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AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 03-Aug-12 11:35:36

Britvic are working with to provide 4 downloadable guides that offer Mums top tips for keeping the family active and hydrated during summer.

You can download the guides here.

On this thread they want MNers to share their own top tips for keeping children cool this summer (home or abroad) - and to share your thoughts on keeping children hydrated.

For example:
What drinks do your children like to have? Do they like ice in their juice?
Does your child complain of being thirsty or do you have to remind them to drink?
What kind of drinks do you pack for days out? What would be a treat for your children, drinks-wise?

Add your thoughts and comments to this thread and you'll be entered into a prize draw where one MNer will win a £100 voucher to spend on summer provisions at Tesco.

Some T&Cs: The prize draw is open to GB residents (England, Scotland, Wales and N. Ireland) aged 18+. Normal exclusions apply. One entry per person. Entries can be made at Closing date for all entries is midnight 10th August 2012 .


MegBusset Fri 03-Aug-12 12:18:02

Um. Drink water?

HeathRobinson Fri 03-Aug-12 12:18:51

Doh! Beaten to it.

TaggieMandevilleBlack Fri 03-Aug-12 12:21:07

Water. From a tap.

I like gin.

Usually water, sometimes I put it in sports bottles so the DCs feel it's "the drink of athletes".
If they're a bit short on fruit, I have been known to freeze fresh apple juice into ice lollies, sometimes with a couple of berries too. I tell them they're only allowed one, so they think it's a treat (but I know it's a glass of fruit juice)

TeamEdward Fri 03-Aug-12 12:33:04

My boys like pressed apple juice, but I always water it down - it's just too expensive strong otherwise.
For days out I have been known to freeze the 100% juice Capri Sun pouches - they act as an icepack to keep the picnic cool and make a nice slushy drink as the melt.
But mostly they drink water, and if we're at home they always have acup nearby.

3duracellbunnies Fri 03-Aug-12 12:33:58

I put the dc's drinks bottles (full of water) in the freezer overnight. They love taking their frozen ice to school and it melts over the course of the day. I don't fill them completely so there is room for expansion. If I think they will need a drink before any has melted I top it up with water. Also has the benefit that ice doesn't spill on books!

I do the same for days out. At home I freeze squash/ fruit juice for homemade ice lollies. Or innocent smoothie tubes. Also very useful for toddlers if they bump their mouths as they will eat an ice lolly, but not tollerate an ice pack.

bagelmonkey Fri 03-Aug-12 12:37:30

DD doesn't really like water, but loves squash. (like me). We have several different flavours of no added sugar squash in the house. Occasionally she'll have diluted apple juice. I have no problem getting her to drink squash & she loves vimto flavour squash at the moment.

When it's really hot I'll make up a bottle of squash the night before & freeze it to take out and about the next day.

We usually use reusable sports bottles or reuse water bottles. I always carry a few drinks around with me so we don't have to buy any when we're out.

firawla Fri 03-Aug-12 12:40:40

mine like orange juice or ribena best, would prefer if they drink water but unless they are really really thirsty they don't really tend to drink much of it (except the baby cos i wont let him have oj or ribena at under 1 yr...)

i dont have to remind them to drink, they are always asking

as a treat drink they love chocolate milk, but wouldnt take that out and about incase of it going off not being kept in fridge

Tee2072 Fri 03-Aug-12 12:42:26

If he's thirsty, he'll ask for water.

If he's eating, he likes juice.

If it's bedtime, he likes milk.

mumnosGOLDisbest Fri 03-Aug-12 12:42:49

Ds drinks water,water and more water. As a treat he likes frozen water ice cubes/stars/shapes in his water.

Dd has a sweeter tooth. She loves blackcurrant squash. She also likes fruit juice (usually apple) diluted with water 50/50. Both have had it watered down since being toddlers and now prefer it this way.

On days we refill fruitshoot bottles with fruit juice/squash/water and freeze them the night before.

As a treat the dcs like mixing up flavours and creating their own drinks,especially soda streams. They count having a straw or an icepop as a treat.

BornToFolk Fri 03-Aug-12 12:43:40

DS mostly drinks water, milk or squash. For picnics or as a treat, he'll get a carton or bottle of juice. I really like (so does DS!) drinks that are mixes of pure juice and water. I think they're more thirst-quenching than pure juice. Fruit Shoot do a version called "My 5" that I get sometimes.

I sometimes fret that he's not had enough to drink in the hot weather and if I feel he needs encouraging to drink water, I'll give it to him in a sports bottle (for some reason, that's a Big Treat, despite him having bottles with sports cap since he was about a year old!) or add a couple of ice cubes to plain water. For days out I'll freeze a bottle of tap water to keep the picnic cool and DS likes to drink the water as it melts.

Nice to see that Tesco/Britvic are still peddling that "everyone needs 8 glasses of water a day" myth...

CMOTDibbler Fri 03-Aug-12 12:49:38

Out and about, ds(6) and I just have water, but if we are stopping for a drink he can choose a smoothie or juice (doesn't like fizzy drinks anyway).
At home he has milk, water, juice (usually diluted as he prefers it), squash or milky tea. But mostly water

DS does like ice if its hot, and a straw, so I often carry a wide necked water bottle which its easy to put ice cubes in and the straws can go inside. He never needs reminding to drink

Indith Fri 03-Aug-12 13:33:08

Sometimes I do struggle to get them to drink enough, especially ds1 who has toileting issues but still we tend to have motly water really. Sometimes juice or squash. When it is very hot and we are out for the day I do resort to bribary in the form of cartons of juice but we also have drinks bottles full of water. At home we make ice lollies which are always good for getting extra fluid into them. At the moment we are working our way through my stocks of homemade elderflower cordial.

I make sure they have a glass of water at all meals and snacks then try to press more drinks onto them if we've been running around in the park. Often ds1 will drink very little all day then down several glasses of water at dinner and then wet the bed. When struggling I've been known to express a glass of breast milk as he is guaranteed to down that instantly grin.

My pet bugbear is that DS won't drink squash. Not a problem, you would think (He drinks water. Never milk. Very occasionally orange juice. Nothing else) - except that the school don't provide water at breaks or when they go to away matches - just huge bottles of made-up squash angry. DS dislikes squash to the extent that he will go through a baking hot afternoon of sport without drinking anything and comes home really quite badly dehydrated and in a foul mood as a result. I keep telling him he has to ask for water, but he won't, and he is really bad (both DC are) at recognising when he needs a drink - but it affects his mood very quickly when he hasn't had enough to drink.

Both DC have refillable water bottles for holiday club (and DD for school) and I also buy packs of disposable sports-bottle water for outings/long days at holiday camps. If they are taking more than one then I will freeze one to act as an ice pack and to be the last bottle of the day.

DD does like Ribena, and juice, and smoothies, and milk, so is generally easier to please and I can't see the same problem with matches and the like with her. She still gets (and accepts) water as the default, though - I think one thing that has made a huge difference is having a plumbed in fridge with water and ice dispenser - the DC help themselves to cold, filtered water whenever they like and have therefore never got used to needing something to 'hide' the taste of tap water.

As a treat? DS would still choose water (or maybe a milkshake, but probably water). DD lusts after fruit shoots, mainly because I simply refuse to buy them, so she only ever gets them at (other people's) parties hmm.

kez1212 Fri 03-Aug-12 13:41:05

DS drinks mostly water or very diluted high juice. If it is hot he likes homemade icelollies rather than ice in his drinks. He drinks really well and I dont need to remind him. For treats he likes a fruit juice carton. When we are out and about he usually has water/squash from home in a sports bottle. Sometimes he will have a soya milkshake when out, if we can find any!

2to3 Fri 03-Aug-12 13:46:36

Water, water, apple juice, water, ribena, ice cubes on their own on hot nights, ice lollies, milk. More water.

aristocat Fri 03-Aug-12 13:50:19

mine both like water, they occasionally have orange juice, squash or ribena.
DD likes having ice in her drinks.

They will not drink milk or milk-shake drinks and dont like fizzy/carbonated drinks either. It is juice or water at our house smile and thats what I would take for our days out.

Sometimes if we are home they can go for ages without having a drink and I make a point of letting them get their drinks themselves (they are 10 and 8yo) however if for example we go out to a family pub for a meal or on a day trip out ...... then they will guzzle away like you have never seen before! hmm

The treat drink here is J2O. They are allowed it if we go out for a meal.

Jins Fri 03-Aug-12 14:11:29

My lads have never been water or milk drinkers and I never allowed fruit juice until I was happy with their dental routine. Very dilute sugar free squash was the only option we had but there was never any hazard of dehydration that way.

Favourite drinks were always the ones they weren't allowed. They were very disappointed when they finally got to try fruit juice. grin

They are old enough to be out and about and buying their own now but they still don't tend to buy sugary drinks

cleanandclothed Fri 03-Aug-12 14:12:21

Water. Sometimes they ask for juice but we don't have it regularly. I pretty much only drink water so that is what they see. Top tip - have a drink where they can reach it.

TheLaineyWayIsEssex Fri 03-Aug-12 14:19:26

He just drinks good old fashioned H20 - haven't yet been satisfied that squash etc won't damage his teeth

HappyCamel Fri 03-Aug-12 14:21:07

Cooled herbal tea, the sweeter tasting ones like strawberry and mango by Twinings. I don't give dd (16 mo) squash because of the chemicals in it (especially sulphites, which I'm allergic to) or fruit juice, because of the sugar content, fructose is very high GI without the fibre from he fruit,..

I also make smoothies of milk and berries and banana. She mostly drinks water though.

Ds and dd will drink anything.

Straws and icecubes make it seem like a more exciting prospect - especially if I get out the curly straws! smile hmm

For the record I HATE no added sugar drinks that have lots of artificial sweeteners in instead. I I ever go through phases of worrying about their teeth I either make the squash more dilute or just do more milk or water.

Chulita Fri 03-Aug-12 14:30:43

DD and DS1 both would prefer blackcurrant squash if it's in a cup but if I fill up the water table or it's rained they'll both drink outside water despite the earwigs and bumble bees swimming around in it. I often let them 'wash up' so they drink something, otherwise they nag me for squash all day long.

As a treat they like a juice box or chocolate milk.

My DD (4 yrs old) will only drink water shock. She refuses milk (despite, or maybe because of having bf well for many months) and juice/squash outright. She does eat well and has plenty of fruit and likes it, and she also enjoys yoghurt, so I make sure that on hot days she has healthy drinks in frozen form by making our own frozen lollipops, which she loves and is always proud to share with friends.

I have to constantly encourage her to drink. This appears hereditary as I also have the same problem, and the same with my Grandparents, but boy do we get grumpy if dehydrated! For sometime I did this by "take a sip for every friend or family member you can name" and so we would work our way through Aunts and cousins, each deserving a sip. We now do it with "for everything you see the colour... (red)". This technique works out and about too, and the / a game takes their mind off feeling it is a boring chore to drink.

On days out, we always carry water with us, DD takes a small bottle in a back-pack, and I take a larger bottle which I can either drink or use to top up her smaller bottle.

I am just beginning to make headway hmm and have managed to get DD to drink smoothies without freezing them explaining the benefits to teeth, bones and not getting colds through the calcium and vitamins which see appears to enjoy learning a bit about.

A treat for my DD would be a smoothie, and if packaged to fit in a lunchbox or day-bag without making a mess and staying cool, then they are great for a quick pick-me-up as they are both hydrating and nutritional so can fill a hunger and thirst hole, and superb for those walks back to the car smile

Water is the 'default' drink in our house, and is what all 3 dcs have with all their meals. They are pretty good at drinking (and asking for drinks) but are still young, so will get distracted by playing and don't always remember to drink as much as they need to. Ice, straws, cordial and fruit juice are all regarded as very special treats....any combination is well received!

I have 2 secret weapons for really hot days, when I'm really keen to make sure they're properly hydrated: 1) Ribena and 2) Home-made apple-juice ice lollies.

For days at activity camps I send them with a re-fillable bottle of water for during the day, and a carton of juice for lunch. That way I can absolutely guarantee they'll be drinking.....!

blondieminx Fri 03-Aug-12 15:00:10

DD(2) likes apple juice, water and milk and loooooooves ice lollies on a hot day. I do always have to nag coax her to drink though.

Favourite way to cool down on a hot day is to get the paddling pool out with lots of cups/boats etc to play with.

I don't buy anything that boasts no added sugar, as I don't want DD drinking grim chemicals like aspartame etc. I'd rather she had normal sugar (occasionally) than artificial sweeteners.

choccyp1g Fri 03-Aug-12 15:02:07

Hold cup under tap, turn tap on, turn tap off when cup is full.

If going out and about, repeat as above, but replace "cup" with "bottle".
Remove lid to drink, replace lid if bottle is not empty.

Water, and that liquid sugar rush that is apple juice, which I limit.
If you don't eat processed crap or too much salt, the body's thirst mechanism is a very good indicator of when to drink more.

DD drinks tap water - she's only 2 so if I pimp up the receptacle ie put it in a water bottle, add ice or a straw, then the novelty is strong enough to encourage her to drink loads. Also lots of juicy fruit.

Bosgrove Fri 03-Aug-12 15:32:16

While my kids like to drink water, they hate warm water. I half fill old plastic water bottles with tap water the night before, then freeze overnight on their sides. The next morning I fill the rest of the bottle with more cold tap water, this means that the frozen half cools the water in the morning, and by lunch time the ice is melting so they can drink that.

For a treat we also freeze cartons like Capri Sun, over night, use them as cool packs in the morning to keep our lunch cold, then cut off the top and have a fruit flavoured slush after lunch.

KatieisScarlettinSpandex Fri 03-Aug-12 15:42:50

Water, milk or squash. Ice in water and squash if at home. When travelling or training, in a sports bottle.

We also freeze Jubbly frozen lollies, huge favourite here when warm outside.

WendevilleAndManlock Fri 03-Aug-12 15:50:20

I keep a large lidded jug full of squash in the fridge. This has the dual advantage of reducing the quantity of concentrate used, as I make it up myself, and always having a chilled drink available. We also make our own lollies in the re-useable moulds - juice, milkshake, yoghurt or whatever comes to hand. Apparently you can freeze bananas, but I've not tried it.

For days out we take refillable bottles of either water or squash, frozen overnight if it's going to be a hot day. For the Olympics, with the ban on taking liquids into venues, I've been freezing yoghurt or smoothie tubes for a quick refresher.

For a treat when we're out and about, especially on a long drive, i might let everyone choose a chilled bottled drink. The DC usually go for something like Ribena, Capri Sun or Fanta.

Beanbagz Fri 03-Aug-12 16:14:08

Mostly water for my two DCs (aged 10 & 7). Sometimes with ice (if it's really hot) and occasionally for my DD, a little elderflower cordial. DS normally has 1 glass of milk a day too - usually with dinner.

If we're eating out i order tap water (UK/when i know it's safe) or bottled still water (on holiday). When we're taking a picnic from home i generally just add some ice cubes to the water bottles at the start of the day.

My DCs don't normally complain about being thirsy as we keep two 1 litle bottles of tap water in the fridge so they are free to help themselves at any time.

mamij Fri 03-Aug-12 16:26:31

DD1 loves chewing on ice. I tend to put a few in a cup and top up with water. I tell her she has to drink all the water before she's allowed the ice.

Putting a bottle of water in the freezer a few hours before going out so it's slushy and not frozen. Kept cool in a cool bag, or wrapping in a muslin keeps it cool too!

I also freeze the Innocent Smoothies tubes. They make great ice lollies!

ouryve Fri 03-Aug-12 16:55:37

DS1 is reluctant when it comes to drinking. He has ASD and anxiety issues around eating and drinking and I have to insist he drinks certain amounts at certain times. eg, after dinner, he has to drink his drink before he gets anything for pud. He also needs a drink to take medications with once or twice a day.

We find the key is variety. It's rare that he'll accept water. So he has watered down fruit juice with his breakfast medication and we have various flavours of squash or barley water available so he doesn't get bored and refuse to drink that. Having carton or bottled drinks of his choosing on hand encourages him to have a drink while we're out or mid-afternoon

DS2 is much easier. He'll only drink water and drinks it when he's thirsty.

Elainey1609 Fri 03-Aug-12 17:01:23

Like to have orange or apple juice in morning with bteakfast.

Rest of the day im quite luckly they like water, which I put in a bottle with easy drink lid.

They like squash at times I always have it at home but they dont use it much......variety is good so they dont get bored I buy a different flavour each time
And sugar free of course.

They like milk ar night.

In winter they like warm milk or warm blackcurrent before they go to bed

They both seem to drink regulaly I dont have to remind them to except sometimes when they are busy with friends playing in sun

Mama1980 Fri 03-Aug-12 17:21:21

Ds aged 4 likes everything mostly drinks water, squash occasionally he also likes cinnamon milk in the evenings. Orange juice with breakfast. He loves ice I freeze plastic bottles of water for when we're out and about. He drinks loads so I don't worry about him not drinking enough. He always has water available to hand when we're at home.

internationalvulva Fri 03-Aug-12 17:29:39

My two like water or milk, but as a treat we make lemon iced tea...which is easy. Two decaf teabags in a cup, add boiling water, get as much tea out of the bags as you can, tip tea into jug, add ice, water and the juice of 3 lemons and sugar or sugar syrup to taste. Yum!

Charlene1 Fri 03-Aug-12 17:30:15

My kids have apple & blackcurrant squash - they take a plastic bottle full if they go out playing and keep refilling it as they need it. We have cup drinks with straws as well for car journeys - as a treat they would have bottles of milkshake - usually when we go shopping, they will drink one on the way home in the car. They don't like ice in drinks, but will happily eat as many fruit juice based ice lollies as they can get away with!!

iklboo Fri 03-Aug-12 17:35:46

Strawberry & kiwi juice but he very partial to a hot chocolate with croissants & strawberry jam for his 'French Boy's Breakfast'. grin

RSVPentathlon Fri 03-Aug-12 17:36:12

water, cucumber sticks,
apple juice, cold milk

mynameis Fri 03-Aug-12 18:30:44

Have varying age Dc but they all enjoy water, milk and the teenage dc's squash

Ds2 has ASD and for a long time would ONLY drink water. Eventually we found that trying a variety of cups, beakers, straws has convinced him to try other drinks

So it's one cup for water, a different one for milk and at school he has a cup to pour his milk carton into
At least this way I know he will drink enough. smile

mynameis Fri 03-Aug-12 18:31:41

Oh and on days out its bottled water only for him with the label removed first.

ScorpionQueen Fri 03-Aug-12 19:19:23

One thing I notice is that my children will say they are hungry when really they are thirsty, so it's important to recognise children's thirst, as they don't always realise themselves.

I offer water, diluted fruit juice or squash as main drinks. For a treat I use frozen fruit (Sainsbury's do a value pack) as ice cubes and call it fruit punch. A rare fizzy drink as a treat is fine, as are smoothies, but I consider them almost a snack.

As with most things, leading by example is important so I try to make sure I drink enough myself.

GaryTankCommander Fri 03-Aug-12 19:28:04

My DS only really likes water or milk. Sometimes he gets to drink the last mouthful of grandma's tea and he loves that!

GaryTankCommander Fri 03-Aug-12 19:29:11

A great tip if they're not drinking is give them cucumber or watermelon to nibble on... Very hydrating!

GaryTankCommander Fri 03-Aug-12 19:30:45

Oohh and those innocent smoothies when frozen make great slush puppies!

Chewbecca Fri 03-Aug-12 19:38:43

DS drinks only water at home and at school. We have a water dispenser fridge thingy so he helps himself whenever he wants which I figure is enough. It's also his job to get water for everyone at dinner time. There are ice cubes in the dispenser too but he doesn't bother with those they're just for the g&t.

We take small water bottles with us when going out for the day, and normally buy another whilst out.

If we're out for dinner he has a coke or a lemonade with ice, can't believe I'm the first to say this! I've allowed it since he was about 7, it started with orangina on holiday and has now been extended to any treat meal out.

Straws / gimmicks not needed.

turnipvontrapp Fri 03-Aug-12 19:38:56

Water most of the time. Treat is a calypso or apple juice/ orange juice. Tell me when they are thirsty.

AuntieTeggles Fri 03-Aug-12 19:40:40

My lads love red bull, so I mix a redbull in with some lemonade for a refreshing drink.

Tawnyhairedandgoldenlimbed Fri 03-Aug-12 19:52:32

My children love ice, orange juice, stawberries and a banana blitzed together.

SpringSunshine Fri 03-Aug-12 20:04:36

I tend to take a 1l bottle of diluted squash with sports bottles full too. Different flavours for each of us - ds and I like orange, dds current favourite is strawberry & kiwi. We buy Robinsons no added sugar.

When out I try to buy the sugar free drinks as a bottle of Oasis is over 200 calories! Not easy in restaurants etc so usually have a stock of fruit shoots or own brand bottles in the car too

Definitely have to remind the dcs to drink - they rarely ask for one but if I give them the sports bottle they will graze on it regularly and drink plenty.

Dd like smoothies which are a treat for her especially the M&S Belgian chocolate, or hot chocolate with marshmallows etc. Ds likes pure juice which would tend to be his treat.

Neither likes ice but they do like it coldish

Astr0naut Fri 03-Aug-12 20:12:10

Water. It's all we gave him as a baby, now he won't even entertain juice. I let him try it at other kids' houses, so they don't think I'm up myself, but he turns it down.

He's good at drinking during the but being , he has to have it in a certain cup or it's not right.

He loves, loves, loves milk and has to have a cup as soon as he wakes up.

Dd has just started taking other drinks (apart from bmilk) and drinks water from a sippy cup. I offfer it to her all day, and generally, she takes it.

My kids are older now but when they were younger it was usually NAS squash. To be honest now I know about the stuff that goes into those, if I were doing it all again I wouldn't buy them. Now DS is adult and drinks mainly coffee but for a cold drink will always choose water. DD is 15 and tends to prefer fruit juice or milkshakes, with the occasional coke.

When they were smaller I would freeze cartons of juice to go in their lunchboxes but apparently the schools now frown on this and say they can only have water?

I'm really paranoid about the children drinking enough, stemming from my own childhood of sun stroke and kidney problems from dehydration.

We have a Macro card so bulk buy Capri Sun 100% fruit pouches or carton of pure fruit juice for days out.
We can't really use reusable bottles without sterilising all the time because of DS's health condition so we will also buy bottles of water in bulk for when they're out.
They can help themselves to water anytime they're at home and I don't let them play out front without a bottle water/juice.

They live for smoothies and I put everything from spinach/mint/pea and beet root to the normal fruits in there to get the nutrients in.

They don't have to be reminded to drink they're really good at keeping hydrated. A very rare treat (parties) they can have a small glass of fizzy. The only thing I really don't allow are fruit shoots and that isn't a snobby mumsnet thing it's just they do go super hyper after having them.

<<hydration police blush>>

Forgot to add both kids think ice is the best thing ever so ever mealtime there is a jug of water on the table with various shapes of ice and slices of Fruit in. DS2 is currently favouring Ikea "ninja star" shapes and DS1 likes the reusable shapes that we have in a ridiculous amount of variations. grin

Roseformeplease Fri 03-Aug-12 20:25:06

Mine always have to have water alongside a drink in summer. That way, the juice is a treat and the water quenches their thirst.

TheQueensDinner Fri 03-Aug-12 20:28:09

They would like to have fizzy drinks but they are not allowed although their bloody Grandad gives them it by the gallon when I'm not about and even lets them pour added sugar squash into lemonade. He also fills up their pockets and hoods with sweeties.

They have no added sugar squash or water. In their lunch boxes they have a carton of apple juice or a fruit smoothie. On days out we take water bottles. They are quite good at saying when they feel thirsty, except when they are outside playing.

nextphase Fri 03-Aug-12 20:30:59

Another mainly water household, although the oldest (3) will demolish Apple or pineapple juice which I've diluted well.

I'm not brilliant at remembering to drink, but try to drink every time the kids do, and offer the kids a drink when I'm thirsty.

Adding liquids as home made ice lollies, as people above have mentioned, is also very popular.

We also "play" with ice and water, but use containers clean enough to drink the contents of, to make it fun.

If I'm really worried about fluid intake e.g. if they are ill, melon and cucumbers are usually consumed in reasonable quantities. Not sure how much it helps, but makes me feel better.

A bit off thread, but I actively avoid "no added sugar" and low sugar versions of drinks - artificial sweetener is revolting stuff.

Right, off to get a drink!

Ketuk Fri 03-Aug-12 20:37:19

My 2 just drink water or milk (only at home).
When we're out and about we use the sistema bottles, because the opening/closure mechanism is easy enough for a 2yo to manage, but actually genuinely watertight!

We have 4 bottles in a variety of colours, each with a different coloured cap, so that I know whose is whose (for times when I can't wash them as well as I'd like e.g. camping), and they're bpa free too which is good.

Because they're transparent, I can see how much water they've had/not had, and encourage more sipping (or loo trips!) as necessary.

SirBoobAlot Fri 03-Aug-12 21:17:31

Always water.

New trick here is those connector straw kits - you know, the ones that are half straw, half different angles etc. Put it together, see how many twists and turns we can make and STILL get the water.

bluebump Fri 03-Aug-12 21:18:27

My DS (4) likes to drink apple juice which I tend to dilute with water - sometimes hot water if he fancies it. I find it hard to get squash type drinks without sweetners in, i've found there is one in Tesco otherwise he sometimes has Ribena.

He doesn't like ice in his drink, i've no idea why!

He will ask for a drink if he's thirsty but often needs reminding to have a drink if we are busy/he is having too much fun. He is terrible about having a drink at other people's houses if he doesn't like the cups/beakers they use so I have to try and remember to take one with us when we go out or pack some juice cartons.

A treat drink for him would be a smoothie (he loves the Innocent ones) or something like a hot chocolate.

flamingtoaster Fri 03-Aug-12 21:21:54

To keep kids cool in summer get them used from an early age to wearing a sunhat (decorate it with favourite characters or customise it according to what they want to ensure it is worn).

We all drink water at home - and take it on days out. Occasionally fruit juice. I never felt DS and DD would drink enough if left to their own devices so I would make sure they always had a drink when I had one. Milk at bedtime.

WhenDoISleep Fri 03-Aug-12 21:25:38

DS1 drinks water throughout the day - he particularly likes it with 'ices' in atm. He generally had a small cup of diluted fresh orange juice in the morning. Occasionally he has well diluted high-juice orange squash or lime juice. If we get a drink when out and about, he will have mango, apple or orange juice. Very occasionally he is allowed a small cup of lemonade, but has not had any for months since I discovered the brand we normall buy contains asperteme. DS1 doesn't like milk, unless it is chocolate flavoured or in hot chocolate - both treats he gets from Daddy periodically.

He always has a cup of water in easy reach in the house and when out and about.

DS2 likes breast milk.

ShatnersBassoon Fri 03-Aug-12 21:36:22

They ask for drinks when they're thirsty, and are given a drink with every meal.

Water is the least favourite, but gets drunk when given. Juice or smoothie with breakfast. Eldest likes a cup of tea. They drink gallons of milk. Squash is more of a treat. Fizzy only at parties or on holiday. Ice cubes never, straws sometimes.

Err, no more dull drink facts to share.

modernbear Fri 03-Aug-12 21:40:10

My toddler son drinks water, diluted juices and milk. In order to get him to drink you either have to be travelling somewhere (train, bus, car, pram whatever) or reading him a story (consequently you go through quite a few books in a day). If he is thirsty he asks for 'a cup of tea' (At this stage all drinks are 'a cup of tea').

Lilyloo Fri 03-Aug-12 21:55:58

Frozen calypso cartons last for ages.

coffeewhitenosugar Fri 03-Aug-12 21:58:27

Mine drink water mostly but prefer natural juice, which is a rare treat nowadays and always have milk at bedtime or hot chocolate if it's cold and we're cosying up.
I don't have any problems getting them to drink, they have their own non-spill bottles which go everywhere with us and I take an empty squash bottle of water with us to top them up with and drink from myself. I also freeze fruit juice lollies when it's hot and if I've got any fruit juice in.
A treat would be apple and elderflower juice - they love it.

SetFiretotheRain Fri 03-Aug-12 22:08:25

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

PavlovtheCat Fri 03-Aug-12 22:12:54

DD aged 6 prefers water, whatever is on offer. She might have a sip of something sweet if I have something.

DS aged 2.5 prefers weakly diluted juice (apple is his favourite), but he gets water! He will have several sips of something if i have it, and every now and then I might give him a cup of squash with his meal, but not regularly.

We take sports bottles for each of the children wherever we go, whether on a day out or just out and about, if they run out, we fill it up in a cafe/wherever we happen to be.

As an extra special treat, I will buy them a babycino or normal sized hot chocolate to share if we are stopping for a coffee ourselves, but again, this is a treat, not usual thirst quenching activity.

skyebluesapphire Fri 03-Aug-12 22:15:31

DD 4yo drinks water or squash or orange juice. She won't drink anything with bubbles in (thankfully)! She was quite difficult to get off a bottle so once her teeth came through she was only allowed water and is quite happy to drink it now.

She loves innocent smoothies for a treat. (known as her "special drink" ) If we are eating out I always get orange juice rather than fruit shoot.

PavlovtheCat Fri 03-Aug-12 22:15:50

oh and DD now helps herself if her cup/bottle is empty at home. DS tells me he is hungry!

TittyWhistles Fri 03-Aug-12 22:24:12

Is this a test?

Kids drink water. I don't care what their favourite might be.

They get water.

(cabbage water if I'm feeling generous) grin

HannahLI Fri 03-Aug-12 22:24:43

My son likes water and if I need him to drink something I will sometimes offer some squash but I find a great way to get him to drink water in the heat (he's two) is to give him shaped ice cubes to put in his drink. We have fish and cat ice cubes and they work really well as a great way to get him to enjoy his drink rather than it being a chore to him!

BlastOff Fri 03-Aug-12 22:29:33

Well, my 3 yo gets squash, watered down juice or water. Amazed by all these 'only drink water' children about. I don't know any! Or actually I do know one, because his Mummy makes sure we all know he only drinks water by telling us all very loudly whenever there is an opportunity, especially if we offer him anything else by mistake.

My one year old only drinks water still though, but I expect that will change and he will drink a variety of things, like his brother.

I don't have any tricks as they tend to drink when they are thirsty, or if I prompt them to if I don't think they've had enough. But curly straws, or any straws actually, are always a winner.

picc Fri 03-Aug-12 22:31:58

What drinks do your children like to have?
Water or milk. They have juice very rarely, and never have squash unless we're out somewhere and that's what's offered (I wouldn't be precious and stop them having it.... I just don't like them to have it by choice)

Do they like ice in their juice?
yes they like ice (in water)- but they tend to pick it out and eat it separately.

Does your child complain of being thirsty or do you have to remind them to drink?
both. It's not something I ever worry about, though.

What kind of drinks do you pack for days out? What would be a treat for your children, drinks-wise?
Bottle of water. So I guess a treat would be anything other than water!! Apple juice diluted with (a lot of) fizzy water is something we'll give as a treat at home.

EllenParsons Fri 03-Aug-12 22:55:22

We don't like tap water straight from the tap in our household, but everyone is happy to drink it once it has been chilled in the fridge so we always have a large jug chilling in there.

We also really like fruit flavoured sparkling waters instead of other more sugary drinks like Fanta - they taste nicer and are healthier.

Smoothies are great treats.

QOD007 Fri 03-Aug-12 23:00:04

My dd drinks water and only water (her choice!)

She just keeps filling her own glass

Tortington Fri 03-Aug-12 23:01:56

ds1 = gin

dd1= lager, shots, lets just say alcohol

ds1 = i think he's adopted he doesn't like alcohol <oh the shame> energy drinks

ScorpionQueen Fri 03-Aug-12 23:07:22

And the prize for the most honest answer goes to...

Custardo! smile

Blastoff - I used to find my 'only drinks water' child embarrassing precisely because I thought other mothers would think I was being precious.

Posted too soon - point being, I would have been more than happy for him to drink squash at parties and the like but he refused point blank. Unfortunately the gap is a bit too big for me to produce squash-guzzling DC2 as evidence.

Hopezibah Fri 03-Aug-12 23:51:37

I take bottles of water out with us everywhere (I re-use drinks bottles like fruit shoot bottles or mineral water bottles rather than struggle to find beakers that don't leak).

Occassional packed lunch treat would be squash or juice carton but mainly still water in packed lunches too.

Very occassional treat for my 6 year old is 'fizzies' i.e. a teeny sip of cola or lemonade. Thankfully my other son doesn't even like fizzy drinks.

The kids don't mind either way about ice. But sometimes as a fun thing we make different shaped ice cubes (i have silicone ice cube trays for jigsaw and star shapes). i have also heard of putting edible flowers (you'd need to look up which ones are definitely edible) in ice cubes and that sounds like a lovely idea to try.

Straws also make drinking lots fun - colorful straws or curly straws.

My kids love to make their own 'cocktails' too (mixing different fruit juices - colourful and fun - add slices of apple / orange etc and add ice and those paper umbrellas).

Oh so much fun to look forward to - i've just reminded myself about some ideas that we've been meaning to try! x

picc Fri 03-Aug-12 23:53:11

Blastoff- I posted at same time as you, so I know your comments were just aimed in general.... but...
Both my DCs are still under 4, so water/milk only thing may change.
But we only have water or milk in the house (as well as tea/coffee/alcohol....). So that's what they drink.
I drank a lot of juice (albeit very diluted) when I was young and I have terrible teeth. My DH only drank water/ milk. He's never had a filling.
As long as I am able to control it, I'll keep DCs drinking water/ milk as much as possible.
Outside of the home, though, am happy to let them drink whatever is offered (although I might quietly dilute it sometimes....), and wouldn't make a point about it. So maybe you wouldn't know my kids were 'only drink water' children?...

caci Fri 03-Aug-12 23:54:52

My 3 yr old DS:
Banana-milk in the morning (if at home)
one innocent smoothy a day sometimes 2 if daddy didn't know it's the second one smile
If eating out either orange juice or water
when running about or in the car -water
Some nights milk
He usually says he's thirsty, he gets a drink of some sort with every meal or snack.

NoComet Sat 04-Aug-12 00:08:08


Sorry you did ask and that would be DD2 (11) honest answer.

NoComet Sat 04-Aug-12 00:11:22

Although for a great many years she would have said breast milk.

DD1 (14) likes tea, milk, cold water and most types of squash, juice, and the odd small glass of most types of boozeblush

CointreauVersial Sat 04-Aug-12 00:17:19

Mine are all happy to drink water, although they like juice too and would drink Coke by the pint if I allowed it in the house

The best thing was getting one of those fridges that dispenses ice and water; they really enjoy pouring themselves a huge glass of water and crushed ice.

I always keep a bottle of mineral water in the car in case we get caught out.

twingirlsmama Sat 04-Aug-12 01:08:20

I give my girls filtered water and thirst is always quenched! Its so much better than tap water and you realy can taste the difference, its also better for your little cherubs as it filters out most of the toxins and fluoride that tap water contains. Including lead which has numerous effects on small children, and it doesnt have to cost the earth as you can pick up a water filter jug from almost any supermarket on or offline for under a tenner!

wheremommagone Sat 04-Aug-12 05:29:31

Fruit smoothies made with crushed ice and a straw added!

OhYoshimi Sat 04-Aug-12 06:53:56

My son doesn't like squash, which is good until you're in a situation where there's nothing else, but that's rare at the moment. He has orange or apple juice most of the time and for him it's a treat to have a small carton with a straw. I put these in the freezer for days out. For school, he takes a bottle of water which I fill with ice cubes and freeze for an hour (never remember the night before). He loves strawberry milk. He still has a cup of warm milk at bedtime and first thing in the morning - he's 5.
He has never been the type of child that guzzles drinks, I have to remind him to drink, except at mealtimes.

popsypie Sat 04-Aug-12 07:43:44

Thy drink water, cold milk (required it warm for years but will now drink cold) and diluted juice. They need to be reminded to drink at meal times especially.
To keep their fluid intake up, especially in summer I give them watery fruits and veg as a snack e.g. Melon and cucumber. Also ice lollies too. They Tend to get very tired if they don't drink enough and confuse it with hunger so I try and keep them topped up.

BigBadBear Sat 04-Aug-12 07:51:02

My two DDs (5 and 2) drink water during the day, with the odd juice and smoothie thrown in as treats. Fizzy water is also seems as a treat and they like my homemade squash. Ice is popular but I try to avoid it as they make a mess with it. Straws are seen as fun, as are special bottles for water (normally I use plastic water bottles with sports caps then refill them). I freeze smoothies and fruit juice as lollies that double as ice packs in lunch boxes or picnics.

BigBadBear Sat 04-Aug-12 07:51:58

Forgot to say that milk isn't very popular but they will have a glass either at breakfast or in the evening with dinner.

I've never had a problem getting ds to drink. It was more the opposite, potty training was hideous and he has a tendency to fill up on drinks at meal times if you don't watch him.

He drinks sugar free squash at home and water when out and about. I use cartons of juice for picnics. His holy grail of drinks is lemonade which is an occasional treat, usually when eating out.

I've never had a problem getting ds to drink. It was more the opposite, potty training was hideous and he has a tendency to fill up on drinks at meal times if you don't watch him.

He drinks sugar free squash at home and water when out and about. I use cartons of juice for picnics. His holy grail of drinks is lemonade which is an occasional treat, usually when eating out.

Sams9Goldmedals Sat 04-Aug-12 10:37:19

Me too in the water camp.

Not only is it refreshing, rehydrating and cooling, almost the best thing about it is it's free and you can get it everywhere.

If I'm feeling generous we get some apple juice and water it down for my three x

TheCunningStunt Sat 04-Aug-12 10:44:57

Milk with breakfast, watered down pure fruit juice with lunch and water through the day. We take water bottles everywhere we go.

Snusmumriken Sat 04-Aug-12 11:16:22

Breast milk without ice!

hk78 Sat 04-Aug-12 11:22:46

I try to get them to drink mainly water, for obvious reasons.

I have also started buying cheapo bottles and - this is the crucial bit - keeping it in the car boot so that when we are out and about, it doesn't cost a fortune to get a drink (from garage etc) and also it means that I don't have to remember to pack the drinks before setting off as I'm usually frazzled before we even go out grin

Also, to meet demands for expensive sugary slush, I have been making my own using a plastic cup in freezer containing the concentrated fruit juice from tinned fruit, we all love that.

superdetox Sat 04-Aug-12 12:35:15

Only drinks that do not have any sugars or artificial sweeteners in them. My family is quite happy to drink water, milk and fresh squeezed fruit juices. If we want a hot drink we add a splash of lemon or lime juice to hot water. We used to drink ribena and other squashes but found when we excluded them from our diet that we were better hydrated, had better concentration and lost that awful dull ache in our stomach that made us feel hungry all day. Plus we lost weight. We always drink full fat milk as the low fat is stripped of vitamins. It is really shocking to see the amount of addiitives in drinks, especially ones marketed as sports or health drinks. As a rule of thumb, if you cant pronounce the additives written on the label, then you body wont be able to either.

lambethlil Sat 04-Aug-12 12:55:09
Emandlu Sat 04-Aug-12 13:20:56

We tend to drink water mainly, but also buy fruit juices which the kids love.
They love making smoothies too, which tend to contain whichever fruit we have and milk and honey.

Occasionally with meals they will get lemonade or similar as making something forbidden will make them really want it.

gazzalw Sat 04-Aug-12 14:54:28

Lime juice cordial and fizzy water works a treat as a refreshing limeade treat in this household!

arthurfowlersallotment Sat 04-Aug-12 17:32:15

I shove a nipple in her mouth grin

water in metal water bottles for out and about. At home they'll have water, squash or diluted fruit juice. Smoothies with bananas, frozen berries and apple juice are a good pudding in summer, cold and refreshing.

We also have the push up plastic lolly holders from Lakeland for homemade lollies - smoothie mixture goes well in those too.

SkinnyVanillaLatte Sat 04-Aug-12 18:44:59

Mine only drink room temperature water - plain old tap stuff.

We used to get fruit juice but it never got used up,and I really don't like the teeth implications of drinking juice. I see milk as a food,not a drink,but my DC's do like a milk or milkshake.

I'll usually fill a washed out bottle or two for a day out,and get really cross with myself if I forget and have to pay for water.

Mine both ask for a drink when thirsty, and get reminded to drink. They don't really have a 'treat drink' as they choose water.

Whirliwig72 Sat 04-Aug-12 19:14:14

I get ds1 to drink water by carbonating it in the soda stream and telling him it's 'fizzy' our key word for coke gringrin

ChildOfThe1980s Sat 04-Aug-12 19:38:28

DS has water or squash at home. If we are out for the day, he gets a treat of Fruit Shoot - mostly because I like the lids.

He has started freezing his own ice for drinks this Summer.

Sometimes he'll have home-made milkshake as a dessert.

Teamthrills Sat 04-Aug-12 19:42:05

Mine drink water.

Occassionally they have diluted fruit juice or weak ribena.

Dd1 loves innocent smoothies.

acsec Sat 04-Aug-12 19:43:44

DSS is 8, some days he says he is thirsty all day and drinks loads, other days I have to remind him to drink.

He has a cup of 50/50 juice with water with his breakfast (of cereal and milk), takes a bottle of no added sugar squash to school, which he tells me he's not allowed but the teacher has never said anything so I keep sending it as he tends not to drink it if it's water (though he'll happily refill from the water fountain when he finishes the squash) and he takes a carton of pure juice in his lunch box.

I always ensure I take a big drink of squash and a bottle of water with us on days out.

Quip Sat 04-Aug-12 20:19:08

mine get tap water. If they want something more exciting, they can have tell each other scary stories while drinking their tap water.

Occasionally, I bow to pester power and make coloured ice cubes (with food dye). Usually the normal ones will do, but they go through phases of wanting green / pink water.

We keep re-fillable water bottles in the fridge in the summer, for extra thirst-quenchingness.

Quip Sat 04-Aug-12 20:20:15

And DD's tipple of choice comes from the nipple of choice...

lagoonhaze Sat 04-Aug-12 21:16:33

Ive banned sugar free squash apart from ocassional drink. Fed up with my son drinking juice and not eating.

Family picnics are made up juice from a old bottle and picnic cups- we are a family of six at weekends. Its expensive

BikeRaceRunningRaceNoSkiing Sat 04-Aug-12 21:24:10

DS (3.10) will drink pretty much anything though a straw. He has a large collection of curly straws! When we are out and about it's a big treat for him to have a little carton of juice with a straw. I also usually have a sports bottle of water with me, which we share.

He'll drink gallons and gallons of milk from any kind of vessel though.

We do a fair bit of cycling as a family and he likes to use my/DH's hydration packs (Camelbaks). I am thinking of getting him a child's one for his birthday.

He can be a reluctant drinker though and if I ask him/remind him to have a drink, he'll tell me he has already had one today, but is learning that he needs to drink a lot, especially on hot days.

When I am desperate to get him to drink, he is very partial to ice lollies, especially stripey ones.

OhYouGreatGreatBritain Sat 04-Aug-12 21:34:16

Dd (12) usually has water or milk but her favourite drink is violette syrup from France ( tastes like parma violets)

If your dc takes a frozen bottle of water to school, then be aware it can make their desks rather wet, so if you give them a bit of kitchen towel or a plastic bag for it to go on it can save their teacher getting cross at soggy books.

BoysBoysBoysAndMe Sat 04-Aug-12 22:04:41

If I know we're going out the next day and it's going to be hot, I freeze fresh juice with a little water in ds drinks bottle. It will hold nearly a pint.

If just out and about it's just juice. Water won't be drank unless it's ice water or unless ds is desperate.

Lots of ice lollies. Home made fresh juice lollies, bought ice lollies. Jellies too if at home.

Frozen milkshake lollies go down well.

Lots of fruit kept cold with an ice pack. Satsumas, strawberries, grapes, pineapple melon are favourites with ds.

BoysBoysBoysAndMe Sat 04-Aug-12 22:06:55

Oh and a treat drink would be anything fizzy. But reluctant to buy on hot days and regularly as not as hydrating.

Frozen pineapple juice watered down a little is always a winner. As is fresh juice with a little soda or lemonade

ilovesprouts Sat 04-Aug-12 22:59:34

my ds2 loves iced water /dilute juice with icecubes in .

rathlin Sat 04-Aug-12 22:59:52

A constant supply of water everywhere my DS turns. He doesn't drink anything else. I have a wide variety of drinks bottles and cups for him which seems to encourage him. In the hot weather apart from water, I also make my own ice lollies for him with fruit juice and pieces of fruit.

boomdecker Sun 05-Aug-12 00:05:00

My dd (teenager) needs reminding to drink - I think she gets dehydration headaches and general crabbiness from lack of fluids.

I encourage her to drink water but she'll drink more if it has a bit of high juice squash in it. I try to limit fruit juice as it's hard on her teeth and is higher in calories than other drinks.

We like to throw a handful of fruit with some juice/yoghurt into a blender for a home-made smoothie.

stephgr Sun 05-Aug-12 00:32:06

my children love any form of squash so if we're going out and watching the pennies i make flasks of squash for them. I usually buy sugar free squashes. Strangely they hate ice and would rather drink warm drinks - even warm water on a hot day!

CheeryCherry Sun 05-Aug-12 03:02:27

My DC tend not to need reminding, they help themselves. They are happy to drink water when out and about, we usually take bottles with us. They like a variety of drinks- milk, fresh orange and sugar free cordial is usually available at home. They don't bother with ice unless we have friends over in hot weather. For treats they love diet coke, shloer and britvic 55s which I get in if they're on offer.For packed lunches I sometimes freeze capri-suns, or have small cartons of fresh fruit juice.

floppops Sun 05-Aug-12 07:35:17

My 2 year old DD drinks diluted orange or apple juice and for a treat when we are out pure juice although she often eats less as a result.
I make ice lollies for her with all kinds of juice-cherry and apple/mango her faves. She loves these and refuses to have shop bought lollies.
She doesn't like squash and hasn't been introduced to fizzy drinks.
She also loves hot chocolate-but only from her Peter rabbit mug and pink milk but only when watching Charlie and Lola!

My DS is now 14 months and have finally got him to drink from a beaker, and he will only drink water. This I am pleased with. In my quest to get said child to drink I tried all types of drinks to bribe him into drink king.. None worked but then suddenly water was great and breaker was used.

I always have a bottle of tap water in the fridge so he can have chilled water, when it's a warm day but other than that it's straight out of the tap.

His beaker is always around so he is really good at going a getting it of a drink when he wants but I do also have to remind him.

camdancer Sun 05-Aug-12 08:43:43

I take a sports bottle of water around with me all the time and refill it every time we see somewhere suitable. DD2 is 14mo and hates baby sippy cups as they just don't flow quickly enough. So we all use a sports bottle. A treat drinks-wise would probably be an ice lolly or a carton of juice.

At home, I have some of the reusable ice cube things which my children love - but they actually don't like water too cold, so they tend to just play with the ice cubes and then drink the water. DS and DD1 have to be reminded to drink - especially DS. But DD2 is constantly thirsty so reminds me!

My younger two much prefer flavoured drinks over water - but tough luck, water is the main drink. Plus milk at breakfast. If we have guests (and are therefore drinking wine/soft drinks) they will be offered juice/squash (full sugar version not low sugar). DS, eldest, happily glugs water. All three have water bottles on the go throughout the day - very rarely need reminding. On days out they always ask for their drink, rarely have to remind them. If we are taking a picnic we will often take Capri Sun pouches (as they are often on offer at Tesco!) and they have one each with lunch then water the rest of the day. If we are in a restaurant they go for the most 'different' they can choose - normally a milkshake, or some blue concotion...

Luckystar96 Sun 05-Aug-12 10:06:16

At mealtimes I put a jug of water or squash with lots of ice on the table and they just seem to love pouring it themselves and seeing how much ice they can get.They drink so much more than if I put a drink in a glass for them. Less work for me too as no getting up, refilling drinks.

TheTempest Sun 05-Aug-12 11:29:56

Mine would sell her soul for milk. Only milk really but I do force water down her when we are out having had 2 mobiles ruining by leaking milk (sob).

She thinks ice cubes in her milk are the height of treatdom (she's 2).

1stWinsGoldforMrsF Sun 05-Aug-12 12:28:28

I have to remind mine to drink. Making a big jug of squash and leaving it on the table so it's not a big job to get them more helps -every time I see it I check their cups and ask if anyone wants a drink. They always drink more from a straw too. I also freeze my own juice lollies and offer them things like watermelon for snacks.

RedKites Sun 05-Aug-12 14:20:41

2yo DS only drinks water or milk. In the recent hot spell he's discovered ice (pronounced rice grin ) which I guess is helping keep him hydrated, but other than that, it's just having a drink about for him most of the time.

HairyButtMonkey Sun 05-Aug-12 15:18:20

I give my DS no added sugar juice diluted with sparkling water. Add a straw and it's a 'healthy' fizzy juice drink!

colditz Sun 05-Aug-12 15:44:53

In order to keep my children hydrated during the summer, I make sure that they can access the kitchen tap.

LineRunnerSpartanNaked Sun 05-Aug-12 17:02:28

Yes. As above.

Refillable bottles of tap water.

LeandarBear Sun 05-Aug-12 17:35:25

Mine like water. From the tap mostly but bottles for convenience when we go out. If its a long trip in the car then we partially freeze the bottles first.
They can have a fizzy drink when we go out, with plenty of ice.

mumah Sun 05-Aug-12 19:55:47

We always have a beaker of water lurking about, thankfully my 15mth old loves it and happily guzzles his water throughout the day. With my older nephews home made ice lollies were a great way of keeping them cool and hydrated.

Boggler Sun 05-Aug-12 19:57:10

My ds who's 8, only likes water and and milk. So if we are out for the the day I freeze a bottle of water, even on the hottest days it's still nice and cool hours later.

GetKnittedSpeedosForTomDaley Sun 05-Aug-12 20:20:32

For me water tastes better cold, so freezing a lollipop of water to add to a sports bottle goes down well. But otherwise, just straws, nothing beats a straw for getting my ds to drink water

hOLYMolyPICSofteamGBwinning Sun 05-Aug-12 20:26:14

Mine all love peppermint tea. In the summer I make up a big jug full, put lots of ice and sliced fruit in it then leave it in the fridge. The kids help themselves throughout the day and shout when it's getting low so I can do the next one. Not only do they get lots of fluids this way they also eat at least their five a day with all the fruit!

MerryCosIWonaGold Sun 05-Aug-12 20:28:50

What drinks do your children like to have? Do they like ice in their juice?
They don't have ice at home, but they do like ice in Macdonalds or at friends' houses. They call them 'lollies'. I think it's novelty value and can't be bothered.

Does your child complain of being thirsty or do you have to remind them to drink?
Mostly remind them. Unless it is exceptionally hot.

What kind of drinks do you pack for days out?
Bottles of water/ diluted fruit shoot, cartons of juice, fruitshoots occasionally

What would be a treat for your children, drinks-wise?
Fruitshoots, Ribena cartons, or 'fizzy' (at Macdonalds or family parties, which is part of the whole 'treat').

SizzleSazz Sun 05-Aug-12 21:04:52

Usually drink flat water, fizzy water or milk

Ice cubes are great fun.

No problem getting them to drink.

They have tasted lemonade, orangina but never really ask for it. At a restaurant they will ask for milk/fizzy water

elastamum Sun 05-Aug-12 21:32:53

Water from the tap works well and is by far the most healthy and environmentally sound choice.

On our recent day out cliff climbing me and the DC each carried 2L in our rucksacks. It was a really hot tiring day in full sun with no shelter. You need to carry that much to stay properly hydrated when it is really hot, but I wouldnt dream of taking anything else but tap water.

For a treat it is more water and maybe a piece of chocolate to keep their blood sugar up after a tough pitch hmm

AbsolutelyNotHoneyDragon Sun 05-Aug-12 22:43:05

I treat ice cubes like diamonds. grin, means I have some cheap magic at my disposal for non drinking days.

YouBrokeMySmoulder Mon 06-Aug-12 09:04:25

Water. From the tap. All this rubbish about hydration. It's not like my children are running marathons. They need constant access to a tap and then they get water from food as well.

A treat drinks wise would be a hot chocolate or a coke. Coke they would only have on holiday.

If we go out all day then I take tap water in a bottle. or ask for tap water in a restaurant.

We don't buy squash or any other type of children's drink.

JiltedJohnsJulie Mon 06-Aug-12 09:13:31

Mr Tesco won't like me either, its water for us too. What drink do I pack for a day out, well that will be bottles of water too and from a tap not Tesco.

They also drink milk and if they are really lucky I will buy some fruit juice.

Taffletics Mon 06-Aug-12 09:18:15

I keep a few small bottles of water ( tap, natch ) in the fridge all summer. The DC only really go for water as first choice if its really cold, like, straight away, not for the time it takes an ice cube to cool down a drink hmm

Fruit juice or squash with meals, ice cold milk at bedtime. Treat is pink milk in the holidays, with a meal.

Days out we take water only.

MrsPnut Mon 06-Aug-12 09:42:16

I have a jug of dilute squash in the fridge so they can help themselves all day. My kids mostly drink full sugar squash during the day, milk or orange juice at breakfast time and smoothies as a treat.
On school days it is water only and also on days out. I tend to buy individual bottles of water with a sports cap that they can pick up in the way out of the door but we have a number of metal drinks bottles too.
I always have ice and frozen lemon and lime slices to add to drinks. I like the extras as well as the kids.

catonlap Mon 06-Aug-12 10:16:06

My 8 yr old will drink water if we are out and about but if we are home or in cafe he will drink milk or hot chocolate. He gets through milk by the bucket and I am thinking of just buying a cow for the garden hmm

FreakoidOrganisoid Mon 06-Aug-12 10:23:18

Mine usually have juice or milk with breakfast then water all day. Sometimes squash. They like ice but i only give it to them if theyspecifically ask for it. THEY udually help themselves to water allday and only ask me if thet want anything different.

On hot days t hey like me to make a jug of 'cocktail' (water, ice, mint and cucumber)

In restaurants they usually choose lemonade or squash. In s cafe they like a smoothie.

On a day out I usually take a selection, so a sports bottle of tap water, a juice or smoothie carton, a milkshake and maybe a ribena or capri sun type thing. They sip at he water all day and we hace little drink breaks for the rest through the day
(Stopping for breaks helps me predict when dd is going to need a wee too- she cant hold it)

FreakoidOrganisoid Mon 06-Aug-12 10:24:45

Sorry for terrible typing,keyboard too small!

Eggrules Mon 06-Aug-12 10:32:59

Water, watered down apple or orange juice and milk.

He will drink orange or blackcurrant squash occasionally but will not entertain fizzy drinks (yet).

When its hot he has asked for ice in his drinks. We make them using water or pure juice. We also make home made ice lollies the same way. We have set meal and snack times. He gets red/thirsty when he is running mad but I don't worry about dehydration.

CouthyMow Mon 06-Aug-12 11:55:02

I make my own ice lollies from smoothies here, and my DC have free access to a tap. I freeze drinks in a bottle if it's going to be hot the next day. My DC's find lemon squash refreshing on a hot day.

kittycat68 Mon 06-Aug-12 12:34:30

my children like to add fresh soft fruits to either sparkling water or lemonade, even better when they have been out in the garden to pick them changes the flavour every time and makes them feel very grown up!

Cambam2010 Mon 06-Aug-12 13:13:11

My son drinks a lot of water. He's 2 and has had food allergies so never asks for cows milk.

He delights in having mummy's drink so I'll buy a big sports cap bottle of water and he'll guzzle that.

Juice is a rare treat for him, but he only ever gets a small amount.

Water wins all the time - it's refreshing and dries out if spilt and doesn't leave a sticky mess that wasps can be attracted to!

SuiGeneris Mon 06-Aug-12 13:30:11

Tap water most of the time, milk with dark chocolate powder in the morning and evening before teeth-cleaning. Sometimes I mix strawberries, raspberries, peaches or yoghurt with milk and make a smoothie.

newlark Mon 06-Aug-12 14:12:03

We mostly drink water but dd also likes apple juice diluted with sparkling water. Both my dcs love having ice cubes so I always have some in the freezer in the summer. Ice lollies are a winner too - I sometimes make my own. We normally take refillable waterbottles when out but i occasionally buy the Robinsons Fruit shoot My5 (fruit juice diluted with water) bottles. I find the proliferation of "no added sugar" drinks annoying - I would rather they had a small amount of sugar than artificial sweetners.

aquavit Mon 06-Aug-12 15:30:58

water and milk for 3yo dd, and (only recently) juice in quantities as huge as I will allow. I make sure she's always got a drink available, usually a cup or bottle of water, and though she used to need prompting she's pretty good now at choosing to drink when she's thirsty.

hate no added sugar stuff, would much rather sugar than vile artificial sweeteners.

ice is a huge treat. She hates fizzy things as they are 'spiky' grin

moonbells Mon 06-Aug-12 15:57:34

My DS has hypoplastic teeth, ie some of the enamel hasn't formed properly, so he is not allowed squashes and juices and definitely no fizzy drinks. Dentist said just give milk and water, though we have found a useful exception in probiotic drinking yoghurts - the fruit acids are offset by the milk so aren't too bad for his teeth, and the calcium will hopefully prevent it happening to his adult teeth. And at least gave him something more interesting to drink!

He does like ice cubes in water. Most of the time I carry bottled water around everywhere.

jimswifeinTokyo1964 Mon 06-Aug-12 18:10:20

Half-frozen apple juice diluted with water makes a good slush puppy!!

AnaIsAlwaysShocked Mon 06-Aug-12 21:31:03

DC drink anything going, they aren't fussy apart from fizzy drinks, which they don't like. I buy one bottle of squash every 2 weeks and a carton of apple juice each week. When thats gone, they have water. So DC tend to ration it out themselves, DP doesn't, so DC have ganged up on him and he now isn't allowed any without their say so. Ice is a novelty. Any left over apple juice is frozen.

They are big milk drinkers and I don't limit that.

DC always have a bottle of water lying around so don't tend to get thirsty, they ask for a drink when they eat but otherwise it's not an issue.

Cartons are used for days out. For a treat they have milkshakes occasionally but they live for crushed apple juice cubes. Let them half defrost, then let DD1 loose with a bowl and the end of a rolling pin. Topped up with water.

TheMysteryCat Mon 06-Aug-12 21:58:40

water is always DS' preference, but he does like very, very watered down fruit juice. I freeze yoghurt/milk to make ice pops which also seem to go down well.

I always take tap water in bottles out for the day.

androbbob Mon 06-Aug-12 22:25:25

Big milk drinkers here (10 and 5) too but also have a chiller jug of water in the fridge.

Always take a drink each when go out - either squash or water. Usually have a spare bottle and chiller pack in car boot.

Recently started taking calypo apple juice shots out as a treat. Generally dont buy drinks out at venues as too pricey.

Tend to buy multi packs of treat drinks of their choice to take out on longer trips.

DTD1 (11)
Current favourites in the house - apple and strawerry squash, tea or coffee (yes really!). When out for the day usually take a bottle either apple and strawberry squash or if I buy whilst we are out flavoured water. She would drink a lot more of this if she could but so expensive compared to squash concentrate. Drinks with meals and when told to usually. Doesn't often prompt herself to drink.

DTD2 (11)
Current favourite - apple (either fresh chilled applejuice or squash). Same when out. Same as above. She will normally select a fizzy pop when out - cola or fanta. She is a nightmare to get to drink. Frequently find her pouring a glass of drink and I throw most away at end of day angry. Also partial to a cup of tea in the evenings.

DD3 (6)
Current favourite - fresh applejuice or milk. Usually takes apple squash or tapwater when out. If buying when out apple juice would be her choice. Drinks more than the others. Often helps herself. Often find sticky puddles of drink on the kitchen counter. Actually....given half a chance she would clear my Carlsberg...but lets not advertise that one

*by fresh apple I mean the stuff from the chilled cabinets - clear not cloudy. I guess it is probably made from concentrate in reality.

But seeing as this is sponsered by Tesco can I make a plea? DTD2 used to live on Tesco Apple, Pear and Plum HighJuice squash...any plans on bringing it back. Please?
And also I always go for the option that isn't reduced sugar a) I don't like the taste of artificial sweetners and b) I would rather deal with the potential health impacts of sugar than the debateable and debatably unknown health effects of artificial sweetners.. I love the way that your caps are colour coded - but can you offer more choices in your own brand range?

BellaOfTheBalls Tue 07-Aug-12 05:29:30

Juice. He will drink water at nursery or if it's in a sports-type bottle. We have high juice squash that I dilute to almost nothing very well. As a treat while out he may occasionally have a lemonade. I often buy mini tetrapak cartons of pure juices that I keep really cold in the fridge. He's always thirsty and I have to really watch the amount he drinks.

Never ever ever no added sugar squashes; I'm very wary of artificial sweeteners. For a special treat I make up a jug of high juice with sparkling water and ice then add fruit like slices of orange, lemon, fresh raspberries or strawberries. He loves that!

DS2 drinks only corporation pop. Occasionally with ice in if it's a very hot day.

YohoAhoy Tue 07-Aug-12 10:39:07

Lots of water, some juice (preferably not reduced-sugar, although that's getting harder to find) and dd will have the odd glass of milk.

Both love ice, and will happily crunch their way through a tray full given half a chance.

We also do the frozen squash for days out, re-using big squash bottles so there's always plenty.

The odd fizzy drink when we're out and about or for a treat at home.

They're both a bit older (10 and 13) so tend to recognise when thirsty and get themselves a drink. This doesn't stop me fussing around them on very hot days and almost flinging drinks at them, wanted or not blush

I'm very bad at 'remembering' to eat and drink so over-compensate smile

HipHopSkipJumpomous Tue 07-Aug-12 10:50:39

Water water water in our house.

I used to do diluted juice for DD1 - now 4.5 (from aged about 20 months) as well as water, but found that it interfered with her appetite. We have reverted back to just plain water - it is what she likes. DD1 will ask for a drink if thirsty and I also offer them too her if we are out and about. She tends to deal with heat better than any of us and drinks when she is thirsty.

Milk too - usually in the evenings.

When we are out and about DD1 does like a juice, or even better some of DP's much loved ginger beer, but I wouldn't give her a whole can of fizzy. When she gets to choose a drink from the shops she usually chooses water or Ribena (yuk).

I avoid ice in her drinks as she plays with it, gets wet, makes a mess. She can't seem to resist it no matter what I say - so no ice.

For picnics on hot summer day (so not very often then) I will freeze a bottle or water or water/juice which helps keep the picnic cool.

I HATE Fruit Shoots & will never buy that kind of drink - how they can sell them in McD's is beyond me. Have you ever tasted one of the green or purple ones? It is so concentrated and hideous. I would love them to have a change of drinks on offer. DD will have OJ or a kids shake on the rare occasions she eats there.

I will also never buy artificially sweetened drinks for children.

When we go to a cafe DD will have a hot milk or sometimes, a hot chocolate,. Most cafes are really good at making these warm for children rather than hot!

DD2 is 15 months and loves water and full fat milk (cows or goats). She drinks loads and she always has water accessible to her.

maples Tue 07-Aug-12 11:50:16

Definitely milk!

toobreathless Tue 07-Aug-12 11:51:20

DD is only 16 months & has only had milk or water.

She's not overly keen on drinking anything so i give lots of fruit (chilled on a hot day), cucumber sticks, jelly etc to try & boost her fluid intake.

We like Coke/Diet coke (I know!) & homemade lemonade.

MTBMummy Tue 07-Aug-12 12:30:00

DD is almost 3, and loves fresh apple juice, we make her ice lollies from it in summer.

She doesn't have a sweet tooth, so doesn't like fruitshoots, coca cola or most other fruit juices. She has just recently decided she quite likes Roses lime codial and the Greens Elderflower.

But she happily drinks water by the gallon as well, but recently we got her a camlebak (one of those back pack things cyclists use) as DH and I also have them and she wante done of her own, and she'll happily wear that when out and about and drink from it frequently.

HelloShitty Tue 07-Aug-12 19:57:58

DS3 only likes water. Saves me a fortune in manufactured diluted sugar syrups.

fifi007 Tue 07-Aug-12 22:50:21

Add a sugar free ice lollie to water smile

timetoask Wed 08-Aug-12 05:58:56

Water water water

Punkatheart Wed 08-Aug-12 07:48:44

My daughter has one kidney - so I have always been really particular about her never being dehydrated. Funky water bottles were the thing...trying to make a game of it. When she was younger, it was water. I was pretty strict. By then, then she hit her teens, it was any old rubbish! She also loves melons, oranges, apples etc...all of which have a high water content...

Rikalaily Wed 08-Aug-12 08:58:42

My older kids will drink anything, we tend to stick to full sugar high juice rather than no added sugar squash when they have juice as my oldest goes loopy when he has aspartame, the older three will happily drink water or milk, the youngest has refused plain water ever since she was tiny and had to have Gaviscon added to it, she'll drink flavoured water though.

For days out we pack Caprisun drinks which we have popped into the freezer, they are brill in coolboxes as additional cool blocks and they thaw slowly so there are always icy cold drinks for the kids on scorching days, if they are still mostly frozen you can cut the top off and they can eat them like a giant ice lolly.

When we have a BBQ I always make a big jug of 'punch' for the kids, fresh apple and orange juice mixed together with a good slug of blackcurrant juice with loads of ice and chopped up fruit in it. They love it!

The kids never need reminding to drink, they drink alot and always have a drink with meals.

When we eat out we let them have a glass of coke or lemonade as a treat and they always have ice, they love crunching it up at the end. When we go to the shops they always have a milkshake on the way home.

JennerOSity Wed 08-Aug-12 09:51:22

DS prefers water over anything. Sorry britvic.

JavaFee Wed 08-Aug-12 12:48:24

Low fat milk in the morning, otherwise tap water. DD is 15 months old.

poppy1973 Wed 08-Aug-12 14:02:42

What drinks do your children like to have?

My children like to have Ribena squash on a hot Summers day. They both prefer it if the water is ice cold or if I have made a jug up in the fridge.

Do they like ice in their juice?

They love having ice in their drinks, they think it is so much fun.

Does your child complain of being thirsty or do you have to remind them to drink?

Often they don't complain of being thirsty, I tend to remind both the children to have a drink.

What kind of drinks do you pack for days out? What would be a treat for your children, drinks-wise?

I normally pack a carton of ribena for days out or the watery type of fruit shoots. A treat out for the children is a carton of apple juice or orange juice and the children love a hot chocolate when the colder weather sets in.

ComeAlongPond Wed 08-Aug-12 14:57:20

I make lemonade or coke flavoured ice cubes for my nieces (don't have children myself). Apparently it's much more exciting to have a glass of water with a coke flavoured ice cube than a glass of coke with a water flavoured ice cube hmm Pretty sure it's got to be the healthier option too, so I don't feel like an Evil Auntie who's selfishly ruining their long-term health for short-term affection!

missyb890 Wed 08-Aug-12 19:24:54

My children are not really fussy on what they drink, they will drink anything but they especially like water with frozen lemons in it.

They also love ice lollies and I will often make up orange juice lollies in the freezer so they have plenty available which is ideal on warmer days.

For days out I make sure that I freeze up sports bottles of water the night before so that they slowly melt through the day and taste deliciously cold later on.

As a treat my children love to have any fizzy drinks, they usually have these if we eat out so it is a treat!

I have no problems with them forgetting to drink as they always have bottles of water or juice in the fridge and know they can get them at any points during the day.

My little one isn't as keen on water as his brothers are so I will give him very diluted squash instead through the day to keep him hydrated.

I just recommend making drinks fun for children who don't like drinking, for little girls making a little tea party with a childrens set will get them drinking water or juice from their little tea cups, for boys use a cool sports bottle that has their favourite character on it, this would also work for girls!


lambinapram Wed 08-Aug-12 22:35:34

Iced fruit tea with Xylitol - sweet but good for teeth.

sharond101 Wed 08-Aug-12 22:49:21

My LO loves anything which is really cold when its hot outside. Water goes down well in a plastic glass I cool beforehand in the freezer and put some frozen grapes in as ice cubes. This looks pretty too as I use a mix of red and green grapes. She then eats the grapes after quickly finishing the water. As a treat when friends are round we make ice cream floats which we make with sugar free lemonade and vanilla ice cream. WHen you add the ice cream to the juice it froths and looks really impressive. I thread slices of strawberry onto a cocktail stick and balance them on the top of the glass or add in a frozen fresh strawberry as a surprise for when they get to the bottom of the glass. I also freeze fresh juices in old yoghurt pots and these make great ice lollies which can be enjoyed by gradually pushing the base of the pot upwards. Favourite flavours are pineapple and mango.

THERhubarb Thu 09-Aug-12 16:26:14

Another vote for water. Why pay for sweetened drinks that are laden with colours and preservatives when you can get the best juice out of your tap for free?

Fill up a water bottle with cold water. Pop it into a bag along with some freezer blocks and there you have the perfect thirst quencher. No additives. No flavourings. No preservatives.

Also fruit. Proper fruit. It's mainly made out of water so naturally quenches thirst and provides vitamin C. Again, it's simple and costs much less than sugary fruit drinks.

And I hate Tesco.

Silibilimili Thu 09-Aug-12 19:48:31

H2O. wink

SkiBumMum Thu 09-Aug-12 19:48:36

Water with food and in bottles when out. DD1 usually asks for it when thirsty. She takes a Sigg waterbottle to bed.

She quite likes high juice squash, isn't allowed "no added sugar" as I loath sweeteners. Blue Fruit Shoots are banned but lusted over, green are just about ok!

Watered down apple juice is ok, but she prefers OJ and loved freshly squeezed on holiday in Spain!

Doesn't really drink milk anymore but will in vast quantities just before a growth spurt.

Ice cubes, straw, fizzy water are treats.

beautifulgirls Thu 09-Aug-12 20:20:56

Home made ice lollies from blackcurrant or orange squash - great for keeping them hydrated while they are busy running around the garden and not interested in a proper drink.

rusmum Thu 09-Aug-12 22:24:07

Dc 1 likes flavoured water best
Dc 2 likes orange squash cold!!
They both have fresh orange With breakfast, hot chocolate at bedtime and have a cup of tea when they visit their nanny xx

NannyPlumIsMyMum Thu 09-Aug-12 22:45:20

Ice Pops !

zipzap Thu 09-Aug-12 22:53:08

During the day I make the dc up a sport bottle of juice (dilute squash or diluted fruit juice usually, water occasionally but they aren't very good at drinking it in that case). Then they can keep on drinking throughout the day without the drink getting knocked over or flies getting in and I can top it up as required. Or if we are going out it is an easy thing to grab them and go.

I always have a pint glass of dilute elderflower juice on the go too and they know they can always drink from that too if they are really thirsty.

Lemonade is a very occasional treat - and if it's hot and we're in need of a real treat, then ice cream soda is the order of the day (mainly because they were a big deal treat for me when I was little and it's a nice little tradition to continue although I don't think the dc like them as much as I did. And in this miserable summer it hasn't yet been hot enough to have them other than that one good week - which we were all in bed with flu for so we didn't get around to even thinking about them).

If we are going on a long car journey then I tend to pack lots of cucumber and melon, wash it before I go but then cut it up whilst going along (obviously dh is driving, I'm not cutting and driving at the same time!), (I know, I am sad, I have a designated car cutting board/tray and knife that comer everywhere with us).

I also have a pack of tesco basic plastic disposable cups (or are they glasses if they have no handles on despite being white plastic?) Anyhow, the dc get one cup/glass each and I keep refilling with melon or cucumber as required. They keep topped up and refreshed without needing lots of juice to be swilling around in the car. The cups are perfect for them to hold in the car (either in their hand or in the cupholders between seats or one of the child seats has a cupholder) - much less likely to get tipped over or for things to slide off than a plate, and very cheap so I just throw them away at the end of the journey if they are damaged.

DS2 loves coconut water (so do I) which is sometimes available from the world food section of big supermarkets - used to be about 30p a tin. But then apparently there was a big shortage of coconuts - reported in terms of coconut cream shortages on the news - and ever since it has been much more difficult to get hold of - plus it is now about £1 a tin so significantly more expensive. But lovely and refreshing, especially when fresh. I saw one of the green coconuts for sale in the local supermarkets recently and got it, thinking it would be lovely to have the fresh juice. I barely made a dent in it with my big chopping cleaver so asked dh if he could drill holes into it to let the juice out for me. I also made the mistake of reminiscing about the man at the market where we used to live who opened them up very easily with his machete...

Unfortunately dh took this as a personal challenge and reappeared with his axe. Let's just say that the score ended up something along the lines of coconut 37-axe 1-chopping board retired due to fatal injury grin

And he didn't bloomin' listen to me before doing the sodding chopping because when he finally did chop a chunk out of the coconut the juice was all over the floor in a moment. arrrghh. and whilst the coconut jelly was very nice on the inside, it wasn't worth the loss of the juice, the loss of the chopping board, or the high risk attack on the kitchen floor tiles, not to mention the worry that dh was going to chop his hand before he chopped the coconut!

Neither dc will drink milk - dc2 was bf and I could never convert him. dc1 drank it at bedtime from a bottle but as soon as we refused to let him have it from a bottle he refused to drink it as he said it tasted funny. Tried all sorts but never managed to convince either of them.

catfart Fri 10-Aug-12 10:00:48

My 2 year old is obsessed by ice creams and lollies so I make up a 'healthy' batch of homemade ones in my freezer.

Ice lollies - I use a little juice or squash concentrate and mix it with water pop in ice lolly moulds and add a little fruit like blueberries. Its quite weak but the idea is he can have as many as he likes.
Frozen yoghurt ice cream - In my blender I whizz up some yoghurt, a good splash of whole milk, a couple of bananas and a handful of strawberries and freeze. Of course you can do any combo that your DC likes.

My DS LOVES these, and I he can have as many ice lollies as he likes and a the yoghurt pops are all good as well.

Another thing I do is filling up his toy tea set with 'tea' (weak squash or water) and he drinks away out of his little plastic tea cups! Cute.

StellaMarie Fri 10-Aug-12 16:03:26

Cold Redbush tea or fruity herbal teas are popular in our house along with water or half juice-half water.
I make ice cubes with berries in to add to drinks as well as it makes plain water more attractive.
Frozen apple juice pops are also popular in this house

My batch of home made elderflower cordial this year was put in ice cube bags in the freezer, this way I can flavour water easily and they are rather delightful in my G&T too grin

I always have water in the car on days out and some old flannels to dampen to place on hot heads/necks to cool the children down. I don't have to remind the children to drink as much now as I used to, they get better as they get older. Also having lived abroad in the searing heat they are used to the constant nagging by me to hydrate!

A treat in this house would be a milkshake made with fresh fruit. Frozen grapes are also popular and fun.

DS's drink robinsons squash very diluted, i fill an empty bottle with the squash water mix so even DH cant c*#k it up.
DS1 has hs sports bottle filled with water and he drinks t a lot, ds2 & ds3 ask for juice regularly but i dont like to give them a drink at bedtime or we have wet beds, tonight however ds2 has a juice bottle in bed as he keeps waking thirsty despite drinking approx 2 1/2 litres of juice today!

Water out at all times - i.e. in cups/beakers where the DCs can get to them.

Milkshakes, very diluted squash, fresh orange jucie, ice pops, ice in the water are all extra ways my DCs have more liquid.

Always, always, always take drinks (water in a sports bottle) out even if just to the library, or a walk round the block.

frazzledbutcalm Sat 11-Aug-12 22:31:25

Mine ask for a drink when they're very thirsty, but I top them up at other times! Mine prefer juice but will happily drink water. I freeze water bottles for school. We make fresh juice ice cubes which kids think are great.

bubby64 Sat 11-Aug-12 22:33:18

Milk at breakfast, OJ in lunch box, and dilute sugar free squash the rest of the time, they are not allowed this at school, only water, which they will only really drink if iced, and because of this restriction, I do find that they do not drink enough during a school day despite me encoraging them to drink.
For a treat, we do buy sugar free fizzy lime or cherryade, but not cola, as this makes them manic!

aokay Sun 12-Aug-12 19:38:09

frozen juice on sticks - also use mix of water and juice, bitter lemon etc - kids love it and cheaper than bought lollies

lorisparkle Sun 12-Aug-12 20:42:59

Water is the way to go in our house although DH has squash (I always buy the high juice with sugar as I don't like them having aspartame) and they nag him for it. I occasionally make fruit juice ice cubes but we keep a jug in of water in the fridge when it is really hot.

Cammelia Mon 13-Aug-12 09:34:12

I have always given dd bottled water (Evian when a baby but any after a certain age) on the grounds that it seemed to her like a "proper drink" when other children were having cartons/cans etc

Some people don't like paying for water but its still cheaper than cans/cartons of other drinks

She got used to drinking water regularly from a very young age and continues with the good habit

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