In this article we’re looking at the top ways you can sneak more water into your child’s routine, without them thinking that you’re imposing strict hydration rules on them. Getting your kids to drink more water can be fun! Here’s how…
What To Do When Your Kids Won’t Drink Water
Encourage Them To Drink Flavoured Water
You can also create your own flavoured water that will use fresh fruit to flavour water overnight. You can create this in one big jug that your children help themselves to throughout the week, or you could make individual bottles of water to mix it up. Check out our flavoured water ideas for kids for more inspiration.
Get Them A Drink Bottle They Love
Give them a challenge
Kids love to win games, and giving them a challenge will keep them competitive. Why not try setting your child a challenge to drink a certain amount each day. Kids should drink around 1.5L of water per day, so you could measure a set amount into their water bottle and challenge them to drink a certain amount throughout the day.
If they manage to drink the amount of water that you challenge them with (at first it may just be 500ml in a bottle throughout the day) then you can offer them a small reward.
Make Drink Times A Natural Part Of Your Child’s Routine
Children are very easily influenced when it comes to routine, so if they know that they always have their drink of water while they do a certain task - like their homework - then they will find that they get into the habit quite quickly. Building drinks into your family’s daily routine will help kids stick to healthy habits and understand when they should be drinking. This way you can also avoid certain times of day, like right before bed, and encourage better drinking times.
Build Their Water Intake Up Slowly
A colourful and fun kids water bottle can really help with the process of encouraging kids to drink more water. A reusable water bottle also encourages children to look after the environment and understand the dangers of single use plastics. To find more inspiration, take a look at the 7 reasons to buy your child a reusable water bottle.
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