This is just a sample of the many waterbottles that have come and gone from our lives.
One of our earliest was the Munchkin flip grip. This was good for little hands to grasp. But it was hard to replace the straw after cleaning – and the inside of the flip top got dirty and was even harder to clean.
Then I ordered a Foogo one, all the way from Amazon.com. I loved the look, and whilst it leaked a bit, I thought it’d last. Nope. There was some straw trouble (think it was very hard to clean and replace) and we had to stop using it as well. But it was very cute and compact.
|Popular cartoon decorations|
We had this with a Sesame Street design… Lasted quite a while. Eventually retired cos the straw got mouldy.
Then I bought a no-brand pasar malam type (where you press a white square button near cap and cap pops out). The cap spring mechanism spoilt after less than 3 months.
K needed a water bottle with a strap for a school excursion, so I got a small plastic one with my favourite Little Twin Stars design. And the straw, which was by far the flimsiest, was soon chewed torn beyond repair too.
Subsequently, I decided to try The First Years. With a huge flat broad straw which would be easier to clean.
|The first years|
Then I got the tommy tippee insulated type, and as you can see below, the straw barely lasted 2 months.
For B I thought the Avent one would be cute. The lid rotates shut with a satisfying click. It wasn’t easy for a kid to figure out how to get to the straw – a tighter grip whilst rotating unscrews the lid. So the amount of pressure used was important, and I recall the straw getting stuck a couple of times when the lid was rotated the wrong way. I can’t quite remember why but it fell out of use within 5 months too.
This was a free gift that came in a commercial goody bag. It doesn’t have a straw, so it’d be more suitable for those above 3 I reckon. So far, so good. K enjoys sipping from it.
I also bought this Nalgene Grip-and-Gulp water bottle, but realised that I’d have to put it in a bag, cos it’s not completely leak proof, and there is no cover for the spout. Not ideal from the start, but I have a weakness for the brand, and for the design, so.
The other one that I’ve been eyeing is the NUK bottle below – once the existing ones give up their ghosts.
|NUK – yet to try|
Have you had similar experiences? Do you have a great bottle to recommend? Let me know!