Getting a 2 year old to drink water
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Laura - posted on 02/20/2010
I had the same problem, all my son wanted to drink was milk and each day I would add about the same amount of water to his milk for a few days and let him get used to that and than after those few days I would add a little more water for a few days and I kept doing that until there was a full sippy cup of water and no milk and he was taking to it like he has been drinking water from day one. Now he is 2 1/2 and he loves water, he would rather drink that than milk. Hope that helps! Let me know!
Petrina - posted on 02/22/2010
Call me crazy BUT don't have any other options (juice cordial or soft drink)!! My children (4 1/2 and 2) have a watered down juice with breakfast, water all day(maybe a milk with lunch) and a weak cordial with their dinner. If hey ask for cordial or juice during the day they know what the answer will be. Just an example of not having options - some mothers ask me how do you get your children to eat grain and wholemeal bread - answer is easy - they have never had white!!!! .... if your child still won't drink water - they willl drink when they're thirsty and if there is only water available thats all they can drink!! Problem solved!! Good luck!!
Carly - posted on 07/08/2011
My son will only drink really cold ice water, it has to have ice cubes (guess it makes it fun) plus, he doesn't want it in his cup, he wants a regular cup so we usually do that outside or if it's inside we hold it for him. If he spills, we figure hey it's only water.
But we give him the Capri Sun Roaring Waters which is just flavored water and he likes it. He also likes Crystal Light.
Julia - posted on 02/19/2010
Are you using tap water or bottled water? My son's dentist told us to put him on Nursery Water which you can find pretty much anywhere, and to slowly add more water to things like juice, tea, or any other suitable drink. Now, my son will ask for more water, and it only took a few weeks. Good luck!
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Rachel - posted on 02/21/2010
Give him water and only water he'll soon figure out that milk goes on breakfast only. We spend so much time trying not to traumatise our precious creatures that we forget that somewhere in here boundaries and parental responsibility steps in. Flavouring everything wrecks teeth and they never learn that things just taste. I have three kids and all drink water only unless special occasion, they don't need juice etc neither does their teeth and surprise surprise they are not traumatised by it. No child is stupid If they are thirsty they'll soon drink whats going. Make it fun, cup with funky straw, fishing for water in a bowl, water out of a plate with a straw etc. Good luck.
Sequoia - posted on 02/19/2010
always always put water in with juices...they have way to much sugar. My daughter is 2 and we have always put half water in her sippy. She drinks water without a problem but REALLY likes it with ice...not sure if its the coldness or the noise in her cup...she says Mmmmm its cold, and shakes it. LOL
Becky - posted on 02/18/2010
Yes, it helps to give them water from the get go, so there's no issue with them getting used to drinking it later when they've developed a taste for sweet fruit juices. Unless we're getting juice in a box at the drive through, my son has a water/juice mix to drink. He doesn't seem to have any problems drinking water, too, but that might be because I'm a mean mom that says, "That's all there is to drink right now--drink water or drink nothing."
Trudi - posted on 02/18/2010
I gradually reduced the amount of juice til it was mostly water - probably had to do a bit longer on each progression to get him used to the less sweet flavour before adding less each time. Now he only drinks water except when hes sick he gets juice if hes not eating or needs the vitamins. A new cup with a straw helped in the transition and we got rid of the previous"juice" cup so he didnt associate it with juice
Shannon - posted on 02/18/2010
buy the gerber splashers at first then slowly start giving them plain water a friend of mine has a child that hated water for a long time the splashers worked great and they have less sugar than the juices and flavored waters ... they are part water part juice so good luck
Michele - posted on 02/17/2010
my 2 yr old will not drink just strait up water but he will drink like flavored water or vitamin waters, for his juice i do basically water with a little splash of juice just enough to give it some fruit taste, he also loves ice cubes in his cups and the noise it makes, hope this helps
Jessica - posted on 02/17/2010
Do you drink water? Maybe your child will drink it if he/she sees you drink it. My son didn't start drinking it til he was almost 3. He will drink a whole bottle of bottled water by himself but I also make sure I let him see me drink it
Codie - posted on 02/17/2010
My daughter doesnt really like water. but if i give her ice then she will eat that. Its water, so its something. and she has gotten to the point where she drinks water now if i put ice cubes in her sippy cup too. i hope it works
K.C. - posted on 02/17/2010
Haha, would have helped if you introduced water about two years ago. My Aunty recommends putting sugar in the water, however I think this worked best for young babies. My suggestion.....try tap water, try icy cold water. Try giving water iceblocks to get them used to the taste. (and yes, there IS a taste). Also, a lot of water companies make kids water which is as simple as a colourful label but interests the child. OR, try drinkin only water in your household and lead by example...
Amy - posted on 02/16/2010
there is a great product from gerber graduates called splashers....it's 40% purified water and the rest is natural fruit juice...the great thing about it is that the flavor is so strong, you can dilute it to about 1/3 splashers to 2/3 water....then start to gradually lessen the amount...my son wouldn't drink water if his throat was on fire! but this really helped alot! i hope it helps someone else!
Roni - posted on 02/16/2010
I'm not really sure this will help but whatever you normally give them (besides milk because that's just gross), try and water it down a lil and lil by lil put more water in it. That's my best guess because for some reason I have no problems what so ever gettin my almost 2 year old to drink water or anything for that matter!
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