Anna here with 5 tips to help you keep your kids hydrated. Much thanks to Brita for sponsoring this post.
Everywhere you look sugary unhealthy drinks are in front of children’s eyes. And of course most kids will reach for the sugariest and most unhealthy options they can. As parents we know that we have to teach them to resist the urge and to choose wisely.
My two kids seem to be polar opposites when it comes to their choices of foods and drinks. My daughter likes meat, potatoes, & breads. My son likes a good variety of fruits and vegetables and some meats. And both like sugary drinks like chocolate milk, fruit juices, & soda over water.
They hear a lot about eating and drinking healthy in school and from the educational TV shows they watch and they know that water is always the best choice but if they have other options they will usually not choose water.
Here are home I try to limit the choices that we have and I try to be a good example myself when choosing drinks & foods.
5 tips to get your kids to drink water.
- Don’t buy sugary drinks. This might be difficult for you if you have a spouse that still prefers to drink soda but if you can get away with it not bringing sugary drinks into the house limits your kids options.
- Infuse water with fruits & veggies. Water doesn’t have to be plain and boring to be healthy. Play around with some of your kids favorite fruits & vegetables to see what sort of natural flavorings you can come up with.
- Reward them. Let your kids drink tea or milk with dinner if they’ve drank a good amount of water throughout the rest of the day.
- Make it a race. See who can drink the most water by a certain point in the day and use a sticker chart to keep track. (My kids both still love stickers and they are 8 & 10!)
- Send them to school (or anywhere) with reusable water bottles. Bottles like the Brita Hard Sided filtered bottles are great options. They can refill these while at school and still get great tasting filtered water.
- BONUS TIP: Allow only water after dinner. I like to limit my kids to only water after dinner, and especially after they brush their teeth so they don’t go to sleep with sugary drink remnants causing cavities.
Tip #5 was my go to while the kids where in school, I sent them water in their reusable water bottles and often they would come home with them empty.
Brita sent us a 1 L Hard Sided Filtered Water Bottle & a 590 mL Sport Filtered Water Bottle to try. I have to say that I am genuinely impressed. I love the hard sided bottle for myself and I haven’t stopped using it since I received it. With the 1 L bottle you only have to refill it 2 times to have the daily recommended amount of water. I love the filter, it makes the water taste great without having to keep purchasing pre-bottle water like I usually do.
My kids have been using the 590 mL bottle and they both love it as well. It’s soft sided so they can squeeze the bottle to make the water flow faster when they are really hot and thirsty.
More about Brita Filtered Bottles:
The Brita Hard Sided Filtered Bottles come in two sizes, 1L & 700 mL. Both have built-in straws and Brita filters. The hard sided bottles come with a firm exterior so you can brave the elements. Dishwasher safe and NSF certified to reduce chlorine taste and odor and particulate. The 1L bottles are available in two fun patterns, Chevron & Clear Lines. The 700 mL bottles are available in Charcoal Grey and Blue with Patterned Flowers.
The Brita Sport Filtered Bottle, 590 mL is available in Dark Turquoise & Tangerine. This portable squeeze-bottle with a filter is great for the gym or sports. Also dishwasher safe and NSF certified like the hard sided bottles above.
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