Smart Ways to Keep Your Kids Hydrated

Image of young girl drinking water outdoors. The new year is in full swing and families are running around like crazy, which means drinking water is a must! Here are some fun ways to keep you and the kiddos guzzling the good stuff all year long:

Brighten It Up

Children are visual and they like bright colors. The folks at Fresh Baby, whose product line encourages family-friendly healthy eating, suggest adding fruit infused ice cubes to water to make it more colorful and fun. Kids will get the sweet taste of fruit, but the benefits of drinking H2O. They’ll see the bright fruit colors in the cube and taste the sweet juice as the cube melts. Try different fruit combinations and let the kids help. Maybe they love oranges, but refuse to try pineapple. Adding the two fruits together might make for a new favorite fruit. You never know!

A few of our favorite frozen fruit ice cube combos are:

  • Blueberry and lemon
  • Mango and lime
  • Blackberry and peach
  • Strawberry and lemon

If you’re looking for ways to brighten up the flavor of not only the ice cubes, but also the water itself, try any blend of fruits, veggies and herbs you desire! Cucumber, lemons, mint and ginger enhance this Spa-aaaah! Water. Or you can choose a combination of raspberries and blueberries with this Very Berry Water recipe, or even a splash of lemon, lime, and orange in Zesty Citrus Water.

Invest In Success

Just as new snow boots can get just about anyone pumped to go play in the snow, a new water bottle can help get you – and especially your kids – excited about drinking more water. Check out these eco-friendly bottles from our friends at PlanetBox. If you would love one that’s just a little bit funky, go for a cheetah, python, or even lunar phases printed bottles from S’well.

Scale It Down

Make sure you’ve got kids sizes like these bottles from Nestlé Pure Life, which are easy for kids to drink, designed to appeal to their sense of humor, and most of all fun!

Supply A Straw

Something about straws gets kids excited and ready to drink whatever you have to offer. As an added bonus, they can down a glass of water in about half the time it would take to drink sans straw. Avoid a potential brain freeze by making sure the water isn’t too cold.

Offer It Up

Sometimes it’s as simple as making sure water is readily available. Arm your kids with a water bottle before they head out for the day, welcome them home with a big glass of agua and make sure to always have a pitcher of H2O on the table during dinner.

How do you keep your kiddos hydrated throughout the year? Share your favorite tips with us on Twitter and tag #H2OfCourse!