for yogurts to be packed in beside dry food items. The environmental benefits are a big factor – as there’s no need for clingfilm or disposable sandwich bags.
The choice of designs are endless and I was *So* excited when they arrived in the post. We got started right away and girls loved them! Here’s some of our lunches from the first week.
It all started so well…………………
But after a week or two I noticed a few problems with this way of lunch planning. These problems may just be selective to my house, and I don’t mention them to put you off buying a Yumbox, but just want to give an honest review.
- It’s not always possible to have food from every food group in the box everyday and if you’re child is unsettled by an empty compartment in their box it can lead to an unnecessary amount of fuss in the mornings.
- It didn’t encourage any of my children to try new foods – again this was maybe a bit of a high expectation and it could just be selective to my house.
- The ‘grains’ compartment is quite small, and could only hold a little tiny sandwich, which would create a problem if your child likes a lot of fillings in their sandwich.
That being said, we are using the Yumboxes a few times each week. They are great for busy days when I can prepare them the night before and have ready to go in the fridge. They are a good size and shape to fit into a cool bag or standard sized thermal lunch bags. Dishwasher safe is a non-negotiable in our house so I’m pleased to say they can go in the top shelf and come out great.
All in all, I think these were a good investment and will most definitely last longer than our regular lunch boxes.