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Are you looking for a new lunch bag for your toddler to take to daycare or preschool?
I’ve got you covered.
Today I’m sharing 20 of my favorite lunch bags that are perfect for toddlers. Don’t worry if you don’t find one on my list that catches your eye I’ve included some quick tips for things to look for in your toddler’s lunch pail!
Let’s dive in!
3 Things To Keep In Mind When Choosing A Lunch Bag For Toddlers
When you are looking for the best lunch bag for your toddler there are a few things you’ll want to keep in mind:
You’ll want to make sure the lunch bag is small and light enough for your toddler to carry on their own with a lunch packed inside. Don’t forget they will also likely be carrying a backpack!
Also, keep in mind the size of the meal you will be packing. In the list below I have a very small snack pack that would be perfect if you’re just packing a couple of snacks for daycare or preschool. If you are packing a whole meal, then you may need something larger.
Your little one is likely still developing their fine motor skills, so ensuring the lunch pail is something they can open and close on their own at lunchtime is handy. Their teachers will also thank you!
Bento boxes with large easily clasped lids and double-sided zippers tend to be easiest for them to open. Have them practice beforehand if you need to!
#3: Insulated Bag
I highly recommend getting a lunch bag for your toddler that is insulated. This will allow you to pack cold food and/or hot food.
Bentgo is probably one of the most popular bento-style lunch boxes for toddlers (they even have ones for adults). Some key features to note with this lunch box are:
- 5 portioned compartments that are the perfect size for toddler appetites
- Two latches that are easy for little hands to open and close
- A removable tray that is super easy and convenient to clean (it’s even top-rack dishwasher-safe)
- Rubber coated edges
- The tray is microwave safe
Bentgo sells their Kid’s Lunch Boxes for around $28.
OmieBox is another great choice if you want a bento box option! This lunch bag for toddlers includes:
- 3 compartments
- 8.5-ounce thermos cup that can easily fit into the large compartment
- Keeps food hot and cold in the same box
- Easy latch for little hands to use
The OmieBox is a bit pricey compared to the Bentgo, at about $45.
I am a HUGE fan of Hydro Flask. We use their insulated water bottles for ourselves and our kiddos. So of course I had to include their kid’s lunch box on my list! Some key features are:
- Fully lined interior for an easy cleanup
- A flexible handle makes it easy for little ones to carry
- Two layers of insulation to keep their food cold for hours
- Interior band to hold utensils, napkins, etc.
- They come in a few really bright colors your toddler will love
The Hydro Flask lunch bag for toddlers costs about $45.
You can’t go wrong with Munchkin feeding products. I use and recommend Munchkin all the time. They have a super fun Bento Lunch Box that is perfect for toddlers. Some of my favorite things about this bento box are:
- One easy clasp on the outside for little hands
- 5 compartments
- Comes with toddler-friendly utensils that snap onto the inside of the box
You can find the Munchkin Bento Box on Amazon or at Target for around $20.
If you are looking for a plastic-free bento box option for your toddler – this is it! I love this stainless steel bento box because it comes with a sleeve to keep it from sliding around on the table while your little one is eating. Some other key features include:
- Silicone skid-proof base
- 3 tall compartment dividers to keep food in place
- Comes with a 2.5-ounce container with a silicone lid
- Dishwasher safe – although it’s super easy to just wipe clean
You can buy the WeeSprouts Small Bento Box for about $22.
The PackIt Freezable Lunch Bags are my favorite insulated coolers. I also recommend them for storing breastmilk! No ice pack is needed. The bag is lined with a freezable gel that acts as an ice pack. Just throw the bag in the freezer overnight and it’s ready to pack and keep your food cool in the morning.
The PackIt Freezable Lunch Bag that I would recommend for your toddler is around $24. You have to buy the bento plastic containers separately.
What kid doesn’t love glow-in-the-dark products? They’ll be sure to love this glow-in-the-dark lunch box from Pottery Barn. Here are some of the other cool features:
- Front zipper pouch
- Side mesh pocket for water bottles or sippy cups
- Mesh pocket inside
- See-through pocket for name tag or lunch box notes
- Comes in 3 different styles – classic, cold pack, and dual
- Can be monogrammed with your toddler’s name
The Pottery Barn Glow-In-The-Dark Lunch Box costs between $30-40 depending on what style you choose.
Wildkin Kids Insulated Lunch Box is a traditional square-shaped insulated lunch bag that comes in a ton of fun prints for all ages. This is a pretty basic option, but some key features are:
- Double zipper
- Front pocket for utensils, napkins, or small snacks
- Interior mesh pocket
- Keeps food hot or cold
You can purchase the Wildkin Kids Insulated Lunch Box for about $25.
The Rubbermaid LunchBlox Lunch Bag is made to fit their LunchBlox food container set. Some of the key features of this lunch bag for your toddler include:
- Comes in a small and medium size
- A few interior pockets
- Two exterior side mesh pockets perfect for a water bottle
- Can be used with or without Rubbermaid LunchBloxs food containers
- Small handle and shoulder strap
- Only comes in a black and white pattern
The Rubbermaid LunchBlox Lunch Bag cost $15-25 depending on the size.
These LunchBlox containers from Rubbermaid are a fun way to pack your toddler’s lunch. The containers and ice packs all snap together. You can then purchase the lunch bag I have listed above if you want!
The Rubbermaid LunchBlox Container Kit costs about $18 for the large entree kit.
This dual-compartment lunch box from Opux isn’t necessarily a lunch bag designed for toddlers but it’s a great medium-sized lunch bag for older kids. I like it because you can pack their lunch in the bottom compartment and their snacks on top. Some other features include:
- Two small exterior pockets
- Mesh pocket on the side for a water bottle
- Plenty of room for snacks and drinks
The Opux Insulated Dual Compartment Lunch Box costs about $19.
Bentology Lunch Bag and Box Set is a great option if you like bento boxes but want more of a traditional lunch bag design. This set includes the plastic bento box with large compartments and lids, plus an insulated lunch bag that fits it all. Some more details include:
- Comes with the bag, bento box style set with 5 containers and lids, and a matching reusable ice pack
- Water bottle holder on the side
- Interior mesh pocket that fits the ice pack perfectly
The Bentology Lunch Bag and Box Set will cost you about $20.
The LunchBots Large Trio Stainless Steel Lunch Container is another great plastic-free lunch bag for toddlers. They also sell a lunch container that has 5 compartments, but it’s a bit more expensive. Some of the features include:
- Completely stainless steel lunch box and plastic free
- 3 divided compartments – one large for the main course and two small for sides or a juice box
- Easy to clean
- Super durable lunch box
The LunchBots Large Trio Stainless Steel Lunch Container costs about $40.
The THERMOS Funtainer isn’t technically a lunch bag, but it’s the perfect little insulated food jar that is great for picky toddlers because you can literally pack anything. I’ve included the 10-ounce food jar on the list but THERMOS has a whole Funtainer collection.
- 5 hours hot
- 7 hours cold
- About the size of a soda can
- Spoon included
The THERMOS Funtainer 10 Ounce Food Jar costs about $17.
The EasyLunchboxes Bento Snack Boxes are a cheap solution for your toddler’s lunch bag. These are great options if you are on a budget or your toddler won’t really be using them that often. Some of the key features include:
- 4 small compartments
- Snap-on leak-proof lid
- Comes in a set of 4 on Amazon
The EasyLunchboxes Bento Snack Boxes cost about $13 for a pack of 4.
The L.L. Bean Expandable Lunch Box is a classic insulated interior lunch box for your toddler that allows you to expand if you need to pack more food or something larger. Some of the other noteworthy features include:
- Exterior mesh pocket in the front
- Mesh pouch inside
- Can monogram with your child’s name
The L.L. Bean Expandable Lunch Box cost about $25.
The State Bags Rodgers Toddler Snack Pack is perfect if you are just sending your younger kids to daycare or preschool with a few snacks or a small little meal. Some of my favorite features include:
- Personalize with monogramming
- Fits a water bottle and an apple
- See-through pocket inside for lunch box notes
The State Bags Rodgers Toddler Snack Pack costs $38.
The Bixbee Owl Water Resistant Lunch Box is just too cute to not include on my list of lunch bags for toddlers. Bixbee sells other animal-themed lunch bags, so still, check them out even if owls aren’t your kiddo’s jam. Some features of this lunch box include:
- See-through pocket on the back with a name tag or lunch box notes
- Two-way zipper
- The small handle makes it easy for little hands to carry
- Exterior pocket on the back
The Bixbee Owl Water Resistant Lunch Box cost about $22.
The Arctic Zone Animal Shape Lunch Bag comes in either a kitten or unicorn shape. I love that they sell this fun lunch bag with a set of containers and an ice pack.
The Arctic Zone Animal Shape Lunch Bag costs about $20.
The JOY2B Kid’s Lunch Bag comes in some super fun designs your toddler will love. This is one of the two top flap lunch bags I have included in this list because it’s hard to find lunch bags like this for littles. They remind me of your traditional brown paper bag lunch. Some other fun features include:
- Mesh exterior side pocket for water bottle
- A reinforced handle with a buckle makes it easy to attach to a backpack
The JOY2B Kid’s Lunch Bag cost about $20.
In A Nutshell
Remember when you are out back to school shopping before the school year starts and picking up the best toddler lunch boxes for your toddlers to keep in mind:
- Their size
- The size of your child’s lunch you’ll pack
- How easy can they open + close the lunch bag
- Chose one that is insulated
I hope I helped you with picking out the right lunch box for your toddler (or at least narrowed your list down a bit). Want some ideas for what to actually pack in your toddler’s lunch? Sign-up to receive my free weekly meal plan.