Do you know how much water your kids need to stay hydrated? Obviously, babies drink milk from their mother or formula, and then we tend to move kids onto juice boxes or something similar. While these contribute towards hydration, the sugar in fruit juice is not as healthy for our kids or as effective at keeping them hydrated compared to water.
How much water does your toddler need?
Keeping an eye on how much your child is drinking is extremely important. Young children are still learning to recognize the signals associated with thirst, and since they’re always moving a mile a minute they may forget to drink or not realize that they’re thirsty.
Children also have a higher percentage of water in their bodies – around 75% – and their smaller size means that they lose more water through their skin naturally. So, it is even more important for small children to stay hydrated in order to keep their water levels replenished.
Birth – 6 months
During this time, it is generally not necessary to give water to your baby. The milk or formula they are given contains all of the nutrients they need for proper growth and hydration. You should generally avoid giving them water during this time unless advised otherwise by your pediatrician.
6 – 12 months
Most parents start to introduce solid foods into their children’s diet during this stage. This means that the amount of milk they are having will be less, so hydration needs to be made up for. It is best to only introduce water at this point rather than juice and other sweet drinks, otherwise they may turn their nose up at water when you do offer it to them because they are used to sweet-tasting drinks. Only small amounts of water will be needed while they are still being weaned off milk, around 2-4 ounces per day.
Toddlers aged 1+
After their first birthday, milk intake is normally reduced significantly, so water should be a main staple for their hydration. How much your child needs will depend on their size, activity levels, the types of food they are eating, and the time of year. Around 2-5 cups per day is a good guideline. Introducing lots of water-rich foods, like fruits and vegetables, also helps to maintain good levels of hydration.
Is your toddler or infant getting enough water to keep them hydrated? Having fresh, cold water on hand is a great way to encourage them to get enough fluids throughout the day, which can be a challenge. Get in touch with Mountain Park Spring Water for all your water delivery needs in Virginia and North Carolina.
Water is a strangely controversial topic these days. There are groups of people that demonize tap water but then there are other groups of people that demonize bottled water. How can we win? Short of collecting rainwater to survive off, the best thing to do is dispel the myths that are being spread about.
Bottled water is crazy expensive
Some figures state that bottled water costs consumers 1,000 times what tap water does (this article from a few years ago ups this figure to 2,000). This would mean that the amount of water you’d pay a cent for out of your tap would cost you $10 if you bought it bottled from a store.
Perhaps if you sought out the fanciest brand selling the most luxurious sparkling water, you might find something akin to this price. But, most bottled water is much more affordable than this and you can buy it extremely cheaply if you buy large bottles of water in bulk.
Bottled water is less strictly regulated than tap water
It is not true that bottled water is not regulated as much as tap water. The FDA stringently regulates the safety of bottled water while the EPA stringently regulates the safety of tap water. You can read more about the regulations of bottled water on the FDA’s website.
Bottled water companies are just bottling tap water
This would be a savvy, albeit illegal, way to earn money. Bottle tap water and sell it off at a premium. But going back to it being illegal, bottled water companies would not get away with doing this. Although some brands do source their purified water from municipal water sources, the water then goes through various treatments to ensure that it meets the FDA’s high standards of purified water and is bottled in a sterile manner.
Water bottles are bad for the environment because they can’t be recycled
This is false. Plastic water bottles can 100% be recycled, and that includes the cap and the label. The sometimes shocking statistics about plastic use come from how they are used, not the materials in the water bottles themselves.
Unfortunately, a high percentage of plastic water bottles are not recycled properly, but this can be combatted by us all being more conscientious in how we dispose of water bottles. Opting for large water bottles and water delivery services rather than small, single-use water bottles can also help this. We properly dispose of all water bottles after collecting them from our customers.