I love my water and try to encourage my children to drink as much as possible although it really isn’t always an easy task as many other parents will know. With the “warmer” weather (I live in hope) and all the running around their little bodies can dehydrate fast and I must admit it can be a chore to have to keep on top of them to keep drinking fluids. Although my girls like me love water in its natural form they do sometimes get a bit bored of the lack of flavour and it can be a struggle to encourage them to drink. When I heard that Brit Mums had a new project which involved encouraging children to drink more water I was naturally interested in finding out more.
Drinking plenty of water on a daily basis is crucial as water plays a large part on our bodily functions. Not only does it keep us hydrated, water also helps us to regulate our temperature by producing sweat when we are hot, is required for transport of nutrients within the body, digestion, concentration, removal of waste from the bowel and urinary tract. It’s hardly surprising that reducing the amount we drink can lead to constipation, urinary tract infections and lots more.
Having launched their Enjoying More Water campaign earlier this year Robinsons decided to get bloggers involved by sending us 6 packs of Robinsons Squash’d, some stickers and star chart to help me encourage the children to drink more. Priced at around £2.50 each these teeny tiny packs are packed full of flavour each containing enough super concentrated squash to make 20 drinks and as an added bonus they are sugar free!!!! This miniature bottle can be popped easily into handbags, changing bags, suitcases, even your pocket. They are easy enough for a child to use too. Simply flip open the lid, squeeze some into water and enjoy. With just 2.4 to 3.1 kcals per 250ml serving depending on the flavour and 6 yummy flavours even adults will be wanting a squeeze. It is sugar free, sweetened with sucralose. The flavours are all lovely and you can vary the amount of the squash used where you need to.
Need help encouraging your little ones to drink more?
Tips for Encouraging Children to Drink More Water
- *The best way to encourage a child to do anything is by making it fun.
*Children also love to have the freedom to do things for themselves and as parents we should readily support this especially as it makes our job easier.
*Have water readily accessible so older children can help themselves
*Sometimes using a special cup can help encourage children to drink more.
*Limit drink options. I normally just offer water or milk. With Robinsons Squash’d I will offer the flavour that is already open before opening another. My girls can sometimes be competitive so I race them against each other which is also useful to increase their water intake.
* Add fruit or a low sugar fruit juice / squash like Robinsons to water. Don’t forget you can control the concentration used.
*Ice lollies using Robinsons Squash’d are a great idea and easy to make. Just a little tip, mix the water and squash first before adding to the lolly moulds.
*Very similar but also great fun for children are squash slushes. These are great for cooling off over the summer period.
*Ice cubes made from the squash can be added to water to make it more exciting. Children love to play with ice cubes and will also love the added flavour. Yo can also add in berries when freezing the ice cubes.
*A reward system such as stickers and a chart can work wonders.
*Practice what you preach. Children often imitate adults so let them see you drinking plenty of fluids too.
*Robinsons Squash’d are portable and can easily added to bottles of water when out and about rather than buying unhealthy alternatives at local stores.
*Why not add this super squash to sparkling water to make your own healthier version of a soft drink for little ones to enjoy.
With flavours including Orange & Peach, Lemon & Pink Grapefruit, Summer Fruits, Apple & Blackcurrant, Passion Fruit & Mango and Lemon & Lime little ones will have plenty of reasons to drink more water.
This post is an entry for BritMums #EnjoyMoreWater Challenge, sponsored by Robinsons.
We were sent the Squash’d range (6 bottles), no payment was taken for featuring the products.