This $11 Gadget Just Might Get Your Kids to Drink More Water
If your kids are like mine, they probably don’t drink enough water. They run around like wild animals for hours and all of of a sudden they’re dying of thirst — at some inconvenient time when we’re out and about with no water bottle. Or as I’m just putting them to bed, demanding a glass of water that I’m *certain* is going to turn into a middle-of-the-night bathroom trip.
So I was intrigued by the Dreamfarm Tapi. It’s a little rubber doodad you attach to your faucet. When you pinch the bottom closed, it sends water up through the top to create a fountain-style arc of water that’s easier to sip than sticking your head under the tap.
The theory is, if it’s easier (and more fun!) for my kids to drink through the tap, they’ll drink more water. Good theory, right? Keep reading to see how it went.
The arrival of the Tapi was a big deal at our house. My daughters, 3 and 5, were eager to try it out, but the first surprise was that the Tapi actually only fit on one faucet in the house. Our kitchen faucet is one of the pull-out sprayers, and the powder room has one of those squat old-school faucets. But it worked well in the family bathroom, which is probably the most important one. With enthusiasm, we popped it onto the spout and tried it out.
Buy: Dreamfarm Tapi, $11
The next thing we learned? It would definitely work better for older kids. While my husband and I were easily able to grip the spout to seal it off and make the water act like a fountain, the girls struggled to seal it all the way closed. My older one got the hang of it quickly, but my younger one hasn’t yet managed to squeeze it all the way shut, so some water runs down her hands even when she gets the water to come out of the top. Not that she minds, but it’s sort of a mess.
Also, because neither girl quite clears the vanity, it’s hard for them to get close enough to the fountain to drink out of it. My older one reached it easily once she stood on a stool, but my younger one has to climb on top of the vanity to do it. Again, not that she minds.
The final lesson: When it works, it works! We were all pretty delighted to get a big fountain of water to come out of the tap. We’ve been using it when we brush our teeth, and the fountain-style stream does really make you want to drink an extra gulp or two of water when you rinse. I think for it to really get your kids to drink more water, you’d have to have older kids.
And placement is key — if you were able to connect this to the faucet on the kitchen sink in, say, a home where that led straight to the backyard, I can totally see the kids running in for a quick sip of water from the tap. And of course, this really only works if you live in an area with good tap water.
What do you think, would you try something like this?