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What is going on with this crazy weather - one minute it's hot the next minute you want to put the heating on?!
It's hard to know how much water or milk our little ones should be having when it's like this. The best indicator is their nappies - plenty (at least 4 is generally recommended in 24 hours) and nappies that are not strong smelling with urine.
Offering additional water once they have started solids can help when it is warm but also offering hydrating vegetables and fruits too - things like cucumber, tomatoes, courgette, melon, grapes, oranges are all great examples (plus they are packed with vitamins and minerals too).
Remember they need other foods for a good diet though so they still need the variety.
Following on from last week's post:Tips to encourage your child to drink more water:
- offer it with meals
- offer it between meals
- be a good role model
- play cheers
- try different cups - they can even have multiple ones on the go
- put ice cubes in their lidded cup (make sure they can't get to them as they can be a choking hazard
- make water lollies so they can suck on them
Tips for not eating when you child is eating (unless you planned to!)
As my final exclusive tip I thought I would put one in for the grownups. It can be so hard not to graze when our little ones need food more often and at different times to our mealtimes.
- Plan your meals so they coincide with their meals - if you can. I know this might mean eating lunch at 11.30am!
- Have something to do with your hands whilst you watch them eat. Even fiddling with a ball can help.
- Focus on your child and chat to them whilst they eat
- Have a drink of water when they eat rather than something to eat
- Do some simple exercises whilst they eat - pelvic floor exercises, marching, stretches are all good
- Eat if you are hungry You are less likely to pick if you learn your hunger and fullness cues
You may also be interested in the following article on the websites
What to feed toddlers when they are ill
And one for those who like to plan ahead:
What your teenagers need to know about bones and diet
Don't forget - you can ask all your questions in the Facebook group
Love from Aliya x