Quick tips to get kids to drink more and #EnjoyMoreWater

I’ve been quite lucky I think, because both my children naturally seem to drink a lot.

We’ve always have various cups and water bottles around the house for them, and they have always been able to just help themselves, and luckily have always enjoyed doing so!
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We’ve never really had to work at getting them to stay hydrated, but with warmer days coming I am really aware that I need to keep an eye on them and make sure that they are actually drinking enough.  So I was pleased to be offered the chance to get involved with Robinsons #EnjoyMoreWater challenge.

Robinsons are on a bit of a mission you see, to get us all drinking more water.  And adding Robinsons squash to your water is a great way to make it all a bit more interesting!  As part of the challenge I was sent 6 bottles of Robinsons Squash’d to try, and I was really quite impressed when they arrived.

The bottles are teeny but you only need a teeny amount in your cup or bottle to get a great hit of flavour.  And speaking of flavour, there are some really yummy ones in the range:

  • Lemon and lime
  • Apple and blackcurrant
  • Orange and peach
  • Summer fruits
  • Passion fruit and mango
  • Citrus

We’ve had a great time trying all the different flavours, and I think passion fruit and mango is my favourite, it’s so refreshing!  I also love the fact that the squash has no added sugar,  and has no artificial colours and preservatives, so if you’re one of the 42% of parents whose children thing plain water is ‘boring’, then Robinsons squash’d is a nice way of adding some flavour and interest without having to worry about adding a load of sugar.

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If your kids do find water a bit boring and need a bit more persuading than mine to drink more every day, then these tips might help you:

1) Drink more yourself.
We all know that children want to be just like their parents.  So if they see you drinking water and squash regularly throughout the day they’ll be much more likely to want to do the same themselves.

2) Make it fun.
Let’s be honest, drinking plain water isn’t the most fun thing in the world.  But you can try a few things to make it more fun, and so more appealing to your kids.  Let them chose a special cup next time you go shopping, that’s just for their water.  Or try giving them a curly straw to drink through.  And simply adding some colour and flavour with a splash of squash can make a really big difference to how much they drink.

3) Always have drinks available.
I think this might be a factor in how much my children drink.  We always have drinks out for them, so they can help themselves whenever they want throughout the day.  And we find they seem to naturally regulate their own intake, drinking significantly more when they’re hot or poorly.

4) Work out their preferences.
If your child is reluctant to drink much, maybe it’s because they don’t like the temperature of the drink!  You might find that a mug of warm squash is much more appealing to them, or maybe they’re the opposite and will really love drinks that are super cold after being stored in the fridge.

5) Talk to them about their pee.
Young children won’t understand what you’re on about if you talk to them about how important it is to stay hydrated.  But getting them to look at the colour of their wee will help it make much more sense.  Talk to them about how the aim is for their wee to be as clear as possible, and challenge them to reach that target!

I really hope these tips help you if you’ve got a reluctant drinker on your hands, and that we all feel the benefits of drinking more water in an effort to encourage our children to do the same!

This post is an entry for BritMums #EnjoyMoreWater Challenge, sponsored by Robinsons.  

I received bottles of squash’d to try for this post, but all words and opinions are my own.

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