As with choosing lunch bags or snack containers, momstown recommends a few trial runs at home! Kids often get an opportunity to refill their water bottles throughout the day, so make sure little hands can remove and replace caps securely.
The insulated Funtainer Thermos stainless steel bottle is a great choice for young children heading off to preschool or kindergarten.
In my son's case it was the only alternative to a sippy cup (can't send that to kindergarten!) that he would accept. It has double wall vacuum insulation – water really does stays cold throughout the day! The push button lid pops open and the silicone straw pops up. Easy to open and close with no spills!
Another good choice for younger children is Crocodile Creek's drinking bottle, which comes in a wide array of fun designs. In this design, children remove the top lid (which remains attached with the hinge) and then pop up the inner spout to drink. Push down the spout and replace the lid, and you've got a spill-proof solution!
The Camelbak Kids bottle provides easy Sipping, no Spilling. The patented Bite Valve won't spill if it's left open. One-Hand Usage: Flip, bite and sip. No tipping required! Available through mec.ca.
The Klean Kanteen bottle is a nice choice for slightly older kids, partly because it comes in a choice of sizes so you can choose one that suits your child's daily needs! Made from high quality food-grade stainless steel. Has a traditional twist-off lid – the circle opening on the lid makes it easier for kids to twist it on and off. Available through Polka Dot Pond.
Kathy & Kim Originals make personalized water bottles which are a fun choice for any age! Available in traditional twist-off caps or with a flip-top straw. Wide-mouth design for easy drinking.
We hope we've helped you find the perfect water bottle for back to school!