3 Plastic-Free Water Bottles For Kids

You made sure that your baby’s bottles were free from nasties, but have you given much thought to what your child’s drinking vessel is made from? Here’s what to avoid and our picks for the best bottles on the market…

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When I was pregnant with my first child, I spent hours researching non-toxic baby products. (If only The Tot had existed back then!) I wanted to make sure that every item my baby wore, drank from and played with was free from pesticides and toxic chemicals.

But as my baby turned into a toddler, I started to let my standards slip. I realized with horror one day that most of her feeding and drinking products were made from plastic and that I’d forgotten to check the labels to make sure they were non-toxic. I took one look at her beat-up plastic water bottle and threw it away.

The tricky thing is: even if a label says a plastic bottle is BPA-free, it might still contain BPS (another not-so-nice type of bisphenol!) In an effort to help make the journey to a non-toxic lifestyle easier for you, I’ve outlined a few helpful things you need to know about buying drink bottles for your family.

In this article, we’ll go over:

  • Chemicals to avoid in plastic drink bottles
  • Plastic-free drink bottle alternatives
  • What The Tot Test is
  • Our picks for the best non-toxic drink bottles

Scroll down to learn more.


Chemicals to Avoid in Plastic Drink Bottles

If you do choose a plastic water bottle (there are some safe options!), you’ll want to ensure that it doesn’t contain any:

  • BPA + BPS (bisphenol A and bisphenol S)
  • PVC
  • Harmful phthalates

These chemicals interfere with our hormones and can have a range of serious health effects including reproductive abnormalities, infertility, birth defects, behavioral issues in children, asthma, heart disease, stroke and cancer. The more words listed after “free from” on the label, the better!


Plastic-Free Drink Bottle Alternatives

The good news is: we are seeing more and more plastic-free drink bottle alternatives every day. The main contenders are: Stainless Steel and Silicone.


Stainless steel

Incredibly durable and completely non-toxic, this is the best way to go when choosing water bottles for your child and yourself.



Many water bottles come with silicone spouts or straws. Silicone is a man-made polymer that won’t leach or off-gas hazardous chemicals. It’s also much less likely to break down when exposed to higher heats.



What is The Tot Test?

Not all products are made equal. Materials and chemical ingredients are mostly untested, largely unregulated and labels can be misleading. Companies continue to mass produce using harmful materials that are cheaper to source and more readily available. These carry a toxic burden that will wreak havoc on our bodies. Children are particularly susceptible.

This is why we created The Tot Test. Every single product we use and recommend has been examined by a green-living expert. From reviewing third-party testing to safety reports, we do the work so you can provide the best for the ones you love. Here is a list of the ingredients we avoid.


Tot Test Approved Drink Bottle Picks



Thinkbaby Sippy of steel


thinkbaby Sippy of Steel






ThinkBaby All In One


thinkbaby All-In-One Bottle Set






PlanetBox Stainless Steel Water Bottle


PlanetBox Stainless Steel Water Bottle (18.8 oz)



Available in more colors




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