Even before I became a parent I was concerned about BPA in water bottles. So after my baby was born I insisted that every bottle he used was BPA Free. When my son William was a baby, he drank milk from glass baby bottles.
But as he became a toddler, I needed to look for an alternative to glass (since he tends to throw a lot of things on the floor). I sought out a variety of stainless steel water bottles for kids and bpa-free plastic water bottles for kids and the manufacturers were kind enough to send us the bottles to test.
BPA-Free Water Bottles for Kids
All of the water bottles listed in this post are BPA-free. Some of the bottles are plastic, and some are stainless, some contain silicone, some contain other materials. They all have straws.
Best Water Bottles for (by Category)
The Camelbak is made of BPA-free plastic. This makes it good choice for a lightweight bottle. The only downside is that it’s made of plastic and not stainless steel, which we prefer because I feel that stainless is a safer choice than plastic.
Note that the water bottle is only supposed to be for kids 3 years old and older, but we supervise our son (18 months) when using it and have not had any problems with parts that he could potentially break off.
(If you compare it to any other Camelbak bottles you’ll realize that the bite valve on the kid’s bottle is actually constructed differently so that kids can’t easily remove the bite valve the way you can on adult bottles.) This bottle holds 13.5 ounces (.4L) and is on Amazon. You can read a full review of the Camelbak Eddy for Kids here.
The Eco-Vessel is an awesome water bottle because it’s made of stainless steel. One thing I really like about the bottle is that it’s a little bit skinnier than the Camelbak which means it’s easier for my son to hold it and it fits a little better in the side water bottle pocket on a backpack backpack.
We take this bottle in the car because it’s insulated and keeps water cool in warmer weather. The flip-cap straw is hard plastic which my son likes just as much as soft plastic bottle caps/valves. The bottle is labeled for kids 4 years and older but we supervise our son (18 months) when using it and have not had any problems with parts that he could potentially break off.
This bottle holds about 13 ounces of water, You can read a full Eco Vessel Insulated Bottle for Kids Review here.
Pura Kiki Stainless Steel Bottle
The Pura Kiki is a bit different from the other kids bottles on this list because while it’s a stainless bottle with a silicone sleeve, it uses soft silicone spouts or nipples instead of straws or traditional hard plastic spouts (it comes with a silicone spout or is compatible with most major brands like Dr. Browns and Nuk).
This makes it a good transition water bottle for kids who are switching from a milk bottle or sippy cup to a sports style water bottle. Or if you’re looking for a bottle that doesn’t contain plastics/rubber this is a good choice because there is no plastic straw. They are available in 5 ounces and 11 ounces. This one holds 11 ounces and is on Amazon. A full review of the Pura Kiki is here.
Safe Sippy 2
The Safe Sippy Bottle is also made from stainless steel. It holds less liquid than the Eco-Vessel and the Camelbak which is good for when you don’t have a long trip ahead of you and you don’t want to carry extra water weight.
The bottle also has handles which my son likes (and they are removable for if you’re child isn’t a fan.) The Safe Sippy 2 comes with a travel valve to prevent spills while traveling and a straw-less sippy top (we always use the straw top though.) It holds 11 ounces of water. Click here for a full Safe Sippy 2 sippy cup review.
Best Water Bottles for Kids with Straws
My son was never very good at drinking out of sippy cups without straws. He didn’t understand that he needed to tilt the bottle up; so bottles with straws have been best in our family. There are actually only a few options available for bpa water bottles with straws for kids. We tried the Camelbak Eddy, the Safe Sippy, and the Eco Vessel.
If you’re looking for a water bottle with a straw for your child, any of these would be great choices. They are each a little different, so consider what other features are important to you. For instance, looking for handles or a bottle that is approved for toddlers? Opt for the Safe Sippy 2.
Want an insulated bottle with straw? The Eco Vessel is the best bet. Want a bottle that doesn’t leak when turned upside down? The Camelbak is the one for you. Determine what additional features are important for your kid’s water bottle and read below.
Insulated Kids Water Bottle
The best insulated water bottle for kids is the Eco Vessel insulated bottle. It is vacuum sealed and actually stays cold for several hours after being filled. The bottle is $19 on Amazon.
Small Water Bottle for Kids
All of the bottles we tested are smaller than typical adult water bottles. The Pura Kiki comes in a 5 ounce size. Eco Vessel has an insulated sippy cup (no straw) that is 10 ounces. The Safe Sippy and larger Pura Kiki are both 11 ounces. The Camelbak and the Eco Vessel kids size both hold about 13 ounces.
Water Bottle for the Carseat
My favorite water bottle to bring along with us in the car and in the diaper bag is the Eco-Vessel bottle. Because it doesn’t have an outer silicone wrap like other bottles, it slides smoothly into the side bottle pocket of the diaper bag. Because it has a straw, my son can easily drink it while riding in his car seat. And finally, it keeps water cool for longer periods of time on hot days.
However, if you’re child likes to make a mess, the Camelbak may be the best fit for you. Lately, my son William has started turning over his water bottle in his carseat and letting water spill. He thinks it’s a hysterical game; thankfully it’s just water, but until this phase passes we have just started opting for the Camelbak instead of the Eco Vessel.
The best thing about the Camelbak for kids is that it doesn’t leak. All of the other water bottles with straws that we tried leaked when my son (inevitably) turned the bottle upside down in his carseat. It’s actually become a game for him – to turn water bottles upside down and make a mess. So, we’ve chosen the Camelbak as his bottle for in the car because he can’t spill it all over his carseat.
Most Versatile Water Bottle
If you have a baby or toddler and are you’re looking for a versatile water bottle or sippy cup buy a Safe Sippy 2. Because of the variety of options – straw, regular sippy top, and travel cap and valve – and extra features like the protective sleeve and removable handles – this is a bottle that will grow with your child.
Around The House Bottle
If you’re looking for a water bottle that does well just being carried around the house – I’d recommend the Camelbak. All of the other bottles we’ve tried are known to leak if turned upside down or turned on the side in just the wrong spot. However, the Camelbak bottle has yet to leak on us. And because it doesn’t leak in any circumstances it’s the go to bottle that I let my son leave on the couch, behind the couch, or on the silk oriental rug.
In the High Chair Bottle or Sippy Cup
We really like the Safe Sippy bottle for when my son is in his high chair. We like the stainless steel for safety, and he likes the handles. When he drops it on the floor the silicone sleeve shields the bottle from denting. If you don’t need a straw, the Pura Kiki is also a great choice.
Least Likely to Leach Chemicals
In an ideal world the water bottle I let my child use wouldn’t let any plastic touch the water for an extended period of time. But the reality is that my son likes bottles with straws – and every bottle I’ve seen has straws that are made from plastic.
If my son wasn’t so insistent on having a straw, he would use the Pura Kiki bottle all the time. Because the bottle is made of stainless steel, because there’s no plastic straw sitting in the water, and because the nipple is made of silicone, it is the bottle I would choose as the Pura Kiki as safest of all the bottles I’ve seen.
Water Bottles for Kids Made in the USA
Unfortunately none of the water bottles for kids that we tested are made in the USA. All of the bottles are made in China. You can see a lot more about the issue of stainless steel bottles being made in the USA on this post and in the comments; but the bottom line is is that there are no stainless bottles currently made in the United States due to the cost.
All of the water bottles we tested have great features. They are BPA Free and so which bottle you buy depends on the features you or your kid likes best. Let us know in the comments if you have any questions about the bottles or if there is another kids water bottle that you recommend.