Doing this everyday has helped with several aspects. It gets her used to eating at a slightly earlier time, she sits down at a table and opens her lunch, and eats. I do give her warnings throughout, so she has an idea of how much time she has. At 11:05 I tell her to start wrapping it up and at 11:10 it's time to clean up. Put all our items back in our lunch bag, zip it up and throw away garbage. I've also been trying to get her to use the bathroom beforehand so she doesn't have to take a break. This has been a tremendous help for my slow eater, as it gives me a good idea of what she can and cannot open by herself, how I can make it easier and also what items she can eat more quickly than others. While it is always a good idea to eat slowly and chew thoroughly, not only for safety but for good eating reasons; I do want her to get as much nutrition in a small amount of time. Even though we've been doing trial runs, there is little way for me to mimic a lunchroom full of small kids, and she will want to befriend EVERY. SINGLE. ONE.
So now I'm going to go through some items with you, all of these I have bought and will be using for her lunch. I'll tell you where I got them, roughly how much I paid and some little tips and tricks for each.
Starting with, lunch bags. I don't have a photo of these but one is a rectangular Disney princess bag and the other is a smaller upright hello kitty bag with a separate compartment on the bottom for ice.
|Rubbermaid blue ice pack. I measured the bottom of the Hello Kitty lunch bag specifically and this is a|
perfect fit. $5 on Amazon. This also fits on top of the lunch tray next to a juice box when in our large rectangular
|I probably should have listed these first, but here are the lunch trays which you can find here.|
They are 4/$14 and I got mine from Amazon. They are SERIOUSLY awesome. Durable, easy for little hands
and clean up nicely. I cannot say enough awesome things about these. Check them out for yourself!
I'll try to take some photos throughout the school year of particularly awesome lunches and I hope you'll check out some of these products. Please keep in mind I am not being compensated, not was I approached by any of these companies for this post. Just good old fashioned, Mom to Mom advice. A good luck to BOTH Moms and kids alike who are going BTS or just TS in the coming weeks. Feel free to come by and commiserate with me over a cup of coffee, because what better way to get through the day ;)
Fluffimama out <3