Hydration Station: the best way to keep your family hydrated
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Summer time is full of fun times and hot weather. When you are busy running around it is easy to forget to drink enough. Last summer when my kids were hot and thirsty all the time I knew that I needed to find a way to make sure that everyone was getting enough fluids. The hydration station came about when my daughter told me that drinking is really boring. She wanted to have fun while hydrating. Together we brainstormed how we could make drinking fluids into a fun activity. Not only did we make a hydration station for everyone in our own family, but we made some for our friends Emma and Colton too.
Some of my kids have POTS: Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome. Their doctor reminds us at every appointment that it is crucial for them to stay well hydrated, especially in the summer. One other thing that is very good for them is salt. Not only is eating salty foods healthy for a POTS patient, but the salt makes them drink more fluids. The salt helps them retain fluids and makes them drink even more. See how we are winning here?
Each person has a different fluid goal, based on their individual height and weight. It is quite easy to figure this out. Take your weight and multiply it by .5. The number that you get from this equation is the amount in ounces that you need to drink per day. Drinking water is the best way to stay hydrated. We love the taste of DASANI water the best. We always have a few bottles on hand for walks, pool trips, and other outdoor activities. When it is really hot I also buy Powerade Zero and vitaminwater. My kids love these drinks and they have no problems drinking an entire bottle.
Tracking my family’s daily water intake is much easier with the hydration station. Your kids can easily help make one. We made a few for our friends as well. We will be keeping our hydration station filled with the kids favorite beverages as well as fun cups and bottles for on the go hydration.
Making your own hydration station is easy! First, you need some colorful bins. Each person should probably have a different color. These bins were the perfect size to hold all our materials. You will want to have enough room to add delicious and enticing beverages as well as some DASANI water bottles. Having everything in one place will save you from not knowing where your vitaminwater is when you are headed out to the pool.,
Now is a great time to shop for hydration station materials. Our Safeway was filled with cute summer themed water bottles, fun cups and straws. My kids love fun cups, bottles, and silly straws. All summer long I will be adding in fun drinks and snacks to each of the kids stations.
To create your own hydration station you will need:
Bins large enough to hold cups and bottles.
- Plenty of Powerade Zero, vitaminwater, and DASANI water bottles.
- Decorations! I love puffy paint, stickers, flowers and foam/vinyl letters.
- Glue gun
- A mini chart for tracking fluid intake
- A pen
- A clothespin or wood clips
- Silly straws
- Water bottles and cups
- Salty snacks in containers
1.Purchase different color bins for each person in your family.
2.Gather your decoration supplies.
3.Each child should choose a water cup or bottle to use. You can write their names just to avoid confusion as to whose cup is whose.
4.Decorate the bins.
5.Attach your beverage tracking chart to the front of your bin.
6.Include a pen in the bin so they can check off how much they drink each day.
7.Fill the bin with their favorite fluids, water bottles, cups and straws.
8.Keep the hydration station filled with portable salty snacks. Salted popcorn, chips, and pretzels are popular.
9.Each hydration station should be in an area with easy access all day.
One of the best things about these hydration stations is that the kids can find their drinks without asking me where they are. It is also very portable and can be taken in the car, on a day trip, or on vacation.
How will you stay hydrated this summer?