Best Water Bottles for Toddlers
What are the best toddler water bottles?
As soon as babies start drinking water as well as milk there are endless variations of sippy-cup, cup and bottle that you can get to make sure you keep them hydrated wherever you go and the advice as to which is best is always changing.
If you are not careful you can end up with a cupboard full of plastic cups in every shape, style and colour imaginable and still struggle to find something for your toddler to drink out of. With that in mind, we take a look at the best water bottle for toddlers and other alternatives for stress-free toddler drinking at home or out and about, choosing options that are practical and eco-friendly as well.
Deciding What You Need From a Water Bottle or Cup
Before you buy you need to have a think about what you need or want from a toddler bottle.
Material. We rate stainless steel as it is:
- Safe. No nasty chemicals to leach into the water.
- Durable. You can throw it out of the buggy over and over again without breaking it.
- Easy to clean.
- And eco-friendly
Other options include glass, silicone and BPA-free plastics.
- Size and weight. You probably don't want something they can't carry.
- Type of opening ie a straw, sippy lid, sports cap or open neck like a cup
Once you have thought about what you need it's time to start looking at your options.
The Best Open Cup for Toddlers
Stainless steel cups aren't just great for toddlers they are great for the whole family. They don't taint the flavour of whatever you are drinking, they are much nicer to drink from that plastic (plus you can't chew the edges) and they don't break.
The smaller Klean Kanteen stainless steel cups are the perfect size for toddlers and make great water glasses for anyone. They're also a good size for juice, milk, smoothies and grown-up drinks.
Another option is the U-Konserve coffee cups. They are really nice to drink from, great to hold, insulated so no condensation making the outside slippery, and again great for all the family. Plus they are one of the insulated cups that are dishwasher safe. And they have a lid that will help reduce spills while still allowing them to sip, or you can use them with a reusable straw.
Both these options can really last a lifetime and be used by everyone rather than ending up in the back of the cupboard.
When you don't want an open cup we really think you can't go wrong with a Kid Kanteen. Start with a sippy lid and move onto a sports cap when you are ready, or choose a flip lid from Fosh and just snip the straw to fit.
These cute little bottles are available in lots of colours as well as some cute designs and you can opt for an insulated version if you'd like to be able to have ice cold or warm drinks.
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