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Carrying Toddler Food On-the-Go | The ZoLi SUMO

Figuring out what to feed my girl was the easy part. Carrying her fresh food was the hard part. Thank goodness for ZoLi. They have us crunchy, health-nut mamas covered.

When I introduced you to the ZoLi on-the-go, I was madly in love. I picked it up from Giggle on a trip back to the Bay Area & it was the perfect solution for carrying all my homemade baby food purees. Then it held the little finger foods. But soon enough, my little porker could polish off the entire container’s contents in one sitting. Then the food got bigger because she got some monster teeth. & then…wouldn’t you know…they knew just what I needed: The ZoLi SUMO. It’s like the OTG on steroids. With a handle. Because my babe likes to carry it around like a purse. (not kidding) :)

Before I could even buy one, the fab Juli (head honcho & mompreneur over at ZoLi) sent one my way. I would have paid the $18 for it in a heartbeat. I might even buy a second. I love it that much. Isn’t it pretty? That’s the OTG on the left, the SUMO on the right.

I recently stuffed it full & took it on the ultimate test: the airplane. I put it through security. I stuffed it under the seat of the plane. I dropped it. She threw it. & it passed every test. Here is why I love it:

  • it does not leak. each compartment screws together tightly.
  • it carries a lot of different things, without a lot of dishes. just four pieces that can all go in the dishwasher.
  • I can add & subtract containers as necessary. some lunches out only require two. I can buy another SUMO & screw on additional containers to the bottom if I want.
  • caroline cannot get the top off herself. which is wonderful. considering she really does enjoy carrying it like her purse. :)
  • if leaving caroline with someone for a meal, I can build a hierarchy of food & instruct them to feed her from the top down, keeping nutrition priorities.
  • each 8 oz container can fit a LOT of stuff. see below.

This is a typical lunch for my girlie, who is 20 months (but quite the eater & in the 95%ile for ht & wt). I can stuff this full of more than you see here, but this is what I would pack if we were heading out to lunch. Each container can hold:

  • 7-8 organic strawberries (more if stems are removed & they are sliced)
  • 8 wedges of quesadilla (two 8 inch tortillas, filled with chicken, corn, black beans & cheese) I do have to put this on top–as the extra curvature of the lid allows the whole thing to fit. You see four wedges here.
  • 1/2 cup of blueberries + 1/2 cup of pineapple chunks

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& just so you can see the size difference. This is my well loved Nalgene bottle–it’s a liter. The SUMO is almost exactly the same size. Each SUMO container (8 oz) can hold considerably more than the OTG container (4 oz).

I pushed it to it’s max, but the InchBug Bumpy Orbit Label can still fit around the SUMO. :) One of these labels goes on every cup & container that leaves the house. We only use these two containers out & about. For drinks we use the Nalgene Tritan Grip-N-Gulp sippy. But the girl can throw, and knock loose the silicone piece inside. SO…we recently started using the CamelBak Kids 12 oz Better Bottle. She especially loves the CamelBak because she can carry it with her teeth & still have a baby in each hand. Wish I was kidding. :[

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Thanks Juli, for yet another wonderful solution that helps us mamas who want to take our fresh food with us wherever we go. I am not sure what I would do without this product. It’s an absolute essential & gets a lot of attention wherever we go! Just one thing…we miss the pink! ;) But we still think she is pretty, pretty!

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  • Michelle - WOW! thanks for a great review! I got the OTG based on your recommendation and it has been a real lifesaver. I can’t wait to get my hands on the SUMO.ReplyCancel

  • Holly - My daughter is 10 1/2 months, and — thanks to your post about feeding gear! — we have both the OTG and the pink Sassy triple container set, which works great for packing up her daycare lunches every day. (Despite the time it takes, food prep and lunch packing for a wee one hits a nice sweet spot for my Type A organizational self!) She already eats a ton, so I’m sure we’ll be movin’ on up to the Sumo before long! We also recently got the Dr. Sears Nibble Tray (http://www.amazon.com/Dr-Sears-Nibble-Yellow-Months/dp/B002V92XRQ), which is also a neat serving/organizational implement. Do you feed your daughter food from restaurants, or always bring along your own? We are really hoping to steer clear of the not-so-healthy stuff on most kids’ menus, but we do feed our daughter off our plates when we dine out, or we’ll order her healthy sides off the menu, etc., and we supplement with stuff from home that’s not readily available, but I feel like there comes a point when unpacking a bunch of stuff from home becomes kind of rude, or teaches kids that they need “special” food that’s different from adults — I just don’t yet know when that point is!ReplyCancel

    • -shawna- - @Holly–that tray is CUTE! We always take some food to restaurants & then feed her part of our meals. I’ve found she needs something to eat when she starts to see appetizers & salads brought out, so I always have cheese & fruit/veggies. I’ll typically give her some of my fish or chicken. we’ve ordered off the kids menu a couple times, but usually a side of broccoli & some of our meals will do just fine! :)ReplyCancel

  • Sarah - I am definitely going to pick on of these up!! I took your recommendation and purchased the OTG and LOVE it. I was even away for a few days last week and my sister used it religiously while watching my 10 month old and she even loved it.ReplyCancel

  • Nicole - I want Caroline’s lunch :) haha! I need* one of these they seem awesome and were all about bringing the fruit with us everywhere we go.ReplyCancel

  • Shannel - These Zoli products remind me of what my dad used to use for his lunch boxes (tiffins) as a kid in India (picture of Indian tiffins: http://vishalbsingh.wordpress.com/2007/08/26/about-dabbawala/). I love that this style of food storage is available for us to use for our kiddos! And the Zolis are a whole lot cuter too!

    Question: What sort of labels do you have pre-printed on the Inchbug labels?ReplyCancel

    • -shawna- - @Shannel–how cool is that!!! love that info! All I have printed on the label is her name + the little flower graphic.ReplyCancel

  • Judy N - So…how do you keep everything cold/right temperature. And is it microwaveable so that you can warm up the purees or food when you need?ReplyCancel

    • -shawna- - @Judy N- I usually use it within an hour of taking it with me. Come summer, I’ll use an ice pack & soft little cooler! :) It is microwaveable.ReplyCancel

  • The Up North Writer Mama - Thank you so much for this review! Do you still think it’s worth getting the smaller size for younger kids? My son is 9 months and we’re just starting to take little snacks with us when we leave… I’d like to save money and just get one size, and I guess you could just take one of the sections of the Sumo?

    I was going to buy a similar product (but a different brand) but I like these much more. So glad they’re free of BPA/phthalates.ReplyCancel

    • -shawna- - @Shanon–If you don’t mind combining foods (like a fruit salad) just go for the SUMO!ReplyCancel

  • Marylin - Shawna… Your blog is addicting! I have a 21 month old daughter so I enjoy reading about your little bundle of love.ReplyCancel

  • Chelsea McCown - I use the OTG every time we leave the house! I have 2 of them (8 containers) and they are stuffed full and he polishes off all of the fresh food every time!! I can’t WAIT to get the SUMO! Wonderful post, thanks Shawna!ReplyCancel

  • Megan - Thanks for the review – I may have to get one of those – looks really handy! ? for you about the inch bug labels – I’ve been looking at them for a long time but haven’t bought – did you just put her name on them?ReplyCancel

  • Julianna @ ZoLi - Shawna –
    Thank You! Thank You! I’m so glad you like our new SUMO : ) We are huge fans of Styleberry here at ZoLi so you can just imagine how thrilled we were to read your writeup on our products. We just might have to add *pink* back into the mix for you and Caroline!!ReplyCancel

    • -shawna- - @Juli–ooooh we’d be flattered! :) But we still love the SUMO. LOVE. love.ReplyCancel

  • Kate B - love! thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • Erin W. - I’m wondering how you keep it cold also if the food won’t be used for a while? Her lunch looks delish! :)ReplyCancel

    • -shawna- - @Erin–I usually use it within an hour of taking it with me. Come summer, I’ll use an ice pack & soft little cooler! :)ReplyCancel

  • Tori [at] FIToriBLOG.com - quesadillas! great idea! i think i’ll add that to the list for next week! Thanks for the idea!ReplyCancel

  • Marylin - Our Sumo came on Saturday and I love, love, love it! Great capacity.ReplyCancel

  • Betony - I love your blog and am following your homemade baby food process-which I love! I read the part about using the store bought food (was it Ella’s Garden or something?) for Caroline on the go and thought I would mention the Sili Squeeze. (www.thesilico.com) I saw it on babysteals and it sold out before I figured out what it was and how much I wanted one, but now that we are starting solids, I am renewed in my interest. Think squeezable homemade baby food! What do you think?ReplyCancel

  • Becca - I realize this post is older, but I was reading through your blog and came across this post. I make all of my baby’s food, and its hard to take it on the go or when someone watches him there are like 3 different containers for his food to go in. I was wondering if this is good for purees as well. Does it hold them well without leakage? None of the reviews I can find mention anything about purees in them! Thanks :)ReplyCancel

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