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Red 40, Sugar, HFCS Everywhere, and Not a Drop to Drink

This post is sponsored by the Brita Bottle for Kids.

If I may be obnoxiously braggy for a second...

AUDIENCE: Oh, just for a "second?" Really? As opposed to...

Shut up! You all just shut up. Yes, for a second. Start the clock: None of my children drink soda. 

See? If you read that sentence fast enough, I am pretty sure you could get through it before the end of one-Mississippi. 

The thing is, none of my children drink soda because they don't like it. Noah and Ezra have both taken exactly one sip of soda in their entire lives, and to this day remember it as a horrible moment, a total betrayal of their faith in delicious, refreshing liquids. The second the carbonation touched their innocent tongues they shrieked and...well, I wouldn't say they spat it out as much as they simply opened their mouths wide and stared at me helplessly as the soda dribbled off their tongues and all over the table. 

They both refused to touch anything "bubbly" after that. Which is great. My soda = bubbly. My special wine-juice = oh, you know that's bubbly. 

Which is great. Soda is terrible for kids. Terrible for...well, everybody, really, and oh how I wish I could similarly recoil from a cold can of Coke, or at least be able to have it in my house without drinking it (followed by two more in rapid succession). I would be very, very happy if my children never picked up the habit and remained blissfully unaware that there are beverage choices beyond water, milk or watered-down juice. You know, for special occasions.

(God, doesn't our house sound like fun and a half.)

While I'm aware that eventually, it's all going to be out of my hands, I would very much like to live in my little dreamy-dream world of only healthy beverage options for at LEAST a little while longer. But it's already getting challenging. We went to a birthday picnic a couple weeks ago where the only drink choices for the kids (who were all in the toddler-to-age-six range) were red Kool-Aid pouches and cans of orange soda. 

Okay, health food snobbery aside, the fact is that Noah in particular CANNOT have that stuff. Artificial coloring and his little nervous system do not play nicely together. It makes him hyper, unfocused and incredibly anxious. But there we were, out on a playground on a hot humid day, and he was thirsty. The adults had already laid claim to a small stash of bottled water for themselves (or for their kids, since I swear I wasn't the only stick-in-the-mud who blanched at the idea of giving Kool-Aid to my child on top of the already endless cake and ice cream and candy). 

The only options I saw were giving in and letting him drink the red stuff and deal with the behaviorial consequences...or hoisting him up to take drinks some a somewhat suspect-looking water fountain near the park's bathrooms. 

Confession: I told Noah the juice pouches were bubbly and took him to the water fountain. 

So that's where I was, awkwardly holding up my 50+ pound child while still locked in a mental battle over which was worse: Red 40 or all of the GOD KNOWS WHAT in the water, when another mom came over to wait behind us. 

She had a water bottle with her. She unscrewed the cap and filled it up a the fountain, and I realized what it was. I realized what it was because I had JUST THAT WEEK agreed to write a sponsored post about one. (The post you are reading right now! So meta! So Neo-in-The-Matrix-saying-WHOA and stuff.)

It was a Brita Bottle for Kids, with a built-in water filter. You know, the exact sort of thing I would have killed to have in my bag that day. Mine was still in the mail.

It arrived a couple days later. Yay!

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(Both to the bottle and my fresh pedicure, yes.)

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(WHAT? It was my first pedicure since right before Ike's due date. I'm a little jazzed about my return to non-Hobbit-feet-ville, okay?)

Anyway, it's a brilliant little jobby thing. I love that I don't have to risk the contents of my bag getting soaked by hauling water around in "spill-proof" sippy cups (HA HAHAHAHAHA) and that I can fill it up anywhere, as many times as I need to (the filters last about two months). Since Ike isn't yet proficient with the sports-style spout, I bring a take-n-toss cup with a spout or straw for him then squirt filtered water into that. (Which isn't nearly as high-maintenance diva-ish as it sounds, since the water is filtered instantly and fills his cup up in a few seconds.)

No more over-priced, wasteful bottled water from vending machines, no more lamenting over non-healthy sugary beverage options, and no more babbling like a crazy person to other moms at the water fountain over their brilliant cup solution and that MINE'S IN THE MAIL MINE'S IN THE MAIL WAIT WHERE ARE YOU GOING I JUST THOUGHT IT WAS AN AWESOME COINCIDENCE IS ALL. 

P.S. Ezra got his hands on a Kool-Aid pouch at the party and proceeded to drink at least three of them. He was a PEACH and a HALF the rest of the day. A hyper, shrieky, radioactive peach. OMG. 

Brita has offered me five additional bottles to give away to you guys. Leave a comment on this post between now and next Friday and I will randomly select five comments (via the robot at and then you, too, can be the weirdo on the playground shrieking about your magic filter cup being in the mail. Or, you know, you can be cool about it. Totally your call. 

This post is sponsored by the Brita Bottle for Kids. Learn more at Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Brita is teaming up with non-profit Alliance for a Healthier Generation to encourage kids to swap out sugary beverages and drink more water. As part of their partnership with the Alliance, Brita will donate more than 4,000 Brita Bottles for Kids to schools across the country to encourage healthy habits in their students.



Hmm, I had no idea that I TOTALLY need this in my life!! Pick me!


Pick me! Pick me! I've encountered this situation numerous times, only I have 7 kids, so it ends up that I buy 7 bottles of water or listen to whiny times 7. A lose-lose no matter how you look at it. This would be an awesome, refillable, alternative!


I almost purchased one the other day! Im tired of feeling like a weird for letting my toddler only drink water, milk, and the occasional smoothie or shake.

Kim Kas

I have two of the adult ones, but I would love a kid-sized one! My 2 year old will only drink milk and water. Even when we needed her to drink juice for *ahem* bottom-system reasons, she wouldn't do it. Still won't. Guess that's not a bad thing considering I grew up drinking Mountain Dew...


I was going to comment before you ever mentioned a giveaway because I CAN NOT EVEN with the dye in everything. The antibiotic my son had for his last ear infection my son had, just before his second birthday, had me wondering if he had just developed ADHD. It was awful. The dose was twice a day and morning was fine-ish, but the dinner dose: I swear to god he was possessed by tigger. He COULD NOT stop jumping. He was SO tired, asking to go nigh-night, laying down in his crib, then popping up for a few more jumps. I had to physically restrain him until he tired himself out a good 90 min after his bed time.
Dye-Free should be the norm! Come on!


Your house sounds like mine - water, milk, and "grown up" drinks are all we have. So far everyone's thriving, especially me, because WINE.
We would make great use of the Brita bottle!


That bottle is awesome!! I would totally take one everywhere for the kids!


Wow, I want one! Those look awesome, as my son will only drink water our options are crazy limited and yet... not...

Katie in CA

I have been dying to get the grown up one of these. I LOVE brita. I have a pitcher at work and one on my sink at home. I promise to even let my kid use it....sometimes.


*jumping up and down like a 5 year old kid* PICK ME! PICK ME! I thought I was the only snob about soda and Kool-aid for my boys. My oldest takes karate at Kicks Karate like Noah, and I saw a mom bring soda for her kid after class the other day. The juxtaposition of the two things - finishing a healthy activity and rewarding with the unhealthiest drink ever - made my head want to explode. I'd love to win this bottle and hand it to that mom and smile like the smug little asshole that I really am.


I hate when sippy cups leak all over my bag!


Ooooo! On both the built in filter and the pedicure! I severely sprained my ankle IMMEDIATELY after my last pedicure and wasn't able to properly flaunt my pretty toenails. :)


My daughter has food allergies, so I always try to bring snacks, lunches & drinks with us to birthday parties or play dates. This water bottle would be a great addition to my arsenal of Kate approved options!!


oh! lovely! both of my girls love water and LOVE water bottles!!


This would be perfect for my toddler!

Rebecca Newbill

I sooo need this! My toddler refuses to drink milk so I keep a bottle of tap water in the fridge that I refill each day. This would be so much better!!!


Pick me! I relish any opportunity to me the shrieking Mom at the playground.


Ooh! Pick me! Pick me! We would love to have one of those. My kid had the same reaction to fizzy beverages. The only time he gets something other than watery juice, milk or water is when he is sick and gets Gatorade.

Jennifer G

I would love one of these little gems for my girl!


Nice! Can they make it so it doesn't get lost as well? 'cause then it'd be PERFECT!!! (Dream on, I know.)


I would totally be the spaz at the playground showing everyone my son's shiny new water bottle! :)

Kim Q

This is genius, because I love my Brita pitcher!


Very cool. Right now I am pretty good about taking a bottle of water with us whenever we go out, but sharing it with my daughter means floaties usually end up in it. I wonder if the filter would help that problem.


These are great to take to places like Disney, where the tap water tastes funky, but you'll kill your family budget buying bottled water all day long. We had a different brand and found that the filter slowed down the water release in a sort of irritating way -- are these better?


I've been hearing about these for a while and CANNOT wait to get my hands on one!


OMG! Just saw these on another site and want, want, WANT one! My little one is a water sucker and it would be so nice to be able to have a filtered bottle for her.


I saw these last week some time and told myself we needed to get some. Great idea. :D


My boys only drink water or milk. They don't even like juice, let alone coke, etc. This makes me so happy. The brita bottles seem like a great idea.

Still Playing School

We'd love to try one!


Love it! My kids always get the water bottles from random work events / fundraisers with company logos emblazoned on them. :)


I've always eyed this typed of water bottles up, but never pulled the trigger to actually buy one.

Getting one for free would be super awesome!


That is so cool! I too have been wary of playground water fountains and red # 40.


Oooh, I want one! PleaseOhPlease.


That sounds awesome! I'd love one!


Me! Me! Love that bottle. Love the toes, too!


Looks like a cute bottle. I hate water bottles that are not leak proof. Why would I want a water bottle that leaks? (looking at you, KleenKanteen!)


Lovely! I would love one for my little guy!


These are awesome. I have an adult sized one from Bobble that my 22mo daughter loves to use, but it's too big and heavy when full for her. I'd love to pick up one that's perfect for her little hands. Even if I don't win, I think these are going to end up as a must-buy for us.


We love Brita products in our house, as evidenced by the enormous dispenser that lives in our fridge. This looks like a great water bottle!


What a fabulous idea!

Amber Humphrey

What a great invention, I would love to be the mom at the playground with that water bottle.

Liz R.

Pick me! Pick me!

Heather Barger

Love the built in filter. Hope I win.


I got one of the grown-up versions when I was pregnant so that I could fill up on-the-go (hey, I was already becoming acquainted with every public toilet in town, might as well refill when out and about as well). My husband thought it was so great he requested one to take to his office, which has no filtered water and whose tap water has turned the inside of his teakettle all sorts of nasty. We'd love to get a kid version now that our new little one is here -- sounds like the perfect diaper-bag accessory for when she's hit toddlerhood.


Boo! Down with those stinky sippy cups! I'd love one of those for my boys - although they'd probably end up arguing over it!


Yeah, water is mainstay with milk second. The big things at parties are those "little hugs" drinks that resemble small plastic barrels. They are FULL of artificial sweeteners and dyes and, who nelly, do my two get hopped up!


Yeah, water is mainstay with milk second. The big things at parties are those "little hugs" drinks that resemble small plastic barrels. They are FULL of artificial sweeteners and dyes and, who nelly, do my two get hopped up!


I would like this more than my big Brita bottle. I don't need a ton of water for rehydrating after the marathon (please, I'm 70 years old, I gave up running in favor of walking irritatingly slow) but this kids' bottle would fit nicely in my handbag for the wetting of the lips when needed.


I don't have any kids so I don't need one but I wanted to stop by and tell you that I share your horror at the drink selections. I nannied in MoCo and you can't have been then only parent who was less than enthused with the selection.

We got a lot of mileage out of the kids little Nalgenes but it would have been great to be able to fill them up anywhere.

(When we went on outings I would sometimes bring the Capri Sun 100% juice packs for them. They thought I was giving them ambrosia from heaven.)


this is just brilliant. i will never be able to look at a water fountain the same again. therefore, i must have one, one way or another :)


This looks great! For some reason my kids think drinking out of public water fountains is the best thing ever. I practically have to beat them away with sticks to keep their mouths away from all those germs. Because you KNOW they're not just drinking the water, they're TOUCHING THE METAL WITH THEIR MOUTHS. Ugh.


Ooh, my kids need one of these! My town has terrible water, so the fountains are just yuck. It would be perfect for my 1st grader's backpack so he could refill it at school. They also hate soda and we only have milk and water as an option at our house too.


One of the triplets is very much like Noah when it comes to artificial coloring. Except he crams it in his pie hole when I'm not looking which leads to surprise meltdowns. Which are fun.


We're in the same boat (if only I could train myself to only like water like the almost-two-year old) and would love to try a Brita water bottle soon.


Neat product!


Oh! Please to have the water thingy!


My 8yo has the exact same reaction to artifical colors. Nice to know I'm not crazy. And yes, we'd LOVE a Brita water bottle!

Shelly T.

Brilliant invention! Anything to make life easier for me and the tot would be tremendous!


I have a BIG Brita bottle for me that the kids routinely steal. We took it to Europe, which was probably a good idea. I mean, I *know* that EU water is supposed to be potable, and I have never, ever, ever had problems, even when I was young and foolish and filled my Nalgene in the train station bathrooms OUTSIDE the EU, but my kids' systems are all new, and stuff. I just don't take risks, you know?


I'd love one of those :)

Jenn S

That is so cool! It seems like everytime we go anywhere my kiddo suddenly is super thirsty! I can't stand the idea of giving my kid ( who is 2) something loaded with sugar. NO THANK YOU! I would LOVE that bottle!

sonja lange

We have a couple of bobble filtered water bottles, they are just ok, I would love to try this one out on my kids.


Oooh... If I won one of these maybe I could get the kids to stop drinking my Diet Coke! (kidding, I'm kidding) Except about the winning part.


I love the idea of this bottle- you can fill up anywhere and the water will still be filtered clean! I definitely need to get one of these for my daughter!


These look very cool!!

Brenda Maks

yay!! love this idea :)


Please enter me in your contest! I think this would be the perfect next-step "sippy cup" for my almost-2 year old. Plus it has a filter! Fancy!

christine woodman

i want one!!




My 3yo doesn't like soda either, he says it is "spicy". Would love a new water bottle!


What a great product! Love to try this for my little guy.


Oh, that would be AWESOME to have in my son's lunchbox for school. Really neat!


Ooh! WANT!


Very cool! My 3 boys are a little older than yours, but those would be perfect for sports practices, etc! You have no idea how many times they finish off all of the water we brought with us, and to be able to tell them to just go re-fill it at the water fountain and know they were getting filtered water would be great!!!


Smart idea!


what a brilliant idea! i want one


My almost three year old feels the same way about soda, he tried my root beer and thought it was horrible. We are happy to have him continue drinking water. He doesn't even get juice very much. I'd love a water bottle, we have had the toughest time finding a "spill proof" one for our son. He uses a Camelbak Better Bottle but he keeps breaking the mouthpieces, which cost about $3.50 to replace every time.


Sounds awesome!


Love this! Thanks for the greta giveaway.

Angela Krall

Totally am that mom. Totally wish I met other moms like us at water fountains. I. Need. That. Bottle!!


My 5-year-old gets super excited for his birthday every year because we allow him one (apple) juice box. Although we do let him have watered down apple cider on occasion this time of year.


I'm a food snob too. All my friends feel so sorry for my kids at get togethers when they aren't allowed to run around slurping artificial dye with some sugar added like all the rest of the kids.


My kids won't touch soda or juice either. Milk, water, Propel Zero and Capri Sun Roaring Water is IT. And I am not about to change them.

Will look into getting these bottles for my kiddos too!


Yay! My kids don't drink soda either, so this is awesome! :)


Perfect! My kids play sports year round so this would come in very handy.

Jenn S

yes, please!


Our house would LOVE one of those! Our 20mo prefers water to anything else, but we spend gobs of money on stupid bottles of water.


I would love to have one of those water bottles for my boys. We live in hippie CO and refillable water bottles are in like every goodie bag but I would love one with a filter.

My 6 yr old doesn't like soda either. Now the 3 yr old does but we don't let him have it other than a few sips he steals from us. My kids don't particularly have a problem with dyes or whatever but I try to avoid HFCS as much as possible. I was o mad when Capri Sun started using HFCS! Grrrr! But I do tend to get the all natural fruit/veggie juice pouches as treats for my kids.


I swear every kid water bottle ever leaks all over. In car seats. In the diaper bag (purse? what's that?). On their clothes (cue high pitched shrieking about "weeeeeeett! I'm weeeeeeeet!"). Wherever we are. Would love to have a kid-friendly water bottle that is leak-proof and purifies water.


I've always been secretly proud that my kids love water - the thing I comfort myself with when they whack another child at the playground... they might not always be the best social interacters, but gosh darn do they like water.


What a great invention. We totally need one of these!


My in-laws have these. Take them everywhere. I really need to invest.


I am admiteddly new to mommyhood, but I would have been (unpleasantly) surprised to show up at a kids' party and find there were no non-sugar-bomb drinks available for the kids. Now I know -- alwasy come prepared with your own waterbottle. Preferably of the filtered variety. Duly noted. :)


My two youngest love to take drinks of daddy's pop. The oldest, not so much. Our house is fun, too, I try to avoid HFCS and red dye, which means grocery shopping is full of, no, no, no, no, no. The britta water bottle sounds great!


YAY! for good, filtered, free water!


I told our 3 year old that you have to be 10 years old before you're allowed to drink fizzy drinks!


Huh, I thought I commented, now it is gone. Anyway, my 3yo doesn't like soda either. He thinks it is "spicy". :)


want!!! wanty!! My kid actually loves water, this would be so much better at say, THE ZOO, where the drinking fountains are actually part of the zoo presentation of microbiotics..

Amber P.

Oooh, my kindergartener would love this!


Me me me, pick me! Please?

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