Although water has no nutrients, it is essential to life. It makes up more than half of your little one’s body weight and is needed to keep all parts of the body functioning properly. Water is the best drink to quench thirst between meals. It’s a good idea to get your toddler into the habit of expecting tap water as a drink, rather than sweet/acidic drinks which can cause tooth decay.
But let’s face it water can be a little bit boring for your toddler, especially if you’ve already opened the doors to the all exciting world of fruit juices and cordial! Here are some tips to encourage your toddler to drink up:
- ‘Special’ beaker or Silly Straws – Water becomes a lot more interesting when you get to drink it through a swirly straw or beakers with your favourite cartoon character on it!
- Add Fruit –Try experimenting with different fruits such as strawberries, blueberries, oranges and lemon to see what flavours your little one prefers.
- Make it accessible- Leave a beaker filled with water within reach of your little one, so that if he/she becomes thirsty they will reach for their beaker before asking for juices etc.
- Water rich foods – If all else fails, why not try feeding your little one some water rich foods such as watermelon, cucumber, strawberries and soups. Most fruit and vegetables have a high water content!