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About 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated, and we’re guessing that percentage is even higher for moms. Motherhood is not only distracting, but it’s also depleting, especially if you’re pregnant, postpartum or nursing. And while there’s no time more critical to be drinking more water, there’s also literally no time to be drinking more water.

Like anything else in motherhood, there are ways to game the hydration system. Like using Liquid I.V.’s Hydration Multiplier, a non-GMO electrolyte drink mix that helps you hydrate faster and more efficiently than water alone. That’s not the only trick up our sleeve, though. Below, 3 of our fave healthy Instagram moms share their best tricks for staying hydrated, even with kids in tow.

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Zakkiya Miller, Nutritionist

Mom to Miley-Rose, 6; Kingsley-Rae, 4

Hydration Trick: Set a drinking reminder on your phone.

I love a good lazy summer. I purposely don't put the kids in camp so that we are free to plan the day as we please. We try to get out everyday -- to the local pool or beach, to go hiking or biking, and just discover different parks in NYC to visit and play. As moms, we get so busy with the day-to-day stuff that we often forget to take care of ourselves, and staying hydrated is a big one.

If I don't stay hydrated, I get headaches that can last all day, plus my skin will actually feel dry. It's as if I can feel the wrinkles forming! Hydration is the Number 1 ingredient to anti-aging. Knowing all this, I still find myself gulping water at the end of the day because I didn't drink enough.

I always carry a reusable water bottle that can be refilled on the go, and I have a reminder on my phone that alerts me every two hours to make sure I'm hydrating. A little flavor helps too; Liquid I.V. gives the water a pleasant taste making it super easy to drink.

Capen Evans, Blogger

Mom to Sawyer, 16 months

Hydration Trick: Drink when your kid drinks.

Summer as a mama of a toddler has been so awesome and busy! We have been spending most of our days running around outside at the parks, playgrounds and water parks.

I am constantly trying to drink water because I find that it is hard to function when I am dehydrated. But it’s also hard to remember when I am running around and catering to the needs of my daughter. Occasionally, I will go hours without taking a sip of water.

The best trick I know to keep myself hydrated, especially when we are out and about, is to keep a water bottle in our stroller and to take a drink water myself whenever I offer my daughter her water. I keep Liquid I.V. packets in our stroller or diaper bag so I can pour it in and really maximize each bottle of water.

Neha Ruch, founder of Mother Untitled

Bodie, 2 years; Pregnant with Baby 2

Hydration Trick: Drink a big glass at breakfast, so you’re starting the day with a good foundation.

My first pregnancy was filled with yoga, regular massages and December temperatures. This time around, I’m in the home stretch during the dog days of summer in the city, and I have a 2-year-old who is not so much a meditative yogi, though such a fun companion.

I swear hydration has been the most straightforward cure-all during this entire pregnancy, but it’s hard to get my 10+ cups a day. When I worked full time, I welcomed a water cooler break and had a tumbler on my desk at all times. Now, I have so many glasses strewn around my house that I fill up and forget to drink!

After the first bout of headaches around Week 15 of this pregnancy, I started keeping a water bottle in my stroller and a big mason jar by my bed for naps and nighttime. I’ll fill it up in the morning to get a headstart and drink it while Bodie has his smoothie & Peppa Pig dose of the day. I worry a lot about not taking as good care of myself as I did when I was carrying Bodie, and I’ve been loving any little tools, like Liquid I.V., to keep me hydrated. It makes me feel like I’m giving our baby girl a little extra TLC without the luxury of time.

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Photography by Stylish & Hip Kids for Well Rounded.

Back when my husband and I were creating our wedding registry, it was a fun, low-pressure opportunity to select some new dishes and linens. After all, I knew a thing or two about stocking my home and making the "wrong decision" with thread count was the only thing that posed any risk to my sleep at night.

Fast-forward a few years to when I created a baby registry before the birth of my first child—and I found the experience to have a much steeper learning curve. Unlike those sheets, it felt like a bad swaddle or bassinet selection would be catastrophic. Unsure of what to expect from motherhood or my baby, I leaned heavily on advice from friends who already ventured into parenthood. (Starting with their reminders to take deep breaths!)

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Now a mom of three little ones under the age of four, I'm happy to be in a position to pass along some baby registry wisdom.

Go shopping with a veteran parent

As first-time parents, my husband and I barely knew the difference between a bouncer and a swing, let alone what specific features we would want. So when a mom friend recommended we head to Walmart to build my registry together—because she found them to carry the trendy brands she loved AND make registering a breeze during her pregnancy—I leapt at the chance.

By walking through the aisles together and actually getting to see the products, I was much more confident in my registry selections. Thanks to that quick, in-store tutorial from my friend, I understood exactly how to match a perfect infant car seat with an extra base and stroller—which is something I would have been clueless about on my own.

Include items at a variety of price points

When it comes down to it, a registry is really a wish list. So, while I had a personal budget for a stroller if it had to come out of my own pocket, this was an opportunity for me to ask for the stroller of my dreams. And, wouldn't you know it? A few family members went in on it together, which made a bigger price tag much more manageable.

At the same time, it's nice to include some of the smaller ticket items that are absolutely essential. I can't even begin to tell you how grateful I was to skip buying my own diapers for those first few weeks. (With super cute patterns, these are also surprisingly fun to give, too!)

Think about the gifts you would like to give

The first time I bought a mom-to-be a gift after my own child was born, I knew immediately what to look for on her registry: a diaper bag backpack, which I had come to have very strong opinions about after battling falling straps with my first diaper bag. This allowed me to feel like I had a personal touch in my gift, even if I brought one pre-selected by her.

I also appreciate it when my friends clearly incorporate their style into their registry choices, like with adorable baby outfits or nursery decor—and there's no sweeter "thank you" than a picture from a friend showing your gift in use.

Ask for things to grow with your child

Even though it's called a baby registry, there's no need to limit yourself to gifts to use before their first birthday. (To this day, I still have people who attended my baby shower to thank for the convertible bed that my oldest child sleeps in!) Knowing that, I would have included more options with long lifespans into my registry—namely, a baby carrier that can be used during the newborn months, baby months and well into the toddler years. A well-designed baby carrier would have saved my back from serious pain because it would have allowed me to comfortably and ergonomically carry my toddler as she made her way into the 25lb+ club. One brand that's designed to grow with your baby and accommodates 7-45 pounds (up to about four years old) and offers both inward and forward-facing positions is Ergobaby. With several different design and style options, you can easily find one that caters to your parenting needs. From an all-in-one carrier, like the Omni 360, that grows with baby from the newborn stages into the toddler years or a newborn-specific carrier, like the Embrace (and don't worry you can later upgrade to a carrier for an older baby, I recommend the 360 Carrier). The best part? All ergonomic designs are supportive and comfortable for both baby and parent, offering extra lumbar support with breathable, lightweight mesh styles. Everyone (even grandparents!) can get a kick out of babywearing, which is a nice and welcomed break for parents. Having one of these on my registry would have certainly made those first few years so much easier.

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