Parents know the struggle: Children often forget to drink when they are busy playing. Proper hydration is as important for children as it is for adults, since it’s essential for their growth. They even need proportionally more water than adults, because their bodies are made up of whole 75% water. That’s why parents should pay attention that their child drinks enough water and turn daily hydration into a habit.
Here we’ve collected 6 tips for you, which have proven to be helpful in motivating children to hydrate:
- Introduce routines. Give your child a glass of water with every meal and turn it into a habit. That way, children are likely to automatically think of water during a meal.
- Set an example. Children tend to copy their parents’ and siblings’ behaviour. If you drink enough water yourself, it is very likely that your child notices it and does so themselves. That way they’ll learn that hydration is a natural and important habit.
- Have water always ready at hand. Your child should always have easy access to water. One way to do so is to always place their drinking bottle prominently near them. That way, your kid has easy access to it and thinks about drinking water more often.
- Drinking bottle as an everyday companion. Speaking of drinking bottles: Let your child decide what drinking bottle they want. Kids tend to enjoy drinking water more when it comes from their favourite bottle. You can find out which BODDELS drinking bottle suits your child best here.
- Add some flavour. Let’s be honest: Most children find water boring. Try adding some flavour into it by preparing self-made lemonades or iced teas as well as infused water. Those are healthy substitutes of store-bought soft drinks and are really easy to make! Check out our favourite recipes here.
- Make it interesting. Show your child how you prepare different drinks and let it help you. Press your own juices, collect tea leaves, cut fruits together and let them infuse. That way you turn healthy drinking into a kind of game and make your kid curious about different aspects of hydration.
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