Most parents whom I know of would tell me that their kids don’t like to drink water and that they have a hard time getting their kids to drink plain water. Alycia used to hate drinking water too when she was a baby but I have been diligently training her to drink water since she was a baby and now I have no problem asking her and Sherilyn to drink water, PLAIN water that is. However, there are still times when they don’t like to drink water, especially when they are sick. As for Baby C, since she is still breastfed exlusively, I don’t give her water, except when I feed her antibiotics, which I will only feed her with 1 or 2 teaspoons of water to wash away the awful taste from her mouth.
When I was still employed and have the money to splurge, I would buy new water tumblers and sippy cups for Alycia and Sherilyn very often. One surefire way for me to get my 2 older girls to drink water is to buy them new water tumblers and cups. They find it very fascinating to drink water from new cups or tumblers. Another way is to make drinking fun – put their water tumblers in the fridge so that they have chilled water to drink, putting ice cubes into the water, make ice pops with fruit juice, bottoms up or ‘yum seng’ with them (they just love this!) and let them pour water from one cup to another to drink.
The other day, Alycia and Sherilyn were treated to some rock melon jellies that my sil bought from Japan. The jellies came in tiny plastic cups. After they had finished eating the jellies (they use a spoon to scoop out the jelly, strictly no sucking out the jelly as this method of eating had caused many fatal accidents in toddlers), they poured water into their jelly cup to drink. The result – they finished their entire tumbler of water and even asked for more!
Look at their happy faces, pouring water from one cup to another. But this can be quite messy if they spill the water.
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