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5 kids Summer Drinks Recipes for Kids

Summer holidays are finally here, we are already enjoying all the warm weather activities. This means that kids can get out and start enjoying some fun in the sun. However, when kids are outdoors, running around, and playing in the heat, it’s important to make sure your kids are staying hydrated.

While drinking water is still the best approach to helping kids stay hydrated, Mocktails, Smoothies, and Old-Fashioned Lemonades are also a refreshing way for the kids to cool off and a fun kitchen activity, too.

Toddlers love having a bright and colorful drink and these five recipes are sure to do the trick. Try them all, and feel free to mix and match ingredients to create your kids’ favorite summer drink that they can share with family and friends!

Strawberry Milkshake

Ingredients you will need: Milk (cow milk or vegetal milk), strawberries (fresh or frozen), dates (or honey), frozen bananas and vanilla extract

1. Pop all the ingredients into a blender

2. Blend until smooth and creamy

3. Serve immediately & enjoy!

Watermelon lemonade

Ingredients you will need: 1 litre of sparkling water, 300g cubed watermelon, the juice of 2 lemons, 2 tsp honey & fresh mint and ice to serve

1. Add the sparkling water, watermelon, lemon juice and honey to a blender and blitz until smooth.

2. Strain the lemonade through a sieve into a jug to remove any seeds.

3. Serve immediately over ice and with a sprig of fresh mint.

Apricot-Strawberry Smoothie

Ingredients you will need: 190g fresh apricots, 60g natural plain yogurt, 240 ml milk (cow milk or vegetal milk), 2 teaspoons honey (or agave syrup), 190g fresh strawberries

1. Pop all the ingredients in a blender. Mix for a few minutes until smooth.

2. Pour carefully in the cup. It’s ready, enjoy!

Pineapple Sunrise Mocktail

Ingredients you will need: Pineapple juice, sugar free lemonade, grenadine, orange slices, or other fruit for garnish

1. Cut slices of orange or other fruits of your choice ready to decorate the glasses.

2. Stir together the pineapple juice and lemonade. Pour over ice.

3. Carefully pour grenadine into the drink so it settles on the bottom. 

4. Add a slice of orange to the side of each glass. Serve immediately and enjoy!

Peach Iced Tea

Ingredients you will need: For the syrup: 200g organic cane sugar, 250 ml water, 5 ripe peaches (4 stoned and chopped, 1 sliced to serve). For the tea: 3-4 tea decaffeinated black tea bags (depending on how strong you prefer it), 1900 ml filtered water

1. Combine sugar, water, and peaches (pitted and chopped) in a small pot. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the sugar is dissolved, about 6 minutes.

2. Once the sugar is dissolved, cover, remove from heat and let steep for 25-30 minutes.

3. In the meantime, brew your tea. Try not to let it steep longer than 4-5 minutes or it can get bitter. Once brewed, remove tea bags and transfer to a pitcher. Refrigerate to cool.

4. Once your syrup is ready pour into a container over a fine mesh strainer to strain out peaches. You can reserve the peaches for later use, like over oats or ice cream.

5. Stir the peach syrup into the tea with some ice, or pour a little of the syrup into glasses and add the tea. Top up with more ice. Add peach slices to serve & enjoy!

Chose your kid’s favorite sippy cup and serve the drink in it!

Once you’ve chosen your kid’s favorite recipe and made the drinks, serve it in our 1-2-3 Sip Cups. If you have different colors of cups at home you can mix & match the cup and drinks to add to the festive feeling.

Those sippy cups are perfect for enticing little ones to drink. It transitions from straw to sippy cup to “big kid” cup for all of your kiddo’s stages of development.

You’ll see their drinks will only taste better with our our 1-2-3 Sip cups!

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Summer Safety: How Much Water Should Babies Drink?

We all know our bodies need water to survive and thrive, but with the arrival of hot weather and summer heatwaves, you may be wondering how much water should babies drink to stay safely hydrated? After all, adults greatly increase their water consumption during hot summer months, especially with increased activity levels, so shouldn’t baby? However, the answer depends on the age of the child. Staying hydrated helps the body flush waste, keeps bowel movements regular and helps the body regulate temperature, so it’s important for children and adults to get a healthy amount of water each day.

0-12 Months

The World Health Organization’s (WHO) health guidelines recommend against giving newborns and infants water. A properly fed infant, either through breastfeeding or formula, will get all the hydration they need through eating due to the high water content in both. In fact, giving water to newborns can be harmful! Water intoxication occurs when too much water flushes out critical nutrients, especially sodium. Although rare, this condition can affect children and adults. Giving newborns and infants water also makes them feel full and less interested in eating which can result in nutritional imbalances.

As your baby gets older and begins to transition to pureed foods, it’s a good time to introduce sip cups with small amounts of water. Babies at this age may not need more than 2-4 ounces of water per day. The less breastmilk or formula your baby consumes, the more water they need. Unfortunately, there’s no magic formula for figuring out the exact amount of water babies need, so use your child’s solid/pureed food intake, activity level and their thirst as your guidelines!

One Year +

By around one year, your baby’s milk or formula intake will typically reduce to the recommended 16 ounces per day. At this point, a one-year-old should have approximately one 8-oz cup of water daily, increased by one cup for every additional year. A two-year-old should have two 8-oz cups, a three-year-old, 3 cups and so on. Again, you should let your baby’s activity and thirst levels help dictate the proper amount of water for their unique needs.

Hydration Tips for Babies

Between 12-15 months, babies develop their grasp and coordination enough to begin holding a cup and practice sipping. Covered sip cups are a good way to introduce water and help your little one master drinking. Here are some tips for keeping kids hydrated during the summer:

Encourage small, frequent sips. When your child is overheated and thirsty, they’re more likely to gulp water which can cause abdominal discomfort. Instead, encourage them to take small sips regularly as they play and throughout the day. This will also keep them hydrated without feeling full and reducing healthy food intake.

Make sipping fun. Sippy cups in kid-friendly colors or with the addition of a fun accessory like a straw will help your baby be excited about drinking water. Older kids will want to use the same dishes as their parents, so try matching cups and make staying hydrated a family event.

Supplement water intake with water-rich foods. Yummy summer snacks like watermelon, strawberries, cucumbers, peaches, and pineapple are all hydrating.

So, how much water should babies drink? There’s no perfect answer. But for active babies who’ve begun the transition to pureed and solid foods, the key is frequent, small amounts. As kids get older, they’ll need regular reminders to drink water before they get overheated. It’s much easier to prevent dehydration than treat it!

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Reasons You (and Your Mini) Will Love Miniware

When we became parents, we wanted to find safe, natural dishes for our baby, something durable but also easy to clean. There wasn’t anything that met our needs or the needs of our growing child on the current market. We created Miniware to address the challenges facing parents and babies during self-feeding training and to have a low-impact, environmentally-safe product that was good for the earth from creation through disposal. Our Miniware family of health-conscious, modern parents love our dishes and we know you will too.

Why You’ll Love Miniware:

Safer for baby. Plastic baby dishes can leach toxic chemicals into food over time or when exposed to heat, such as in the microwave or dishwasher. Plastic-free Miniware is made from 100% all-natural materials without chemical additives. Perfect for health-conscious parents!

Long-lasting and durable. Baby dishes must stand up to the demands of even the most enthusiastic little diners. Ceramic dishes may be beautiful but there’s always a risk of chips or shattering. Plasticware can be durable but risks chemical leaching or plastic chips getting into food. Miniware is made from extremely strong plant fibers, molded into beautiful, sturdy dishware that can last for years with proper care. Great for indoor or outdoor use!

Easy to clean. Modern families require easy-to-clean dishware for busy lifestyles. Miniware can safely be placed in the dishwasher or hand-washed. For best results and to extend the life of your dishes, use the lowest dishwasher settings and avoid heated air-dry cycles.

Designed to help children learn to self-feed. The “easy-scoop” angle and wide openings of our dishes were created to help new self-feeders easily learn to scoop and grab different types of food. Combined with our Miniware cutlery sets, babies and small children will master self-feeding easily while developing their muscle control and balance.

Convenient and travel-ready. Miniware is ready to pack up and go wherever life takes you.

Low-impact and earth-friendly. Miniware is created from all-natural, sustainable resources with no chemicals used in manufacturing making it environmentally friendly from its creation through disposal. They’re a great alternative to plastic baby dishes which carry both environmental and health risks.

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Miniware Baby Products are Free of Melamine and Formaldehyde

As you may have read in newspapers and seen on TV, The Swedish Food Agency in Sweden has gone out with a warning that most of the bamboo products on the market are mixed with different types of plastics and formaldehyde that are harmful to children. Furthermore, the SFA warned consumers to be extra careful of any organic products which are infused with petroleum plastics. You can see the full article on The Swedish Food Agency website.

This is often done because bamboo fibers are easier to break and biodegrade, and the mass manufacturers want a quick and cheap way to make the product stronger so they mix in plastics which are harmful and not eco-friendly. 

We at Miniware distanced ourselves from this way of producing products right from the start and have instead led the development of petroleum plastic-free and chemical-free organic products. This is despite the significantly more expensive manufacturing cost that this entailed. Our persistence to stay true to the origin is to make sure Miniware can offer the best and safest products for babies. We are sure that parents around the world appreciate and understand the seriousness of this, including the additional cost that can come with better and safer products for children.

We can proudly say that we are one of the few players in the market that manufactures our products with only natural materials completely free of melamine, plastic, parabens, and formaldehyde. You can see how many warnings and guides we have drafted for years helping to educate our clients to stay healthy and practice true Eco-living, and below are a few of those articles published over the past 3 years:

We take great care in using materials with a low-impact on the environment and that are safe and healthy for the little ones to use every day, and this with no exception. 

Our PLA is strengthened to support everyday modern family life with durable products. It is dishwasher safe, microwave safe, and much less brittle compared to most plant-based materials. Additionally, no toxins or heavy metals are leached into the environment. We constantly strive to be environmentally friendly in all our production stages as much as possible and always attempt to achieve even more sustainable alternatives.

Our suppliers meet both FDA (U.S. Federal Department of Agriculture) and LFGB (German food contact grade testing) standards. All finished products are tested to ensure the production process doesn’t contain any heavy metals or chemical additives.

We at Miniware will continue to work with and lead the development of safer and toxic-free products for children as this is our basic philosophy and why we are in the market. This is the time for you to take action as an important platform within the mother and baby market! Please feel free to contact us if you have further questions about this subject.

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