In other sections of the reusable water bottle guide we’ve looked at stainless steel, BPA-free plastic and glass bottles suitable for adults, teens and kids. In this section, we’ll take a look at about 25 extra safe, perfectly sized (under 15 oz.) beverage bottles specifically made for babies and very young kids or toddlers.
Should you buy reusable plastic bottles for babies and young kids?
Well, although there is BPA-free plastic available, the most popular type being Tritan, it’s unclear how safe BPA-plastic really is. While a plasic bottle may not leech BPA, it may very well leech other chemicals. Research published in Environmental Health Perspectives (EHP) last year showed that most plastics, even BPA-free plastics, possibly contain harmful chemicals with estrogenic activity.
But you posted BPA-free plastic reusable water bottles for adults…
In my new reusable water bottle buying guide I included a section of BPA-free plastic water bottles. I did this because reusable water bottle use is going down instead of up and I know many people who refuse to buy stainless steel or glass water bottles. With this in mind, I’d rather have an adult buy a BPA-free plastic reusable water bottle vs. disposable water bottles.
However, babies and young children are developing at extensive rates and we also know, via plenty of research, that their bodies are more affected by issues such as pesticides, chemicals and other body altering substances than adults. With this in mind I highly suggest you skip plastic water bottles for babies and toddlers, at least until BPA-free plastic manufacturers decide to be completely forthcoming about all chemicals.
Luckily there are lots of safe reusable stainless steel and glass bottles on the market that are perfect for babies and toddlers and will help keep your child hydrated year-round. Check out your options below.
Klean Kanteen makes lots of great bottles, including many for young tots and babies. The Kid Kanteens collection includes 5 ounce and 9 ounce Baby Bottles, a 12 oz sippy and a 12 ounce sports bottle which is a great reusable water bottle for little kids.
The 12 ounce sports bottle (shown above) features a “soft” silicone spout, available attachment loop and a dust cover plus has a leak resistant slim design that fits in most cup holders. This bottle also features rounded corners that are easy to clean with no hard angles where dirt, germs or bacteria can hide and a large opening that allows for ice cubes.
You may think glass bottles are the worst choice ever for babies and young kids, but many companies are now making very safe glass bottles for the younger set and they’re not as fragile as you might think. For example, I have a LifeFactory glass bottle and although I’ve dropped it (a lot) while hiking and jogging, it’s never even cracked. LifeFactory makes bottles just for young kids too which are well worth checking out.
The baby bottles are made of high quality, thermal shock resistant borosilicate glass which means the bottles can transition safely from freezer to boiling water. Each bottle comes with a grip-minded silicone sleeve that little hands can easily hold, plus the sleeve protects the bottle if dropped. The bottles feature silicone nipples and plastic caps and all baby bottle components are BPA-free and phthalate-free.
The LifeFactory toddler 9 ounce bottle has a sippy cap that’s leak resistant with a steady flow control and the same protective silicone sleeve featured in other LifeFactory products. The entire bottle is dishwasher safe (no need to remove silicone sleeve) and all bottle components are BPA-free and phthalate-free. If you’re not a fan of sippy cups, LifeFactory also offers a 9 ounce non-sippy glass bottle. However, one downer is that the 9 ounce bottle comes with a flat lid, not a flip lid, so expect a few spills.
The 12 ounce Safe Sporter Water Bottle by Kid Basix is made from clean, non-leaching stainless steel and the bottle is free from BPA, phthalates and other harmful chemicals. This bottle has 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. If your child needs a sippy vs. a sports bottle, Kid Basix makes an 11 ounce Safe Sippy that’s a convertible sippy-to-straw reusable drink cup.
For babies, Kid Basix makes the Safe Starter Baby Bottle in 5 or 9 ounce sizes. This baby bottle is stainless steel, BPA and phthalate free and comes with a colorful silicone sleeve for insulation and bottle warming. There’s also a bottle travel cap included that doubles as a measuring cup.
Thermos Foogo Phases Leak Proof Stainless Steel Straw Bottle – 10 oz. These stainless steel bottles feature Thermax double wall vacuum insulation keeps beverages cold and fresh for 10 hours yet the exterior stays condensation free. These bottles also offer a “kid-proof” design, meaning it won’t break even if your kid tosses it around. This also features an unbreakable stainless steel interior, easy to open hygienic push button lid with pop up silicone straw, leak proof valve and is interchangeable with other Foogo Phases cups.
For tots not yet ready for a straw, Thermos makes a Foogo Leak Proof Stainless Steel Sippy Cup (7 ounce) with ergonomic handles that are removable so the cup can fit in a car or stroller cup holder. This sippy comes in a pink and purple design or a blue and yellow design.
EarthLust offers a durable and versatile Birds & Bees collection just for babies and young children. The Earthlust Birds and Bees Baby Bottles hold 7 ounces and are made of safe food grade (18/8) stainless steel. They’re also BPA, PVC, and Phthalate free and CPSIA Certified. Bottles come with a slow-flow nipple, removable handles, and protective cover. Best of all these bottles come with a sippy top so your child can transition to a sippy seamlessly without you having to buy new products. Oh, and did I mention how gorgeous these bottles are?! They come in two delightful designs – not surprisingly – birds or bees.
For toddlers EarthLust offers the sippy above or a small, 13 ounce EarthLust Stainless Steel Water Bottle. You can sometimes find EarthLust bottles online for less than at EarthLust, but you’ll get a better selection of kid-friendly bottle designs if you visit EarthLust’s online shop directly.
12 ounce classic Takeya glass water bottles are made with high quality glass and a silicone sleeve almost entirely covers the bottle – great for gripping and stopping breaks. There’s an airtight leakproof twist cap included and the whole bottle is dishwasher safe. This bottle comes in three kid-friendly colors including Green Apple, Fuchsia and Cobalt Blue or if your toddler is a little punk rock, there’s Black.
Pura Kiki Stainless Sippy Bottle is an 11 ounce sized water bottle made with anti-bacterial, No. 304 stainless steel. These bottles are 100% plastic-free, BPA-free, phthalate-free, lead free, plus comes in lots of cool colors and a slim design.
If you’re looking for an all-inclusive set that grows with your child, check out organicKidz Baby Grows Up Stainless Steel Bottle Set. This innovative set Baby Grows Up set includes a 9 ounce stainless steel wide-mouth bottle, 3 vented peristaltic nipples – one for each flow stage: Slow, Medium and Fast, 1 non-spill soft silicone sippy spout, 1 matching handle set, 1 stainless steel lid with measuring scale and 1 silicone sealing disk for leak-proof transporting. All organicKidz products are BPA , PVC, Phthalate and Lead free. This set’s stainless steel lid also doubles as a built in 2 ounce/60ml measuring cup which works for formula feeding or as a snack cup. Comes in pink, blue, lavender and green.
Crocodile Creek’s cute stainless steel drinking bottles are lead safe, BPA free, phthalate free, recyclable and reusable. They come with a covered cap to keep the drinking surface clean all day and hold approximately 13 ounces of liquid.
Eco Vessel makes an Eco Vessel Kids’ 13 oz. Straw Bottle that is made from thicker stainless steel and a stronger paint than other single wall bottles to hold up to your child’s active lifestyle. The spout is tightly bonded, non-removable TPR (thermoplastic rubber) a recyclable, Earth-conscious material.
For younger kids, Eco Vessel offers The Insulated 10 ounce Sippy Easy to drink, easy to hold, easy to clean – and water, milk or juice will stay cold for hours. The Insulated Sippy is made with two layers of vacuum sealed #304 food grade stainless steel – no BPA, no phthalates, no liner. The bottle has only a few parts, with an integrated handle and neck that accommodates a ring and Nuk spout. We’ve done our best to offer a simple, yet colorful sippy that will not leak with ordinary use and will make your hectic life easier.
If you’re seriously not into glass or stainless steel…
I really suggest you skip plastic water bottles for kids, especially considering how many nice plastic-free choices are posted above. However, if you really feel the need to purchase a plastic reusable beverage container, try to choose a safe one. I’ve rounded up some that I think are safer than most and posted them below.
Boon beverage containers: Boon products are made especially for kids and are latex-free, BPA-free, phthalate-free and PVC-free.
Skip Hop Zoo Straw Bottle – a 12 ounce reusable bottle featuring Skip Hop’s signature Zoo characters. The straw flips down to seal closed and stay clean while a handy Velcro grab-strap attaches to anything. BPA-free, Phthalate-free, and PVC-free.