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.

Photo of a hand-held showerhead tilted at an angle and hung in a SHUC holder as water sprays out. The image caption reads: SHUC showerhead holder lowers the shower for your toddler.

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 £14.95 plus £5.95 for air mail. That boils down to £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.

Photo of a showerhead titled down for about an 80 degree angle water stream, with the showerhead being held by a SHUC holder.

Close-up of the SHUC holder without a showerhead inserted.

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.

Comments

17 Responses to “Review: SHUC Showerhead Holder for Toddlers”

  1. Jeremiah says:

    Our daughter Z (2.5) showers exclusively at home and with one of us, and gets baths a couple days a week when her grandmother is taking care of her. She loves being in the shower, and always fights us over getting out… we just have a few plastic cups and a toy watering can, and she plays with water whenever we’re not making her get clean. In the past few months she’s even decided it’s okay to stand under the water to rinse off, which makes things even easier.

    I have long fantasized about setting up plumbing to “split” the water supply so there’d be a faucet at the bottom she could turn to get herself water to play with. As it is, she is perpetually asking for additional cupfuls of water from high up near the shower head (where the cup will fill quickly) and I thought it would be fun for her to be able to get water herself with (hopefully) minimal interruption of mine or my wife’s shower.

    I have seen info about a new plastic shower toy system that does just that (and much more), but it isn’t on the market yet and I will probably balk at the price when it is.

    April 5th, 2007 at 2:39 pm

  2. Prerna Gupta says:

    where can I buy this?

    October 12th, 2008 at 10:41 am

  3. D. Daniels says:

    Great product.

    October 12th, 2008 at 10:50 am

  4. M Hansen says:

    where can I buy this product cambridgeshire area

    October 12th, 2008 at 11:14 am

  5. B Johnson says:

    where can i buy this item in lancashire

    October 12th, 2008 at 11:31 am

  6. Soapy says:

    http://www.Schuc.com: Website – says it’s closed for the time being.

    October 12th, 2008 at 12:26 pm

  7. Soapy says:

    typo: it’s http://www.shuc.com.
    (still ‘Closed for maintenance’, though!)

    October 12th, 2008 at 12:29 pm

  8. AJ says:

    AJ (the blogger) here… What’s the renewed interest in SHUC today? Was it featured in a news article? TV show?

    October 12th, 2008 at 12:38 pm

  9. kt says:

    yes this was featured on dragon’s den today – i think it’s a good idea!!!

    October 12th, 2008 at 2:37 pm

  10. andy says:

    i think it was just a replay on the bbc. they would have to be mad if they close the website just after showing their product on tv…
    but as the dragons said: some people will buy any rubbish…

    October 13th, 2008 at 2:22 pm

  11. AJ says:

    Rubbish, eh? Here we are 21 months later and we’re still happily using SHUC in our home and taking it with us when we travel. As far as I’m concerned, showers are the only way to go once a baby becomes a toddler, and SHUC has made our “bath” times much easier.

    October 13th, 2008 at 5:12 pm

  12. Magda says:

    The news article link seems broken. Here’s another one (same article, from what I could tell):
    http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/1299/Invention-has-power-over-hotel.1940495.jp

    November 13th, 2008 at 11:28 am

  13. polymorph says:

    I just bought one of these from a seller on e-bay for £6.50 (inc £2.50 p&p). I recommend him

    December 9th, 2008 at 4:25 am

  14. jynne says:

    You can buy the Shuc showerhead holder at gofixit.co.uk I have just bought one today and the date bought is 13/12/2008

    December 12th, 2008 at 7:07 pm

  15. jmy bb says:

    saw it on dragon’s den.
    good place to advertise!
    thought it was brilliant for mums with babies.
    her approaching into travel in den may have been a mistake as who wants to think to take the holder in their luggage until they actually get there and wish if they had one…
    could sell at holiday places, hotels, shops near by?
    i’m sure dragons stays top hotels where wet rooms and shower rooms are available anyway.
    i’m going to by one straightaway!
    thanks to her with her great idea
    jmy

    December 18th, 2008 at 8:21 am

  16. Sh007 says:

    You can also get this on Amazon.co.uk
    for much less than Gofixit.co.uk

    for £9 (including delivery) from SKSS Sales (AMAZON.co.uk website) instead of £16 just on its own from gofixit.co.uk

    As of 10th july 09

    July 10th, 2009 at 9:59 am

  17. jjennis says:

    Just saw this product TRASHED by the Dragons’ Den. They got it wrong. This product has potential. However, if hotels start supplying it, why should consumers buy it? Successful, yes but I would doubt it will be a big seller.

    August 11th, 2009 at 6:45 pm

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