A pioneer in the stainless-steel water-bottle market, Klean Kanteen now has a product for babies called the Kid Kanteen Baby Bottle. Reviewers say this stainless-steel bottle is rugged and easy to clean, and the wide, well-vented nipple is a big hit with babies. But the bottle isn't compatible with other brands of nipples or the company's sippy cup tops, which is a big disappointment for such a pricey product.
Easy to clean, but some may miss bottle sleeve. Reviewers praise the Kid Kanteen Baby Bottle for being easy to clean, saying the wide neck makes washing easy. It's also dishwasher-safe and there are no complaints of leaks. The bottle comes with four pieces: bottle, ring, nipple and travel dome. Measurements are etched on both the inside and outside of the bottle, making them easy to see. The bottle has a slightly contoured hourglass shape that reviewers say makes it a bit easier to hold. However, like other stainless-steel bottles, it can get very hot or cold, and there's no compatible sleeve to help mitigate the temperature effect.
Made to last, and won't retain flavors. The Kid Kanteen Baby Bottle is made out of recyclable 18/8 food-grade stainless steel, which the company says won't absorb flavors or pass on any sort of metallic taste. Parents say the bottle is extremely durable, although it may sustain some dents or dings after being flung across the room. Experts recommend the Kid Kanteen for parents who regularly bring baby into the great outdoors because it has none of the breakability issues that are inherent with glass or the chemical issues that plastic-adverse parents worry about. The bottle comes with a lifetime warranty. Parents can choose from three nipple speeds to accommodate their child's changing feeding needs.
Feeding-friendly nipples. The Kid Kanteen Baby Bottle's medical-grade silicone nipple is relatively wide, ideal for babies who need a little help with latching on. The nipple is also vented to help cut down on gas and reflux, and the company says it resists collapse and promotes proper oral development. Experts say the nipple's ability to self-adjust during feedings helps it closely mimic breastfeeding. Kid Kanteen bottles aren't compatible with other manufacturers' nipples.
The company makes three wide-mouth caps that can convert the bottle into a snack container, mug or water bottle. However, the bottle isn't compatible with the company's sippy and sport caps, which reviewers dislike. The bottle comes in 5- and 9-ounce sizes, and is available only in natural stainless with a green ring. It's free of BPA, phthalates and lead.
About.com's green family parenting guide, Eryn Gable, praises the Kid Kanteen Baby Bottle for its slightly contoured design, wide mouth, chemical-free construction and breastfeeding-friendly nipple. It's also dishwasher-safe and compatible with other Kanteen caps and lids. The review doesn't note any cons.
Review: Top 4 Stainless Steel Baby Bottles, Eryn Gable, Not dated
The Kid Kanteen Baby Bottle gets 4.5 out of 5 stars after more than 15 reviews. It's popular with parents who are leery of plastics but worry about glass breakage. Owners say the bottle is durable, easy to clean and chemical-free. A couple of reviewers complain that it isn't compatible with a sippy lid.
Review: 5 oz/9 oz Kid Kanteen Baby Bottles, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of October 2013
3. New York Family
Editors praise the Kid Kanteen bottle for its easy-to-hold shape, wide mouth and chemical-free stainless steel, which they say is easy to clean. They also like the feeding-friendly design that helps cut down on gas. The short review doesn't note any cons.
Review: Best Baby Bottles For 2013, Editors of New York Family, Not dated
Katie Arnold says the Kid Kanteen Baby Bottle is a rugged option for parents who like to hike, ski, climb or otherwise enjoy the outdoors with baby in tow. She praises its lack of chemicals and durable design, and says flavors won't linger inside.
Review: Best in Show: Klean Kanteen's New Stainless Steel Baby Bottle, Katie Arnold, Jan. 20, 2012