There are a few basics we consistently need for each of the kids. It’s a long list which you already know includes new bikes, new shoes almost every month, bathing suits in summer, and a new toothbrush and toothpaste more often than any adult on the planet. You know what else they need almost as often? New water bottles.
When child health experts say: Proper hydration with good old-fashioned water is key to maintaining good health, we believe them. And when they say kids should drink several cups of water per day (even more in the summer), we listen, buying water bottle after water bottle after water bottle (you get it). We’ll do anything to get our kids to be active and healthy.
Clearly, these experts have never spent time dealing with a child trying to drink that much water during a car trip. Whether the kid spills water all over the car, begs for fruit juice instead of “boring” water (a big pet peeve of ours), or suddenly needs to pee exactly 13 seconds after you’ve driven past the last chance bathroom for the next 30 miles, keeping the kid hydrated ranks about #4 on the daily frustrated parents list.
At least we can help you with one problem: Finding a leak proof water bottle. (We, unfortunately, cannot find a leak proof kid, so you’ll have to continue to try to perfectly time your bathroom breaks. It won’t work…we know.) Kids water bottles come in fun shapes and sizes, so you can find one that your kids will gladly use … even if it’s filled with boring water.
Our Top Picks for Best Toddler Water Bottles
When it comes to the best toddler water bottle, Takeya easily gets our vote. If you want your LO to stand out from the crowd, then one of the brand’s insulated stainless steel water bottles (available in 12 fun colorways) is guaranteed to be the talk of the playground. You heard it first: Takeya is known for manufacturing the BEST. Lid. Ever. With an insulated straw lid, it’s easy for kids to take a gulp and not spill water all over themselves. It’s the little things in life, amirite?! When they’re all done sipping, they can easily flick the straw back down and get on with their day.
One customer shares, “I was shopping for a new bottle for my toddler and I wanted a color that no one else had. At her preschool, all the kids had pretty much the same bottles and same colors. If it wasn’t pink then it was blue or yellow. My child already had mixed up her bottle for someone else’s. I was looking at the Hydro Flask but to me, it was just too expensive for what it is. I found the Takeya which was basically the same thing. AND it comes in black! I like the little handle loop and its easy for my 2-year-old to open and close the straw. Keeps drinks cold and also comes with the bottom rubber grip to protect it and doesn’t make the clanking noise when setting it down.”
This CamelBak water bottle has quite a few great features for kids. It comes in many fun designs and colors. It’s spill-proof. It has a built-in straw. It’s dishwasher safe. We hate to say it, but we might like it better than our kids on some days.
Best Insulated Water Bottles For Kids
Frozen fans need to show their love of the movie everywhere… including on their water bottles. Swell is already well known for their cute styles and durability, but this S’ip by S’well version is just for kiddos and features characters they love. From Frozen to Harry Potter, this collection will not only handle all of the drops and falls that are bound to happen, but it’ll put a smile on their face too.
If you’re looking for the best water bottle for kids under 5, you want one with a straw. Don’t believe us? Go ahead and give the little monsters a bottle with a screw on lid in the car; perhaps your vehicle truly does need a wash on the inside. The Hydro Flask bottle is perfectly sized for small kids’ hands, and it has a straw in the lid to keep the water inside the bottle until it goes inside the kid.
It may be summer now but before you know it, back-to-school will be in full swing and you’ll be thinking about hot drinks. If you want a water flask that you can use year-round, then this insulated water bottle (peep the playful pineapple print!) will come in clutch. Designated to keep drinks hot or cold, it’s the quintessential thermos for a playdate in the backyard or an afternoon at the park. We love the easy-push button lid for convenience and good hygiene. Simply put: “We’ve been through a lot of water bottles over the years and these are by far my favorite. I bought three, for my kids ages 1-6. They have all held up amazingly well, even after being washed hundreds of times and being dropped, actually thrown, on the floor by the 1-year-old. They are completely leak-proof when the lid is closed. And the designs are super cute!” Pair alongside a bento-style lunch box and you’ll be ready to rock ‘n’ roll in August.
Kids like to complain about all kinds of things. It’s annoying. So give them one less thing to whine about by using this YETI water bottle that will keep the liquid at a cool temperature that’s perfect for drinking for hours. This kids stainless steel water bottle will gladly handle all kinds of abuse that kids are sure to throw at it too.
For parents of a certain age, the brand name Thermos is synonymous with school lunch and durability. (It doesn’t mean you’re old, it just means your parents took the time to buy you high quality products; something else to feel inadequate about now that you’re a parent.) So when you want a water bottle that will last, this Thermos kids water bottle is a smart choice. Even better, with so many fun character choices, your kids will love carrying it.
Best Spill Proof Water Bottle For Kids
This reusable water bottle for kids is made by Bubba. It features a silicone cover for easy gripping (because children are known for their butter fingers). It also has a leak-proof, lockable lid and a handle for easy carrying.
We love well-priced products that make sense. These autoseal bottles are part sippy cup, part grown-up cup. This two pack is so good, we’re wondering why other products cost so much more.
Trying to get your kiddo to drink more H20 after spending hours in the sandbox or taking a swim? We got you. A panache-packed water bottle to match their personality is just what the doc ordered. Seeing as to how it’s summer, this ice cream cone-printed bottle couldn’t be any more perfect. (Don’t worry! There are over 30 other patterns to choose from in case your kid doesn’t like frozen treats!) In addition to a nozzle that flips open for easy sipping, there’s a leak-proof seal to prevent a massive spill. It’s also dishwasher safe—eco-friendly mamas will appreciate the fact that it’s made from toxin-free plastic.
Raves one mama, “This is by far the BEST water bottle/ brand I have ever gotten for my daughter. Having a 15-month-old spill her water in the car and all over herself all the time with “spill-proof” sippy cups have been a nightmare. Her simply modern 10 oz bottle is perfect in size, easy to hold, leak-proof, and efficient for her to drink without spilling (sometimes even upside down) it is a beautiful design and amazing quality for the price. It even comes wrapped up nicely upon arrival. Everything comes apart for the dishwater and holds up well. I have a thermos from them and it keeps her water cold all day. I will never use another brand again. If you want a great on the go or at home beverage holder for your child. Look no further you have found it.”
Best Kids Water Bottles that are also reusable
Boys and girls alike will approve of the retro-cool (and slightly futuristic) design of this plastic water bottle featuring a silicone sleeve. It’s PERFECT for an afternoon of playing soccer in the backyard or a stroll in the park. Not only is it leak-proof, but it’ll easily fit in a backpack or lunch bag. The silicone sleeve is specifically designed for on-the-go travels. If you or your kiddo drop it on the hard pavement, you won’t have to worry about it cracking. The no-slip grip is also great for clumsy mamas who’ve already got their hands full (literally). The lifetime guarantee isn’t too shabby either. 😉
Says this Amazon customer, “I absolutely love these cups. We take them out and about with us every day. I wash them on the top rack of the dishwasher, I am going on about 30 times now and they still are amazing. I remove the straw and place it in the silverware basket and put the lid and cup on the top rack. My son is a chewer and the silicone straw has not shown any wear or tear. It has been thrown in the car, shopping cart, ground and in backpacks and has never leaked. I would highly recommend this to anyone looking for a cup that when left in the hot car and is opened and won’t spew its contents out.”
Ooh, fancy! Our initial reaction upon seeing the Precidio Design Drink and Juice Box Container. You can fill this bad boy up with water, juice, or lemonade—whatever you think your little one will enjoy. Put in the dishwasher and voilà. No lingering smell afterwards of juice or anything. Not only does it come in a slew of cool colors, but it’s BPA, BPS, and Phthalate free. If you’re looking to adopt a more eco-friendly lifestyle, these reusable drink boxes could be a replacement for the disposable ones that you pick up from the grocery store every week. Side note: This will also be a good way to monitor your LO’s sugar intake (as you probably already know, juice boxes are LOADED with artificial sugars). Last but not least, it’s dishwasher safe and looks new even after 1500 cycles! Raves one mama, “This is exactly what I’ve been looking for! My son has used it for a week now in his lunch bag and so far, no leaks or issues. I had gotten the larger size, and glad I did; this gives my son the option for more if needed. No more extra waste with regular juice boxes!”
Want to juice it up? By adding cut up fruit to the separate interior compartment, you’ll receive the infusion of fruit juice into their water without adding unwanted sugar. This will eliminate the complaint about having to drink boring water. Not every kid will be able to resist the temptation to take the bottle apart and try to eat the fruit, creating an ungodly mess, but that’s your call.
If your kids are constantly comparing things to make sure that it’s fair, having identical water bottles is a smart idea. (Granted, these are the same little smart-asses who claim they didn’t see a giant pile of toys during room cleaning time, yet they can spot the difference in two pieces of cake down to 1/1000th of an inch, so they may find an invisible difference between these two bottles.)
Raise your hand if your kids often forget to clean out their lunch boxes when they get home from school. (We don’t want to say those of you with your hands down right now are lying, but…) This five-pack of cute, small kids water bottles for school means you have a fresh bottle for each day of the week.
Toddlers can dish out a lot of punishment. They don’t mean to (we think). It’s probably more an expression of curiosity. Regardless of why they do it, with this Nalgene water bottle, they can bang it around, drop it, and even — occasionally — drink out of it successfully, and it’ll remain intact and ready for more.
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