Let me get this out of the way: I am going to recommend a plastic product! Egads! I searched high and low for a non-plastic bento box for my daughter, but I ended up with this Sassy baby bento box, which is BPA-free. For the last year or so, I’ve been packing her lunches for daycare in these little containers:
I love it! Here’s why. Before I broke down and bought this, I was packing her lunch in various containers, which was unwieldy. The main reason I like it is because it makes creating her meals easier. Something about having three little containers helps me focus on food options. I might put apple slices in the big compartment, cheese cubes in one of the small ones, and crackers in the other one. Or half of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich in the large container and small carrot sticks in one small container, raisins in the other.
Downsides: The spoon is flat and useless, so I don’t use it. Some reviewers on Amazon complained that the containers are leaky if you put pureed foods in them. I have never put leaky things in the box, so this isn’t an issue for me.
The box is perfect for a small child with a minimal appetite. My daughter rarely finishes everything in her lunch, but an older or bigger child would probably want a more substantial lunch box. But I highly recommend the Sassy bento box for the preschool set!