05 February 2006

Snack Trap for tidy munching

SnacktrapBlogging Baby writer Stefania Butler calls Snack-Traps "essential." Little cups with soft, perforated, reach-through tops that let fingers in, but don't let unescorted Cheerios out. Can also be used as sippy cups if you purchase the screw-on sip lids. Great for keeping the house and car marginally tidier.

Dana at Mombian adds this:

Buy at least two at a time, so if you're in the car and your child drops one, you have another to hand back. (Having two can also help during playdates, in case sharing is required.) Snack Traps can be ordered from their Web site, although it's not the epitome of slick design, but they're also available at most of the major baby megastores. The company was apparently founded by a mom who developed the product for her own kids. (Wouldn't we all like to be this inventive?)

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See, I love that idea. Not just a spill-proof lid for solids, but that it could be created by a single person who brings it to market without a monolith. Parents would make everything better, except those pesky kids get in the way. If we could find a way to be parents without the distraction of children, the world would be all set. ;-)

There was an article in this morning's LA Times about this very subject (parent inventors, not spillproof cups)

http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-perfin5feb05,1,7007710.column?coll=la-headlines-business

We have the snacktrap. Not really effective. Our son (16 months) can get into it and opens it up to dump the snacks on the floor. The liltopper that makes a water bottle a sippy is much better. Same vendor.

http://www.liltopper.com/

That's the url for the Lil' Topper that Leslie just mentioned. I haven't used it, but I can't let a product reference go by without a url. It's like cold apple pie. :-)

If you're looking for Snack Traps, they're much easier to find than before...I just bought 3 at Babies R Us for $3.99 each.

i love the snack trap! my kid figured out how to make snacks come out within 5 minutes by holding down one of the triangles (at 18 months!) however, she knows better these days, and it's the best 5euro i ever spent!

We love snack traps! Granted, it's not hard for Cheerios to fall out - almost of their own accord - but goldfish, cheez-its, and other slightly larger snacks work well. My kids, too, figured out the hold-the-flap-and-dump maneuver - but when they realized that they weren't getting the snack back off of the grocery store/target/restaurant floor, they quit doing it pretty quickly.

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