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choosing the best kids’ water bottle

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Healthy Hydration at School and at Home

Kids need four to six glasses of water each day, and keeping a reusable water bottle nearby is the perfect way to make sure they’re always refreshed and ready for schoolwork or sports. Having water close at hand means that when kids need a drink, they don’t have to get up and interrupt the class or lose focus on what they’re doing. It also helps build habits that will lead to a healthy, hydrated lifestyle in the future. So, when it comes to choosing water bottles for kids, what are the most important features you need? Depending on your kids’ situation and preferences, here are five things you should be looking for:

1. Spout Cover
Now more than ever, it’s important that contact surfaces stay clean. A spout cover helps kids stay hygienic when using water bottles with straws. Closing the cover until they’re ready to drink ensures that your child is the only person touching the spout directly. This kind of school water bottle also prevents incidental dirt or germs from reaching the spout and transferring to your child’s mouth.

From Zak Designs, the Genesis, Palouse, Park, Kiona, and Excel water bottles all have enclosed spout covers that are easy for kids to open with the push of a button.

2. Vacuum Insulation
There’s nothing more refreshing than an ice cold drink on a warm day, and nothing more disappointing than when you get lukewarm water instead. Without getting into the details of what is vacuum insulation, a vacuum insulated water bottle will keep cold drinks cold for significantly longer than a single wall or even double-wall insulated bottle.

The Kiona and Genesis collections include vacuum-insulated options in kid-friendly sizes.

3. Plastic
Lightweight and very often dishwasher safe, a Zak reusable plastic water bottle is easy for kids to carry around, and easy for you to clean at the end of the day. The material is see-through, making it easy to tell when it’s empty or full and keeping refills simple.

4. Leak-Proof with Easy Access
Of course, all of our school water bottles are leak-proof when they’re tightly closed. But sometimes, you want kids to be able to access their water without even thinking about it, while eliminating the risk of messes and spills. If your child is playing or learning at home, a Kelso tumbler with lid and straw is a great option that does both. The straw is made of silicone, with a valve built in that opens and allows water to easily flow while your child is sipping. But when the cup is tipped over, the silicone valve and the screw-on lid prevent water from spilling out. Kelso tumblers give you confidence in keeping water accessible around papers and electronics, perfect for enthusiastic kids who have outgrown their sippy cups.

5. Kids’ Favorite Characters
Make hydration fun! Maybe kids don’t like drinking water as much as juice or soda, but you can help them get excited about healthy drinks with Zak’s character collections. Featuring bold and colorful artwork from their favorite movies, TV shows, and more, they’ll love to share their daily routine with their favorite characters.

From silicone straw tumblers at home to covered spouts when you’re out and about, choosing the best kids’ water bottle for the situation is a breeze when you know which features are most important to you. With this quick breakdown, it’s easy to find the perfect water bottle to suit your child’s needs.

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