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When the kids were little and started weaning, getting them to have enough water was one of our main focuses and from then on things haven’t really changed. The children drink water throughout the day – and only have juice as an occasional treat.
As the kids are happy drinking water it makes days out and the school run just so much easier. The children have their drinks bottles with them and I always have a bottle of Highland Spring to hand – the sports top makes it so easy to drink on the go.
But even with water to hand we have to make it fun for the children to remember to have a drink, especially on hot days or the ones where we’re so busy. Here are my top tips for getting the children to drink more water:
Remind them regularly. Sometimes children forget to have a drink so you have to remind them. We ask LP before we leave for school and whilst we’re waiting for her to go into school in the morning and we always ask her again straight after school in the afternoon.
Add variety. The children love having their brightly coloured drinks bottles but they also love it when Dave and I have a special water bottle – it’s more of a novelty for them and they’ll happily drink more if it’s from something different.
Make it accessible. Always having water with you makes it easier for the children to have a drink. We always have a bottle of water in the pushchair or the car so that the children can have a drink wherever we are.
Children should drink between 6-8 glasses of water a day and I know that often LP and Little Man don’t drink that much. But, asking them regularly if they need a drink and making it into a habit really does increase the amount they drink – and it makes life easier too as they now fetch a drink without being asked.
For us, water is an essential part of any day and it’s great that it can fit in so easily with busy family life. At school, at weekends and at home it’s nice to always have a bottle of water at hand.