Brita Bottle for Kids Makes Water a Fun and Healthy Choice (+ Giveaway)

Did you know that only 15 percent of school-age children drink the recommended amount of water each day? Shocking, right?!? What is more shocking is that on average they consume six sodas per week.

I know I’m in the minority, but my kids (ages 3, 5, 7) have never had soda. I have made an conscious effort to not even let them taste it. I’ve had that control up until now but because they don’t live in a bubble and they do attend school with other kids, I’m sure soda will start to be an option for them. I know I won’t be able to keep soda from them forever but I do want to encourage drinking water as much as possible.

I know we are all busy as parents but we need to consciously cut down our kids’ sugary beverage intake as it is the largest source of added sugar in U.S. children’s diets.  I’m sure many kids love to power down soda but I’m confident that if we made an effort, they could learn to love water. There are so many health benefits of drinking more water for kids such as keeping them hydrated, regulating body temperature, helping with metabolism, energizing muscles and much more.

Remember this: a 20-ounce sugary beverage has about 250 calories. Water had ZERO calories!

So, how do we get our kids to drink more water? We make it fun and incorporate it into our family’s day. Here are some tips from Brita to do just that:

  • Keep It Handy: Have your kids carry a water bottle. And keep a pitcher of water in the refrigerator so it’s cold, refreshing and easy to reach.
  • Don’t Run Out: If your child is playing, running, jumping and sweating, he or she needs even more water and other fluids.
  • Fill ‘Er Up: Drinking a glass of water before a meal can help your kids feel full and resist the urge to eat more than they need.
  • Eat Your Water: Remember the rule about eating more fruits and vegetables? Well, it’s partly because they’re actually good at replacing fluids. Fruits like grapes, watermelon, oranges or cantaloupe are full of water. So are veggies like lettuce, cucumbers and celery. Just be sure to keep the liquids flowing, too.
  • Lead by Example: Encourage parents and school staff to carry water bottles and track their own water consumption. Make it a competition for added excitement.

Brita bottle Brita Bottle for Kids Makes Water a Fun and Healthy Choice (+ Giveaway)Getting our kids to drink water in our kitchens is easy but what about on-the-go? Sure, we could just buy cases and cases of disposable water bottles but that sure sounds wasteful because while many people intend to recycle those bottles, 69% end up in the trash and not in a recycling container. That is bad for Mother Earth.

Our best bet is a reusable bottle that we can clean and refill over and over. Many people might be worried with a reusable bottle that their tap water or the water out of the drinking fountain might not be up to par.

That is why Brita just introduced their Bottle for Kids. The Brita Bottle for Kids is a 13 oz. squeezable and reusable bottle with a built-in filter that provides an affordable, fun and convenient solution for kids to drink great-tasting water on the go. I know what you are thinking…”Oh great, I have to replace a bottle filter so that must be expensive!”

Nope! It will actually save you money! Look at it this way: one Brita Bottle for Kids filter lasts two months or 40 gallons of water and can replace 300 plastic (disposable) bottles, saving you over $25 a month. Not only can your child get great-tasting water without all the waste of disposable bottles but you’ll save money too! Win-win for everyone (including Mother Earth!).

The Brita Bottles for kids are available in three bright colors and in a kid-friendly 13 oz size that fits perfectly in their hands, plus they are BPA free and dishwasher safe. These bottles are available at retailers nationwide (so no need to order online!) and retail for $8.99 for one Brita Bottle for Kids (with one filter) and $7.99 for a pack of two replacement filters.

Brita isn’t just making bottles to encourage kids to drink more water with less waste, they are making a difference. Brita is working together with the non-profit Alliance for a Healthier Generation to engage students, educators and families about the health benefits of drinking more water and provide tips for staying hydrated every day. As part of their partnership with the Alliance, Brita is donating more than 4,000 Brita Bottles for Kids to schools across the country to encourage healthy habits in their students.

To find out what else Brita has been up to and keep up-to-date on their company, be sure to become part of their social networks.

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/BritaFilterForGood

Twitter: http://twitter.com/filterforgood

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/brita

 

brita Brita Bottle for Kids Makes Water a Fun and Healthy Choice (+ Giveaway)

 

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You know we couldn’t just tell you about something awesome and not do a giveaway, right?!? We are giving you the opportunity to win a Brita Water Bottle for Kids.

What’s up for grabs: FIVE (5) Brita Water Bottles for kids – (that means FIVE winners each getting one (1) of these cool water bottles!)

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Comments

  1. Megan says

    I pack pretty much everything we need for a day from home so we aren’t stuck with unhealthy options while on the go

  2. Angie says

    we try to only have healthy options available at home. We avoid sugary snacks and drinks. This would be amazing for a school age child!

  3. Christine S says

    My husband and I only drink water in the house to encourage the kids to do the same. We only allow other drinks once a day so most of the time the kids push it off and end up drinking only water. Small accomplishments in he constant battle of making sure they are eating/drinking healthy :)

  4. Megan L. says

    I stock the snack cabinet with pre-portioned healthy snacks in small containers and let him choose what he would like to enjoy.

  5. Ashley F. says

    Luckily, my 2 year old loves drinking water and prefers water over juice or milk. I have seen the adult version of this water bottle and am very happy to see in a kid-friendly size. I will be looking for this product in my local stores as its a convenient way of drinking clean water!

  6. Mindy says

    I have two water bottles for each of my boys (three are in the process of dying on us) I keep one filled in the fridge each night. we pull them out the moment we start to pack up for our day or right after breakfast if we are staying home. I keep them refilled as often as needed. I have found they say “I am starving!” a lot less when they have enough water!

  7. Jessica Barnhart says

    We all carry around fun, decorative bottles filled with water, and I buy ice cube trays in fun shapes to encourage them to drink water. We also cook together, so many kids don’t see food in it’s raw form, I think it helps them to make healthier choices if they can learn what to do with a raw fruit or veggie

  8. Jessica Barnhart says

    I try to teach my kids to be healthy and stay active because we have a long family history of obesity, high BP, heart disease and diabetes. I want to break that trend for my children’s sake, I don’t want them, or me to follow the family legacy with a 60 year life span

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