Kids don’t always drink enough water, but every single cell in their body relies on proper hydration.

Water plays a role in every function and system of your child’s body. Water keeps the body cool, keeps the joints lubricated, helps nutrients to pass through the body, aids in brain functions and so much more. As a general rule, children need to drink about an ounce of water for every pound they weigh, but how do you actually get your child to drink all of that water? Here are a few tips from our daycare in Columbia:

#1. Make sure it’s always available.

Whatever is available to drink is what your children will reach for. If you make water available instead of sugary juices or sodas, your children will start drinking a lot more water. In addition to having lots of drinking water at home, you should also make it a point to travel with plenty of cold water to drink.

#2. Allow your child to pick out a cup or a water bottle.

You might be surprised at how excited your child will be to drink more water if you allow them to pick out a cup or a water bottle with their favorite characters on it.

#3. Buy some silly straws.

Just as a fun cup or water bottle can encourage your kid to drink more water, so can a silly straw.

Although all of these tips can help you encourage your child to drink more water, we still have a few more tips for you. Please stay tuned for our next blog to learn more.