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.
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.
- Add fruits and vegetables into their daily meals.
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.
- Make popsicles.
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.
- 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.
- Infuse their water naturally.
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.
- Be a water role model.
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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