Making water the drink of choice
If your child's first drink from a sipper cup is water, and she sees her family enjoying water, chances are that she’ll happily drink water without ever questioning whether she likes it or not.
However, if you’ve already opened the door to the wonderful world of juices and cordials, you may have a struggle on your hands to get her to drink more water.
If she’s resisting the charms of water:
- Try putting ice in it – most children love playing with the ice with their tongues while they drink.
- Float a slice of lemon or banana or strawberries in a jug of water that she can access herself.
- Keep a jug of cold tap water in the fridge. Cold water is generally more appealing than room temperature water.
- Make sure that your child sees you drinking water – and enjoying it!
- If she steadfastly won’t drink water, try diluting her drinks with water – half juice, half water. Gradually increase the dilution until she is basically drinking water.
- If all else fails, feed her water-rich foods. Most soups, vegetables and milk have high water content, somewhere around 80%. Try home-made juice iceblocks and fruit smoothies.