Wat-aah! Bottled Water for Kids and Teens

If your kids need an incentive to drink plain water, Wat-aah might do the trick.

Wat-aah bottled water for kids and teens
Wat-Aah!

If you're trying to get your children to drink more water, this mom-created, kid-inspired product just might do the trick. It's plain, purified water, but made "functional" with the addition of extras such as electrolytes (Wat-Aah! Brain), oxygen (Wat-Aah! Energy), and magnesium (Wat-Aah! Power). Wat-Aah! also makes a line of sparkling spring waters that are flavored with "fruit essences," but no sugar.

Pop singer Ariana Grande joined the company in 2014 as a partner and an endorser of the product. If your kids are among Grande's many young fans, the connection might amp up the water's appeal for them.

Wat-Aah! Bottled Water - Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Contains no sugar or artificial flavors or colors
  • Packaged in BPA-free bottles
  • Fun graphics may encourage kids to drink more water
  • Can replace electrolytes without the calories of sports drinks

Cons

  • Pricey at $1 to $1.50 per bottle (buy at Amazon; sometimes deals are available)
  • Bottles are recyclable, but not reusable

Wat-aah! Bottled Water - Review

My daughter first tasted flavored water on a field trip. She'd forgotten her refillable water bottle at school, and a friend generously gave her an extra flavored-water pouch to drink with her lunch. After that, of course my daughter wanted her own water pouches. But when I checked the label on the brand she asked for, I saw that it was loaded with sugar and high-fructose corn syrup.

I found a similar brand with much less sugar per serving and bought that instead. Luckily, my daughter was satisfied with the substitution.

But I'd still prefer that my kids drink water without any flavoring or artificial stuff in it, so I checked out Wat-Aah! These bottled waters come in 10 varieties (5 sparkling and 5 still), each containing rigorously purified water along with some healthy additives such as potassium, magnesium, and other helpful electrolytes.

Wat-Aah!'s packaging is designed for maximum kid appeal (check out the product image to see what I mean) and it definitely worked on my kids. They slurped down the sample bottles right away and wanted to have a taste test to compare the "blue kind" (Wat-Aah! Brain) and the "pink kind" (Wat-Aah! Body). For the record, they taste the same—just like plain, filtered water—but that didn't stop my kids from their little science experiment.

The problem I have with Wat-Aah! is the same one I have with any bottled water (and with juice boxes too). In general, you are much better off getting your own reusable bottle and filling it from your tap. This saves money and is also much more Earth-friendly. You can even make your own sparkling water with a SodaStream machine; my family and I love ours.

However, if your child is really resistant to drinking water, Wat-Aah! could be a good alternative to high-calorie, high-sugar juices, sodas, and sports drinks.

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