01 Feb, 2009
Tired of Messy Juice Boxes? Reusable First Juice Sippy Bottles are Cool, Clean, and Ready for Your Lunchbox!
Posted by: Meg In: Lunchbox Products
I, like many Moms who aim to be green, have kicked the juice box habit. Juice boxes may be convenient, but they are wasteful and messy, as juice inevitably spurts out the top when little ones squeeze too hard. A good solution for a lunch box or take along drink? First Juice. Their bottles win me over…
Intended to introduce juice to toddlers age 6-30 months, First Juice contains organic juice and filtered water, has a good nutritional balance and contains half the sugar content of 100% juice. I also like that the juice contains both vegetable and fruit juices since diversity in diet–and in life–is a great thing.
I was recently sent each of their four flavors to review: Apple + Carrot, Banana + Carrot, Peach + Purple Carrot, and Blueberry + Purple Carrot. With the exception of the Banana/Carrot flavor, the kids and I were pleased with the flavors and I view First Juice as a great intro to juice for a young child.
My real favorite? The First Juice sippy bottles! These sippy bottles are great, and as far as I can tell do not leak. I even took a bottle, turned it upside down and shook it and was unable to get drops to come out. In my opinion, these sippy bottles are better than the Playtex, Gerber, or similar sippy cups I used when my kids were younger. I think they would do great packed in a lunchbox or on the go, and I plan on reusing the bottles for this purpose. The First Juice Website has a set of instructions for safely rinsing and reusing their bottles.
First Juice bottles are Bisphenol-A (BPA) free and phthalate-free plastic. They are made of #1 recyclable plastic. There is some controversy over reusing #1 plastics. Personally, I avoid certain plastics (including BPA and PVC), but feel that #1 plastics can be reused safely if you rinse them well and avoid storing liquids in them for long periods of time. For more info visit http://walking.about.com/od/fluids/f/reusingbottles.htm or do more of your own research.
Why Purple Carrots? First Juice promotes eating foods of all colors due to nutrient diversity. Their website also has clever graphics and info to learn more about carrot nutrition, such as:
MY SUMMARY: First Juice is a great choice for introducing toddlers to juice. The sippy bottles are great, especially if you reuse them. I recommend buying a few of the 8 oz bottles, and relying on the 32 oz to reuse/refill the smaller bottles (The 32 oz bottles are more cost effective and environmentally friendly).
For more information or to order online, visit the First Juice Website.