My 13mth old twins won't drink much water. They seem to like it, but instead of drinking much of it they'll take in mouthfuls and spit it all over themselves for fun. This has been happening from almost the day I introduced them to water as a drink.
I was hoping it was a phase and have tried ignoring it, but it's been going for months and months with no change. I've tried various types of drinks; cordial, baby juice, even milk as just a drink (not in the bottle), but it makes no difference, in fact they really don't like anything but water. I've tried various types of drinking vessels, they are able to learn how to drink from all of them, but again it makes no difference.
The only fluid I can get them to drink any substantial amount of is milk from a baby bottle. Even milk in any other drinking vessel is spat all over themselves. Yet they won't drink water from the baby bottle in the same way. I'm stumped as to how to overcome this. Does anyone have any suggestions of what else I could try?
I'd persist with offering water in a straw cup with a lid (take n toss) as they are easy to drink from, if they spit the water out - take the cup away and tell them its for drinking not spitting. Possibly try offering one a drink without the other around so they cant make a game of it.
I wouldnt try offering any sort of sweet drink, stick with water and persist, they will take to it eventually. Give them a cup of water with each meal and snack and as soon as they spit it out then take the cup away. Best thing we did with our kids was only give them water to drink, now at 3 and 5 that is all they want to drink (besides milk) which is great - especially for their teeth. You can offer them juice, cordial or soft drink and they will refuse it.
Might also be worth reducing their milk intake and as long as their bowel movements are soft then all is well, are obviously hydrated enough - can always boost their fruit intake, eg watermelon, grapes, nectarines, peaches and if they like cereal with milk add in a bit of water too.