Is it warming up where you live?
During the hot months, it can be a serious challenge to keep kids hydrated, especially if you have active kids who don’t like to slow down.
We have a few tricks to share that will help you keep your kids hydrated so everyone can have a fun and safe summer.
Before we go into those tips, though, do you know how much water your kids should be drinking every day?
We’ve all heard the “8 glasses of water a day” rule. The problem with that is our water needs change based on a number of things, including:
- our activity level
- the temperature
- your size
I used to be a big fan of just drinking when you are thirsty until I realized that I stop craving water when I’m dehydrated and I know my kids do the same thing. I get so busy doing stuff that I forget to drink water. By doing that, I think I train my body to ignore its thirst cues so I have to make a special effort to remember to drink more water.
That being said, we all have different water needs and those vary day by day. Now I aim for having a quick drink (and reminding my kids to do the same), even if it’s only a few sips, at the top of every hour during the day. When we are hot or have been active, we drink more when we take a water break.
It’s definitely challenging to make sure everyone in the family stays hydrated. Ready for our tips?
How to Keep Active Kids Hydrated
Keep water accessible
My kids are much more likely to get dehydrated if they have to go out of their way to get a drink. At sporting events, this means having a water bottle tucked away in their backpack is not going to cut it because they won’t remember it is there until they are already dehydrated.
I love keeping a big jug filter filled with ice cold water in a place that kids have easy access to whenever we are doing anything active outside. I used to hate the way the water tasted straight out of the jug and my kids did too so they didn’t drink much. I just discovered the Brita Jug Filter system that fits onto your favorite jug coolers and filters our chlorine taste and odor from typical tap water.
It was so easy to fit on and the jug functions just the way it did before . . . just with better tasting water.
The Brita Jug Filter system and filters are now available at HomeDepot.com and include adapters for Coleman, Igloo and Rubbermaid jug coolers
Give each kid their own special water bottle
Along with keeping water accessible, it has be to fun too. My kids each have their own water bottle that they refill throughout the day. Let your kids pick out their own bottle so they have a style and design that fits their personality.
Not only will it make drinking water more fun but it will save you from washing dozens of cups a day. We like the insulated bottles so that the water stays cold when we refill it and we can take it with us in the hot car without ending up with super hot water.
Think beyond water
Water isn’t the only way to stay hydrated. On hot days, snack on water-filled fruit like watermelon, apples, and oranges. Even some veggies are packed with water. Think cucumbers, celery, and peppers.
Some kids struggle to drink enough water. You can make it a bit more exciting by flavoring water with fruit slices or even some cucumber slices. I love my water with a few cucumber slices and a lime.
Experiment with different flavor combinations and make sure you are using filtered water so you don’t get a funny tap water taste that can turn kids off.
Set an example
Have you noticed as soon as you sit down to have a snack your kids want one too? The same is true of water. If you are sipping on water throughout the day it will remind them that they need to drink. Just don’t share your cup . . . my kids backwash.
Do you have some tips and tricks for keeping your kids hydrated during the hot months? We’d love to hear them. Share them with us in the comments.
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