I inadvertently joined the bento bandwagon when I signed my 18 month old son up for a Mother’s Day Out (MDO) program this fall. (For those of you unfamiliar with MDO, it’s like a cross between pre-school and day care and is usually run by churches as part of their ministry to the community.) The 18 month old program is one day a week from 9am-2pm, so we need to send a lunch with him. That meant I needed to find something to put his lunch in.

Luckily a friend of mine had already been looking at these Laptop Lunches bento lunchboxes for her son, so I had them in mind. The reason she liked them, and knew I would too, was for all of these wonderful features they have (that we care so much about):

  • The product is phthalate free, bisphenol-A (BPA) free, and lead free.
  • The materials used are the safer plastics: polypropylene (#5) and polyethylene (#2).
  • It is eco-friendly since it’s reusable – nothing to throw away after each lunch!

As you can see from the picture, one container has a lid and there is a small container (with lid) for dipping sauces). G is too young for dipping sauces (messy!) so we haven’t used that one yet.

I know my son is a bit young to appreciate it, but it’s a cool lunch box that will be appealing to him when he’s older! Here is the lunch system, with water bottle and carrying case:

I forgot to take a picture of the ice packs I purchased from them as well; they are non-toxic. And something I was very excited to see included was this user’s guide. Yes, it has lunch ideas for us not-so-creative types!

To read more about this company, visit their website: www.laptoplunches.com. They have several colors available, so check out the options; you will be able to find the perfect one for each of your kids! Here is G’s lunch for his first day of “school”:

clockwise from top right: chicken in olive oil, mozzarella cheese, peas, and cheddar bunnies.

So if you can’t tell, I am a fan of this lunchbox system! I know I am not the most creative with my bento-ing, but give me some time!

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