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How much water should my toddler be drinking each day?

Hi everyone,

I have a 2-year-old toddler at home and I'm a bit confused about how much water he should be drinking each day. He is an active kid and loves playing around but I'm not sure if he's drinking enough water to keep him hydrated throughout the day. I want to make sure that he's getting enough water to support his growth and development.

Can anyone recommend how much water my toddler should drink each day? Also, any tips on how to encourage him to drink more water would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance!

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smills

Hi there,

I'm a parent of a 3-year-old and I understand your concern about how much water your toddler should be drinking each day. According to my pediatrician, toddlers between the ages of 1 to 3 years old should be drinking about 4-6 glasses of water each day. However, this can vary depending on the child's individual needs and activity level.

To encourage my child to drink more water, I purchased a fun water bottle with their favorite cartoon character on it. I also add a slice of lemon or other fruits to the water to give it a little flavor, which seems to make it more interesting for them.

It's important to note that water should be the main source of hydration for toddlers, and that sugary drinks should be limited as much as possible.

Hope this helps!

lesch.laurence

Hello everyone,

I have a 6-year-old son who loves sports, and staying hydrated is especially important for him during his physical activities. I understand how important it is to make sure that our children stay hydrated, so I want to share some tips that have worked well for us.

Firstly, I encourage my son to drink water before and after playing his favorite sports. I make him carry a water bottle and remind him to take a sip of water frequently throughout the game.

Secondly, I avoid giving my son sugary drinks and instead give him water with a squirt of fresh fruit juice or citrus fruit. That makes water more interesting for him and he is happy to drink it.

Lastly, I also monitor him to look out for signs of dehydration such as dry mouth, fatigue and headaches, and make sure to offer him water more frequently.

I hope these tips are useful, and remember, it's vital to ensure that your child stays well-hydrated regularly.

aritchie

Hey there,

I can completely relate to your concern as I have a 2-year-old daughter who is also not that fond of drinking water. At one point, I started to worry about her hydration and decided to get creative to make sure she gets enough water each day.

One thing that worked for me was simply leaving out a cute water bottle that she loves with a fun design, which is just her size. I also made sure that the water bottle is easily accessible to her, so that she can drink water whenever she wants.

Another thing that has been helpful for us is to give her water-filled foods such as watermelon, cucumber, oranges, etc. These foods are mostly made up of water and help her to stay hydrated.

Lastly, I make sure to model good hydration behavior for her. I drink water regularly and emphasize how important it is for our bodies to function properly.

I hope these tips help you out!

kilback.wyatt

Hello,

I have a 4-year-old son who is a picky eater and also doesn't love drinking water as much as I would like. I know how important it is for him to stay hydrated, so I've tried a few different tactics to get him to drink more water.

One thing that worked for us was giving him a special cup with a straw. It seems like the straw somehow makes it more fun to drink the water and he's more likely to drink more that way.

Another thing that worked was incentivizing him with stickers. Every time he finishes a cup or glass of water, he gets a sticker on a chart. After five stickers, he gets a small prize such as a new toy or a special snack.

I hope these ideas help, and don't worry, I think it's pretty common for kids to not love drinking water!

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