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Best Kids Water Bottles – Tried and Tested

Let me save you from the thirsty work of finding the best kids water bottles. My kids and I have tried and tested different water bottles over the years, and here are our leakproof favourites. These include the best plastic-free bottles.

The benefits of using reusable water bottles over single-use water bottles are well known. However, finding a kid’s reusable water bottle fit for purpose is a whole quest on its own.

The other day I was browsing Instagram and stumbled upon this illustration from the artist Grace Farris. It made me laugh in recognition. In the quest to find the best kids water bottle, I think all parents have ended up with a Mr Mildew, or a Lil’ Leaky. Certainly, in my ten years of being a parent, this has been the case for us.

There are definitely a load of dud water bottles out there. From ones that leak, to the tricky to clean ones that harbour mildew. From ones where the paint scratches off them if you even so much as look at them. To ones that go cloudy after two washes. However, there are some really great kids water bottles out there that are fit for purpose, and that do last a really long time.

The Best Kids Water Bottles

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Over the last ten years, we have put many a kids water bottle through their paces. From school days to days out, to sports activities, camping, and more. You name, our water bottles have been through it. So here are our favourite kids water bottles that really go the distance. From plastic-free water bottles to easy cleaning bottles, to the most durable bottles. And sustainability doesn’t have to come at a high price. These start from a budget-friendly £5.

Some schools require kids to take a clear plastic water bottle with them, to make sure there is only water in the bottle. Therefore, I have included an option for this. However, if your kid’s school doesn’t have this rule, then I’ve included plastic-free water bottles made from metal.

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Camelbak

Camelbak Eddy Kids Water Bottles

Capacity: 400 ml

Best for: kids aged 3 – 9, or if your school requires a clear water bottle

We have been using Camelbak plastic kids water bottles for about six years now, and I have to say their Eddy+® bottles* are my all-time favourite kids water bottles. I bought my kids one of these water bottles each, and it’s been our best water bottle investment.

Camelbak says that these water bottles are spill-proof when open and leak-proof when closed. I can attest to this. These do not leak. My kids have been using these water bottles for school and for leisure purposes, and they are the only ones I trust inside their schoolbag. Any other water bottle goes in the outside pocket!

What I also love is that there are no fiddly sports caps or screw tops for little fingers to struggle with. Kids can simply flip up the chunky silicone straw and they are good to go. There are no shouts of “mum, can you open this for me”.

Durability and Sustainability

The plastic bottles are lightweight and incredibly durable and can withstand being dropped. The bottles are also dishwasher safe and stand up to repeated dishwasher cycles. The paint does not fade or flake off. We are still using the original bottle I bought my eldest six years ago, and it’s still in great condition. This is despite having gone through the dishwasher what must be hundreds of times now.

What I also like is that each individual component comes apart for easy cleaning. There are no areas for mould or mildew to grow.

In sustainability terms, the plastic bottles are BPS-free, BPF-free, BPA-free, and they contain recycled materials. However, if you would prefer a plastic-free water bottle, then Camelbak now offers a stainless steel version. The metal bottles are insulated, so will keep your kids drinks hot or cold.

And what I especially love about Camelbak is that all of the individual components can be purchased separately. So if the spout needs replacing, you can buy that without having to replace the whole bottle. Sustainability at its best. For extra peace of mind, the bottle is also covered with Camelbak’s lifetime guarantee.

Buy Camelbak kids bottles from Alpinetrek* for £14.95.


Klean Kanteen

Klean Kanteen collection

Capacity: 355 ml to 532 ml

Best for: kids needing an insulated bottle

If you are specifically looking for plastic-free kids water bottles, then Klean Kanteen makes for a great choice. These stainless steel bottles are durable and long-lasting. We’ve had ours for four years, and they are still looking as good as new. And as they are insulated, they keep drinks hot or cold for hours.

For little kids, you can get small-sized bottles*, that fit nicely into small hands. These have a leak-proof sippy cap, which is easy to drink from and isn’t bulky or heavy for little ones to tote around. For older kids, you can buy bigger bottles, with a variety of different caps – from screw top to sports cap – to fit their preference.

My gripes are that the painted versions are not dishwasher safe – they do have to be hand-washed. If you are a busy parent, this isn’t always practical. And if dropped, the paintwork can get scratched. Ours have faired well, and aren’t particularly scratched. However, do opt for the unpainted version if either of these points will be an issue for you.

My other gripe is that the sippy cap seal can be a little fiddly to fit. It comes apart for easy cleaning, however, if you don’t get the seal in the slot just right then it can leak. We’ve had no such issues with the screw top bottle though.

Despite a couple of issues, I’ve found Klean Kanteen to be a great flexible choice. They’re great at keeping kids water cold on a hot day (just add some ice cubes). And in cold weather when we’re out on long walks, they keep hot chocolate toasty warm.

Find the small bottles on &Keep*, and the larger bottles on Amazon*


Blafre Water Bottles

Capacity: 300 750 ml

Best for: if you are looking for a water bottle made out of sustainable materials

The Blafre water bottle* is a relatively new favourite of mine and my kids.

It’s made from recycled stainless steel for easy cleaning. There’s no paintwork on the bottle, so it can’t scratch or flake off. The lid is made from BPA-free and Phthalate-free materials. And, it can go in the dishwasher. The holy grail of water bottles!

We’ve not had any leaks. However, for little kids, my top tip is to switch the screw cap out for the non-spill drinking spout. This can be purchased separately for £7.50 and comes in a variety of colours. This spout makes it easier for little kids to drink from and makes it easier for them to open the bottle. It also greatly decreases the risk of leaks.

It’s not insulated, so won’t keep your drinks particularly hot or cold, however, if you are looking for a super sustainable plastic-free water bottle made from recycled materials then this is the one.

Buy the 300ml Blafre water bottles from Kidly* for £16 or find the larger sizes on Amazon*.


IKEA Kids Water Bottles

Ikea enkelsparig water bottle

Capacity: 500 ml

Best for: kids aged 8+, or for a plastic-free water bottle on a budget

IKEA’s budget-friendly Enkelsparig metal water bottles come in at just £5. There are four different colourways, meaning no one gets confused over whose bottle is whose.

These bottles have a couple of drawbacks. Firstly, young kids might struggle with the screwtop. We’ve had a couple of leaks when my littlest didn’t quite manage to screw the lid back on properly. This means this one lives in the side pocket of her backpack. As such, I recommend this bottle for older kids, who are more able to deal with a screwtop.

The only other drawback is that this is a popular bottle. Other kids in my youngest daughter’s class also have these bottles. As such, we often end up with other kids bottles in my daughter’s backpack at the end of the school day!

However, for the price, this is a great budget water bottle that’s practical and long-lasting. There’s no paint that can get scratched off. It’s also completely dishwasher safe, meaning it doesn’t sit beside the sink for ages waiting to be hand washed. There are also only two component parts – the bottle and the lid – so there is no place for mildew to grow.

Buy direct from IKEA for £5.


Your Recommendations?

I’ll keep updating this post, as I find more great kids water bottles. If you have any recommendations, do let me know! And if you are looking for more eco-friendly kids school supplies, then do check out my guide to eco-friendly school supplies for more ideas – from lunchboxes to schoolbags and more.

Babies, Families

Best Sustainable Baby Clothes To Know Now

Are you looking for the best sustainable baby clothes? Try these eco-conscious and ethical brands that focus on GOTS-certified organic cotton, organic bamboo, and other eco-friendly materials.

Buying baby clothes can be tricky – especially if you want to balance what’s best for you and your baby and what’s best for the planet. Particularly in the babywear market, many retailers are making sustainability claims. But are they really green?

There is greenwashing abound. BCI Cotton labeling, for example, is one used by major retailers to claim they are sustainable. But what I found is that BCI Cotton isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

To help you navigate the murky waters of greenwashing, I’ve picked out the best sustainable baby brands. I’ve focused on retailers for whom sustainability is very much part of their business ethos. From organic materials to ethical production, to considerations on durability. I’ve even found sustainable baby clothes brands embracing circularity, through repair and reuse schees.

What Are the Most Sustainable Baby Clothes?

As with anything, the most sustainable baby clothes are ones that you have been able to source secondhand. Some of my favourite places to source baby clothes secondhand include Gumtree, Facebook, and charity shops.

I’m also a fan of using eBay for secondhand baby clothes. I’ve had some real successes over the years on eBay – particularly when it comes to buying bundles of baby clothing. Pop something like “3 6 months bundle” into the search bar, to find people selling aged 3 -6 month baby clothes in bundles. It can be an incredibly affordable way of shopping sustainably. Check out some of my other secondhand clothes shops online if you are looking for more ideas.

The Best Sustainable Baby Clothes

An image of a yellow baby suit on a cream background with a blue text box that says the best sustainable baby clothes to know now.

Sometimes, however, you can’t always find what you are looking for secondhand. Or you might want to buy a special gift for a new baby. Therefore, I’ve rounded up some of my favourite places to shop for sustainable baby clothes, from brands that prioritise both people and the planet.

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Boody Baby

Boody's sustainable organic bamboo baby clothes

If you are looking for sustainable and organic basics for your baby then Boody Baby* is a great place to look. Every item in their Eco Baby collection is made from organic bamboo, that’s spun into supersoft fibres. From sleeveless bodysuits, to baby vests, bibs, and t-shirts you’ll find a host of eco-friendly basics in white, pink, or blue.

All of Boody’s items are produced adhering to the highest standards for both the planet and its workers. For peace of mind, Boody Baby carries Oeko-Tex’s “Confidence in Textiles” label. This is an independent certification that shows that all of Boody’s sustainable baby clothes are free from both pesticides and harmful chemicals. 

Boody Baby* is priced from £5 upwards. Sign up to the Boody mailing list, and get 15% off your first order.

The Bright Company

Baby wearing an ethical sleepsuit from The Bright Company

Fitting babies between 0 to 18 months, The Bright Company* creates gorgeous organic sleepsuits for babies. Ethically made in Portugal, from super-soft organic cotton jersey, and built to last, these are really special pieces. Slim-fitting, The Bright Company says that avoiding the baggy excessive fabric so common in sleepsuit designs today makes the first tentative crawls, steps, and runs much easier.

In terms of sizing, The Bright Company babywear fits true to size. However, they suggest that if your child is in-between sizes then you should go up a size. Simply roll up the sleeves and ankles so you get maximum wear out of the item.

Buy The Bright Company sleepsuits* for £26.

Frugi Sustainable Baby Clothes

Organic baby romper suit from Frugi

Frugi* makes wonderfully colourful and fun sustainable baby clothes and sleeping sacks. Their collection is made from GOTS certified organic cotton. This means that their clothing is independently certified to guarantee that the harvesting of the raw cotton, right the way through to the manufacturing and labelling has all been carried out in an environmentally and socially responsible manner.

What I love is that a lot of thought has gone into the making of Frugi’s baby clothes. The clever two-way zip design on their suits means that you do not need to remove the whole suit when changing their nappy. What’s more, some of their clothing features clever extendable cuffs that unfold. This allows the all-in-one to grow with your baby, and means you can get a longer lifespan out of their baby clothes.

Meanwhile, many of their baby clothes have been designed to fit over fluffy cloth nappies. Many baby clothes manufacturers design with disposable nappies in mind, so it’s always great to find baby clothes that are designed to accommodate reusable nappies.

The average price of an item at Frugi* is around £25.

Little Green Radicals

Little Green Radicals snow suit

Little Green Radicals* make sustainable and Fairtrade baby clothes that are made from 100% GOTS certified organic cotton. What’s more the bags Little Green Radicals use to protect their clothes are 100% compostable, made from non-genetically modified corn starch.

Find basics, such as baby grows, bodysuits and pyjamas, stylish outfits, and baby outwear. Romper suits cost around £22.

Organic Zoo

Two twin babies wearing sustainable baby clothes from Organic Zoo.

Organic Zoo* makes timeless 100% organic clothing for babies. What’s more, their organic raw cotton comes from certified fair trade suppliers. This means that the cotton farmers get a fairer price for their crop. All of their baby clothes are then designed in Brighton, and then ethically made in Europe. Keen to reduce wastage, here any leftover fabric is cleverly used for mattress filling.

All of Organic Zoo’s sustainable baby clothes are soft and gentle on your baby’s skin. What’s more, all of their clothing is unisex and well-made so that it’s outgrown, not worn out, so that clothes to be handed on and enjoyed by other little ones. 

Prices start from £32* for separates.

Polarn O. Pyret

Babies wearing Polarn O Pyrets sustainable baby clothes

As well as selling pre-term clothes for premature babies (the only ethical retailer I’ve found offering this), Polarn O. Pyret* has the largest collection of eco-friendly baby clothes going. From GOTS certified organic cotton to organic wool and other sustainable materials, you’ll find every item of sustainable baby clothes you could ever need here.

Every garment is made to last at least 3 children, if not many more. What’s more, many of their styles are designed to grow with your little one. From roll-down cuffs to adjustable waists and extendable bodysuits, everything has been carefully considered.

Polarn O. Pyret has many great sustainability measures in place too.  They offer a free repairs service to fix zips and replace broken poppers on all of their outerwear garments. This is regardless of when they were purchased.

They have also recently introduced a buy-back scheme. Here, when your child grows out of their Polarn O. Pyret clothes, they will help you find a new owner for it. In return, you’ll receive a voucher to use on new items online. At the moment, this only applies to outerwear, such as jackets and rain trousers. Hopefully, this may expand in the future to all of their clothes. I’ll keep you updated here.

Prices at Polarn O. Pyret* start from £12 for organic baby leggings, through to £22 for sleepsuits.

Toby Tiger

A baby wearing one of Toby Tiger's bright ethical babygrows.

Toby Tiger* makes fun sustainable baby clothes in a riot of colour and pattern. These are all ethically made from GOTS certified organic cotton.

Their bold and bright clothes feature clever components to make for fuss-free changing. This includes envelope necklines and leg poppers. What’s more, you’ll find extra room to fit cloth nappies comfortably.

From sleepsuits to pyjamas, separates, bibs, and outwear, they have almost all of your ethical baby needs covered.

Organic cotton bodysuits start from £8.99, to £40 for cosy fleece hoodies.

If you are looking for clothes for older kids, do try my guide to ethical kid’s clothing. Here I cover everything, from tots to teens.