We try not to use plastic water bottles, but since we’re often on the go it’s important to have several bottles that are easy for us to take with us. Stainless steel is one of my favorite materials for bottles – you don’t have to worry about it leaching anything! However, stainless steel bottles can be seriously cold to hold.
The Safe Sporter from Kid Basix is a great stainless steel bottle designed for children. They have a sleeve on them that provides insulation, keeps your hand from getting too cold, and also makes it easier to hold. They have the same material on the bottom of the bottle, making it a little harder to tip over and protecting the bottom from dents.
I’m a fan of the mud flap, which keeps the spout clean when it’s clean (and tossed in a bag). It also clicks into place against the back of the bottle when you have it open, so you don’t have to worry about it hitting you on the face while you’re drinking. This is great for the parades we’ll be going to for Mardi Gras, since there is lots flying through the air that you don’t want on your drink!
I love the wide mouth that makes filling the Safe Sporter very easy. It also makes it easy to clean, which is an issue I’ve had with past bottles. That means if I want to put something in it other than water, I don’t have to worry about how on Earth I’m going to get it clean later, or wonder if there is still soap in it. It seems sturdy, and I’m confident that it will last a long time. As most stainless bottles, it sweats, so be aware of this when you’re carrying it. I typically wrap mine in a kitchen towel before putting it in our travel bag if it has ice in it.
They have a sippy cup version for younger children, you can even get it with a straw adapter! The Sporter comes in 12 and 16 ounce sizes as well.
Reusable bottles are a great way to save money and reduce waste. It costs less than a penny to fill a bottle with water that you’ve filtered at home, compared to $1 or more for bottled water. One plastic bottle uses 5 ounces of oil to make, and then goes into the trash or recycling bin. That adds up quickly!