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It’s amazing how each child is so different. The Big One, well, he’s my physical kid. He was that way in the womb—a hard kicker, my strong, active guy. Since the day he was born, he’s continued to be like that. He could dribble a basketball before his second birthday! His after-school activities reflect his high intensity interests—he plays basketball about 12 hours each week, and also is in Boy Scouts. Boy Scouts involves a lot of camping and hiking. Between these two activities, we have all learned the importance of staying well hydrated. He knows that to get the best shots in basketball and to keep moving during a long hike, he must drink lots of water. It’s not hard to make kids understand the importance of hydration if you talk to them about it. Robin Plotkin, licensed dietitian and nutritionist, suggests using age appropriate concepts to talk to your kids about the importance of hydration. For young children, explain that it helps them stay cool when they are hot; for older, school-aged children, remind them that even mild to moderate dehydration can negatively impact mood, energy, concentration and short term memory—which are all important when studying, taking exams or playing sports.
One of the biggest challenges with kids and hydration is making sure that the water is readily available. Water is so important for every kid, not just my super active boy. Luckily, schools around here seem to be moving toward allowing kids to carry water throughout the school day. When water is right there next to the Big One he will drink it constantly. Today, I want to show you how I made this Paracord Water Bottle holder that easily attaches to his backpack, sports bag, or hiking day pack to make sure that every kiddo can stay well hydrated.
While I was shopping at Walmart, I picked up a 12-pack of Nestlé® Pure Life® water bottles and a package of 16 feet of orange paracord. I bought a small bag clip and a double barrel cord lock. You will also need scissors and a lighter to finish the project. If you are comfortable with braiding and making friendship bracelets, it won’t take you very long to make this great hydration tool.
You will attach one length of approximately 18 inches of paracord to the bag clip, and the double barrel cord lock. The lock goes on just one end of the cord, so that it forms a long loop. Then you will need to seal the ends of the cord together. If you haven’t done that before I have a post on making a variety of paracord bracelets here that will walk you through the steps. The spot where you connected the two ends together needs to be in the middle of the braid you are making, so that you don’t weaken the braid. You will then need to thread two lengths of paracord that are 3 feet long through the loop at the top before starting the braid. There are hundreds of awesome videos on paracord braiding, and I followed this one on the 4-strand round braid to make the water bottle carrier.
Once you have completed the braid, you will need to cut of the ends of the cord, and burn them to seal them so the braid doesn’t unwind.
After you have sealed the ends of the braid, you have a water bottle carrier that will be strong enough to attach to any pack that your child might use:
This is a great way to make sure that the water is always available. Now the Big One tells me that when he is playing sports, he likes to stick a water bottle in the freezer and allow it to melt during practice so that it’s super cold. Interestingly, if he’s going hiking or camping, he doesn’t like super cold water, he says that room temperature water is more refreshing on a hike. Isn’t that interesting? Regardless, making sure that the water is the right temperature and always on him is a great way to make sure that my Big Kid has the fluids that he needs!
Nestlé® Pure Life® conducted an online survey in June 2015 of 1,077 moms of kids ages 6-12 overall, including 254 Hispanic moms of kids ages 6-12 to learn about water drinking habits. In this survey, they learned a lot of interesting facts about hydration. Did you know that drinking water is one of the biggest “healthy habit” struggles moms have with their kids (38%), even more than struggles like “eat your fruit” (29%), “get enough exercise” (23%), and “eat your breakfast” (19%).* We also know that water reminders are necessary to build healthy hydration habits but only half of moms (52%) we surveyed said they regularly remind their child to drink water. To help take some of the hassle out of reminding your kids to drink water, this water bottle carry that holds your bottle of Nestlé® Pure Life® is one easy way to keep your kiddos hydrated during their busy, on-the-go days.
As a proud supporter of the Partnership for a Healthier America’s Drink Up initiative, Nestlé® Pure Life® is committed to helping families make healthier choices, starting with hydration. Nestlé® Pure Life® has committed to provide nearly one million 8 ounce servings of water to kids this school year through After-School All-Stars. (Information source – At over 20 participating schools in select markets across the country)
At PureLifeRippleEffect.com, moms can share tips and tricks that they use to teach their kids about the importance of staying healthy and hydrated. With this movement, moms will be empowered to send their kids off to school each day fueled and hydrated. To help your family be a part of the Ripple Effect visit pureliferippleeffect.com and share your tips for healthy hydration using #pureliferippleeffect on Facebook.
I’d love to know too– what are the best ways you’ve found to keep your kids drinking water?
We conducted our online survey in June 2015 of 1,077 moms of kids ages 6-12 overall, including 254 Hispanic moms of kids ages 6-12. 1,077 kids ages 6-12 from the same household were also surveyed, including 254 Hispanic kids ages 6-12. – © 2015 Nestle Waters North America Inc.