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How to keep daughter hydrated?

My 16 month old daughter won’t ask for water; even if I leave a cup of water around. She’s not a big milk drinker either. Now that it’s getting 🥵; how do I help her to keep hydrated? How do you keep your kiddos hydrated?

  • B
    Apr 20

    I found a water bottle she likes (contigo) and leave it around us. I offer it regularly, or even better I take a sip from mine, which always causes her to reach for hers.

  • 2Boys&aDog
    Apr 20

    Have you played around with the water temperature to see if there might be a preference? Some kids may only want ice cold water, some at room temp or even lukewarm. Also, if she likes watermelon I would offer plenty of it since it mainly consists of water.

  • PK
    Apr 20

    At that age my son never asked for water... we just kept offering. Whenever we changed activities I would ask him to drink some water/milk before we do something else. Some times they just need a verbal reminder. Even as an adult I need a reminder to drink water 😬

  • Diana
    Apr 20

    My child did not start to drink what I would consider a sufficient amount of water until shortly after she turned 2. I love the watermelon idea, but I never used it myself for fear of a sticky mess! What worked for me was to ask her if I could have a drink from her cup and pretend I was drinking out of her sippy cup - that would almost always work to get her to come take a sip. My mom (grandma) would offer her crushed ice with a spoon (somehow that made it amazing!) and her father resorted to popsicles... lots of popsicles!

  • Liza M.
    Apr 20

    Wondering the same thing regarding my 17mo old...I try to offer it as often as I can but she doesn't seem to be interested. I admit I am also not great at remembering for myself so this could be a factor. In the meantime we push foods with high water content and always make sure to drink drink drink at meals...

  • Alexandra
    Apr 21

    I use water enhancers. I will use koolaid sugar free envelopes to make 1 gallon of drink and sweeten it with stevia. No cavities or sticky messes and my kids drink a lot more water that way. Blue lemonade stains less than red colored ones if there is a spill. Also for on the go they have koolaid squirt flavors that are sugar free. I just give my 2 year old a sippy cup and she drinks it up.

  • Lena
    Apr 21

    I also use the watermelon technique. My son also loves when I chop it and freeze it! It is messy, but it has helped us a great deal. I also make smoothies and use water or coconut water with frozen fruit and veg

  • Raji
    Apr 21

    Thank you for the tips; will try the different water temp to see if she prefers one. We do some fruit but will try watermelon. She’s at a phase where it’s a “na na” and pushing things away.

  • MamaNukesYopolo
    Apr 21

    Are you sure she’s dehydrated? If she’s peeing regularly, (or diapers are full) and not super yellow you prob have nothing to worry about. I feel like us parents are always stressing, just hoping to reduce your stress level if possible.

  • anonymous mom
    Apr 22

    I second the watermelon!!! It does wonders. Cucumber is also water dense. Besides that, just offer water as much as possible:)

  • Raji
    Apr 22

    She’s not dehydrated but I want to stop breastfeeding and feel like she is getting some of her liquid intake from breast milk. I just want to make sure she won’t head toward dehydration when I stop breastfeeding.

  • Erica
    May 02

    Our 19mo old likes when we add an ice cube to his cup “like the adults”

  • Mrsyummy
    Jun 20

    Pedialyte or Gatorade, they are both still a little sweet so he still drank it. we told my son it was hulk juice and he drank it just fine! Works every time! ☺️