We're often impressed by the clever design of products for babies and kids, so much that we sometimes find ourselves wishing that there were adult versions of kids' dish sets or lunch boxes! Whether you're shopping for a shower gift, a birthday present, or for your own little one, here are some of our favorite places to look for cool meal time goods.
Kir DeVries (Online): We're including green gift shop Kir DeVries in this list for their good selection of Japanese designer Shinzi Katoh's bento boxes and water bottles. Made of hard plastic, the bento boxes make great snack carriers or lunch boxes.
Laptop Lunches (Online): These containers are a cross between traditional Japanese bentos and the classic American child's lunch box. Modular plastic containers (sized to fit snacks, sandwiches, and side dishes) fit neatly inside.
Soft Landing (Online): This store focuses on BPA, PVC, and phthalate-free products, and they have a large selection of meal time stuff for babies and older kids alike.
A+R Store (Los Angeles/Online): This is one of those stores that focuses on artist and designer-created products and carries equally cool stuff for little ones or grown-ups. To see the full range of children's products, check out the store's "kidding" section.
Mason & Matisse (Online): This modern kids' store has a good selection of BPA-free meal time products in bright colors and round, easy-to-grasp shapes.
Babysoy (Online): Made from soybean fibers, these bibs make use of a major US agricultural byproduct...and they're supersoft and inexpensive to boot! The company also sells soy blankets and clothing.
notNeutral (Los Angeles/Online): This LA-based company makes really nice melamine dish sets for babies and parents. Their products have an instantly identifiable look, with simple modern shapes and bright colors.
Giggle (New York/Online): With multiple locations in New York and an extensive online inventory, Giggle is a one-stop modern baby shop—definitely a good resource for shower gifts. Their feeding section runs the gamut, from nursing and bottles to dishes for older kids.
Weego Baby (Los Angeles/Online): Look here for modern, colorful bottles and bibs. They tend to focus on harder-to-find products, like snack balls, Goodbyn lunch boxes, and Weego baby bottles, which are phthalate, PVC and polycarbonate-free.