Good morning everyone!
I had someone ask about the proper amount of fluids for a toddler. I thought others may have the same question, and a short blog is just the answer.
Toddlers will usually self-hydrate adequately if given proper nutrition and a sippy cup of water during the day. Toddlers usually need half of what school aged kids need, therefore approximately 40 oz/day. Juice intake should not be more than 4-6 oz/day. All juice should be 100% juice, with no sugar added. Juice can be diluted with water, so it can go twice as far. Dilute half water and half juice for a total intake of 8-12 oz of fluids. (I’m not going to address the recent issues with arsenic in juice, that’s for another day.)
Remember, proper nutrition is always key to good health. Adequate amounts of fruits during the day provide extra hydration. Toddlers should be getting 2-3 glasses of milk a day. Milk intake should not exceed 24oz/day to avoid absorption problems in the GI tract which can lead to anemia.
Dark and/or strong smelling urine, constipation, and dry skin can all be a signs of inadequate hydration.
I hope this helps you enjoy the journey!