How much water should our children be drinking?
The recommended daily amount of water is: 5 glasses (1 litre) for 5 to 8 year olds. 7 glasses (1.5 litres) for 9 to12 year olds. 8 to 10 glasses (2 litres) for 13+ years.
Plastic or Stainless Steel water bottles?
Stainless steel bottles are a decent alternative to plastic bottles if you are concerned about toxins or manufacturing techniques involved with the production of plastic. There are no known safety issues; stainless steel is non-reactive so the bottles do not leach and do not have to be lined.
If you prefer plastic bottles, ensure that they are BPA Free, BPA is known to cause harmful illnesses.
Avoid leaving plastic bottles in the sun or car, also, avoid hot fluids in plastic bottles.
Are other drinks OK to drink?
Fruit juice, which contains Vitamin C, is often seen as a healthy choice of drink. However, fruit juice is high in sugar and kilojoules, just like fruit drinks, flavoured mineral water, energy drinks and soft drinks. For example, a 250ml cup of apple juice or cola contains up to six teaspoons of sugar.
My suggestion would be if they’re going to drink sugary drinks, please limit it and ensure they brush their teeth straight after.
My preference is food grade stainless steel. In my opinion, it’s the safest and most durable drink bottle. Which do you prefer and why?