Motherhood

6 tips to get your toddler to drink water

I used to constantly offer Will water, only to have him spill it everywhere or outright refuse it. I decided to give up but then I noticed he was waking up with bad breath, with motherhood guilt consuming me I got creative. Here are my 6 tips to get your toddler to drink water:

Cheers 

As soon as Will learnt how to cheers with his milk bottle it quickly became an obsession. Every time I drank a glass of water I would say cheers to him while offering him his water bottle. I still had to take about 3 sips to his 1 but better than nothing.

Ice Ice Baby

Turns out Will loves crunching on plain ice! I just get it straight out the freezer and put it in a bowl for him. He even enjoys sipping the water as it melts. Just be cautious in cold weather, once it stuck to his lip. Oops.

Mix it up 

Will still has milk from a bottle when he wakes up so I just mix it with half milk half water. At least then I know he’s starting the day with some hydration.

Serve it up 

Will likes it when we pour water from a bottle into a lid for him to sip from. Just be careful with this one, you don’t want this to become the only way they’ll drink water. We only do this when we’re out of the house and have forgotten his cup.

Icy poles

Will loves his icy poles, he thinks they are the best treat, even when they are homemade with 70% water, 20% frozen berries and 10% baby spinach.

Try a different cup 

As soon as Will learnt how to drink out of a straw I switched to a straw cup and he drinks more water now without any prompting. He does still lift it in the air and often miss getting water out but we’re trying to break that habit. Will also loves drinking from a normal cup but he often pours too much into his mouth and has to spit it out everywhere so I’m going to wait a little longer before introducing that.

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Wellness challenge

Wellness Challenge: Week 8

This week our focus is on me time, setting a physical challenge and on snacking. 

MIND

This week our focus is on having ‘me time’ and doing something that nurtures your soul. I am definitely a yes person, I don’t like to disappoint people and I always put myself last. This week I am going to spoil myself, I am going to spend 2 hours doing whatever I want. I’ll keep you updated on Instagram.

BODY

This week we are going to set ourselves a physical challenge. This could be walking 10,000 steps a day or even doing a 30 minute workout every day, the choice is yours. My physical challenge this week is to go for a walk every day, even if it’s only for 15 minutes, just to make sure I am moving regularly.

NUTRITION

I have been sticking to the nutrition challenges but if I’m completely honest, my snacking hasn’t exactly been great. This week no more excuses, I am going to limit myself to healthy snacks only to fill nutrition gaps. If it doesn’t benefit me nutritionally then I shouldn’t be snacking on it. Sarah Moore’s latest post on is snacking healthy? is an absolute must read this week.

SUMMARY

  1. Say a positive mantra often.
  2. Do pelvic floor exercises regularly.
  3. Drink a minimum of 2L (or more) of water every day.
  4. Make healthier food choices.
  5. Practice breathing & mindfulness.
  6. Eat more vegetables.
  7. Go to bed earlier.
  8. Get moving every single day.
  9. Cut back on caffeine. No caffeine after 12pm.
  10. Practice gratitude daily.
  11. Switch from white to wholegrains.
  12. Meditate for 5 minutes each day.
  13. Stretch every morning.
  14. Consciously consume probiotics.
  15. Laugh it off.
  16. Switch from unhealthy fats to healthy fats.
  17. Having ‘me time’.
  18. Set yourself a physical challenge.
  19. Healthy snacking

Don’t forget to tag me on Instagram while completing your wellness challenges this week!

xxx That Gypsy Mum xxx

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Wellness Challenge: Week 7

This week our focus is on laughing, HIIT & Good fats.

MIND

You’ve heard the saying ‘If you don’t laugh, you’ll cry’, well this week we are going to laugh! It’s no secret that I love to laugh but I’ve been a little uptight this pregnancy. I’m going to make an effort to smile more and complain less this week. The challenge this week is to ‘laugh it off’. If you are feeling stressed or sad or anxious or defensive, try to find the humour in a situation.

BODY

I enjoyed stretching last week and I can’t believe how inflexible I’ve become! This week we are going to step it up a bit. We are going to try High Intensity Interval Training. I’m now 22 weeks pregnant so I can’t go crazy with this one. Basically I am going to do short bursts of exercise with a rest period in-between. I’m going to aim for 10 minutes a day so that’s:

  • 1 minute burst: 2 minute break
  • 1 minute burst: 2 minute break
  • 1 minute burst: 2 minute break
  • 1 minute burst: finish

If you’re stuck for ideas then search ‘HIIT for beginners’ on Youtube and find something that works for you. I recommend consulting a women’s health physio before commencing exercise whilst pregnant or post baby.

NUTRITION

This week’s nutrition challenge is to make the switch from unhealthy fats to good fats! Try swapping butter for avocado or canola oil with Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO). If you’re confused about fats and whether coconut oil is good for you then see Sarah Moore’s post on Coconut oil vs Olive oil.

SUMMARY

  1. Say a positive mantra often.
  2. Do pelvic floor exercises regularly.
  3. Drink a minimum of 2L (or more) of water every day.
  4. Make healthier food choices.
  5. Practice breathing & mindfulness.
  6. Eat more vegetables.
  7. Go to bed earlier.
  8. Get moving every single day.
  9. Cut back on caffeine. No caffeine after 12pm.
  10. Brittany Noonan workout.
  11. Practice gratitude daily.
  12. Switch from white to wholegrains.
  13. Meditate for 5 minutes each day.
  14. Stretch every morning.
  15. Consciously consume probiotics.
  16. Laugh it off.
  17. HIIT exercise (aim for 10 minutes per day).
  18. Switch from unhealthy fats to healthy fats.

Don’t forget to tag me on Instagram while completing your wellness challenges this week!

xxx That Gypsy Mum xxx

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Wellness Challenge: Week Six

This week our focus is on meditation, stretching & Probiotics. 

MIND

I love meditating but I definitely don’t do it enough, so this week we’re going to take the time to meditate every day. You might like to meditate by focusing on your breathing or listening to a guided meditation. Either way, let’s do a 5 minute meditation every day this week. This can be as simple as practicing the box breathing technique The Mumma Hub introduced us to earlier in the challenge or can be a visual meditation I mention in my recent post on sleeping tips.

BODY

This week we are going to add stretching into our routine. Try to stretch every morning, even if it’s only a few minutes while you’re waiting for the kettle to boil or while you wait for your toddler to finish a tantrum. Stretching should never feel painful so don’t overdo it. If you’re not a regular stretcher, then check out this post by Real Simple on 6 Full Body Stretching Exercises. Stretching is meant to help with circulation and prevent injury so you should always stretch before and after exercise.

NUTRITION

This week’s nutrition challenge is to be conscious of consuming probiotics and maintaining a healthy gut environment for them to survive. If you’ve been following the Wellness Challenge since Week One then you’ll be surprised to hear that you’re already helping your gut bacteria by eating healthier; consuming wholegrains and lots of vegetables. Sarah Moore Wellness has all the information you need over on her new post: An Introduction to Probiotics. This is a must read for anyone suffering from acne, skin conditions, IBS or tummy issues. Sarah mentions that there is even some evidence to suggest that some probiotics will help babies with colic!

If you’re looking for a Probiotic powder for the whole family, I love the Pono Probiotics range, they have Probiotic powders for mums, dads and bubs.

SUMMARY

  1. Say a positive mantra often.
  2. Do pelvic floor exercises regularly.
  3. Drink a minimum of 2L (or more) of water every day.
  4. Make healthier food choices.
  5. Practice breathing & mindfulness.
  6. Eat more vegetables.
  7. Go to bed earlier.
  8. Get moving every single day.
  9. Cut back on caffeine. No caffeine after 12pm.
  10. Brittany Noonan workout.
  11. Practice gratitude daily.
  12. Switch from white to wholegrains.
  13. Meditate for 5 minutes each day.
  14. Stretch every morning.
  15. Consciously consume probiotics.

Don’t forget to tag me on Instagram while completing your wellness challenges this week!

xxx That Gypsy Mum xxx

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