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Not for independent little kids
on November 9, 2009
I bought two of these for my twin pre-school boys. First, the good - they are rugged, they do not leak if they are closed properly, there is PLENTY of room inside, and the sticker decorations don't fall off in the dishwasher. The bad - the narrow bottle inside easily tips and spills, and the bottle inside has no confirmation that the snap lock top is actually closed. The worst of all, I'd say, is that the lid to the whole lunch box is so very hard to snap on, that my children can't do it themselves. My pre-school frowns on this, first because the school fosters independence, and second, because the teachers don't have time to deal with it. Even with a lesson from Mom on how to press the inner ribs first, the teachers cannot get the lid on completely. And, the school has a policy of sending home leftovers so that the parents know what the child ate / didn't eat. That means that I can only send dry and semi-dry food for lunch, because if they don't eat it all, it's not a disaster when it falls out of the Goodbyn onto their cubby, shoes, coats, etc. Presentation also suffers a bit when the box is filled flat, but carried upright. My kids lovely little sandwich triangles end up in a messy pile at the bottom of one of the compartments. Lastly, I would confirm that there is no way to keep hot foods hot, because the container has no insulation. I WOULD recommend this to an adult who wants to be "green" and take salads, fruit, bread, and yogurt to work. I would not recommend it for a young child, or even an older one who might be in too big a hurry to do a good job closing it.