BRITA back to school hydration challenge – Results and Giveaway

Following on from my post last week about the Brita back to school hydration challenge, Miss M has now successfully used her Brita Fill & Go bottle for a whole week at school so I’m keen to share with you how she got on. #BetterWithBRITA

Brita Some of the facts Brita found out about children and how much water they drink are:

  • Almost thee quarters of parents (73%) do not know how much their children drink whilst at school
  • Two thirds (66%) do not know the recommended daily intake of fluid for children
So 7yr old Miss M went to school armed with her new bottle, it can be used with or without the internal straw, but she prefered without and just liked to tip it up.  Each day after school I asked her to show me how much water was left in the bottle and how many times she had filled it up.
brita MThe bottle holds 600ml and it’s recommended that your child drinks two of these during the school day which I do think is a lot.  I was surprised to hear that Miss M had filled her bottle two times every day last week and each day she only came back with about an inch of water in the bottle which I think is excellent – she must have been drinking at least a litre of water during the school day which even she said is much more than she usually does.
The stickers on the side of the bottle definitely helped and she was motivated by them and wanted to drink the amount of water as per the guide on the stickers.  I think talking about it with her each day also helped as it kept her focused on how much she drunk and she was eager to show me her bottle at the end of each day.
I think the Brita Fill & Go with stickers has really motivated my daughter to think about how much she is drinking and also drink more than usual.  It’s a great idea to get children motivated into keeping themselves hydrated.
For more information about the Brita Fill & Go check out their page HERE.
I have one Brita Fill & go bottle including stickers to give away to one lucky reader.  Just fill in the Gleam form below:

We received a Brita Fill & Go bottle in order to join in with this challenge

221 thoughts on “BRITA back to school hydration challenge – Results and Giveaway

  1. Buy them a flask/bottle which is appealing to young children – eg, it has a flick up spout, fancy lid, or has a picture of their favourite character/hero on it.

  2. These are a fantastic idea and I had never heard of them before, my children definitely don’t drink enough water and I’m not lucky enough to win one I will certainly be buying them one each x

  3. Decorate and personalise bottles and make cute fabric bottle holders. Remember to take water with you on trips, so you don’t have to buy sugary over priced soft drinks

  4. This looks brill! I would love a good water bottle for when I am breastfeeding my baby due in Jan, I remember how constantly thirsty I was last time! Xx

  5. my daughter is happy to drink it out of a bottle but not a cup. We buy thew mini waters in Alidi which are £1.10 for 10 bottles x

  6. I put pretty shaped ice cubes in Sophie’s water flask & she loves them, some are just water & others have juice & fruit in.

  7. my eldest is just awful at drinking enough so I give her 2 bottles to take to school and if she drinks them all during the week she gets a special smoothie at the weekend

  8. The way to get Miss A to drink more water is to let her choose her own cup / bottle and then she seems to think she’s in charge and drinks more.

  9. A nice bottle or cup they like to use also add some fresh fruit such as berries for fruit infused water let them add the fruit themselves

  10. This looks great for encouraging kids to drink water. I bought my son a cycleing bottle so that he has clear markers on the side, he likes the flip straw top and it makes him feel sporty plus it holds a litre so less remembering to fill up!
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  11. My suggestion is to buy them a few fun bottles. I specifically enjoy interesting looking ones, or bottles that I have to bite the mouthpiece to drink out of.

  12. I find little and often helps with my four children, a little drink before a snack and a little drink before dinner other wise mine would never drink, squash Ice cubes are easy and fun too they like to watch one dissolve in their drink

  13. They enjoy refilling their own water bottles from the bottle in the fridge,it has one of thise litlle tap things on it.

  14. My son has a batman water bottle he carries everywhere so when hes thirsty he has a drink he drinks atleast 2 bottles a day this way x x

  15. Flavored ice cubes and just lead by example. If you make it a habit to drink water in your household it should be the norm for them after a few months. Also gently explain the bad side effects of fizzy drinks and sweetened juices.

  16. Using a straw is a great help, but my boys love smoothies too. So I use a fruit that thickens like banana with the rest of the ingredients and fill with water instead of juice or yoghurt, they have 2-3 a day.

  17. We got our son use to drinking water by gradually reducing the amount of juice we put in until he no longer needed it.

  18. This would actually encourage my baby nephew to drink water. He is already pretty good but loves to drink out of a little water bottle because he’s seen adults do it!

  19. I’ve added ‘drink plenty of water’ on their reward charts, so if they drunk enough they get points towards a weekly treat x

  20. Using pebbles or balls in a jar for each litre they drink put one in a jar each month count them up and have certain treats for each target reached

  21. I put a drink in every room right where they are playing as that way the constant reminder right in front of them is good

  22. My daughter just don’t have a choice. She has milk and juice at certain times, and any other time just water and she likes it 🙂

  23. I drink lots of water and don’t they say that children copy what their parents do! So basically I’m saying lead by example…winwin.

  24. My grandchildren like drinking ice water through a straw. It makes noises that amuse the children and distracts them from what they are drinking. Also in hot weather they are glad of the coldness of the drink.

  25. Talk to them about how their body works, get an illustrated library book suitable for their age and educate them about the importance of staying hydrated.

  26. My little girl fills her suckie bottle for school with water and puts it in the freezer at night. She love the idea of the ice cold water for school

  27. Berries frozen in ice cubes make a drink of water fun. then as the water goes down and the ice cube melts the fruit gives an extra fruity taste to the rest of the water

  28. Now I’ve started to use straws my daughter gets through a lot more water. It just makes it a bit more drinkable!

  29. Since my daughter was small we only give her water to drink with the very occasional juice, etc. as a treat. As a result, we keep a lot of sugars out of her diet and she naturally drinks a healthy amount of water because she can go and get it herself any time she wants.

  30. It’s tough, especially when out and about. The boys hate drinking plain water – we have to flavour it. It’s hard to take a bottle of squash with you everywhere. There are little squeezy water enhancers on the market now that are a godsend. One little squirt and delicious juice is made – and they fit in the bag or pocket.

    I recommend the vimto one – my fav!

  31. Fill an empty bottled water bottle from the tap. They think it is ‘cool’ to drink bottled water. Little do they know!

  32. We encourage our children by making sure the water is always ice cold as it’s the only way they will drink it so we keep a large bottle of water in the fridge all the time

  33. I tell my 6 year that water makes his brain work faste and harder….if he drinks lots of water, he’ll be a genius by the time hes 7!!

  34. Start them on water in their baby bottle when they are young and move to water in a bottle or flask when they are older. It then becomes a habit – something they do without thinking about it.

  35. sorry i dont have any tips, my little boy only drinks milk or water and hes 6. but i just send him to school with a water bottle. hes allowed it at any point. theres always a cup or bottle of water around for him to attack at home too

  36. Literally the only way I (let alone kids) will drink water on a regular basis is if there’s some cordial in it. Try some sugar free cordial that’s condensed in those small bottles so that the little ones can add it to their flask 🙂

  37. Freeze a bit of their favourite fruit & add it to the bottle. You can get silicone ice trays in different shapes which also help keep it interesting! Just make sure they will fit through the top of the bottle!

  38. I make my own syrups to add to the water, you only need a tiny bit to add lots of flavour. You will see me picking elderflowers and other fruits to mix into my syrups

  39. bribe them!! no im joking, i would tell them that it is good for them, show them athletes with their water bottles and set an example by letting them see myself drink plenty of water.

  40. My son has his weekly pocket money by completing chores and various other bits…as he is terrible for drinking fluids i fill a bottle in the fridge with targets on it becomes a challenge and is easily achievable to earn his pocket money…and in return I have a healthy and hydrated little man

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