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- Know What They Need: To ensure your child is drinking enough fluids, it's a good idea to know how much water intake they require for proper hydration. Girls and boys ages 1 to 3 need 5.5 cups, boys and girls 4 to 8 need 6-8 cups, girls ages 9 to 13 need 8.5 cups, and boys ages 9 to 13 need 10 cups per day. Kids should drink 1/2 to 2 cups of water for every 20 minutes of physical activity as part of their daily intake.
- Make it Readily Available: Fill a drawer in the fridge with water bottles, or better yet, make space on a shelf for a water bottle for each child in the family. We love this Komax One Touch Water Bottle for use at home and on-the-go (featured in the picture above).
- Be a Good Role Model: Kids who see their parents drinking more water will be more likely to develop good habits themselves. Offer water more often than juice or sugary beverages, and keep water with you so they can see it's an important part of your diet.
- Eat Water-Rich Foods: In addition to water consumption, offer juicy fruits and vegetables that will support hydration, such as, watermelon, cantaloupe, oranges, strawberries, peaches, tomatoes, celery, lettuce, and cucumbers. Another option is throwing them in a blender for smoothies.
- Add Some Flavor: Occasionally mix it up by adding lemon or lime slices, berries, or sugar free drink mix to the pitcher of water. My kids love having the option to drink flavored water, and these Komax pitchers below are a manageable enough size that my 5 and 8 year olds can pour their own!
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