Kids grow up fast. As a parent, I often feel like I’m one step behind finding products that suit my baby’s needs for various stages, and then they just grow out of them. So when I come across products that grow with your child or are appropriate for various ages, it’s a big bonus.
When my daughter became a fairly competent self-feeder, I struggled to find snacking containers and bottles that would serve us well on-the-go, whether we were out biking, hiking, travelling or just running errands in town. When Eco Vessel came knocking on my inbox, it was perfect timing and I thought I’d give their products a whirl!
Eco Vessel is a company based in Boulder, Colorado, and they make products that are developed from safe, sturdy, sustainable materials. Their water bottles and food storage containers are made of high quality, non-leaching materials – another big bonus for a parent concerned about the safety and long-term health of their child.
I tried out three products, and you’ll find my thoughts below!
SmashBox Snacker Food Container 8 Oz.
The SmashBox Snacker Food Container ($9.95) has a snap-on lid to keep snacks spill-free in your bag, in the back of the stroller or wherever you store it. Being dishwasher, freezer and microwave safe, it is an all-purpose container for your snacks and it is easy to keep clean. The best thing about it is that when it’s empty (or even when there’s a little bit of food left in there), you can collapse the container down to half its height to save space in your bag. As it holds a generous 8 ounces of food, I found this container particularly useful while travelling by airplane and car from Alberta to Ontario, though I would hold it for my daughter to eat out of since she’s prone to spilling.
Gobble N Go Stainless Steel Snack Cup With Dual Use Tops 16 Oz.
Unlike the SmashBox, I really needed a container my daughter could eat from on her own without spilling all the contents. When we’re out biking or walking, or even just playing around the house, I find I can save some time in my day by having her snack on her own. While she may be a bit too young (currently 15 months) for the Gobble N Go Stainless Steel Snack Cup ($15.95), she was able to hold the handle and reach through the slotted lid to retrieve her own snacks, keeping her at least occupied and fed. Often I needed to clean up some Cheerios, or help her keep the lid on. With time she’ll hopefully come to understand how to keep the snacks in there without my help. The solid top was useful for transporting the cup in a bag and keeping the contents fresh on the counter.
The Stainless Steel Insulated Sippy Cup With NUK Spout 10 Fl. Oz.
Since we’re often out and about on trails and bike paths under the hot sun, I have found it difficult to keep my daughter’s water cool and refreshing. The Stainless Steel Insulated Sippy Cup ($19.95) really does the trick, though, keeping the contents cold for hours. The Nuk spout made it easy for my little girl to drink from without assistance, and helped to reduce leakage. This sippy cup is ultra durable, and didn’t show any sign of wear and tear despite multiple drops on hard surfaces. The only downside is that it’s quite heavy, which makes it a little bit awkward for a little person to hold. I would still recommend it, though, as it will grow with your kid and provide a good water bottle for some time.
Thanks to Eco Vessel and blink PR for sending these products for review.