Getting a 2 year old to drink water

Stacey - posted on 02/16/2010 ( 33 moms have responded )

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I've been trying to get my 2 year old to drink water. I just don't know how to get him to drink it.

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Petrina - posted on 02/22/2010

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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

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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.

Laura - posted on 02/20/2010

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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!

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Francesca - posted on 08/29/2012

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my one year old is not drinking anything!!!no milk, no water,no juice, i tried the bottle, the cup and the glass, nothing works. what to do?????

Tiara - posted on 07/08/2011

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I wouldnt suggest to give them crystal light, that has aspartame in it, but there are nestea juice packets that i use for my daughter

Rachel - posted on 02/21/2010

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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.

Fiona - posted on 02/20/2010

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my little boy will only drink water when he has been sick ask him to drink it any other time and he goes mental

Sequoia - posted on 02/19/2010

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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

Julia - posted on 02/19/2010

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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!

Isabel - posted on 02/19/2010

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I totally agree with Roni. That's how I get my kid to drink water after trying to get him to drink water an order to get juice.

Nancy - posted on 02/19/2010

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Try an ice cube or make it a little more fun with colored or shaped ice cubes or flavored ice. It may help.

Mindy - posted on 02/18/2010

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Put a little bit of juice in just for taste. That's what I have to do.
My 2 year old won't drink straight water unless it's through a straw, he thinks he has pop or something then.

Charity - posted on 02/18/2010

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Let him drink out of your cup. My kids love anything out of my cup, even if they won't drink it out of their own - LOL

Becky - posted on 02/18/2010

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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."

Jaime - posted on 02/18/2010

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I buy frozen fruit ans use it as ice cubes, raspberries, blueberries, strawberries

Trudi - posted on 02/18/2010

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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

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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

Salome - posted on 02/18/2010

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We have had the same issue but like others, ice works very well and so did straws for our 2 yr old daughter. She likes to sip from a straw and now we've moved on to those "straw cups" and they work well and no spills.

Cassey - posted on 02/17/2010

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I buy vitamin packets from wal-mart that tastes like fruit and he downs a cup of water in no time. Plus he's getting vitamins and it's good for him

Michele - posted on 02/17/2010

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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

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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

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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

Alisha - posted on 02/17/2010

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My 2 year old loves ICE water! He helpes put some ice cubes in his cup then water. He likes the sound it makes when he shakes his cup. Also, we water down his juice. Hope this helps!

K.C. - posted on 02/17/2010

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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...

Mandy - posted on 02/16/2010

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I add (roughly) a tablespoon of Pedialyte(SP?) and both my monsters do good with it.

Amy - posted on 02/16/2010

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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!

Sarah - posted on 02/16/2010

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Hey, Crystal Light , and a bunch of the other flavored water packets are all sugarfree, try using them... or you could try Ice cubes in the water ... or ueing a straw .. make it fun!

Alisa - posted on 02/16/2010

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Very good question, i have the same problem with my 3 year old. I been told to water juice down, but once i get 50 % juice 50% water he won't drink it.

Roni - posted on 02/16/2010

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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!

Mayra - posted on 02/16/2010

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OMG,same with my daughter..when u receive any helpfull please let me know,i have the same problem with my 3 yo..

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