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The best kids' water bottles that DON'T leak 2022

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Having a drink to hand for your child is a must, but finding a water bottle that doesn't leak can feel like the Holy Grail. A leaky water bottle in your bag means damp unwearable clothes, soggy snacks and, most importantly, no drink for your little one!

Pretty much every kids' water bottle on the market promises to be leakproof, so we've road-tested the best for every age and stage. We've picked the best water bottles whether it's for school, nursery or keeping in your changing bag when you're on the go.

We've also tested the water bottles to see how easy they are for a kid to use – and for parents to keep clean!

So what is the best leak-proof water bottle? Check out our pick of the best reusable plastic* and stainless steel water bottles for children.

* All of the plastic bottles shown here are BPA-free, meaning they contain no chemical nasties.

Which water bottle is best for kids?

Buying a water bottle for your children seems easy, but there are so many on the market, it can be difficult to choose! What features should you be looking for in the ideal bottle for your kids to take to school or nursery?

  • A water bottle is usually made from plastic, stainless steel or silicone. Plastic should always be BPA-free, meaning that it contains no harmful chemicals.
  • It's useful if the bottle can be washed in the dishwasher to make life easy for parents.
  • Plastic bottles are usually fine in the dishwasher, but stainless steel bottles normally need to be cleaned by hand.
  • The lid or cap should be able to be closed firmly to prevent a spill, but not so firmly that it makes it hard for children to open by themselves.
  • There are also many different types of cap to choose from. Does your child like to drink using a straw or spout – or are they fine with swigging water from an open bottle neck?
  • Some bottles have a retractable, pop-up straw so young children can sip a drink more easily without any spills, whilst others have a design with a special push-to-drink valve, which promise to stop any leaks.
  • You can also buy very simple sippy cups with a spout. This type of cup is aimed at babies and toddlers.
  • Another type of water bottle that's great are those that are insulated. These bottles are made in the same way as a Thermos flask. This means that the contents of the water bottle keeps chilled, ideal for having refreshing cold drink to hand on a cold day. It can of course keep the contents hot, too. This type of water bottle is more expensive because of its insulation.

Good brands of kids water bottle include Camelbak, Sistema, Contigo, Tommee Tippee and Littlelife.

You can buy kids water bottles from retailers such as Amazon, eBay, John Lewis and Argos. Some online retailers have free delivery, too.

Which is the best alternative to a plastic water bottle?

For environmental reasons, we all know that using too much plastic product is a bad idea.

Reusable plastic bottles are better than disposable ones, but obviously this doesn't completely solve the problem. Recently there has been an increase in the use of stainless steel for making water bottles.

They are heavier and bulkier than plastic bottles, so not ideal for really young kids, but are better for the environment than plastic bottles. Brands such as Camelbak and Chilly's make stainless steel water bottles which are very popular.

There are several things to think about when choosing and buying a kids' water bottle.

  • Is the cap easy for kids to open and close by themselves?
  • What should the water bottle be made from? Plastic is lighter but stainless steel is better for the environment.
  • Stainless steel bottles are also often insulated, so can keep the contents either hot or cold.
  • What sort of cap or lid does the water bottle have? Does it have a straw, sports cap or spout?
  • Does the water bottle appear to be leakproof? Some water bottles are designed with special leakproof valves (actually using it, however, is the only way to get proof that it really doesn't leak!).
  • It is light and easy for kids to carry about and use?
  • Is the water bottle easy to take apart for cleaning?
  • Can it be cleaned in the dishwasher or will it have to be washed by hand?

Got a baby who is just moving on from breast or bottle? Read our round-up of the best toddler cups and beakers.

Read on:

The best bottles to mimic breastfeeding

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The best beakers and cups for toddlers

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