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Bathroom Faucet Safety Gear: The Yay to The Nay

Apr19

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Alpha Mom Yay To The NayIn addition to bath toys, bubbles and my daughter’s princess potty, I have also added some faucet safety gear and accessories to our bathroom to make it as kid-friendly (and safe) as possible. I tried bath spout safety covers to protect my baby from bumping her head on the hard metal faucet and a faucet extender for the sink to allow my toddler more independence in the bathroom.

1. Skip Hop Moby Bath Spout Cover

Best Bath Spout Protectors: Moby faucet protector by Skip Hop
The Moby was the first bath spout guard we tried and is a hard rubber whale that fits over your bath spout to protect your little one from bumping her head. The biggest advantages to the Moby are that it is mildew resistant, has a hole perfectly situated so you still have access to your shower diverter, and you can use the tail of the whale to hang the cover when its not in use. Not that there is any reason to remove it as it makes a whimsical addition to your bath decor, provided your bathroom looks good with a blue accent. Skip Hop Moby Bath Spout Cover (c. $12.99)

VERDICT: YAY

2. Puj Snug Spout Cover

Best Bath Spout Protector: Puj Snug
The Puj spout cover is a cute little elephant bath spout cover/guard that when placed over the bath spout, gives the illusion that the water is coming out from the elephant’s trunk. It is made of a foam which is much softer than the molded rubber of the Moby making it safer if your baby happens to bump her head. It’s malleable enough to fit over a variety of bath spouts, easily washable and also has a hole which is supposed to expose the shower diverter.  However, our shower diverter is located a little too far back and we still had remove the spout cover to switch to the shower. On the plus side, the Puj spout cover comes in three colors— blue, lime green and white so there are more options to match your bathroom decor. And it is made from recyclable materials. Puj Snug Spout Cover (c. $12.99)

VERDICT: YAY

3. Aqueduck Faucet Extender

Aqueduck Faucet Extender Product Review
The Aqueduck faucet extender is actually used on your bathroom sink making it easier for little kids to reach the water flow when they wash their hands. My daughter is still a little too small, even when standing on a stool, to reach her hands under the running water effectively, so we liked the Aqueduck faucet extender a great deal. It means I no longer have to pick her up every time she has to wash her hands and she can start being more independent in the bathroom. I have also heard that people like to travel with the Aqueduck but I would rather pick my kid up than touch a public faucet nozzle. My one advisory with the Aqueduck is that the rubber piece and the plastic piece are not glued together so it tends to shift around making the water spray a little unpredictable. You have to make sure it is angled a little down so the water doesn’t pool at the top and stay there after your child shuts off the faucet. Also, I would love if it came in one color, preferably white so it wasn’t such an eye sore in the bathroom (editor: I found it in gray on gray). Aqueduck Faucet Extender ($12.99)

VERDICT: YAY

In conclusion, I think both the Moby bath spout guard and the Puj bath spout cover are good options. I’ll give it to the Puj since it’s made of recycable materials and thus a better environmental option. The Aqueduck faucet extender is a great accessory but it needs a little refining. Still- totally worth it for your kids to be able to wash their hands by themselves.

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8 Responses to “Bathroom Faucet Safety Gear: The Yay to The Nay”

  1. Hi, I'm Natalie. Apr 19 at 2:22 pm Reply Reply

    Urg. Honestly, I want my kid to be aware or her (non-cushioned) surroundings so she can learn how to avoid injury and how to gauge risk. If that means that she’s going to bash her head or cut up her back on a few faucets, so be it. (I’m pretty sure she has a cut on her back right now from standing up too quickly underneath the bath faucet earlier in the week!)

    The extender is a cool idea – it seemed like forever before my daughter could reach on her own!

    • Karen Apr 29 at 4:25 pm Reply Reply

      I’m with you Natalie about not putting kids in a bubble – but you don’t mess around with bathtubs and safety. It’s like letting your kid walk through a parking lot so they will figure out that cars hurt if they hit you. Two friends of mine had bathtub accidents last week – one was only a bad bump to the cheek, the other one, a 14 month old, chipped off half of her two front teeth – required bonding and may result in damage to the nerve if not properly cared for (no biting into carrots or apples until permanent teeth come in).

      Regards to the faucet covers – I’ve found these things only work if you have a nearly horizontal tub faucet. Ours is this curved spout which is lovely in appearance but the shape renders the covers useless.

  2. pumpkinpie Apr 19 at 6:21 pm Reply Reply

    I have been searching an searching for a safety feature that I fear doesn’t exist. I want to block the water control in the tub, not the spout. The problem is, I have a single lever that is cold as it turns on and gets hotter the farther you move it. And it is really easy to turn, so if baby gets a hold of it he can turn it up with no problem. Unfortunately, everything I have found is made for tubs with separate hot and cold knobs. Does anyone know of a product for my June of tub?

  3. Mona Apr 20 at 6:44 am Reply Reply

    Pumpkin, I second this request, There are to
    tons of perfectly serviceable faucet covers that are cute as a button (yay!), but I also have an easily accessed / turned temp / water control and would love to find something like this!
    Also, anyone have a good source for more secure knob covers? I have two tall and clever little boys who make child’s play out of the two or three typed I find at the baby and big box stores…

  4. Trish Apr 22 at 3:25 pm Reply Reply

    I have had am aqua duck for almost a year, and if moisture gets between the rubber faucet cover and the extended “lip” it mildews like crazy. You cannot get the stain out of the rubber. It was helpful but I do not love that. You really have to keep it dry where the lip and rubber meet, thus removing, cleaning and reattaching it at least every other day.

    • Isabel Kallman
      Isabel Apr 22 at 3:39 pm Reply Reply

      thanks for this feedback on caring for the product long-term, Trish.

  5. leslie Apr 24 at 10:58 am Reply Reply

    For the record, we have the Moby whale cover, and it’s not mildew resistant. When we moved last summer, and therefore removed it from our faucet, there was lots of mildew on the inside (which you could not see w/o removing, so I had no idea it was there). Having said that, a quick scrub cleaned it off easily. And I was glad we had that specific cover when we got to our new place, b/c the shower diverter knob was in a totally different place on the faucet than the prior place, yet we were still able to access it easily without removing the cover…something I think is lacking in other covers (like the puj). We’ve been using it for 2.5 years now, and it’s still in great shape. And it’s super cute.

    • Isabel Kallman
      Isabel Apr 24 at 11:01 am Reply Reply

      Thanks for the specific feedback, Leslie! :)

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