As we started to prepare for Lil G’s move into Year 1 things just seemed a little more relaxed this year. The pressure was off and it felt lovely, we all knew what was expected and other than new teachers and a new classroom we all seemed to be quite laid back about this next step. Lil G was excited and despite being at the start of the summer holidays he was already looking forward to his first day as a Year 1 student. We set about having a little bit of fun writing lists of all the bits and bobs we needed to check off and there was no surprise that at the top of his list was a new lunchbox.
Despite school lunches being free Lil G insists on choosing his own lunch and I guess from my point of view it helps me to police what he eats. I also really enjoy the time together when we are choosing what to have for lunch the next day. Just a few minutes together after a long day, making funny shaped sandwiches and finding ways of making lunch a little more fun. Certainly is a lovely way to spend some time together.
Despite not really needing a new lunchbox he was determined to pick out his own. Ooh these strong willed 5 year olds certainly know how to get their own way don’t they? For weeks during the holidays we searched high and low but sadly we couldn’t quite find what we were looking for. Lil G doesn’t have the biggest appetite, he prefers variety over quantity and so we were on the look out for a lunchbox which had 3/4 compartments to allow for the variety, the bento type lunch boxes. He also wanted a matching water bottle, apparently all the cool kids have them. And so the search continued.
And then we were approached by Petit Fernand to review their personalised lunchboxes and water bottles. I’ve known the brand since Lil G started school as we use their iron-on labels and stickers for Lil ‘s clothes, shoes and bits and bobs. And so when I showed him the website, his little face was a picture. His excitement for his new lunch box started as soon as we clicked on to the Petit Fernand website. Straight away he set about choosing the colour and design, no surprise there that he chose blue and what with his love for the beach it wasn’t long before he chose the main design.
In just a few short steps we had ordered our matching lunchbox and water bottle. What I love about the design is that it has 2 removable small containers and an intermediate inner box. To keep the food cool for a few hours, just pop the ice pack (previously placed in the freezer) under the intermediate box. The only thing you need to consider when using the ice pack is that as it defrosts it will wet the food. This isn’t so much a problem when it’s an apple or a yoghurt, but can be a little tricky if it’s bread or cake.
My advice would be to pop the ice pack in the fridge rather than the freezer, or pop the sandwiches in a little bag so that they don’t turn in to a soggy mess. No one wants a soggy tuna sandwich now do they! And lets not forget the water bottle. Much sturdier than the ones we have purchased in the past and I love the lid and the twisty cap which ensure no leaking. It’s great for taking a long to all Lil G’s sports classes too as he never gets confused with which drink is his!
It is easy to clean and really kid-friendly. They really have created the perfect lunch box, and best of all as it can be personalised it is also fun for your littles. Whether you use it as a school lunchbox or a child’s everyday needs you won’t be disappointed. And lastly if you are 5 then you’ll most definitely have the coolest lunch box in the school dinner hall. Lil G has certainly made a couple of new friends who just want to see his lunch box and I have had numerous requests for where they came from.
If you are looking for a new school lunch box or even just to make picnicking a little more fun then do pop over to the Petit Fernand website. I promise you’ll have lots of fun and that’s before they have arrived. And then why not pop over to my Lunch Box Ideas board on pinterest for some tasty treats to pop in your rather cool lunch box!
* Dsiclosure – we were gifted these items free of charge in exchange for our honest review. All words are my own.