It is essential to keep kids hydrated – in a school, on the trip, especially this is important during sports exercise or when your kids are very active, but also during hot summer activities. In general, it is vital to keep adults hydrated as well, but I cannot stress enough how important this is for kids. Even though parents are packing lunch, which should include a drink as well, lots of kids in a school or during other activities don’t have a bottle full of water with them.
When the bottle is there, it is usually made of cheap materials that won’t last very long. It is essential to keep your kids going with the high quality bottle. Not only it will last longer, but also we have selected best BPA-Free water bottles for school that your kids will absolutely love.
Bottles like, might not only be made of cheap materials but also might be made of, dangerous to the health materials. Also, this type of bottles might leak after several uses. This is one of the reasons why kids are not carrying around any drink with them – they are afraid of leaks that might destroy or damage the content of their bag.
As well as the lunch box or a school bag, purchase of the new water bottle every single year is not necessary. Things like this would last several seasons if you did not try to save money on them.
In this article, I will have a look at some features that I think every parent should pay attention to when buying a new bottle. These features are purely based on my own childhood experience and if you feel like I have missed something feel free to put a comment below, and I will add your suggestions to this article.
The bottle should be able to close security to prevent possible leaks. Also, kids should be able to open and close the bottle easily without the help of adults anywhere they are, in a school, during exercise or during any other activities. All of this ideally should be done with one hand.
It is easier to wash the bottle with a wide neck; therefore, I suggest you get a bottle that has a wide neck. Reliable bottle cover should also be one of the main factors to consider when purchasing a bottle for your kids. You should consider bottle with flippable drinking spout or with a snap lid as those bottles are easy to open.
Bottle that has convenient protection and is easy to open which is enough to consider. However, there is something way more important that you should pay attention to. This factor is called materials that the bottle is made of.
It might be nice and convenient, but as long as it is not in compliance with materials safety, it is not a suitable bottle, especially for kids. So now we know that safe material is the strictest requirement, but sometimes it is tough to tell what we can consider as a safe material. Well, don’t hesitate I am going to cover this topic now.
Always search for bottles that are marked as BPA-Free (Bisphenol-A). I will go in depth about Bisphenol-A in another article but what you should know about it is that this chemical component disbalances body’s hormones as it interferes with the production, secretion, and functions of natural hormones in your body.
It has similar behavior as a female sex hormone estrogen and has an impact on nearly all possible diseases you can have, starting from obesity and heart diseases and ending with cancer.
High-quality bottles must be made of quality, BPA-Free plastic, stainless steel or aluminum. Let’s have a quick look at different types of plastics which are safe and which to avoid at any costs.
Materials to Avoid
I suggest you avoid plastics called polyethylene terephthalate also known by all as PET. This material is usually used in soft drink bottles that we are all purchasing from the store. Even though, this material is considered safe; I do not recommend using it when it comes to water bottles for kids.
There is a study that shows that the longer PET material contains water in it the more antimony it releases into it. The same study also concludes that the PET bottles are sensitive to exposure to sunlight, high temperatures, but also on different pH of water.
Another study concludes that water contained in the PET bottles had 3 times higher estrogenic activity. An excessive amount of estrogen, especially in boy’s body has a negative impact on the health as this is not the main hormone of male’s body also, a higher amount of this hormone has a negative impact for girl’s health as well because it increases the risk of cancer and becoming overweight.
Another material I strongly recommend you to avoid is polystyrene. This type of plastic is known that it releases toxin called styrene when heated. Styrene damages nerve system and is also considered as carcinogenic. You can read more about polystyrene in this research.
Polypropylene is considered as a safe, low toxin material which is BPA-Free and also recyclable but make sure you are not mixing it with polycarbonate which contains dangerous BPA and other harmful toxins in it.
Last material, I would like to write a little about, is called Tritan. Tritan is the material introduced by the company called Eastman in 2007 as the safe alternative to the polycarbonate and polyethylene, and as I was referring to actual research in previous paragraphs I will not make an exception this time also, I am not affiliated to this company at any way.
The study toxicologically evaluated and compared different materials including Tritan. The research concluded that distilled water in a bottle made of Tritan after 3 testing periods concentration of toxins was 600 times below the European Commission legislation. Personally, I say that Tritan can be considered as a safe material.
Even though some of the materials listed above are considered as safe, I strongly encourage you to be careful with any type of the plastic and when it comes to bottles do not put them into the microwave.
Huh, this was exhausting, but hopefully, you have the idea now of which material to use and you realize that it is the key when it comes to the selection of the bottle. Let’s have a quick look at additional features that the bottle should have.
The suitable size of the bottle is something that you should take into consideration as well. Very often it is the case that bottles are made for adults, and are way more significant than it is actually necessary for kids. Those are taking extra space in the bag and are more massive. The capacity of 18 oz is more than enough for kids, and even capacity of 13-15 oz will be sufficient enough.
The carrying handle is really useful, and when the bottle has a loop, that allows it to attach to the carabiner on the rucksack, it can be very convenient as well.
If you prefer to give your child tea, soup or any other hot drink, instead of water, I suggest you an insulated bottle. Usually, those can be larger than standard bottles, but the drink will remain hot after an extended period of time.
Now when we had a look at the different aspects of bottles, we can have a look at some of the types available on the market.
Nalgene 12 oz Grip-N-Gulp
Kids of a certain age might say that this bottle looks suspiciously like a feeding bottle for babies. However, both older and younger kids will appreciate the benefits of such a bottle.
Cover of the bottle is leak proof and also has a loop for carrying or attaching to something. The whole bottle is made of the Tritan which is BPA and BPS-Free. Also, due to its size and materials bottle is very light to carry and does not take lots of space in a bag.
I like the fact that there is a vast variety of different designs so, you will definitely pick a right one for your child.
Brand Nalgene is also well-known and has an excellent reputation in the industry for its quality of products, and this bottle is made in the USA. Another great feature of this bottle is size around which is same as a 12 oz coke can. This size allows you to fit the bottle into the car cup holder.
Despite all of the great features, there is a complaint from some customers about this bottle. Some users reported that it is hard to get water out of the bottle. Also, personally I think that it is not very convenient when the spout is static and cannot be closed, but this is just a matter of taste as I prefer that the spout is closeable.
This is an excellent choice if you are looking for a durable bottle that has a convenient size and is made of safe materials. Don’t also forget to check out other bottle designs from this manufacturer if you feel like this particular one is not something you are looking for.
Zak Designs 14 oz
Comparing to Nalgene this bottle is slightly bigger and can accommodate 14 oz of liquid. What I do like about this bottle is the fact that is offering a variety of children favorite cartoon designs such as My Little Pony for girls or Ninja Turtles for boys and much more.
The bottle is leak proof as well and has a loop to carry and attach. It is reported that a bottle is also dishwasher safe, however, should not be used in a microwave. So, if you want to warm up a drink in a microwave, you should better do it in other pot and then fill the bottle.
The manufacturer also claims that the bottle should fit into the most of the car cup holders.
Another factor that makes this bottle different from previously mentioned Nalgene is that the straw is actually detachable and the bottle can be used without it.
Also, the spout itself is flippable, and as I said previously for me this is a big plus as it does not stick out anywhere, and there is a less chance that you will break it if you drop it on a hard surface. Price is another plus of this bottle as it is much cheaper than previously mentioned Nalgene.
Despite great features, this bottle offers there are, however, a couple of drawbacks. Users reported that the design pattern on the bottle starts to peel off very soon, and some users said that the material is not very reliable and bottle cracked after a couple of weeks of usage.
This is an excellent choice if you are looking for a reasonably big bottle with affordable price and interesting design.
Huixuan Weshine 16 oz
I haven’t picked this bottle for the review randomly. Comparing to previously mentioned bottles, this is bottle has the infuser actually inside, and this is the most significant difference.
Also, I have picked this bottle because, if you search for other infusers, you will find out that those are usually 20+ oz big, and this is not really convenient when we are talking about bottles for kids. This is in fact, the only one infuser I was able to find that suits to my size criteria for kids.
The whole bottle is made of the Tritan and is dishwasher safe. All the components are easy to detach. It has a closeable loop that allows kids to carry or attach the bottle to the backpack, which I think is practical because you can close it whenever the loop is not needed.
Even though, the capacity of the bottle is reported as a 16 oz you need to consider that the real capacity after the infuser is filled, is somewhere between 10-12 oz. What is worth mentioning is that the manufacturer offers a lifetime warranty which is excellent. For warranty issues, you need to contact the supplier directly.
Some of the drawbacks that were reported by users are that the bottle might be hard to open and kids might struggle because of this, and also that the closure latch might crack off which makes the bottle useless.
This bottle is definitely an excellent choice for parents who are struggling to get their child to drink more water. The whole bottle is made of transparent material, and when the fruit is placed into the infuser, it creates a beautiful design that makes you want to drink more.
Also, fruit adds a sweet, refreshing taste to the water which might be another motivator for your child to drink water with infused fruit rather than unhealthy lemonades.
Simple Modern Summit Water Bottle 14 oz
If you want to give a hot or cold beverage to your child, you should consider an insulated bottle. I have picked this particular one for 2 simple reasons. The first reason is that the bottle is offered in various colorful, simple designs, just as I like it to be. The second reason is that the manufacturer is adding extra “coffee cup” like, lid so, your child can drink from the bottle straight from the small hole.
Concerning insulation, the bottle is double-walled and vacuum insulated. Reported time of keeping beverage hot for 14 oz bottle is 6 hours and 14 hours to maintain a content cold.
The bottle also fits into the car cup holder up to the capacity of 22 oz, bigger bottles are too wide to fit into the cup holder, so if you want to get one for your child and a bigger one for yourself, this is something you need to consider.
Stainless steel material ensures that bottle is not going to rust and also plastic parts of the bottle such as lids are BPA-Free.
This bottle is a great choice if you give a hot or cold drink to your child. It has a beautiful design and lots of different models that are very colorful so, you will definitely pick the right one for you. Also, the manufacturer offers various sizes of bottles which means you can get them for the whole family and not only for kids.
CamelBak Eddy 16 oz
I have picked CamelBak as the last product to have a look at because the brand is well-known and respected in the industry for its quality of products. So, I have decided to have a closer look at one of its stainless steel bottles called Eddy. The bottle has a capacity of 16 oz and as any other insulated bottle is double-wall. All the plastic components are made of BPA-Free polypropylene.
This size of the bottle should fit into most of the car cup holders but also bike bottle holder, for those dedicated to cycling. Manufacturer states that the bottle is sweat proof. It means that bottle won’t leak the inside temperature out, which will condense into water and create the sweat around.
The manufacturer offers a bite valve in its product, and this bottle is one of those. The lid is made of medical grade silicone and is health safe. Bite valve means that you have to squeeze it with your teeth to release the water. This might become handy because you are not going to spill any water if you accidentally flip or drop a bottle. Also, the valve is flippable, so it doesn’t stick anywhere.
CamelBak states that the bottle is dishwasher safe; however, some users reported that you should only hand wash this bottle. In general, it is not recommended to put insulated bottles into the dishwasher as it might damage double-wall of your bottle and it won’t hold the inside temperature anymore.
Generally, users were really pleased with the duration of time the bottle held the temperature. They have reported that the bottle is able to keep content cold for 12 hours.
CamelBak also provides a lifetime warranty on this product. However, please note that lifetime warranty is provided for product lifetime and not yours so, you need to keep this in mind. This might be a drawback for some people.
Another drawback is the price of the product. Comparing to the other products, the price is way higher, and if I am honest, I am not sure that the quality of the product will justify such a big difference.
This bottle provides a vast range of benefits such as bite valve, quality of used materials and convenient size. However, you need to consider the price which is well higher than for other products mentioned in this article, and there is a question mark if the quality of the product justifies the price CamelBak wants you to pay.
I really hope that now you have an idea of what you should consider before buying a bottle for your child. It seems like an easy task, just pick any that appears nice to you, but as you know now, it is not a case.
There is a broad variety of products out there, and one might be easily lost. Also, I really hope that you like my selection and picked a right product to suit your needs.
If you have anything to add to this article or have any questions, feel free to leave them in the comment section below. Also, before you put anything into your new bottle, make sure that the actual water itself is safe for your health as well.
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