Toddlers are busy little humans. They need to stay hydrated, especially in the summer, but year-round hydration is important too. That said, a really nice, reusable water bottle will come in handy. The first thing to know when picking out a water bottle for your toddler is that they have small bodies and are more easily exposed to chemicals like BPA than adults. Because of this, it's a smart move to avoid plastic water bottles. Even BPA-free plastics may release chemicals you don't want in your tot's body. Stainless steel and glass water bottles are far safer choices. The next thing to consider is size. Toddlers need a bottle that can hold a bit more fluid than say, a baby bottle, but if you buy your toddler a bottle that's too big, it'll be hard for him to carry, handle and drink from. Go with a smaller bottle and refill it with fresh water frequently. Below are 7 awesome reusable water bottles that come in toddler-friendly sizes, so now you can find the best bottle for your child. Oh, and if you're looking for water bottles in elementary kid to teen-friendly sizes, we've got a great list of 15 BPA-free bottles you can check out too.
Klean Kanteen bottles are made with 18/8, food-grade stainless steel and the caps are made of BPA-free polypropylene #5 – though there are fully stainless steel loop caps available if you want to go plastic-free. All bottles have safe rounded corners that are perfect for toddlers. Klean Kanteen has a specific category of kid bottles perfect for toddlers, including a 12 oz Sippy and 12 oz Sport Bottle.
Lifefactory Small Glass Bottles
You really won’t have to worry about your toddler breaking this glass bottle, because not only are today’s glass water bottles very safe and virtually unbreakable but Lifefactory’s smaller bottles are surrounded with a cool silicone cover that adds to the safety aspect. Lifefactory makes bottles perfect for tots in 9 oz sizes, and if spilling while drinking is an issue, they offer sippy style bottles as well.
S’well Stone Collection
S’well’s smaller 9 oz bottles are a great size and look cute so toddlers will love them. However, these bottles may be a little slick for toddlers to hold onto because there’s no loop handle and no silicone cover, and the 18/8 double-walled stainless steel they’re made with can be slippery. BUT S’well also has the cool Stone line, which is still non-toxic, non-leaching and BPA free, but is coated twice with a grip, durable stone-like texture that your little one should be able to hold onto with ease.
The Kid Basix Safe Sporter
This 12 oz water bottle is made from clean, non-leaching stainless steel. The bottle is tested free of BPA, phthalates and other harmful chemicals and features a single walled design to maximize volume, a wide mouth for easy cleaning and ice cube use, an easy pull sports top spout, a removable mud cap to keep the spout clean, a colorful waistband to protect hands from cold liquids and a coaster to protect the bottle from dents.
Eco Vessel Twist
Eco Vessel Twist comes in an array of adorable designs toddlers will love. Like all Eco Vessel bottles, this 13 oz stainless steel bottle comes with TriMax triple insulation technology to keep your child’s drinks cold for up to 36 hours, and hot for 8 hours. Bonus, they have a leak-proof twist cap.
Thinksport’s 12 oz bottle is made of safe double-walled and vacuum-sealed stainless steel plus a contoured design which makes the bottle easy to hold and visually distinctive. Though a toddler likely won’t care, it does come with a removable mesh filter which helps keeps ice from blocking the drinking spout and allows you to brew tea on the go. Available in: Natural Silver, Matte Black, and Blue, Purple, Green and Orange.
Pura Stainless Steel Bottle
At 18 ounces, this bottle is a bit bigger than the ones above, but still a decent size for a thirsty toddler and even fits nicely into lunch boxes for school or summer camp. This bottle features an unpainted base and a non-toxic stainless steel flat cap or you can pick one with a loop cap with stainless steel plug. Like all Pura bottles, this smaller sized bottle is made of 100% recyclable, high-quality, food grade stainless steel with no lining. Best of all, it’s backed by the Pura Lifetime Guarantee, which may come in handy with a toddler.