Bathroom Faucet Safety Gear: The Yay to The Nay
In 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
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)
2. Puj Snug Spout Cover
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)
3. Aqueduck Faucet Extender
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)
Final Thoughts on Faucet Safety Gear
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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Published April 19, 2013.
Last updated March 11, 2017.