I’ve always been quite good at staying hydrated… You can usually find me, wherever I am, accompanied by a pint of squash as I seem to be constantly thirsty. I think, in all honesty, it stops me snacking as much too! I’ve found that O is generally quite good at drinking plenty too, although I’ve found a few things that help me make sure he’s keeping hydrated.
I know that O drinks water at school, from his very own water bottle, although I have no idea how much he’s actually consuming day-to-day. Two out of three parents say that they do not know how much water their children should be drinking each day. Adults are to drink around eight glasses a day, but what’s the recommended amount for a four year old? I haven’t a clue and, although O will drink plain water at school, he’s not so much of a fan at home! All kids are fussy at home though, right?! It’s not just mine?
I’ve found that adding a little squash helps to liven it up and O will happily try different flavours too. With real fruit in every drop, Robinson’s is a tasty way to enjoy drinking more water and the range contains no added sugar, artificial colours or preservatives. The Robinson’s Squash’d range comes in a variety of flavours, including two brand new flavours of Orange & Peach and Lemon & Pink Grapefruit. They’re so handy to throw into your handbag, changing bag or picnic hamper to use when you’re out and about too. In fact, I’ve been known to take them away on holiday with us too as it’s almost impossible to get squash in other countries.
I also find that O drinks much more when given a drink in a drinks bottle, rather than a cup. He’ll go through at least one bottle in the morning before school, and another two or three after school. If we’re out in a restaurant, he tends to opt for a Robinson’s Fruit Shoot or if they’re not available, a glass of squash with a straw in. We often end up having to ask him to slow down as he would drink it all in one if he could!
It’s even more important to make sure we keep hydrated in the warm weather. O is really enjoying playing outside in the garden and riding his scooter to school and back. On the warmer days, we’ve even managed to get the new paddling pool out which he has loved! It’s a bit more difficult to get him to drink when he’s feeling cool in the water, but he still needs to stay hydrated!
I’ve read other posts about adding fruit to water and freezing it in ice cube trays, and making our own ice lollies, but I honestly haven’t needed to do so yet. O eats plenty of water-based foods like cucumber and grapes as well as his bottles of squash and, even though I don’t know if it meets the guidelines, I feel comfortable with the amount of water he’s drinking.
How do you keep your kids hydrated?
Disclosure: This post is an entry for Britmums #EnjoyMoreWater Challenge, sponsored by Robinsons.