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My kids never stop moving. Before the Wisconsin weather gets cold, we have been spending as much time as we can enjoying the outdoors. C and Baby Jo are always running, jumping, diving, climbing, dancing or leaping. Their pre-bedtime ritual includes running laps around the apartment. Do you have littles like that, too? My kids don’t drink enough to keep up with their activity level, so I always have water with me and regularly remind them to drink it.
In a survey recently conducted by Nestlé® Pure Life®,* just over half of moms (52%) regularly remind their kids to drink water. But, 97% of moms believe that making one healthy choice leads to making other healthy choices. You can keep cups, straws, lids and other drinking “equipment” available to provide to your kids to make drinking water more fun. Try to empower them to fill their own cups of water and praise them when they do! We find our Nestlé® Pure Life® Water at Walmart. Here’s one way our family likes to make drinking water more fun:
We create fun-shaped fruit juice ice cubes to put in the kids’ water! Add a crazy straw and they will be more interested in that cup of water you’re offering. We purchased Nestlé® Pure Life® Water and fresh fruit at Walmart to create our ice cubes. Our flavors of choice are mixed berry and pineapple-orange.
Create your fruit blends in a blender or food processor and pour into your ice cube trays. A few hours later, they will be ready to use!
With C being primarily tube-fed, I find that he needs to consume even more water than Baby Jo. I don’t know why that is, but he seems to digest his tube feedings better when he is well hydrated. I need to be even more vigilant about reminding him to drink water – and sometimes that means making it visually appealing to entice him to stay hydrated. I always have a bottle of Nestlé® Pure Life® Water with us when we’re on the go.
He likes the vibrant colors of these fruit juice ice cubes, and I like that they don’t contain food dyes that we avoid in his diet. He feels empowered when I let him pick his choice of shape or color ice cubes and the type of straw he wants. When he’s hydrated, he is happier and healthier. It’s a win for both of us!
Nestlé® Pure Life® is a proud supporter of the Partnership for a Healthier America’s Drink Up initiative, which is committed to helping families make healthier choices, starting with hydration. Establishing healthy habits in childhood has lifelong benefits. They call this The Ripple Effect, and they are encouraging moms and kids to reach for water first. To ignite The Ripple Effect and encourage kids to stay hydrated throughout the day, Nestlé® Pure Life® is providing water to kids this school year through After School All-Stars, an organization that strives to keep children safe and healthy through after-school programming. Nestlé® Pure Life® has enlisted mom ambassadors across America to share their tips for making healthy changes in an effort to inspire other moms to join The Ripple Effect. Nestlé® Pure Life® has committed to provide nearly one million 8 ounce servings of water to kids this school year through After-School All-Stars. Information source – At over 20 participating schools in select markets across the country
To be part of The Ripple Effect – a movement to keep kids hydrated – visit pureliferippleeffect.com and share your tips and tricks for healthy hydration using #pureliferippleeffect on Facebook. I’ve shared our favorite way to dress up our Nestlé® Pure Life® Water, now share your tips for getting your kids to stay hydrated!
*Online survey conducted in June 2015 of 1,077 moms of kids ages 6-12 overall, including 254 Hispanic moms of kids ages 6-12. 1,077 kids ages 6-12 from the same household were also surveyed, including 254 Hispanic kids ages 6-12. © 2015 Nestlé® Waters North America Inc.