ways to get kids to drink water

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Our summer months are mostly spent taking in the sun. From trips to the beach to a backyard day of fun, it also means staying hydrated is important for each of us. With all of the outdoor games and activities we partake in as a family, we know how vital it is to drink plenty of water.

ways to get kids to drink water

Get Kids to Drink Water

Yes, water. No sugary drinks are going to rehydrate your body the way it needs to be hydrated. In fact, the newly released 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends that the primary beverage consumed should be either calorie-free — like water —  or should contribute beneficial nutrients. These drinks would include fat-free and low-fat milk as well as 100% juice. For us though, the challenge can be getting the kids to choose water. They often want the more flavorful drinks and we have found ways to get them to drink more water:

make drinking water convenient

Make it Convenient

Honestly, this tip even works best for me. If they can go into the refrigerator and pull out a cold bottle of Nestlé® Pure Life® water, they are more inclined to choose water. Nestlé® Pure Life® offers a variety of pack sizes, bottles and designs — from kid-friendly 8oz bottles to 20oz bottles perfect for mom and dad. Not to mention, for those independent children, it’s also a great way for them to feel accomplished by serving themselves.

make drinking water fun

Make it Fun

Water does not need to be boring! Think outside the bottle when serving water. Give each child a fun, special cup that is their very own, just for water. Perhaps stick a novelty, twisty-straw into their glass to motivate them to drink more. Even crazy-shaped ice cubes can inspire more water intake. Get creative as needed!

make drinking water standard practice

Make it Standard

If the kids see you drinking water, it will become more of the norm for them. Children often model what they see in the home. Limit their drink selections and encourage healthy drink options for them from the very start. After all, water is an essential nutrient for life. A 2015 survey conducted by Nestlé® Pure Life® shows that kids who drink 4+ glasses of water per day are more likely to frequently exhibit healthy habits.

Nestlé® Pure Life® “Share Your Smile” Label Design Contest

Nestlé® Pure Life® is doing their part to encourage the fun while drinking water! They are inviting parents to have their children Draw “What Makes Them Smile” for a chance to have it included in the 2017 Share-a-Smile bottle label collection.

Children ages 6 to 12 are encouraged to enter the “Share Your Smile” Label Design Contest for their chance to win one of two Grand Prizes. In addition to inclusion in the 2017 Share-a-Smile bottle label collection, the two Grand prize winners will also each receive a $25,000 college scholarship, a trip for four to Florida and Nestlé® Pure Life® Purified Water for a year (awarded as 24 coupons, each good for a half liter or 8 ounce 24-pack of Nestlé® Pure Life® Purified Water).

To learn more about Nestlé® Pure Life® and to enter the Share Your Smile contest visit www.shareyoursmilecontest.com. Did you submit a design? Share on social with #ShareASmile and tagging @nestlepurelifeus. The contest will run from April 7, 2016 – June 6, 2016. The winners will be announced on or about August 16, 2016.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Nestle® Pure Life®. The opinions and text are all mine.