One might expect a diatribe about organics or gluten-free snacks given the title of this post, but whether you choose to feed your child fresh, whole foods is not the subject matter here. It would be wise to discuss these options with your child’s pediatrician, indeed. Opting for Lucky Charms over oatmeal because the former preparation requires exactly three steps as opposed to the six step process of the latter is just lazy, and highly frowned upon by we Playground Dads. Perhaps the subject even deserves its own post, but the simple fact about those decisions is that you have a choice. Must-haves are, by definition, just that – required. For my little man, only one snack-time item is required. It’s the Gyro Bowl – As Seen on TV.
I use the term snack-time very loosely. Breakfast can become a snack when your morning involves a 17, 12, and three-year old, a 20 minute commute, three drop-off points, tween aggression, teen indifference, and a time clock that must be punched. If this resembles your life, then rejoice in the fact that there are actually alternatives to uncooked Pop-Tarts. With the BPA-free Gyro Bowl in your cabinet, the on-the-go breakfast menu opens up considerably. Just place anything from dry cereal to last night’s mac ‘n cheese in the Gyro Bowl and forget it. IT WILL NOT SPILL.
According the official Gyro Bowl website, it uses patented 360° Kid Proof Technology to prevent spills. The inner bowl rotates 360° allowing even the most clumsy of your brood to enjoy snacks in the car, the living room, or even on a swing set. The bright, attractive colors will be an immediate hit with your toddler, and it has an ergonomic handle that surrounds it allowing him to grip it with ease. There are so many benefits, I feel it necessary to list them directly from the official website’s bullet list:
• Kid-Proof Gyro Bowl
• Inner Bowl Rotates 360 Degrees
• Virtually Indestructible
• Saves Time, No More Cleaning
• Use it for Non-Food Items
• BPA-Free Plastic
• Top Rack Dishwasher Safe
• Not Microwave Safe
The Gyro Bowl is offered at Wal-Mart for $12.88. The frugal dad would notice, however, that the official website – through this limited time offer – gets you TWO Gyro Bowls for the low, low price of $14.99 (plus shipping and handling of $9.99.)
The only complaint I have is the website’s claim above that it “Saves time, no more cleaning.” I tried this for a couple of weeks, but just feel better about washing it on occasion. I’m sure the technology is sound, but I just feel like a bad dad if I don’t run some water over it on occasion.
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