Let Your Child Choose a Fun Cup
Choose a fun cup: Another way to encourage your child to drink water is to make their drinking container fun. Treating the cup special and encouraging your little one to drink water from their new “big kid” water bottle will help give them a sense of empowerment. Water bottles that have been personalized with your child’s name, such as the Playful Print ones found here, will also help the child take ownership of their water consumption.
Use a Fun Straw
Continuing with the fun theme, your little ones are much more likely to suck down a glass of water with a twisty straw. You can purchase wild bendy straws at most dollar stores. And don’t forget – the crazier the better! If you let your child use a straw, please urge them that they can’t walk around and drink while using a straw. If they were to trip and fall down, the straw could easily lodge in the back of their mouth.
Make Water Easy-to-Reach
Most children aren’t quite tall enough to fill their own cups from the sink. Consider putting a pitcher (with the little button dispenser at the bottom) on a low shelf in the fridge so they can easily fill up when they are thirsty, instead of reaching for a juice boxin the pantry.
Consider Using Reward Charts
If your child is really struggling with water intake, consider making a reward chart. Every time they drink a full glass of water they get a sticker to mark their progress. Once they reach a certain goal they can have a reward (such as a can of soda).
Hank McKinsey is a SAHD and blogger located in central California. Follow him on Twitter to see what he’s up to.