Wednesday, June 2, 2010

a bento for baby - Dr. Sears Nibble Tray

A few weeks or a couple months ago (time runs together for me, LOL) a commenter asked if I had seen the Dr. Sears Nibble Tray. I hadn't, but with my curiosity peaked, I did check it out. It looked like something that would be very handy for my littlest eater. Then, I forgot all about it until recently a preschool mommy friend of mine mentioned it. This time I ordered one to try out before it could slip my mind again. ;-)

I got it, and it's great!
dr. sears nibble tray

The green "stem" section has gel built in it so you can freeze it to keep the food in that section nice and cold. It detaches from the main tray for easy freezing. You can also forego that section and just use the main yellow part. Each piece has its own lid so they can be used individually.

On this day my little guy had ham and cheese pieces in the cold stem section (cheese being the scraps from stars made the last few days!).
In the big section he had: corn, cucumber chunks, some sort of smiley snacks from Earth's Best, graham snacks from Earth's Best, diced purple grapes, peas.

The corn and peas thawed nicely by eating time, but the ham and cheese was still nice and cool. Perfect!

My 8-year-old joked that this is what you get when an ice cube tray and a pineapple get married. ;-) Ha!
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Wendy said... [Reply to comment]

That's cool! I haven't seen that before. What are the dimensions? I can't quite get a feel from the photo.

Melissa said... [Reply to comment]

The yellow part is about 7" long by 5" wide at the widest part. It's 1" deep. The green section is less than 3" by about 5" wide at the widest part. the stem is shallower since the gel walls take up space.

For Tyler who just turned one year old it is enough for a full meal for him, it would hold a enough for a snack for Paige.

The lid fits flush to the interior, so nothing will go hopping across the walls. :)

Danielle said... [Reply to comment]

Oh I might have to buy this one...ugh I am going to have to go to a support group for all the lunchboxes I have! yet I can't stop!

Melissa said... [Reply to comment]

I know the feeling, Danielle!!!

Tifani says... said... [Reply to comment]

I think I see a must have. That is too cute!

Mommyof2girlz said... [Reply to comment]

That is so awesome! Having the smaller compartments would be great for my picky eaters. Thanks for sharing!!

Carissa said... [Reply to comment]

ooooh....I love that...its so super cute!

Jenn @ BentoForKidlet said... [Reply to comment]

Aw that's cute! Looks delicious and fun :D

*~*~*Stephani*~*~* said... [Reply to comment]

I think I'm going to get this for when my little one (due in the next 2 weeks!) is ready for table food! It'd be perfect for the diaper bag!

Julie Anne said... [Reply to comment]

I have so been meaning to ask you what you do with your scraps... I am way too frugal to make cute little shapes in sandwiches and stuff, because I can't waste anything! Glad to see you are using cheese scraps! :)

Melissa said... [Reply to comment]

Rest assured, Julie Anne - very little goes to waste! Dry bread crusts get tossed (though one day I'll get on the ball and salvage those to make bread crumbs out of...not there *yet*), but that's about it! :)

Anne Maskell said... [Reply to comment]

that tray is awesome! thanks for visiting my blog!

Melissa said... [Reply to comment]

That's really neat - where do you find those?

Melissa said... [Reply to comment]

Hi Melissa - I ordered it from Amazon! :) I'm not sure where else they are sold. They are made by "Zak!" if that helps. :)

Cowboy Ninjas said... [Reply to comment]

I was wondering if you ever got one! I love mine so much I bought a second one for my 22 mo. My nearly 4 yo loves it. Yippee for everyone! :) MM

Melissa said... [Reply to comment]

MM - was that you who mentioned it in comments? I tried finding that comment thread so I could credit the person who mentioned it to me but couldn't for the life of me remember what post it had been on or what time frame to be looking at! If it was you, thank you!! I see the nibble tray being so handy! :)

frosty said... [Reply to comment]

My sister will just have to have that for her new baby.

theirmomma said... [Reply to comment]

Any idea where this is made? I really love it but am I having trouble finding this information.

Melissa said... [Reply to comment]

Hey there "theirmomma"! I am having a hard time locating my Nibble Tray, but when I hunt it down I'll update with that info. I've got way too many boxes and they are stashed all over the place! :)

*me & her* said... [Reply to comment]

I added the "set" to my Amazon Wishlist so I can get them as Christmas gifts for my newborn niece! Where the heck was this when my Princess was that little? *lol*

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