It’s so hot, if we don’t drink there’ll be no water left in our bodies! – JD, 4
Kids, eh? First they ask for a drink, so you head into a cafe, then they deny needing the loo, so you sit down, unpack, get the baby out of the pushchair, then they DESPERATELY need the loo, so you pack up, bundle into the changing toilet, sit back down, they’re not thirsty, then as soon as you leave the cafe, they’re sooo thirsty. How do I do a not-at-all-impressed emoticon?
I can’t pack a portaloo (ok, I guess there are portable solutions but ew!) but I have learned never to leave the house without a drink or two packed, especially in this weather!
Here’s what’s in my handbag.
These are really handy little pouches of pure fruit smoothie, 100% organic goodness. They’re easy to drink from and take up next to no space in your handbag.
£3.29 for a pack of 5. Find out more on the Ella’s Kitchen website.
Vimto No Added Sugar Ready to Drink
Free from artificial colours and with no added sugar, this drink is a firm favourite with JD. It’s made from a blend of three fruit juices – grape, raspberry and blackcurrant and also comes in a strawberry or cherry flavour.
£1.00 for a pack of three. Find out more on the Vimto website.
Not suitable for JD as he’s still a little dairy intolerant but popular with his friends, these flavoured milk drinks are free from artificial sweetener and help get much needed calcium into little bones – as with any sugary drink though, it’s wise to give them in moderation.
£1 for six bottles (special offer). Find out more on the Yazoo Facebook Page.
You know when you’re in a restaurant and the drink you ordered your toddler arrives in a glass tumbler? Transfer it into this and it’ll stay put on the table.It’s got a rubber ring at the base and an easy grip material for those first sips from an open cup.
£8.99 for one cup. Find out more on the BabyBjörn website.
Another favourite with JD, we fill this with ice cold water before venturing out on forest walks. The loop at the top means it’s easy for kids to carry, it has a flip up straw and the material is BPA-free and impact resistant.
£9.95 per bottle. Find out more on the VUP Baby website.
The unusual shape of this weeble-like bottle means Miss J can hold it with ease, it comes with a teet, sippy and straw top, and the neoprene casing (sold separately) means whatever’s within holds its temperature perfectly.
£14.00 for the development set. Find out more on the Momma website.
Alpro Soya Shakes drinks
A dairy-free, tasty, calcium-enriched alternative to milkshake that’s perfect for JD. I’ve been known to steal more than a few of these, which come in strawberry or chocolate flavour.
£1.07 for a pack of three. Find out more on the Alpro website.
So, what’s in your handbag?