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For Rochester, MN families, it’s nearly back to school time…no matter how that looks in 2020. Whether you’re a seasoned back to school veteran, a homeschool pro, or sending your little one off to preschool for the first time: our contributor team has rounded up our very favorite products to make mornings easier, lunches yummier, and your life that much simpler! We asked our team of moms, whose kids range from 3 months to 25 years:
“What are your FAVORITE back to school items? Lunchboxes, backpacks, shoes, stuff for moms…GO!”
Stasher bag is the world’s first fully functional, self-sealing, non-plastic bag
“Since they were walkers, my kids have never gone through a summer without a pair of these shoes. In fact, in our house we call them “summer shoes” although the wear them in the spring and fall too. They are made from extra lite EVA making them shock absorbent, odor resistant, hand-washable, water-proof, and they are cute and stylish to boot. Native Shoes come in a million colors and styles. My kids have fun picking out their new pair every spring. These are the BEST shoes and I can’t imagine going without them. –Becky
“Silicone Cupcake Liners make eating fun by separating veggies, snacks, and fruits in a kid’s bento lunchbox. These are extremely durable and have stood up to lots of washings. I feel good about saving on plastic bags too!” – Becky
“My back to school looks a little different with homeschooling and my kids are still pretty young. But this pencil was recommended to me by a preschool teacher and it is great for kids who need a little extra help learning how to hold a pencil correctly. My son still loves his special school pencil and it helped his fine motor skills develop!” — Jessica
YUMBOX is leakproof! Pack wet foods like yogurt and applesauce (not water). Seals with one lid. Kid-friendly latch.
“This is our first year of preschool and I’m already loving Yumbox” –Cristin
“I heart Yumbox. They are ACTUALLY leak proof! (As in you can put yogurt in a compartment and it stays there!) They are still easy for my kindergarten twins to open and get right to eating instead of fiddling around you many containers and seals. And I love not using disposable plastic packaging every day.” –Megan
Kids’ 1-Cup Chilled Containers, Set of 4 Reusable Portion Control Containers with Removable Ice Packs. Handy, helpful, and will keep things cool so they don’t end up eating warm string cheese.
“We would not survive without this clock. We set it to the time the boys are allowed to leave their rooms. We started with small incentives to follow the clock, but they have been phased out now. We all have better mornings since getting these clocks! — Tricia
Spill proof, dishwasher-safe, durable, BPA-free & BPS-free
“Skip hop lunchboxes are adorable and durable. Hedgehogs! Unicorns! Take my money.” –Sara
Sun Bum SPF 30 Premium Moisturizing Sunscreen Lotion will protect you from harmful UVA/UVB rays while enriching your skin with vitamin E.
“Cutest, most comfortable headphones ever. The speakers sit inside of the fleecy headband!”
And… for the moms:
Can we do it? Heck yes, we can.