Reusable water bottles are a practical choice for school lunches, trips to the beach and daily use. Using reusable water bottles cuts down on the litter and garbage that puts a strain on the environment. Reusable bottles also save money because they can be filled with filtered tap water rather than buying expensive bottled water. Despite the practicality of reusable bottles, however, there are some common complaints about children's water bottles.
Harmful chemicals such as Bisphenol A can leech from plastic water bottles into a child's drinking water. Water bottles that are left in strong sunlight or hot cars are especially prone to this problem. BPA is an oestrogen-mimicking chemical and affects children more significantly than adults. Chemicals found in plastics are linked to early onset puberty and cancer. Although many plastic water bottles are now being manufactured BPA-free, be cautious of aluminium or steel bottles that have an inner coating of plastic.
One of the most common complaints parents make about their children's water bottles is leakage. Bottles that are packed in bags, brought to sporting events and used often need to be spill- and leakproof. Often, water bottles for kids begin leaking after several uses. Look for bottles that have tight lids or vacuum seals to prevent leaking. Many children's water bottles have straws, which can leak if the bottle doesn't close with the straw inside. Several manufacturers now make kid-sized water bottles with leak proof lids.
Water bottles can get heavy, especially for little hands. Nalgene bottles are great, because they have attached, spill-proof lids and hold a lot of water, but they can get pretty heavy, even in the kid-sized version. Sigg bottles are another sturdy kid-sized bottle, but the stainless steel bottles can be heavy too. Some bottles, including some styles of Sigg, have small opening on the top, so adding ice is a problem. Choose carefully when buying a water bottle for your child. Consider the size of the bottle and how much weight your child is comfortable holding. If you want to add ice to the water, pick a container with a larger opening.
A common complaint heard from kids about their water bottles is that the water gets warm too quickly. Insulation is a key consideration when selecting your child's water bottle. Look for insulation made from chemical-free materials such as kid-sized Thermos bottles. Some water bottles have an inner insulation that does not allow for the bottle to be washed in a dishwasher. Water bottles can get pretty grimy, and some are difficult to clean. Look for bottles that disassemble easily and can be cleaned in the dishwasher.
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