Bento Containers For Your Little One

When it comes to lunch and snacks on the go, bento boxes are the answer to a lot of problems! They’re green in that you don’t have to use plastic bags, they’re self-contained which means less mess and best of all, they’re cute!

Pre-parenthood I swore up and down that I wouldn’t cater to my kids when it came to meals. But golly, those little munchkins sure wear you down when they want to! With my daughter, a bright colored bento box or little animal picks can make all the difference in a successful meal. So, I’ve given bentos a go and guess what – little miss is eating much better these days!

Whether you’re getting crafty with cookie cutter sandwiches or not, take a peek at these fabulous bento containers. They’re some of our favorites!

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This Munchkin box has three compartments and a fork and a spoon that snap directly into the lid – the perfect beginner’s box for $9.99.Screen shot 2013-10-13 at 8.58.04 PM

A little less sturdy than most, but lightweight and a great value when you get 4 containers in a pack for $13.95. Available from Amazon here. Screen shot 2013-10-13 at 9.19.22 PM

I stumbled across Sistema at Old Navy and TJ Maxx during back to school season and they have quickly become my favorite – they have tons of sizes, colors and shapes to choose from! Screen shot 2013-10-13 at 9.21.30 PM

Ready to fall in love with a billion little bento containers? Hop over to Bento USA! This little panda box has an air tight silicon seal to keep your food super fresh. These retail at $9.99 and are available here. Screen shot 2013-10-13 at 9.23.01 PM

Target does it again! This $9.99 set even has a cold pack! You can stack these in multiple configurations, which is great for space-saving. Screen shot 2013-10-13 at 9.24.14 PM

Goodbyn and Bleubird’s lunch series were my very first introduction to bentos. Don’t you love their look? At $9.50, these contain no BPAs or phthalates and lead-safe, is dishwasher-safe and made to last.It comes in red, green, blue and pink and is available here. Screen shot 2013-10-13 at 9.27.08 PMTwo layers are perfect for those heartier lunches – and, these are currently on sale at $5.98! Pick one up here.

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Gretchen hails from the beautiful Pacific Northwest along with her husband and two young children. Before transitioning to life as a stay at home mom, Gretchen worked in sales and marketing while earning her Masters in Management and Organizational Leadership. Now her days are focused on managing meal plans and nap times while organizing her sewing stash and children's toy bins. My oh my, how life changes in the blink of an eye! Gretchen writes frequently about natural parenting, becoming more environmentally conscience, her affinity for thrifted treasures, and hopes of making it out of yoga pants each day on her blog That Mama Gretchen (www.thatmamagretchen.com).

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