1. Avoid giving children sweet drinks on a regular basis as it will make them less likely to drink water. They get used to the sweetness and won’t appreciate the clear, clean taste of water anymore.
2. Add ice cubes to their water. Some children love ice cubes in their water. A refreshingly cold glass of water may be just right enticement to drink an entire glass.
3. Be their role model. Each time you drink water say loudly “Hmmm, water is sooo good”. When your kids see you enjoy drinking water, they will be more likely to model your behavior.
4. Find fun glass or stainless steel cups or bottles that they can drink from. Kids love to drink from a new cup! It doesn’t have to be necessarily new, but if they didn’t see it in a while, it counts as new (or at least as interesting enough to drink from).
5. Put their cup or bottle where they can reach it. It helps to place bottles in various reachable places throughout the house.
6. Add slices of fruits or vegetables (strawberries, cucumber, etc.) to their water, or squeeze some orange or lemon juice in their water.
7. Serve fruits rich in water (such as watermelon, strawberries, cantaloupe) and vegetables with a high water content (such as cucumber, lettuce, celery, radishes, tomatoes, zucchini).
8. Offer soups, stews, and smoothies on a daily basis as they too count as liquid intake.