Abel’s found a clever way to encourage his son to drink water:
My wife and I always have problems getting our 1.5 year-old son to drink water, especially from a sipper. But I have a method that has never failed to work.
Here’s what we do. We use a normal cup and a straw (cut it if it’s too long). We let our son use the straw to drink from the cup. If he still refuses, I’ll make the "ahhhh" sound to indicate the satisfaction of drinking water. My son will drink and make the sound to imitate me. The result? He drinks without making the fuss.
The details of my kids’ toddlerhoods are getting fuzzy (which is scary considering my youngest child is only four), but I recall water getting a whole lot more attractive after I made juice a once-a-day treat, and milk the "with meals" drink. We continue this today — we rarely have soda or flavored drinks in the house, so the only between-meals drink option is water.