Uses for Plastic Baby Food Containers

June 20, 2011
Uses for Plastic Baby Food Containers

My husband, 2 year-old, and I live in Massachusetts, and the rest of my family is in Maine, so we do a fair amount of traveling back and forth. Rather than carrying whole pill bottles, I use plastic Gerber baby food containers with lids and put enough pills to last the time that we are there (and usually a few days extra in case we are stuck due to snow in the winter). I mark the containers with a marker to avoid confusion.


I had a bunch of these left from "baby days" so it's a good way to use them. They are also great for jewelry, elastic bands, and tacks.

By Rita from MA

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Gold Post Medal for All Time! 899 Posts
May 4, 2015

I love the little plastic containers that our son's baby food comes in. They have some many uses. I like to reuse them for his snacks, such as goldfish crackers and sandwich crackers. The lids snaps on securely and they fit easily into my purse. :)

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July 9, 2009

Recycled baby food containers for organizing. These baby food containers can be used to organize just about anything, but I used them to organize my nails, screws, hooks, etc.

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Silver Post Medal for All Time! 255 Posts
March 27, 2009

I have a ton of the plastic square baby food containers with lids. We would like to use them for VBS crafts. Does anyone have any simple kid friendly craft ideas that we could use these in? Thanks.

By mom-from-missouri from NW MO


August 6, 20090 found this helpful
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Here are some from a first-grade teacher.
For the Teacher: organizers for desk (paper clips, etc)

Music: have students experiment with sounds by putting various objects in to shake


Science: grow a seed in water and watch it sprout
make a miniature biome! they could make one for each biome and have a collection
poke some holes and have a bug catcher
put spices in and use for sniffing and identifying smells

Math: use for sorting, balance, use to teach all +-x and / with manipulatives

Social Studies: make a bulletin board with a classroom world map and showcase crafts from around the world inside while pinning the containers to the country on the map

Art: 3D Christmas tree ornaments
endless uses, especially for paints for groups to use

Misc: send one home with each child at the beginning of the school year and have them put something inside to tell about themselves to the rest of the class

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April 6, 2006

Can anyone tell me what to do with the new baby foods square plastic boxes? I have used them for jewelry, storing small items, storing matches, sewing kits, safety pin and straight pins, small staples, buttons, cut up fruit. I am out of ideas!

justmyimagination2002 from savannah, TN


April 6, 20060 found this helpful

I was wondering if a preschool, daycare, or gradeschool art teacher could possibly make use of these for paint or some other type of art supplies. I'm not crafty, but that was my first thought.


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April 6, 20060 found this helpful

I used them for little snacks for my sons diaper bag, cheerios, crackers, etc. I also stashed them around the house so I wouldn't have to go to the kitchen everytime he wanted a little snack. You could put snacks in them and keep them in the car, your purse, etc.

August 2, 20060 found this helpful

Use for condiments when brown bagging lunch. Or use for personal dip dishes for chips & dip, or personal ketchup dish for fries. BBQ sauce, duck sauce, etc.


I refill them with home made baby food.

December 28, 20180 found this helpful

I haven't found these to be leakproof. Is there a trick?

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October 10, 2011

Several stacks of plastic baby food containers.I do in-home daycare, plus have grandkids. I have so many of the plastic, round baby food containers that are out there nowadays. What can I do craftwise with them? A couple of years ago, I painted them and then put homemade candies in them, but I'd like some new ideas! Thanks.

By Robin B


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October 12, 20110 found this helpful

Make a small dish (jar lid is perfect) with some glue in it and another with glitter. Dip and dip, then let dry. When dry, tie a sizable knot to the end of some ribbon, thread it through a darning needle, and thread it through the inside to the back (bottom) of the cups.


Decorate with ribbons, mini poinsettias, buttons, flowers, or any small decorative item and they become bells. Hang them from upper window sills, your car mirror, door knobs and more.

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March 27, 2009

My daughter has been saving plastic baby food containers for me. I volunteer at a crisis nursery and I would like to have a craft project for preschool children with which I can use these containers. Anyone out there with ideas?


July 9, 2009

Our baby grandson just began eating solid foods and I am now saving the handy Gerber oblong plastic containers and snap lids for neat little storage tubs.


May 29, 2009

If you have a baby in the home, keep the plastic Gerber food containers and use them to organize your home.


March 10, 2008

Baby food now comes in plastic rectangular containers. These make great little reusable containers to pack in lunches!


Perfect for raisins, dipping sauce, salad dressing the list goes on and on.


January 2, 2007

I have tons of the new babyfood plastic containers with covers on hand. Can anyone think of something I could do with them. Anything crafty? My hubby wants to use them for his screws and such. Any other suggestions would be great. I would love to do something crafty with them.

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