For toddlers and older children, milk and water are still the best drinks.
When your child drinks plenty of water regularly throughout the day, she stays hydrated. This is especially important in hot weather or when your child is running around a lot. Drinking plenty of water can also help her avoid constipation.
Here are some tips to encourage your child to drink and enjoy water:
• Get everyone in the family drinking water as their main drink. When your children see you doing it, they’re likely to do it too.
• Make water easily available by giving younger children water bottles at home.
• Have water on the table at meal and snack times.
• Keep chilled water in a jug in the fridge. You could try adding slices of lemon or orange.
• In summer, freeze small pieces of chopped fruit in ice blocks and add these to water at snack and mealtimes.
• Take filled water bottles when you go out with your child.
It’s best for children to eat whole fruit and drink plain tap water or milk rather than juice. Water is always better than fruit juice, because it satisfies thirst but doesn’t contain sugar.
Raising Children Network Editorial Team (2014). Healthy drinks for kids, Healthy drinks for toddlers, preschoolers and older children. Raising Children [Online]. Available: http://raisingchildren.net.au/articles/healthy_drinks_for_kids.html [August 04, 2014]