We love OXO kitchen tools and utensils and have several reviews in our archive. We first reviewed the OXO Tot twist top water bottle when Euan was 18 months old. 3 years later when his baby brother Luca was in need of his first drinking cup we returned to the OXO website and reviewed the water bottle again. Luca was 9 months old in our second review but soon got the hang of drinking from the straw (the packaging recommends 18 months + but in our experience there are no safety issues for children younger than that, they just might find it tricky to hold the bottle or drink from the straw). We wanted to try something a bit different for this review so we took our bottles out for an Easter Sunday bimble on Selsley common and this is the result.
If you love these twist top water bottles already you’ll understand why we kept our video short. You can see all you need to know in a minute or two. The twist top water bottle is easy to drink from with or without hands, is lightweight and easy to carry and is strong enough to handle whatever a toddler may throw at it. If you’re not familiar with the OXO Tot brand and need a little more persuading here are our
5 reasons to love the OXO twist top water bottle
1/ the flexible rubber drinking straw
There’s something about straws that just makes drinking easier. I share Luca’s water bottle during the day and find it much easier for both of us to stay hydrated than drinking from a cup. Luca likes drinking from it because we share it and he feels so grown up having the same bottle as his big brother. Euan likes it because when he’s drawing at the table he doesn’t even have to pick it up (did you spot Luca carrying it by the straw in his teeth in the video?). It’s a brilliant water bottle for travelling as children can’t tip their head back in their car seat to drink from a normal cup or bottle. Or when the boys are poorly or need a drink in the night it’s much less disturbing to their sleep to just turn them on their side and put the straw to their mouth for small sips than sitting them up to drink from a cup. We all agree water just tastes better from a straw! If that’s not been your experience because of plastic mould growing straws the OXO designers have thought of that too. Their rubber straw is in two sections and comes apart easily for cleaning. If you do find it starts to deteriorate, gets lost or your toddler bites through it using it as a carry handle (the texture is quite appealling to teethy toddlers) you can buy a replacement (2 for £4) . It makes good environmental sense to make sure a perfectly good water bottle doesn’t need to be discarded when the straw goes astray.
2/ It doesn’t leak
This is like the holy grail of claims with baby/toddler food and drink storage. The twist top design of the OXO water bottle means the straw disappears inside when the lid is closed creating an airtight seal. There will be a few drips if the bottle is opened and shaken about as a little water from the last sip remains in the straw and even OXOs brilliant design can’t defy gravity! (as demonstrated by Luca below). But I’d take a few drips over less effective designs any day. Of course the clever design can’t account for user error so we have had leaks on the sofa or carpet when Luca has cast it aside unnoticed with the straw still out (he’s a wanderer afterall). And I have had a leak in my bag when he helpfully posted the bottle into it upside down and I didn’t notice it was not shut properly. To be really sure of no leaks you’ll want to take on responsibility of closure with smaller children. Euan can be trusted to close it properly, Luca cannot and is not physically able to at under 2 years old.
3/ it’s easy to measure your fluid intake
This might sound obvious as it’s a see through bottle but it’s a really important feature for us. At a glance Euan can see exactly how many fingers worth of water he’s drunk. If I wanted to be really precise about how much he’s had from a full 300ml bottle there’s a measuring guage on the side. Between losing his previous twist top bottle and receiving this new one Euan didn’t get on too well with staying hydrated at school. He was taking in a plastic Lego water bottle which is opaque and every day it was coming home full. At 6 years old he found it too hard to remember to drink from it when he didn’t have the visual prompt of seeing the water level inside the bottle. It was such a relief when his replacement OXO bottle arrived! When he has a cough or a cold I put cooled herbal tea in it as that also encourages him to pick up his bottle more when the drink inside is an interesting colour. In the summer the nice wide opening at the top of the bottle means ice cubes can be added easily to keep drinks cooler.
4/ it has an easy grip handle for hands big or small
The OXO twist top water bottle can hold 300ml so it’s not too heavy for children and is a nice clutchable size even for a toddler like Luca. It’s easy to hook your finger through the carry handle on the top as shown by Euan running along after Luca in the video. If you didn’t want to carry it by hand you can use a caribiner to clip it on to almost anything – a bag, on the buggy, through a coat button hole etc.
5/ it’s strong, durable and made of BPA free plastic
Our twist top bottle was unscathed by Luca’s ”kick, kick” experiment down the hill. He’s heading towards 2 years old with throwing arms in full force and so far his bottle has shown no signs of distress being thrown down the stairs and launched down the slide at the park. We’ve never know any OXO Tot products to break and unlike some other clear plastic items in our cupboard it doesn’t even look scratched or cloudy from daily use.
Disclosure: I requested and was sent a replacement OXO Tot twist top water bottle to review. I was not required to write a positive review and any opinions expressed are my own.
The OXO Tot twist top water bottle is available to buy from the OXO website and costs £8
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