Even with the weather getting cooler, we still need to make sure our kiddos are hydrated!
Make sure you’re offering and providing water BEFORE your little ones say they are thirsty! Once they are thirsty, they are already at least 3% dehydrated. According to Marina Chaparro, spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, “water transports fluids and nutrients, helps with digestion, helps with cognitive function and maintains a healthy weight.”
Toddlers need four cups of water per day, while teenager actually need eight to eleven cups!
“I use a rule of thumb of 2 to 3 ounces per day per pound of body weight, to a maximum of 8 to 10 cups per day,” said Dr. Karl W. Holtzer, a pediatrician with the Pediatric Alliance Fox Chapel Division in Pittsburgh.
1. Make sure water is easily accessible to little kids.
If the water dispenser in the fridge is too high, set out a water filter pitcher and a few glasses in an easily accessible place for your kids.
3. Make your own popsicles.
We made our own popsicles all summer long. Check ‘em out HERE!
4. Add color and flavor.
Freeze fruits like blueberries, pineapple, watermelon, nectarines, or lemons, and add to water instead of ice cubes. You can also freeze mint leaves into ice cubes for added color and flavor!
5. Stainless Steel Travel Bottles
If traveling, try reusable bottles instead of single use plastic bottles. When plastics, even “BPA-Free” reusable plastics, get hot chemicals can leech into the water. We like adding plenty of ice to our stainless bottles and they stay cool so much longer than plastic, even if left in a hot car! It’s so much cheaper to fill our own bottles with OUR filtered water, instead of buying disposable bottles all the time. Be aware, that recycle code 1 is designed to degrade quickly. That’s generally the type that store bought bottled water comes in. Those bottle should never ever be frozen or allowed to get warm!
6. It doesn’t have to be water!
Provide plenty of juicy fruit, like grapes, pineapple, watermelon, and oranges.