5 Tips to Keep Your Kids Hydrated

It’s always good to start a good hydration routine with your kids, especially over the summer months. Their bodies don’t cool down as easily as adults, so dehydration is at a higher risk for younger ones. I always push water on my children even when they say they aren’t thirsty. Especially since my oldest could be sweating bullets, but continues to insist he isn’t thirsty.

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I put together a list of ways to keep your kids hydrated over the summer. There are multiple ways to get water in their system other than just drinking out of a water fountain or plastic cup.

If you’re like my family, it’s a never-ending battle to get your kids to drink water. I’ll definitely be trying these tips over the summer to increase the water intake in my kiddos.

  1. Add fruits and vegetables into their daily meals.

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Food such as watermelon, strawberries, cantaloupe, pineapple, oranges, raspberries, lettuce, and celery have tons of water in them.

Mix up a smoothie for them if you have trouble getting them to eat green veggies. Add some spinach in there, along with sweet fruit.

Did you know spinach is 92% water?!

You have to sneak those in while you can. Not only will they get hydrated, but they will get their daily intake of fruits and vegetables.

  1. Make popsicles.

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Have them make their own popsicle with fruit and water. You can even mix it up a little and use some Gatorade or Propel. I personally enjoy using coconut water.

Surprisingly enough, a two-stick popsicle has enough water to help hydrate a young one. If you don’t want to do popsicle’s, just add some fruit to ice cube trays and freeze it. It can make the water look ‘prettier’ and they might drink it more willingly.

  1. Have them choose their cup.

When a little one gets a something new, they love to use it! So, try mixing up their water bottles.

My son recently received the Nuby Thirsty Kids Flip It cup. He loves it! Especially since it’s his favorite color, green.

This BPA free 12oz (360ml) water canteen is perfect for my son since he’s constantly on the go. There’s an easy to use hygienic cover that keeps the spout clean when closed. It is made from tough durable break-resistant Tritan plastic from Eastman, and has a colorful silicone band for easy gripping. You can find multiple colors at Target.

I’ll be sure to add this into the mix of his favorite cups. It’s the perfect size for him.

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  1. Infuse their water naturally.

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Have them pick out some fruits and let them add it to their water. I love lemon and mint in my water. My children love eating strawberries and blueberries, so I’m going to experiment with all different fruit varieties this summer.

Hopefully, the water won’t taste as ‘boring’ to them and they will consume more.

  1. Be a water role model.

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Monkey see, Monkey do. Show them how much mommy and daddy love drinking water. I try to drink water all day long and show them how good it can be for you. I also let them know that drinking water helps grow big strong muscles.

Kind of like a flower, you water the flower than it grows big and strong. If they put water in their bodies, they grow the same.

Use these tips to go along with my other post, 100 Ways to Get Your Kids Outside!

 

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Bye Bye Bottle.

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It’s that time again where I should try weening my little one off the bottle. My youngest is about to turn 14 months old and this girl loves her bottle, or as she would say ‘ba ba’. She has an attitude like her mama and she’s already starting with the tantrums if she doesn’t get what she wants. I have a spoiled one on my hands, so taking her bottle way is worrying me a bit.

She loves having her bottle first thing in the morning, before nap time, and before bedtime. We’ve switched out the bottle for a sippy cup when she eats her food. Sometimes she throws it on the ground and wants nothing to do with it and other times she’ll drink it, shortly to realize it’s not her bottle.

My oldest was a little hard to wean off also, but we were finally able too. After going through a handful of different sippy cups, he finally found his perfect cup and it was all a piece of cake from there on out. They didn’t have half of the options they have today back when he was weaning off the bottle.

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We discovered the Nuby 360 Insulated Wonder Cup and few weeks ago and we love it. It comes in a variety of colors and designs, so it’s great for any little one learning to drink from a cup!

Little miss independent loves the fact that she can look like she can drink out of the big kid cup just like her big brother does. This nine-ounce, BPA free cup is perfect for little ones 12 months and older. She’s able to drink out of the cup from any side also.

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With the weather being very dreary and cold here in the Central Pennsylvania, we were able to get the cup outside on a warm day while visiting the park, and the entire time it stayed cold! As a matter of fact, it can keep liquids cold for up to six hours!

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While she hasn’t quite let go of the bottle yet, this cup is helping immensely! She won’t drop it on the ground during meal time and she genuinely enjoys drinking out of it. It’s a step in the right direction when it comes to weaning her. I was excited to discover this cup.

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While you can find the cup on the Nuby brand website, you can also find it at Babies R Us.

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All In One On The Go Snacking.

My wonderful husband bought me a brand-new car about three months ago. A beautiful all black Toyota Rav-4. You can pretty much call her my third baby. We made a deal to not allow anyone to eat in car so it can stay nice and clean. Well, that lasted about two weeks… if that. We did great for the first two weeks. We only brought water in there and everything else was consumed in the house before we left. Then the busy, rushed mornings kicked into full gear where my son would refuse to eat breakfast all morning then decided he was hungry right before we had to leave for Pre-K. Of course. I couldn’t let him go to school hungry so he started taking breakfast in the car, whoops. He is in love with eating cereal without milk. That’s usually his breakfast. So, I would fill a little sandwich baggie full of cereal and let him munch on it on our ride to Pre-K and I’d fill a separate sippy cup with some water for him to have. No Biggie.

Of course though, forgetting he’s only four, whenever we arrived at daycare my car would either be filled with dropped cereal all on the floor or a torn-up baggie would be laying on the seat. Then, his sippy cup of water would be spilled on the seat or laying on the floor slowly leaking.  He’d never fail to make a mess with his food and drink.

So much for a ‘food free’ car. I kind of knew that wouldn’t last long. Especially with two young kids. Just the other day I was feeding my one year old french fries on the ride down to visit my parents.

Anyway, I’d constantly hear

“Uh-oh mommy, I dropped my snacks again”

“Oh darn, now all my snacks are dirty”

You would think I would have learned the first time that my son was going to make a mess, but you know, as a mom you always try to give them a million opportunities to do it the right way.

I mean.. it’s how they learn, right?

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Then! A few weeks ago, we were introduced to the Nuby Snack N’ Sip Cup. Not only did I instantly fall in love with it’s adorable design, my son was ready to rip the cup right out of the packaging as soon as he seen it. It’s an adorable little pirate theme, and he just loved the fact that he could have his snack and drink in one place. It’s a spill proof cup for ages one and older. It has a soft, flexible silicone straw and it’s BPA free. You can find it in multiple designs here. The lid to the snack container easily snaps shut, so if the cup gets dropped the snacks won’t go flying and the drink doesn’t spill. It’s wonderful when it comes to being on the go! He was so excited about his new cup, he wanted to take it into Pre-K to show all his friends and I’m excited that my car no longer gets full of cereal!

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This cup is a total win for me. My car stays much cleaner, he is learning to put to his cup in the cup holder and snap his snacks shut when he is done and I’m not going through a ton of sandwich baggies every week. I just rinse the cup out and it’s good to go for the next day. It’s the perfect size to put a good portion of snacks into the top and plenty of room for liquids on the bottom. I’ve come across cups where the snack holders were super small and barely any snacks fit into it. This is the first cup where I didn’t run into that issue. I love it! If now I could only find a fix for the muddy shoes and toys everywhere. Maybe one day!

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Lunch Made Easy: Featuring Nuby’s Sure Grip Miracle Mat Section Plate.

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When it comes to meal time for my youngest, it can be a nightmare! She is the queen of sliding her hand back and forth on her high chair top and knocking all of her food to the ground for the dogs to eat. Most of the time she thinks her food is just to play with, so she barely consumes any, except her ice cream. That she won’t share. She also enjoys feeding the dogs so I’m sure that’s half the reason why she does what she does, and I’m sure the pups don’t mind it either. She thinks it’s hilarious to throw the food off of the high chair and watch the dogs try and catch it. I can’t even begin to tell you how many times I’ve had to pick up food off the floor, or I find a three week old nugget piece underneath the sofa. It’s a never ending cycle when it comes to meal time with Miss ‘Do What I Want’.

Then I was introduced to the Nuby Sure Grip Miracle Mat Section Plate. First off, I can’t rave enough about adorable the Elephant design is! I just love it. Not only are they stylish, but these silicone plates are BPA and PVC free, come in multiple different colors and are for little one’s six months and older. It’s an integrated section plate with a non-slip base the sticks to flat surfaces. Best part is that it’s a plate and place mat all in one. It’s like a one stop shop for giving meals to the kiddos. You never have to worry about misplacing one or the other, it’s all together. Easy Peasy!

When I gave the Nuby Section Plate to my daughter at first, she gave me this side eye look which I’m sure she was thinking in her mind

“what’s this mom, are you seriously trying to ruin my fun”.

She could no longer fling her food right off her high chair and give it to the dogs. After a moment or two of staring at it, I could tell she liked her new plate. She noticed her ham, strawberries, and veggie straws were nicely placed in three separate sections, and she actually started eating her own food and not feeding the dogs! Total mom win! Thank goodness, my daughter was finally eating her food! Of course, near the end once she started getting full, she slipped the pups a few left over pieces, but no crazy messes like before! Plus, she couldn’t pick this plate up and toss it on the ground either. I was so relieved and she was nice a full. It was a win win situation.

Happy Mommy, Happy Baby.

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Once lunch time was over, the cleanup was simple! The silicone plate easily wiped clean with no hassle at all. Although I’m old school and wash my dishes by hand, these plates are dishwasher safe, so you can pop it right in the dishwasher for a simple, quick clean. I just gently wiped mine with some baby dish soap and water, sat it on my drying towel, and I was done! No hard scrubbing or anything!

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I 100% recommend this Nuby product. I am all for simplifying my daily routines when it comes to being a stay at home mom of two kids. There’s already so much on our plates to get completed throughout the day, and this product definitely simplifies my lunch time routine, which gives me a few extra minutes to get other household chores finished. You can find these adorable little silicone plates at your local Babies R Us. Check them out!

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