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The best toddler water bottles

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Want to encourage your little ones to drink more? A fantastic way to teach them the importance of keeping hydrated is by investing in a good water bottle specifically for younger children. From fun designs to practical functions, our shortlist of the best water bottles for kids has everything your child will need.

But before you check out the offers we've found, we’ve pulled together some helpful tips on everything you need to know before investing in one. Not only will we fill you in on some technical jargon that you’ll want to know, but we’ve also packed in information about how to keep your kids safe with a water bottle. 

What does BPA mean?

When it comes to shopping for a water bottle, you must check whether this is BPA-proof. BPA simply stands for bisphenol A, which is a controversial chemical that can be found in some plastic bottles. Read more about questions raised over BPA plastic on nhs.uk.

Is this bottle safe for my child to use? 

Depending on the age of your little one, you must check whether they have small parts. For newborns to three-year-olds, water bottles shouldn’t contain any small parts or anything that detaches. There are very limited bottles that are recommended for this age group. Three- to eight-year-olds also shouldn't drink from a water bottle that has any small parts. Still, proceed with caution when buying or giving your child a water bottle over the age of eight.

How can you tell if a water bottle is leakproof?

Spillages are something to consider if you’re about to buy a water bottle for your youngster. The best way that you can usually tell is by reading the product description this will usually outline if there is a leakproof function or technology used.

Now that you're a water bottle pro, it's time to check out the best water bottles for children and add them straight into your basket. 

The best water bottle for kids

Your little one will love taking this bottle out on adventures with them, not only because of the great designs (choose between birds, dinosaurs, rockets and lots more) but also because they'll love pressing the button and opening the spout - giving them a bit of independence while they drink. 

Key features: 

  • BPA Free: Yes
  • Leakproof: Yes
  • Dishwasher safe: Yes
  • Carry handle
  • Press button to release spout 
  • 10 different designs 
  • Capacity: 420ml
  • Weight: 140g
  • Dimensions: 9.8 x 7.25 x 17.5 cm

Review: "My child takes a water bottle to bed overnight and refuses to put it on the side. A leak proof bottle was a must as it always ends up in his bed. This is brilliant! It doesn't leak, and he can't blow bubbles into it like he tries to with other bottles. It's a smidgy bit fiddly to clean but I will take that if it means drinks aren't spilling all over his bed or my carpet. I would recommend NOT putting any fizzy drinks (even carbonated water) in this though as it messes with the pressure and will then force liquid through the valve. Still drinks only."

Sparkles and unicorns, what more could a little girl want from a water bottle? Well, we'll tell you! Incredibly at a pop of a button, the silicone spout pops up to allow your weeny one to drink like a grown-up.  

Key features:

  • BPA Free: Yes
  • Leakproof: Yes
  • Dishwasher safe: Yes
  • Carry handle
  • Press button to release spout  
  • Capacity 540ml
  • Weight: 156.4g
  • Dimensions: 8 x 11 x 24 cm

Review: "Been after a new bottle for my toddler for some time, as we have had numerous which have cracked after being dropped. A friend recommended this brand, and so far so good! It’s been dropped and it hasn’t broken! I like the way the spout is silicone and bendy, so it won’t hurt her teeth when drinking or chewing it. Nice design and handy flip effect open and close button which she LOVES. Will buy another as a spare!"

This budget-friendly water bottle definitely has that 'aww' factor and is available in lots of bright colours. It's easy to hand wash however, you don't get to select the design and what you're allocated is random. 

Key features:

  • BPA Free: Yes
  • Leakproof: Yes
  • Carry strap
  • Flexible silicone straw
  • 4 different designs 
  • Capacity 500ml

Review: "My son loves this bottle. The lid flips open by a push button on the cap. Very fun design."

You best hop to it and buy your favourite little girl or boy this adorable rabbit water bottle. 

Key features:

  • BPA Free: Yes
  • Leakproof: Unknown
  • Made from aluminium
  • Can be personalised
  • Pop top open or a screw on
  • Clip attachment
  • Capacity: 600ml or 400ml
  • Dimensions 600ml 18cm high without lid, 7cm wide, 400ml 14cm high without lid and 6.5cm wide

Review: "Lovely water bottle for an animal loving girl . She was delighted to see her name on it."

Mini football fans don't have to wait until the sun is out to have a kick around in the garden. All they have to do is open this collapsible football water bottle to get in on the action. 

Key features:

  • BPA Free: Yes
  • Leakproof: Yes
  • Drop resistant 
  • Collapsible 
  • It has a wide lid and flip-top
  • Made from silicone
  • Capacity 550ml
  • Weight: 190g
  • Dimensions: 8.7 x 8.7 x 10 cm

Review: "Absolutely impressed my two little boys and have been a hit with the staff at their school as they return just one day a week at the moment whilst we gradually try to get back a little of some normality!! Well impressed with the fact that a little football expands out and gains the football pitch in the middle between each half of football.
And with the material in which this bottle is made, I'm hoping this product gives the durability I'm expecting it to and proves to be worth every penny of its cost!!"

We've spotted a water bottle that any child will be happy to receive. From its colourful squiggle design to the sturdy tritan spout, this is a bottle built to last. 

Key features:

  • BPA Free: Yes
  • Leakproof: Yes
  • Carry handle
  • Flip spout top
  • Made from plastic 
  • Capacity 650ml
  • Weight 150g
  • Dimensions: D 6cm x H 24cm

Review: "This water bottle is leakproof as long as not shaken vigorously. Very pretty and the plastic doesn't smell. A very nice product."

You better catch them all! Or, just this adorable Pikachu water bottle to be more precise. Any Pokemon fans will love using this in the garden or out on a walk.

Key features:

  • BPA Free: Yes
  • Leakproof: Yes
  • Dishwasher safe: Yes
  • Flip top 
  • Recommended for children ages 12+
  • Capacity: 700ml
  • Weight: 140g
  • Dimensions: 8.69 x 7.62 x 22.86 cm

Review: "My son is completely in love with Pokemon so this water bottle was a no-brainer. With this bottle, he still has a sense that he's taking his Pokemon with him to school, even though it's not the toys. It's good quality and very sturdy. It's been in the dishwashes several times now, has been dropped a few times and it still looks as new."

If your child is a Marvel fan and would love to see their name next to the likes of Thor, Black Widow, Falcon or Hulk you can order one of these aluminium bottles from Etsy store GlitteritbyKirsty. A high quality illustrated version of a comic book hero is printed on the bottle with your child's name in block lettering. 

  • BPA Free: Yes
  • Leakproof: Yes
  • Carry handle
  • Flip cap or screw top  
  • 14 different superhero options 
  • Made from aluminium 
  • Capacity/dimension: 400ml - 90mm high x 65mm diameter. 600ml - 130mm high x 72mm diameter

Review: "Fantastic item, my son loves it and keeps his drink cold all day. Delivered within 2 days as well. I will be ordering another one soon. Thanks"

Reduce your plastic use with this stainless steel water bottle. Suitable from 6+ months, the Kid Kanteen features a sippy cup lid that is easy for babies and toddlers to use that can be replaced with a sport cap as they grow bigger. It has a dust cap and removable valve which are easy to clean.

Key features:

  • BPA free: Yes
  • Leakproof: Yes
  • Dishwasher safe: Caps and brushed stainless bottles are, painted bottles must be washed by hand
  • Made with safe, durable and eco materials
  • Six different designs
  • Has a large 44ml opening for easy pouring and filling
  • Optional extras include a cap with a handy attachment loop; a carabiner to hook your bottle onto a bag; and a lift up/push down sport lid for easy drinking on the go
  • Capacity: 355ml
  • Weight: 159g
  • Dimensions:  height, 172mm, width 73mm

Review: "After buying numerous plastic bottles for my daughter on the promise they are ‘non spill’ I became exceedingly annoyed with the ‘top brands’ failing in their promise. My daughter can make any bottle/cup spill, it’s a talent! Then I realised that she never had a problem with my partners Kleen Kanteen and was really surprised to find such a variety. She chose Sugarplum fairy and her it’s not left her side since it arrived. She adores it, her dad loves that she doesn’t steal his and I love having to spills to clean up! I just wish I had bought one 2years again when she was born I would have saved a small fortune! Go on, just buy it."

 
  • Author: Lily Anderson Lily Anderson
  • Job Title: Senior Commercial Content Writer

Lily Anderson is a Senior Commercial Content Writer at Bauer Media, where she writes about and reviews products for titles like Mother&Baby, Heat, Closer, What’s the Best and Yours. After earning a BA (Hons) in Magazine Journalism and Feature Writing at Southampton Solent University, Lily has specialised in lifestyle and shopping content.

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