Having a good water bottle is key. Once your child finds one he likes, he'll use it all day, every day, for years (which reminds me: sometimes it's a good idea to get two identical ones, just in case one gets lost). And it will be the number-one item you pack for trips to the park, airplane rides, day care, or school for the foreseeable future.
But considering the market is flooded with water bottles, it's hard to know which ones are best. I polled my mom friends to find out their kids' favorite leak-proof, easy-to-clean, and truly durable water bottles, and these five quickly floated to the top of the nomination list.
1. Funtainer Botttles, $32 for two and replacement straws at Thermos
"These come in just about every color and I've confidently been throwing them in my purse for years without having any issues. I have a few — one of which is more than three years old by now and it's still in great shape (we've only had to replace the straws)." — Me (but the credit goes to our beloved former nanny, Ronda, for introducing us to them)
2. Hydroflask Kids Wide Mouth, $30
"This bottle keeps things really warm or really cold for hours on end, and my daughter loves it. When kids are a little bigger and don't need the sippy spout, this is still a great option — especially for summer!" — Bridget
3. Nalgene Grip n Gulp, $10
"I was already a fan of Nalgene, so I was excited to find the toddler version. This water bottle is pretty much indestructible and easy to carry around. Plus, no straws to lose or clean!" — Steffi
4. Wow Cup for Kids, $10 at Bed Bath & Beyond
"This water bottle looks more like a cup, and has a full 360-degree drinking edge. I've found that little kids are more likely to use this because it's got a cool grown-up-looking design." — Jill
5. Eddy Insulated Water Bottle, $15 at Camelbak
"Just about all my friends use these for their kids, too. The bottles come in cute designs and easily snap open and closed. We took out the straw (fewer pieces to clean!) and the kids just tilt it like a normal water bottle." — Alex
Do you and your kids have a favorite water bottle? Tell us about it in the comments below!