How do I get my toddler to drink water?

Jayla - posted on 05/23/2010 ( 90 moms have responded )

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I am trying to get my son to drink water but it seem like he would rather drink milk or juice.

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Natalie - posted on 06/11/2010

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Try making it a mix of juice and water and slowly reduce the amount of juice while increasing the water. You could start 3 parts juice, 1 part water, then go to 50/50, then 25/75 until you get him used to the lack of sugar in water. Eventually you will be able to give him straight water...it may take a month or so, but it will be a life long improvement. Also, once you get him to water...only offer juice or milk during meal times...all between meal drinks should be water. It will keep him associating milk and juice with eating so that he wants water when it's not a meal time. :)

Julie - posted on 05/25/2010

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Just only offer water. Kids wont starve or dehydrate themselves. If they are thirsty, they will drink it. You might get a tantrum at first but after a few times he should except the water without any problems. Just be kind but firm and say "we dont have any juice, all we have is water." Give him the cup and then let him drink or not drink. Dont make a fuss and ignore his crying/tatrum if he starts one.

Lyndsay - posted on 05/25/2010

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Do you drink water? I know it seems like such a simple thing, but a lot of parents try to get their kids to drink water when they don't do it themselves. If you don't, then why should they? Lead by example.

Kevin - posted on 11/09/2013

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when you do, please make sure its fuoride free -- so, purified and do not buy nursery water because it contains fuoride for some very odd reason.

Kathleen - posted on 05/23/2010

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with my son we started to water his juice down more and more every day up til he was jsut drinking straight water. now he dosnt seem to mind at all (although he would rather drink the water when it is straight out of the ozarka bottle which can make for a wet outfit!)

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Kim - posted on 03/27/2012

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The best way to get your toddler to drink water is start him with flavoured water and gradually give plain water in between the flavoured option. Hope this helps, please keep updated on progress xxxx Kim xxxx

Sandra - posted on 03/26/2012

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My kids primarily drink water and it's never been an issue because that's just what we drink when we're thirsty. Milk occasionally, juice or sweetened drinks are a treat. I've usually got a water bottle or cup with me and the kids wander around with water without encouragement. Also, having a cooler with dispenser is always nice, especially in the summertime!

Cheryl - posted on 03/26/2012

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not a good idea. Food coloring is not healthy and they have realized causes all kinds of problems/

Mellisa - posted on 03/23/2012

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thats like my son too. Mind you i have never really made my son drink water that much and now that hes 2 he would prefer something else so i add a lil bit of colour from cordial sachet or something like you said too and he doesnt even know the difference, i find it quite funny actually haha its cute

User - posted on 02/24/2012

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I agree with Lindsay and Julie. A- lead by example. Make sure your son sees that drink water also. B- Only offer water. Eventually he will get thirsty enough that he will drink it.

You can add color if you like. It's not a bad idea. Personally my thinking is a bit different. I've learned from my older child not to go too out of my way to make things easy for my kids. Then they grow to expect that mommy will always "fix" things for me.

Amanda - posted on 02/23/2012

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I offer my son milk at meal times and juice with his snack. All other times he gets water. Most of the time when given a choice between Ice tea or kool aid or soda asks for water. (He doesn't get those options often, but it still surprises me when I offer him grape soda and he yells "NO! Want water!")

Megan - posted on 07/05/2010

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Our daughter has water all day. Milk twice a day and juice once a week at best. We don't give her much juice and she prefers water anyways.
We started giving her water at 6 months and she never had juice until she was over a year.
If he has just the water as an option then that is what he will drink.

Danielle - posted on 07/05/2010

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Add little bit of sugar to the water to flavor it and slowly ease the sugar out. My son used to hate water but now he loves it.

Angela - posted on 06/29/2010

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my son wouldn't drink water either.. but i figured out that if i put a little bit of juice(just a splash) in the sippy and then water, he'll drink it. just enough to flavor the water a bit..

Rebecca - posted on 06/29/2010

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My son is addicted to the ice that comes out of the dispenser on the fridge. He will drink water if there is ice in it and it makes it kind of fun in his sippy cup! Try that :)

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We get propel and nestle flavored water and give her some when we are in the heat. she drinks it up! She will drink regular water sometimes when she is really thirsty but we try to keep her away from being that thirsty so she never does. ahha hope that helps!

Danielle - posted on 06/14/2010

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I wouldn't add any sweeteners or anything to the water because that would defeat the purpose of him drinking water. He would just increase his sugar intake. If he is drinking milk and juice, he's doing just fine and doesn't need added water. If you really want to push it though, you can try adding ice cubes or using an "adult" glass with a straw like adults at restaurants. You can even go out to eat somewhere and make it into a big deal like he is just like the adults. Also, my daughter will take a sip of just about anything if we clink cups and say "cheers" for some reason. It's a VERY slow and tedious process since we have to do it for EVERY sip but it's worth it when we need her to drink pedialyte or something if she's sick! But really, I wouldn't worry about it if he's drinking enough milk and juice- remember, those have LOTS of water in them! Hope this helps!

Anne - posted on 06/12/2010

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Babies do not need juice at all. When able to have solids > 6 months, start trying with various fruits (slowly introducing differents fruits during the second 6 months of their life). Babies do not need water during the first 6 months either, slowly introduce water (boiled and from a cup) from about 6 months. It is all about learning for them, acquiring the taste of water (and not being confused by "juice") and learning to drink from a cup- which they will associate with "water". Milk continues to be the most important part of their diet for the first 12 months, however, with the introduction of solids (including fruits) and water from a cup they learn very quickly. As they get older. a small cup of juice is just seen as a little extra and shouldn't impact on their water intake. After 12 months a toddler only needs about 600mls / mgs Calcium (which has been usually in form of milk) but can be found in all dairy and dark green vegies so therefore (unless Breast feeding and getting lots of other benefits from their mothers milk) milk does not have to be a big part of their diet. Therefore encourage water to quench their thirst and hydrate them without compromising a healthy diet.

Kisha - posted on 06/08/2010

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Is he able to drink through a straw? If so you can get a sippy cup with a straw. My son has a sippy cup like that and that's how I get him to drink his water.

Payal - posted on 06/08/2010

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I try to give with meals in a sippy cup to make him drink. Also, as soon as he comes home after his play breaks.

Gettie - posted on 06/08/2010

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My daughter got costipated once and was told by the Doctor to drink lots of water or she gets a jab. Since then she has been more than good at water drinking.

Denise - posted on 06/07/2010

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My daughter since she was little she drank water and no juice so she got use to it. But i would think you can add alittle bit of flavor he can enjoy drinking water. Maybe pour more water then juice.

Diann - posted on 06/07/2010

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Oh my goodness I wish I had this problem! My 2 year old refuses juice and milk and won't drink anything BUT water. Her favorite is seltzer water for some reason. I buy it for me (I mix it with cranberry juice), but she is constantly drinking it plain. Maybe you could try that?

Nakisha - posted on 06/07/2010

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My two children wouldnt drink water and I went to walmart and bought the Flavored water that looks like the Capri juice boxes. Now they will drink regular water and flavored water. It might help.

Laura - posted on 06/07/2010

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I bought my daughter a special cup (or water bottle) that she got to pick out, and told her it would only hold water. That got her to drink water (instead of juice all the time) more often. Good luck!

Lani - posted on 06/07/2010

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What if you get him a little dehydrated? Take him for a long walk, get him hot and tired, then give him a water bottle.

Offer him water a lot. like every half hour or so

Or, tell him "water first, then juice" and even then, dilute the juice if you don't already. My daughter's three soon and still gets it diluted half and half, she knows I do it and she's totally fine with it.

She also backwashes in her drinks, so she doesn't get to share mine unless there's no other water available to her. ("this is Mummy's water, you drink Audrey's water") She's got her own water bottle, you get them from Amazen or card shops or something, they're on the turning rack outside the shop and have names on them, straws, and lids that close and are apparently fun to open.

Kylie - posted on 06/06/2010

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instead of saying water, call it h2o!
when he want a drink, say oh no we ran out of juice& milk we will have to h2o till mummy go shopping! if that don't work than give him 1/3 of jucie rest water,( don't let him see u do it, as they r cleaver) slowly convice him that way

Amanda - posted on 06/06/2010

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my son loves to drink out of adult water bottles (you know the ones that you have to pull the tab up to get anything out of and then push it down to close it). He'll drink anything out of it because it is different compared to his regular sippy cups. I just put some nice cold water with ice cubes in it and he sucks it down!

Patricia - posted on 06/06/2010

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Try diluting his juice to 1/2 then 3/4. Flavored water always tastes better. We add lemon when dining out, why wouldn't a child prefer it too

Tasha - posted on 06/06/2010

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i followed the lead from my mum when getting my lil girl to drink water as a toddler. we filled an old juice bottle with water n keet it in the fridge, next to the juice, when she asks for 'juice' we give her 'sky juice' (rain water), she loves it and at nearly 4yrs, we've never had a problem!

Ann - posted on 06/06/2010

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Judi Rinaldi summed it up! I ran after my son (now 2) all the time but then we went to India and it was 40 degrees Celsius he was yelling for water and chugged it down!

Celeste - posted on 06/06/2010

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Hi, I tried a tiny drop of food colouring pink - blue tiny bit though just to colour the water and put it in a clear bottle of some sort or cup and she loved it and then I reduced it until eventually it was the palest of pinks and she was drinking lots of water and now no food colouring at all and i didn't do it very often anyway but just enough to get my little one use to water. Good luck!

Sue - posted on 06/06/2010

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Don't risk giving your child something bad for them to get them to drink water! Try a piece of lemon, lime or orange squeezed in for flavor then dropped into the cup for decoration and a treat to eat if they like citrus after they finish their drink. Make it pretty with a fun straw or umbrella, just like bartenders dress up our cocktails and the kids will think they are super special drinks. Say no to artificial colors, sweeteners and flavors! ~ your children will love just a plain piece of healthy citrus added to the water for flavor and decoration. Add some ice ~ my kids love icey cold drinks over "regular cold" from the tap or frig.

Dorene - posted on 06/06/2010

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how old is your son? You could give him watered down juice in a sippy cup. enough so he can still taste the juice. and then water it down little by little until there's all water. Another good idea is to do this when it's hot. He'll be so thirsty he'll want to drink it more. hope this helps.

Ingrid - posted on 06/05/2010

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As long as he drinks milk - it is not harm but beneficial to his bone development and teeth because of calcium. With juice do not lay or do anything from behind your child as you will lose his trust in you. Explain to him that packed juice is made of sugar and it is harmful for his teeth. therefore it needs to be added with water. That is what I do with my 3 year old son although he loves water but when he asks for juice, I try to offer fresh fruit juice - if orange still I add a few water because of the acidity. (1part water to 4part orange juice).

Most of all we grown up have to drink water first - not expect our children to drink water when we drink anything else except water.

hope I was of help to you all

Bobbye - posted on 06/05/2010

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Tell your son that he can have juice AFTER he drinks a glass of water so give him a half glass of water and then give him a glass of juice that is like half juice half water. That way he gets hydrated and you give him what he wants. It's just a small compromise and if he doesn't drink his water stick to your guns and don't give him juice until he drinks his water. And soon your son will be asking for water. It's the only way I could get my step son to drink water and now he asks for water. Or you can put water in a container in the fridge he might ask for it then.

Halie - posted on 06/05/2010

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this is what i do with my daugther's waterin her cup i put water in and then bring out the juice and pretend then i put some in and when she takes a drink of it i say boy this the ever good and then she thinks that she drinking juice

Mieka - posted on 06/05/2010

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I buy bottles of water and when he sees them he thinks its something cool and wants some

Kristi - posted on 06/05/2010

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When you are outside on a hot day put a bottle of water in the freezer...let it get really icey. Don't take any other drink with you except the water. It will stay cold and he will drink it. i have a 2 and 3 year old and they like for me to put to water in a bug juice bottle.

Tracy - posted on 06/05/2010

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its easier if you start them off drinking water when they are babies - boiled cool water in a bottle- and if it is hot summer time then its even easier - my little one used to love her bottles of cooled water from about 4months - my mom had never seen a baby drink water like that - but i was never one for cows milk - i personally used to get too much phlegm from it so from baby formula and water in between and mango diluted juice as well.and rooibos tea sweetened with brown sugar(not honey - in small babies - honey is not good- something about bacteria ect i forget..i skipped the cows milk completely,

also.... if your child suffers from constipation - please keep away from apple juice - apples - the fruit are good for constipation but the juice isnt....go figure?

anyway - if you give water between feeds, just keep on trying - do not give up -( sadly my three yr old does not drink as much water now as she copies the other children - )

what also helps is the water purifier - my daughter loves to help her self to the water purifier dispenser - she knows that she has to drink it if she fills her glass....

Melanie - posted on 06/05/2010

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start out by watering down his juice a bit, then more and more as another mom suggested. Another thing I have found my son loves is ice in his water. As long as its in a covered cup there is no choking hazard. One more thing to try is giving him a bottle of water with a sports top. My son loves those too. It is the novelty of the bottle. When we go to the store and he wants one of those 'bug juice" things that are loaded with high fructose corn syrup, I offer him a sport bottle of water instead and he is just as happy. And good for you for encouraging a healthy child who drinks water!

Kimberly - posted on 06/05/2010

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Our son doesn't drink milk but loves juice. We do two things: 1. He loves to do what mom/dad is doing so we let him drink from our water bottle and/or give him his own.
2. It took only 2 days, the first 2 days he threw fits, but I told him that there are certain times that he gets just water and now he understands. Occasionally he will ask for juice, but all I have to say is that he knows the rules and that it is time for water (he will be 3 next month).
Hope that helps!

Heidi - posted on 06/05/2010

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No more juice. Juice is so bad for kids! I don't know where or why people think that giving kids juice is good for them. It is loaded with sugar, has virtually zero nutritional value, and has none of the fiber that actual fresh fruit has.

The only things we ever give our daughter besides water or a glass of milk is a Kidz EmergenC and Yogi. EmergenC is loaded with vitamins and isn't loaded with sugar. Yogi Tea is caffeine free and loaded with all kinds of good stuff for kids and adults.

Sarah - posted on 06/05/2010

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i gave my son water as well as milk as a baby and as he got older he just had weak juice but he saw me drink a bottle of water with a sports top like his and he wanted it now he drinks whatever he's given but also don't make a big thing about it put it in his cup and give it to him if he throws a tantrum tell him thats all he's getting then carry on with what ur doing he may put it down and may come back to it later

Bobbi - posted on 06/05/2010

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Toddlers should only have 3 glasses of milk and 1 glass of juice/ day. I just tell my toddler he needs to drink water especially if he is outside playing in the hot sun. If yours fights you, just tell him that that is the only thing he gets. He'll get use to it and it's better for him. Mine use to drink a ton of juice and milk!!! It gets expensive too. And that's a lot of suger for them which isn't good. Don't give him the option. Milk with meals and 1 glass of juice in between. Water for the rest of the time!!! You're the boss. Trust me he won't dehydrate!!!lolololo

Anoushka - posted on 06/05/2010

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I only give my daughter watered down juice with breakfast and she gets milk before her nap/bed. It's water at all other times. She didn't like it at first, but we remained firm. I didn't add anything to it because I think it's important for her to like the taste of water - and she does (in her words it's "delicious" )....I also think it's important not to add sugar for her teeth!

Maria - posted on 06/05/2010

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My children wouldn't drink water out of the sink/tap and it was a screaming fit if I tried to give them that. One day I had been out and bought a 20 oz bottle of water to drink and they wanted some, so I shared. They didn't give one fit over the water out of a bottle. I tried it out of the sink again and they wouldn't touch it. My children also will drink it if it comes out of the fridge ice/water dispenser. I guess they think it is different from there. You could always try getting it out of the fridge and telling him that it is special water just for him.

Amy - posted on 06/05/2010

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the only way my wee boy ever ever drinks water is outta those sporty bottles you buy he doesnt drink a lot of it unless we are out and about but thats the only way i can do it i water down his juices as much as i can but if its to dillute he just says no so try the bottles you buy you can always refill it and keep it in the fridge ..

Anne - posted on 06/04/2010

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My daughter is 15mths old and hasn't had juice or anything in her bottle other than milk or water, I breastfed for 9 to 10mths, we tried formula but she didnt like it so drank mostly water, these days she drinks water all day (saves me cleaning up stcky messes from spilt bottles) is cheaper for me as she is on cows milk now and only has aprox 4 milk bottles a day.

Rachel - posted on 06/04/2010

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im having this problem too, my son is picky about drinking anything but juice. He loves it and mint tea's also. Milk is so so, he'll drink it at least once during the day. we actually just now started buying flavored water by Aquafina . We bought Kewi Strawberry and also Raspberry. As long as they are very very cold, he will drink it but after a few sips he looks at me and says "uh uh"... like no i dont want it no more. So we put it in the fridge to stay cold and when he wants a drink we give him his water back... we're still experimenting.

Tish - posted on 06/04/2010

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He will when he goes to school. My son was the same way and once he got into school he drunk nothing but water. My daughter was the same way but she drinks water mostly at school. Not really much at home

Teressa - posted on 06/04/2010

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Adding ice to the water worked for me, I think Trynity likes the sound off the ice rattling in her cup. She has always liked her liquids cold, even her bottles and it really came in handy when she was teething!

Rachel - posted on 06/04/2010

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Don't know if you have them where you are but we fill up a drink bottle with water then drop half of a hydrolite icypole in it. Its extra greatness for them and as long as the drink bottle is not see through, if you want after a while just replace the icy pole with plain ice...

The other thing we did over summer was to make fruit juice ice cubes and drop a couple in a cup of water. My son loved it and didn't car that the majority of the drink had no taste...
Good luck ♥

Lauren - posted on 06/04/2010

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I know that it might be hard but let him get the drink. I had trouble getting my son but I got a variety of drink cups and bottles and put them in a low cupboard. In the fridge I have a small water jug and a "special" spot on the floor to pour it (Its just a beach towel to catch the spills). My son loves the fact that he can get his own drink. Now that hes older weve bought a jug with a tap on it that stays in the fridge. He goes and helps himself to water all the time, even sometimes he now picks water over juice or soda....it was a messy process to start with but im glad I stuck to it.

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