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3 Tricks to Help You Drink More Water

Because your Mombrain needs to stay hydrated.

3 Tricks to Help You Drink More Water

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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.

I felt lost as a new mother, but babywearing helped me find myself again

I wish someone had told me before how special wearing your baby can be, even when you have no idea how to do it.

My first baby and I were alone in our Brooklyn apartment during a particularly cold spring with yet another day of no plans. My husband was back at work after a mere three weeks of parental leave (what a joke!) and all my friends were busy with their childless lives—which kept them too busy to stop by or check in (making me, at times, feel jealous).

It was another day in which I would wait for baby to fall asleep for nap number one so I could shower and get ready to attempt to get out of the house together to do something, anything really, so I wouldn't feel the walls of the apartment close in on me by the time the second nap rolled around. I would pack all the diapers and toys and pacifiers and pump and bottles into a ginormous stroller that was already too heavy to push without a baby in it .

Then I would spend so much time figuring out where we could go with said stroller, because I wanted to avoid places with steps or narrow doors (I couldn't lift the stroller by myself and I was too embarrassed to ask strangers for help—also hi, New Yorkers, please help new moms when you see them huffing and puffing up the subway stairs, okay?). Then I would obsess about the weather, was it too cold to bring the baby out? And by the time I thought I had our adventure planned, the baby would wake up, I would still be in my PJs and it was time to pump yet again.

Slowly, but surely, and mostly thanks to sleep deprivation and isolation, I began to detest this whole new mom life. I've always been a social butterfly. I moved to New York because I craved that non-stop energy the city has and in the years before having my baby I amassed new friends I made through my daily adventures. I would never stop. I would walk everywhere just to take in the scenery and was always on the move.

Now I had this ball and chain attached to me, I thought, that didn't even allow me to make it out of the door to walk the dog. This sucks, I would think regularly, followed by maybe I'm not meant to be a mom after all.


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Motherly editors’ 7 favorite hacks for organizing their diaper bags

Make frantically fishing around for a diaper a thing of the past!

As any parent knows, the term "diaper bag" only scratches the surface. In reality, this catchall holds so much more: a change of clothes, bottles, snacks, wipes and probably about a dozen more essential items.

Which makes finding the exact item you need, when you need it (read: A diaper when you're in public with a blowout on your hands) kind of tricky.

That's why organization is the name of the game when it comes to outings with your littles. We pooled the Motherly team of editors to learn some favorite hacks for organizing diaper bags. Here are our top tips.

1. Divide and conquer with small bags

Here's a tip we heard more than a few times: Use smaller storage bags to organize your stuff. Not only is this helpful for keeping related items together, but it can also help keep things from floating around in the expanse of the larger diaper bag. These bags don't have to be anything particularly fancy: an unused toiletry bag, pencil case or even plastic baggies will work.

2. Have an emergency changing kit

When you're dealing with a diaper blowout situation, it's not the time to go searching for a pack of wipes. Instead, assemble an emergency changing kit ahead of time by bundling a change of baby clothes, a fresh diaper, plenty of wipes and hand sanitizer in a bag you can quickly grab. We're partial to pop-top wipes that don't dry out or get dirty inside the diaper bag.

3. Simplify bottle prep

Organization isn't just being able to find what you need, but also having what you need. For formula-feeding on the go, keep an extra bottle with the formula you need measured out along with water to mix it up. You never know when your outing will take longer than expected—especially with a baby in the mix!

4. Get resealable snacks

When getting out with toddlers and older kids, snacks are the key to success. Still, it isn't fun to constantly dig crumbs out of the bottom of your diaper bag. Our editors love pouches with resealable caps and snacks that come in their own sealable containers. Travel-sized snacks like freeze-dried fruit crisps or meal-ready pouches can get an unfair reputation for being more expensive, but that isn't the case with the budget-friendly Comforts line.

5. Keep a carabiner on your keychain

You'll think a lot about what your child needs for an outing, but you can't forget this must-have: your keys. Add a carabiner to your keychain so you can hook them onto a loop inside your diaper bag. Trust us when we say it's a much better option than dumping out the bag's contents on your front step to find your house key!

6. Bundle your essentials

If your diaper bag doubles as your purse (and we bet it does) you're going to want easy access to your essentials, too. Dedicate a smaller storage bag of your diaper bag to items like your phone, wallet and lip balm. Then, when you're ready to transfer your items to a real purse, you don't have to look for them individually.

7. Keep wipes in an outer compartment

Baby wipes aren't just for diaper changes: They're also great for cleaning up messy faces, wiping off smudges, touching up your makeup and more. Since you'll be reaching for them time and time again, keep a container of sensitive baby wipes in an easily accessible outer compartment of your bag.

Another great tip? Shop the Comforts line on www.comfortsforbaby.com to find premium baby products for a fraction of competitors' prices. Or, follow @comfortsforbaby for more information!

This article was sponsored by The Kroger Co. Thank you for supporting the brands that supporting Motherly and mamas.

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