The Loopa Bowl

Having a two year old daughter snack in the back seat of our car is a blessing and curse at the same time. The snack gives her something to do, but there are inevitably stray Cheerios spilled all over the floor and seats when she is finished. The Loopa Bowl is the brainchild of parents Brad and Melinda Shepherd and it is a cleverly designed bowl that makes spilling treats just about impossible. From the Loopa site:

Its revolutionary spill-resistant technology utilizes a weighted inner bowl that rotates 360 degrees, keeping the dry snacks inside – no matter how little ones grab or turn it.

The bowl is very child and parent friendly. The design will save you from having to pick up snacks from the back seat of your vehicle or your living room floor, that is unless your little one is prone to tossing his snack. For more on the Loopa Bowl, watch the demo here.

Additionally, we know that this is a very specific item, so be sure to pass it on to another parent with a toddler when your kid is through with it. What keeps clutter out of your life one day, can easily become clutter the next.

(via Ohdeedoh)

24 Comments for “The Loopa Bowl”

  1. posted by Deb on

    Very interesting design! And it looks like it could hold an apple core!

  2. posted by Tigerblade on

    So what happens when the kid grabs it and whips it around? Does the inner bowl spin fast enough to keep whatever’s in there from flying across the room?

    I think this would be great for slow-moving twists and turns, but anything beyond that would worry me.

  3. posted by Sarah on

    Cool. They should market it with a bottle of Gorilla Glue. A kid can’t throw the whole bowl with his hand glued to it.

    So, what do we do about handfuls of Cheerios being thrown?

    Back to the drawing board.

  4. posted by Sarah on

    Your kid is clearly more sedate than mine.

  5. posted by Springpeeper on

    Speaking of Cheerios, did you know that the average diameter of a Cheerio is the same as the diameter of the holes on the bottom of a piece of Duplo? (Guess how I know…)

    I’m not convinced that this bowl will solve the problem of spilled snacks. And it looks dang hard to clean!

    Save your money and keep a Unitasker out of your home. Put the snacks in a bag or don’t allow snacking in the car.

  6. posted by L on

    My problem with Cheerios has less to do with the container and more to do with how my daughter transfers cereal from container to mouth: Insert hand into container, pull out 20 Cheerios, shove fist into mouth, pull fist out of mouth, release onto floor whatever Cheerios were not successfully captured by mouth.

  7. posted by timgray on

    Makes spilling treats impossible. Wanna bet $500.00 on that?
    I know my grandson will spill out the contents in 6 seconds. ohh the inner one swivels, what happens if I push on that… oops everything spilled.

    Neat idea that misses the fact that toddlers do not do things logically.

  8. posted by Sue on

    If it swivels will it also spin? Instead of Cheerios on the floor, I’d be finding Cheerios on the ceiling, the dashboard, the rear view mirror…………..

  9. posted by ana on

    I can’t believe you give your child junk food to keep her entertained! Eating because you’re bored is a horrible habit to deliberately inflict on your child. How about a toy instead? Which is pretty much what something brightly colored that spins food around is going to turn into.

  10. posted by KevinS on

    Ana – try not being so judgmental. Children (and adults!) need healthy snacks throughout the day. Are there healthier snacks than cheerios? Sure, but I’d hardly consider it junk food. We give our daughter snacks like this pretty regularly, too. It helps get some grains in her diet (since most sit-down meals for us are veggies and some meat) and gives her good practice using her new chompers.

  11. posted by Sue on

    Cheerios are a snack, not a tool to offset boredom. They also allow toddlers to practice their pincer technique and learn to coordinate hand movements. Ana, you can also put tofu cubes in there, if you like.

  12. posted by Matt on

    Crap flash website defeating the point of the web with no deep links and impossible to view on a less-than-17″ screen. Boo.

  13. posted by Adrienne on

    I see no reason why a child has to be eating in the car. It might mean you need to simplyfy your life so that you are not in the car so much.

  14. posted by Martha on

    Oh please, this should be a part of your Unitasker Wednesday. I have three children, none now the age of needing this product, but never had that much trouble keeping my car or home relatively clean. Besides, dry food is not the problem. It’s sticky, wet messes that are a pain to clean. It’s a part of life that kids make messes, why get worked up about it?
    Actually the best way to treat edible spills is to have a dog. It’s always worked well for us!

  15. posted by C on

    People who think children (toddlers, babies) don’t need to eat in the car clearly don’t have children (or they have ones that only sleep in the car!)

    Though I do agree that anything that’s hard to clean is no good for a busy parent.

  16. posted by Peter (a different one) on

    I think I’ll stick with the ziploc sandwich bags and cheerios and/or goldfish crackers. I like snacks that can be easily vacuumed. The Loopa, while very cool, looks rather large for just holding a snack.

  17. posted by Susan on

    Relax folks.
    Cheerios, goldfish, tofu….as a Public health specialist, I am going to tell you that ALL of those are perfectly fine for toddlers, and a good way to distract them during car trips.
    Little tummies only hold a little, and they empty fast. Sugar-free snacks that kid the little one occupied, sated and happy are both healthy for nutrition and for keeping the parent safely focused on the road.

    And FYI- I just use an exacto knife to cut an “x” in the top of an old margarine tub, round the edged so they don’t snag little fingers and put the cheerios in that!
    As long as you keep the edged smooth and close together, the kid can stick their hand in there, pull out the small snack and if it gets tossed or tumped, very few bits escape.
    Add a towel with strategically cut holes for hardware under the car seat and a small inquisitive dog that likes to burrow under said car seat for scraps…and you’re all set!
    But then, I’m lazy and hate using the vacuum at the car wash…

  18. posted by Jennie on

    You know, I’d say to just use a bag instead of a dish of any kind to put Cheerios in (in transit), but I’ve had that argument with my own children. They insist on using a bowl!

  19. posted by annasmom07 on

    I have a Snack Trap, which is similar to the idea Susan posted. Unfortunately, my daughter tends to shake it to hear it make noise (she’s very much into percussion!), and the goodies slip through the slits in the lid. Sigh.

  20. posted by Nora Rocket on

    @timgray: “ohh the inner one swivels, what happens if I push on that…oops everything spilled…Neat idea that misses the fact that toddlers do not do things logically.”

    I think your example actually shows a perfect use of logic by your grandson: this swivels on its own with exciting results; perhaps I could make it swivel for exciting results! Six seconds from “it does” to “I can make it do” sounds pretty good to me. You may have a genius on your hands 🙂

  21. posted by Beth on

    No experience in the child department here, but my 1 year old nephew uses this:

    It seems to keep MOST of the cheerios off the floor, carseat, etc… It’s a buy it version of what Susan is describing.

  22. posted by Alisa on

    So you end up with snacks on the floor of your car….so what? Kids are messy. You can only organize so much in your life and I think this bowl is a solution looking for a problem. This bowl should be a part of your next Unitasker Wed. Also, if I gave it to my daughter, she’d find a way to dump the snack inside.

  23. posted by Jay on

    My wife and I have a two children, ages 4 and 1. We have, among other things, a bin in the rear of the SUV filled with snacks (fruit leathers, granola-type bars, juice and milk boxes, Zip-Locs filled with cereal or dried fruit such as strawberries, etc.), all of which can last a long time without going bad. While these snacks are available to our children while they are away from the house, we do not allow our children to eat in the car.

    It’s pretty simple: If you don’t mind cleaning up the inevitable mess, let your kids eat in the car. If you don’t want the mess, don’t let your kids eat in the car.

  24. posted by Sarah on

    Jay – that’s a great idea. Should you ever be stranded in the car, that would come in really handy.

    Maybe unclutterer will post something about what should be in a vehicle emergency kit.

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