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Best Toddler Water Bottles
Updated on
October 26, 2023

Best Toddler Water Bottles

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Best Toddler Water Bottles

Two things you should always have on hand for busy toddlers: all of the snacks and a water bottle to keep them hydrated. While straw cups are great for mealtimes and around the house, you’ll need something specifically designed for taking on the go when you’re out and about. A great toddler water bottle is one that doesn’t leak and is easy for parents to clean and toddlers to use. But there are so many toddler water bottle options out there, where to begin? Not to worry, the Babylist gear experts are here to help.

Babylist’s Top Picks for the Best Toddler Water Bottles

Read full reviews of the best water bottles for toddlers below.

How to Choose a Toddler Water Bottle

Here’s what to keep in mind when looking for a water bottle for your toddler.

Leakproof

A leaky water bottle is no fun. While you’re shopping, pay attention to the terms “spill-proof” versus “leak-proof.” You’ll find that most water bottles are spill-proof, meaning if they get knocked over you have time to pick them up before the contents spill out—but liquid will leak out of the bottle eventually. A leak-proof bottle is one that will keep your liquid contained no matter what, but most are only leak-proof if the straw, lid or spout is closed.

Capacity

Most water bottles made for toddlers hover around a 12-to-14-ounce capacity range. This is a great size for around the house, short outings or for packing in their cute little backpack for school. If your adventures take you on the go for longer periods of time, you’ll probably want something that can hold more so you don’t need to worry about refilling as often.

Material

The most common water bottle materials are stainless steel and plastic. Plastic water bottles are often more affordable, but you’ll want to make sure they’re BPA-free. Stainless steel cups help keep your drinks cold longer, especially if they’re insulated. They do tend to be a bit heavier and more expensive than plastic options but many come with a silicone sleeve or a special powder coating that makes them easier for little hands to hang on to.

Ease of Cleaning

Talk to any parent and you’ll likely hear the same complaint about water bottles: they’re a pain to clean! Some water bottles have a ton of parts, and not all are dishwasher-friendly. Toddler water bottles are bound to accumulate gunk, so look for bottles that have few pieces and are easy to take apart to wash. Hot tip: hang on to that baby bottle drying rack from the early days and keep it for drying water bottles.

Now that you’ve got a better idea of what to look for, here are our top picks for toddler water bottles.

Best Leak-Proof Toddler Water Bottle

This bottle is truly leak-proof. (Trust us, we tried everything.) The pop-up spout features a 100% spill-proof valve which prevents leaks even when it’s open. Toddlers will also have fun with the release button. The straw is tilted at an angle so they can drink every last drop without the acrobatics, and the bottle is made of BPA-free plastic. It’s not only lightweight but the handle makes it easy for thirsty toddlers to carry it around with them.

It’s also super easy to clean–the whole bottle is dishwasher safe and the straw is tethered to the lid so it won’t get lost during cleaning. Keep in mind: this bottle won’t keep water cold since it’s not insulated however they do make a stainless steel version too!

Additional Specs

Capacity: 14 oz
Dishwasher safe? Yes

Best Toddler Water Bottle with a Bite-Proof Straw

You won’t have to worry about replacing any straws with this durable, stainless steel water bottle from Takeya. The folding straw spout is made with thick BPA-free plastic and is practically bite-proof. The stainless steel is powder-coated to prevent sweating when filled with ice water and it has a big handle for easy carrying.

A few things to keep in mind, while this bottle is great at keeping drinks cold, it will leak if tipped over when the spout is up. It’s also a bit too big to fit into stroller snack trays but does fit in most car cup holders. Hard plastic straws are great since they’re bite-proof, just be careful with younger toddlers who can injure themselves if they’re running and sipping at the same time.

Additional Specs

Capacity: 14 oz
Dishwasher safe? Handwash the cup, lid is top-rack safe

Best Stainless Steel Toddler Water Bottle

Hydro Flask’s insulated bottles will keep your toddler’s water not only ice cold for hours, but warm beverages will also stay warm too! While some water bottles can require a little effort while sipping, this one has a fast flow, making it a great option for toddlers who can sometimes struggle with bite valves. It comes in a few fun, bright colors also in a 20-ounce version if you’re wanting something bigger.

Additional Specs

Capacity: 12 oz
Dishwasher safe? Yes

Best Insulated Toddler Water Bottle

Did you know YETI’s classic insulated bottles also come in a kid-size version? The Rambler Jr features double-wall vacuum insulation that’ll keep water cold for hours on the go. It comes in a bunch of bright colors and is the perfect size for little hands. Keep in mind, the lid is only spill-proof when closed.

Additional Specs

Capacity: 12 oz
Dishwasher safe? Yes

Best Lightweight Toddler Water Bottle

Staying hydrated is a lot more fun when you have a cute bottle. This CamelBak water bottle comes in a ton of cute prints and colors, from butterflies to skate monsters. It’s also one of the lightest kids’ water bottles out there. Made from BPA-free, renewable plant-based plastic material, it’s super durable and will last for years. It features a unique bite-to-sip valve in the straw which helps prevent spills when open and makes the bottle leak-proof when closed. CamelBack also makes this bottle in a stainless steel version if that’s more your jam.

Additional Specs

Capacity: 14 oz
Dishwasher safe? Yes

Best Toddler Water Bottle with Unique Design

Owala’s water bottles come in a bunch of fun colors and will keep your little one’s water cold for up to 24 hours. The one-handed open and close function is easy for little hands to navigate. It has a hideaway flip straw that tucks into the lid, which also features a lock for extra spill protection. Like most bottles, this one is only leak-proof when closed. The opening is wide for easy cleaning and enough room to add in some ice cubes.

Additional Specs

Capacity: 14 oz
Dishwasher safe? Handwash the cup, lid is top-rack safe

Best Large Capacity Toddler Water Bottle

If you’ve got a really thirsty toddler on your hands, you’ll need something that can hold a bit more water. This lightweight bottle is made with BPA-free plastic and can hold up to 20 ounces of water. It’s got a push-button lid with a valve-free spout that won’t spill, as well as a silicone cover to protect the bottom. With minimal parts, it’s easy to clean and also top-rack dishwasher safe. The bottle is designed with little hands in mind, featuring a unique triangle shape that makes it easier to hold.

Additional Specs

Capacity: 20 oz
Dishwasher safe? Top-rack safe

Best Personalized Water Bottle

This stainless steel water bottle is not only adorable, but you can also personalize it with your little one’s name. It features a push-button pop-up lid, making it easy for toddlers to open themselves, and also locks to prevent spills and leaks when closed. Its insulated design can keep liquids either hot or cold for up to six hours. This bottle has a slim profile that fits most cup holders but its opening is still wide enough for adding ice cubes. We also love the matching backpacks and lunch boxes for a whole school-ready set!

Additional Specs

Capacity: 17 oz
Dishwasher safe? Yes

Briana Engelbrecht

Assistant Editor

Briana Engelbrecht is Babylist’s Assistant Editor, where she brings her passion for early childhood development and the perinatal period, plus experience as a mom of two to Babylist articles and guides. A former preschool teacher, she loves children’s picture books, cats, plants and making things.

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