Our Water Stash
We drink lots of water and juice in our household. We also enjoy fizzy drinks but they are usually consumed as a treat either at home or when we go out for a meal.
Upstairs has always been a water only zone and we ensure this is adhered to by keeping a nice stash of water bottles available. Our stash has dwindled on a few occasions and we've all had to refill the bottles we were using at the time - shock horror!
We recycle all the bottles we use so please don't think we're wasteful, we simply find that the children are more likely to grab a bottle from our room rather than run downstairs to fill up a reusable bottle. Anything that encourages them to drink plenty of water is a good thing in my eyes.
I remember reading that if children drank juice before bed it can cause bed wetting (not sure if that's true or not though) and of course it's not good for their teeth, so we decided to only offer them water during the evenings and at night from quite a young age. Each of us keeps a bottle of water next to our bed so we can have a drink at any time and for our children it's become the norm - not a bad habit to have, I think!
Do you have a water stash? I'd love to hear from you.