From schooltime play to soccer practice, your kiddos go hard and need hydration. With so many choices, it’s key to find the best water bottles for kids, and by best, we mean leak-proof! Check out the gallery below and our 13 top choices!

The Contigo water bottle you know and love gets a stainless steel upgrade with the Maddie bottle. It keeps your kid's water cold for up to 20 hours, comes with a removable leak-proof screw cap (that attaches to the bottle!) and no mold-loving straws to manage. 

Available at amazon.com, $11.98.

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Takes a Lickin’

The Zulu Torque Kids Water Bottle (with flip straw) is a 12 oz. bottle, and it’s about as tough as they come. It’s BPA-, phthalate-, and PVC-free plastic in a silicone sleeve for max impact protection so bottle flipping won’t bring it down. Four different colors.

$9.99, available here.

Insulated & Chemical Free

The "anature" Stainless Steel Water Bottle holds 9 oz., perfect for backpacks and lunchboxes and has a slim shape so kids can grip it with ease. It has double wall vacuum insulation so you can use it for hot or cold beverages—they’ll hold their temp for up to 10 hours. Free of BPA, lead and phthalates, they are sweat-proof, leak-proof and come in an array of colors. Think of it like Swell for little hands. 


Get one for $9.99 at Amazon

The Space Saver

Short on space? This genius bottle from HYDAWAY packs down small enough to fit in any pocket! When expanded, the 21-ounce HYDAWAY fits in most vehicle cup holders and backpack water bottle pockets. It also has an easy to use, flip-up straw for quick sips, a carabiner-friendly carry handle, and comes in 12 cute colors.

Available at hydawaybottle.com, $20.

Spill-Proof Splurge

For the kid who needs a nudge to stay hydrated, check out this interactive water bottle from Gululu! It’s definitely a splurge, but reviews show that this bottle is great for kids who typically flat-out refuse to drink water, have health needs that mandate that they stay well-hydrated, or are really resisting potty training. Gululu personalizes and sets water consumption goals for your child, and then reinforces these goals via progress through an adventure with a digital pet. It connects to WiFi through your smartphone, and you can even set up "School Mode" or "Bedtime" in the app to make the bottle distraction-free.

Available at amazon.com, $129.

Eye on H2O

This 100% leak-proof, BPA-free water bottle comes in four sizes (and four fun colors!) and opens with the touch of a single finger. Its scratch-resistant, soft feel is easy for little hands to grip, and a tough carrying strap will withstand bumps and bruises in your child's backpack. Dishwasher safe, the bottle keeps drinks hot or cold, and its hard shell keeps the pouring spout germ-free.
 
Available at amazon.com, $12.29.

Straight Sippin'

The crew at Eco Vessel promise to make hydration fun with this reusable 13-ounce stainless steel bottle featuring a flip spout and no tilt drinking—convenient whether kids are playing sports, snuggled up in front of the TV, or plowing through a pile of library books. Super lightweight, this bottle is easy to carry and fits in most lunchboxes. Kids love the cute, colorful designs (Foxes! Ladybugs! Rocketships!) that make this a favorite and it’s now available with interchangeable tops.

Available at ecovessel.com, $16.95.

Add Some Flavor

The wide mouth of this vibrantly-colored bottle from Zoli (available in green, orange, pink, purple, or blue) means your kiddos can infuse their water with their choice of fruit or lemon slices—yum! The PIP model is made with BPA-free plastic that is both lightweight and durable, holds up to 18 ounces of liquid, and has a convenient loop for easy toting. It also features a flip open, easy-to-drink spout!

Available at zoli-inc.com, $15.

Stylish Sips

We’re smitten with the adorable graphics and bold colors in the Kids Collection from Liberty Bottleworks, where every purchase contributes to environmental sustainability and economic revitalization! Choose from creatures like the Alicorn, monkey, dinosaur, bumble bee, jellyfish or hedgehog, all printed with a finish that is baked on with the safest BPA-free, food-grade coating. Available in a 16-ounce size with a sports cap.

Available at libertybottles.com, $21.

The Go-To Bottle

The folks at Thermos have been around long enough to build the perfect kids’ water bottle, and here it is: for children 18 months and older, this one’s made with durable, BPA-free double wall stainless steel and features an easy-to-open, hygienic push button lid with a pop-up straw. The contoured body is easy to grip so your little ones can stay hydrated while at home or on the go--and it keeps liquids cold for up to 10 hours, so you arguably can’t say “no” when the troops ask to swim alllllll day long.

Available at amazon.com, $13.59.

photo: Richard Bacon

Keep It Cool

Available in 14 colors, this smaller version of the popular insulated bottle from Hydro Flask is perfect for little hands. It’s designed with professional-grade stainless steel and TempShield™ double wall insulation, so your kiddo’s water stays ice cold for up to 24 hours—whether you’re enjoying a morning play date at the park or an afternoon dive into the pool!

Available at amazon.com, $24.95.

Safely Sealed Sipper

We love the brand Contigo, and this sleek model is one of the reasons why. Available in bright orange with yellow and blue accents, its patented auto-seal lid is 100% leak- and spill-proof. Bonus: the lid is also one piece—meaning no loose parts to clean (or lose!). It’s BPA-free and promises to keep beverages cold for a seven-hour marathon beach day. You can even wash it in the top rack of the dishwasher.

Available at amazon.com, $21.99.

Small and lightweight, this durable 12-ounce bottle with a soft silicone spout is the natural progression from a sippy configuration. It fits into just about any cup holder, stroller, or car seat, and its large-mouth design fits ice cubes and makes cleaning simple. Go with the leak-proof Loop Cap option to prevent spills in lunchboxes or backpacks—or upgrade to the Sport Cap for older toddlers. Baby bottles can even transition to snack canisters with the use of any of Klean Kanteen’s wide caps!

Available at amazon.com,  $17.95.

How will your kids stay hydrated this year? Share with us in a comment!

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—  Katie Brown