This month a dad’s post about discovering how dirty a water bottle can get went viral and there can’t be many people on the planet who haven’t heard or seen the disgusting pictures of the bottle lid.
Craig Beresford, took to Facebook to warn other parents about what could potentially be inside the hard to clean lids of the Sistema sports bottle.
“Just a note to anyone using a Sistema Twist ‘N’ Sip reusable drinks bottle, either themselves, or by your children,” he wrote. “Although we have been absolutely meticulous cleaning the bottle and cap every day, including dispersible sterilizing tablets, the cap has been making our 7 year old daughter feel poorly. We haven’t been able to work out why she has had an upset stomach, and occasional runs for what seems around four weeks, until I figured it might be the Sistema bottle. It’s the only constant item she has had contact with the whole time. Today, I took a sharp knife and broke the cap apart. It isn’t designed to be taken apart and requires a bit of force to disassemble. The internal components have been hoarding bacteria. We were horrified and heartbroken that out little girl had been using this bottle in this state.”
Craig’s post has led to many other parents investigating their bottle lids (and to be fair many parents have found theirs to be spotless but then useless as they have been cut open) as well as a very speedy response by the company who have published a page with the various models of their sports bottle and how to clean each one of their bottles.
We have in the past used these bottles but as we no longer have them I can’t comment on whether ours was or was not in a similar condition to the one Craig posted. However, it did make me think about the various other sports bottles we use and we went on a hunt for some good alternatives that are simple and easy to use as well as keep clean.
Tommee Tippee Sippy Cup
This was one of the first sippy cups we used for Beth and it was my absolute favourite as it a very simple design, bounces very well and most importantly when they are small it didn't leak!
The only downsides I found with this one was that it can be a bit tricky to get the lid off sometimes and when tipped upside down it can turn in to a kind of 'shake it all around' watering can game.
Tommee Tippee Sports Bottle
As Beth got older and we needed a bigger bottle we stuck with Tommee Tippee and tried their sports bottle. This was just as good but in different ways.
Inside is a valve to stop the water pouring everywhere and so the water needs to be sucked out, you do need to read the instructions when putting the valve back together but once you realise how it goes together it's easy to do. I like that everything comes apart on this one so again there is nowhere for any grime to hide
Aladdin Water Bottle
Now Beth is at school we have an Aladdin water bottle which has a large opening at the top much like a plastic bottle does so the water is in full free flow mode with this one, certainly not for the watering can lovers as this will dispense water everywhere very quickly!
I still think this is a good option for an older child as even at this age we had water bottles in our cupboard which we have since thrown away for the same reason .... you just can't get every bit of it completely clean.
These also come in a variety of sizes and include a handy carry handle, so it's not just Beth that uses them - although we do have a more generic design for Beth's daddy to take to work with him!
Green Tulip Insulated Stainless Steel Bottle
If you're looking for an alternative to plastic water bottles, these are brilliant and are also insulated so great for cold winter days.
They have a wide bottle like opening, come in a variety of colours and sizes and have a carry handle - they are also super tough so don't mind a few drops here and there!
These are great for someone like Beth's daddy who doesn't have to worry so much about it dropping out of his van or getting squashed underneath something and leaking!
Munchkin 360 Sippy Trainer Cup
This is great as it comes apart completely for cleaning but also encourages younger children tossup from a cup to prepare them for drinking out of an open beaker. The handles are great for little hands to hold and the innovative top means they can safely sip without pouring everything out all over themselves!
Available in lovely bright blue, green, orange and pink