DD1 is going to nursery in Sept and I'll be making a packed lunch for her.
I'm wondering what to put her lunch in- paper bag? horrid plastic lunch box thing? insulated back pack? Bog standard tupperware box? I'm slightly overwhelmed by all the stuff that is marketed at us with matching "night-garden" character drinks bottles. And I'm really just concerned with keeping her food nice and fresh.
Do nurseries usually have a fridge to store stuff in or do you just go with a box/ bag and it warms up to room temp <must ask>?
Also what do you put in the average lunch pack <if there is such a thing as average>? <<senses toddler one-upmanship and competitive humus making on the horzon>>
God! I may be overthinking this but would welcome some feedback. Esp as DD1 isn't a great fruit eater so may need to be more creative in other areas...
dd has a sandwich or roll in a plastic tub which is then put into an insulated lunch bag (her new one has tinkerbell on it). I also have a thin ice pack which I bought in tesco and that helps to keep the food cool for a couple of hours. She also has a yoghurt type thing (either a frube type thing or a spoonable one although you run the risk of the spoon going missing!). I also put in a small bag of fruit e.g. grapes, strawberries, satsuma (peeled for ease of eating), etc. I sometimes put in a small biscuit as a treat e.g. custard cream, a mini pack of jammie dodgers, etc
I use an insulated lunch bag for DS. The type that zips open around 3 sides and is quite shallow when open is easiest for little ones. If she's old enough to put the straw into a juice carton then you can freeze them to use as cool packs otherwise I use flat flexible ice mats that I got from Lakeland.