Tuesday, January 30th, 2007
Review: SHUC Showerhead Holder for Toddlers
My daughter gave up baths when she was 14-months-old. In a tub laden with non-slip decals, she could stand and have fun walking into and out of our shower’s water spray.
She fills cups with water and dumps them on herself while I scrub her clean. When it comes time for the dreaded hair rinsing, our hand-held showerhead rinses faster than poured water, minimizing her crying.
I would rinse the back half of her head fast, then cover her eyes to quickly rinse the front half. It was much quicker than pouring water from a glass or pitcher.
Your luck my vary, but we had three poop-in-tub accidents, but no poop-in-shower incidents. Even so, what’s easier to clean, poop in a stagnant pool or poop in a flowing stream?
What we lacked was a reliable holder to bring the showerhead down to her level. For the last 18 months we’ve gotten by with a simple Target-brand suction holder (two actually, because the first one broke, and I believe it’s now no longer sold). It lacked everything the following product offers.
It’s called SHUC. I will sing its praises in tenor bullet points. Imagine I sound like Harry Connick, Jr. or maybe Jon Bon Jovi. Sorry, I listened in the eighties, but the latter one was my wife’s idea.
- Installs easily, sticking anywhere with two suction cups.
- Has a tapered cone-like holder for the showerhead handle that makes it fit "90 percent of showerheads." I read that to mean, "fits most."
- Allows the showerhead to be tilted vertically, and fastened into position with a tightening knob.
- It’s portable and comes with a travel bag. It will go with us to hotels and Gramma’s house.
- Detaches from the wall with ease because the suction cups hook into and out of the base unit. I just unhook, then peel off the suction cups.
To install, slide the two suction cups into grooves on the backside, push the base onto the wall and press the two blue buttons on the front panel to push air out of the cups. I had a tough time getting a good seal on our plastic shower wall until I did what I do with all suction cups: wipe a wet cloth across the surface of the cups. I’ll defer to any physicists in the audience to explain why that works. The manufacturer states SHUC stays in position at least two weeks.
The SHUC’s vertical tiltability has transformed my daughter’s showers. We angle the showerhead down like a regular shower experience, instead of a mostly horizontal spray required with our old inflexible holder. She wears a foam visor as well, allowing her to put her head under the spray and shake her head like a puppy playing in water.
Perhaps most important, this little device will make the shower accessible to my daughter over the next several years as it adjusts to her growth in height.
Purchasing note: SHUC is made in the United Kingdom, but can be shipped overseas. As of this writing, the cost is Â£14.95 plus Â£5.95 for air mail. That boils down to Â£20.90, or about $41 weak American dollars, according to the Yahoo currency converter, billed to your credit card. It isn’t bad when considering the years of use your child will get from it. On the order form, customers in North America should leave the "county" box blank, but change the "country" box to USA or Canada or whatnot.
UPDATE: The SHUC website appears to be offline. As of December 2008 SHUC is/was purchasable from gofixit.co.uk on its ‘Special Deals’ page. The company ships to a number of countries, but unfortunately not the US or Canada.