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    I love the idea of adding a dash of food dye as suggested by a pp.

    As for me, I wouldn't give cordial either (even sugar free varieties, they usually contain sweeteners and the nasty Phenylalanine) I'd definitely try squeezing fresh fruit juice into his water.

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    Definitely try infusing with fruits he wont even know the difference.

    My son will get in a stink every so often and demand that he must have a cordial (usually around the same time that he sees daddy make himself a cordial). So out comes his drink bottle, fill it up with water, and I pretend to pour some cordial in there. He is yet to realise there is actually no cordial in there!

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    Giving him cordial will form bad habits that will be hard to break. I would persevere with the water and try to add a few water laden foods to his diet if you are concerned about hydration.

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    My daughter's the same age. I wouldn't do cordial either, for the reason of forming habits.

    One thing my daughter LOVES: herbal teas. I'll occasionally give her a diluted herbal tea...so make up my own, put about 1cm in a glass for her, then add water. She gulps it down...seems most fond of the ones with a strong colour too!

    DD also loves water with ice in it, or pieces of fruit.

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    My daughter loves ice cubes ( even knows how to get them out of the freezer and helps herself ) could you give him some "ice blocks". She thinks it's a real treat when we put them in her cup

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    I agree with trying some infused water. My kids love it. We do lemonade (the fruit) orange, strawberry, kiwi fruit. Sometimes together sometimes separate. Oh and my advice make sure you peel the citrus cause otherwise the water tastes like mixed peel lol and I think it's gross. I tend to cut up the orange give it a little squeeze to let out some juice and then chuck all the fruit in.

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    yeah my DD would not drink water.

    I started doing a tiny bit of juice ... but it does form a bad habit.

    Ice works well with her though. I just give her a cup full of iceblocks and she would have those and think its a treat - but not the same quantity in just water

    As she got older it did get better, but it was hard once those habits were formed

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    How bout ice cubes with some fresh berries in it, blueberries or something. To make it a bit fun.

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    Cordial has never been an option for our kids. They think it's for adults, the same as soft drink but know when they're teenagers I'll let them have some.

    Both of my boys have preferred having their own drink bottle to drink from throughout the day. DS1 brings it to me to show how much he has drunk and I always praise them for drinking well.

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    My 18 month old daughter loves water but if it is really cold from fridge or has iceblocks in it she will go through bottles of it. Maybe try it extra cold I know I love it more this way.
    Personally I would not use cordial or juices.


 

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