Three Unusual Baby and Toddler Products, Volume 5: Japanese Edition

Photo of Kathy's baby wearing a shower hat with an inset photo of the shower hat packaging.

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Shampoo Hat by Pip Baby — Thinga-reader Kathy sent in this photo of her then-9-month-old daughter Annelise sporting a Shampoo Hat, bought by a friend in Japan. The hat is a foam disc with a hole in the middle for your baby’s noggin. You wash and rinse the hair while keeping your child’s eyes free and clear of tears. Available in pink or blue, the topside sports cartoon characters from NHK, Japan’s public broadcaster. A similar hat by a different manufacturer features Snoopy.

See related: Shower visors for a cry-free bathtime

When I searched for a product photo for Kathy’s shower hat, I found a few other interesting products via Amazon Japan, replete with poorly translated product names.

Photo of the packaging for Nursing Bottle Scissors.

Nursing Bottle Scissors by Pip Baby—Google’s product description translation reads, "Boiling liquid medicine disinfection common use." A customer’s posted review indicates the "scissors" are used with hot nursing bottles, and zooming in on the packaging reveals a photo of the scissors holding a bottle nipple. Scissors is probably a poor translation for "tongs." This product appears to be for gripping baby bottles and nipples to put them in and hold them in a pot of boiling water to sterilize the items. I used ice tongs for our bottle nipples.

Photo of a potty chair with handlebar grips and a Winnie the Pooh hood ornament.

Pooh Bedpan—It seems that outside the U.S. it’s not uncommon for potty seats to be straddled like a horse, with toddlers holding on for dear life with the aide of a handlebar. Like U.S. potties, the seat and handlebar can lift out of the catch basin for placement on a real toilet seat. The basin is then turned upside down to serve as a stepping stool. Any resemblance of this Winnie the Pooh potty chamber to the honey pots that Pooh frequently gets his head stuck in is purely coincidental, I’m sure.

Photo of a teddy bear styled showerhead holder and a photo of it being used in a shower tub with a toddler.

Shower Hook—OK, here is a fourth unusual product because it confirms that I’m not a completely weird parent. My daughter has been taking showers instead of baths since she was 14-months-old. We use a SHUC showerhead holder to bring the shower down to her level, but the device is marketed to travelers rather than parents. But here we go… a Japanese teddy bear showerhead hook with a toddler in the product photo. Yay!

I cannot vouch for it, but Sanrokudo International states it will act as a middleman for overseas purchases from Japanese retailers.

See also: Three Unusual Baby and Toddler Products:

  • Volume 1: High Leg chair extender, nursing bracelet, Clever Coverz.
  • Volume 2: PlatePal, Mama Snot Pluck, Tubsider parent seat.
  • Volume 3: The Zoo animal storage, Sneeze Sleeve, The Potty Song.
  • Volume 4: Yellow pages booster seat, My First Zamboni, Solar System Travel Bag.
  • Volume 5 Japanese edition: shampoo hat, nursing bottle scissors, Pooh bedpan.
  • Volume 6: Doll playground, baby cologne, foam receiving blanket.
  • Volume 7: Horse chariot, leather-like baby gear, Babywunder Deluxe.
  • Volume 8: Fropper, safety tattoos, Snow Bear sled.
  • Volume 9: Birthday Suit Bear, Wooden Train Chandelier, Pink Lego Bucket.


9 Responses to “Three Unusual Baby and Toddler Products, Volume 5: Japanese Edition”

  1. jessica says:

    I had a shampoo hat just like that one (except yellow) when I was a kid (I remember it distinctly, because I think I wore it till I was 6 or 7). So this Japanese one might be a copy of one available in the States about 30 years ago!

    April 9th, 2007 at 10:16 am

  2. olu says:

    Please where can I purchase this cap in the US. I’m on holiday from the UK and forgot to bring my daughters one with me. Is it available in stores or do I have to order it online.

    I am in Marylland. Please reply ASAP


    April 25th, 2007 at 4:24 am

  3. Amelia says:

    I owe a similar potty from combi. At 5 months, my daughter was sitting on it with the potty covered. Then it turned into a little potty. The handles worked great. Now it is converted into a step stool.

    February 2nd, 2008 at 2:35 pm

  4. JUDY Brown says:

    Where and how can I purchase one of these shampoo shades? Many thanks….grammajudy

    February 19th, 2008 at 5:01 pm

  5. CanCan says:

    The potty is straddled b/c in Asia they use squat toilets instead of the western style “throne”.

    June 14th, 2008 at 11:01 am

  6. Darlene says:

    Very interested in getting a bath hat for my grand daughters. Remember having one for my girls in the 70′s and it was great. Any ideas for Canada or the U.S ? Retail store or online

    August 28th, 2008 at 9:42 pm

  7. AJ says:

    Darlene, several bath visors are linked on this page:

    August 28th, 2008 at 9:57 pm

  8. dianna loya says:

    I am a grandmother of 5 ranging from 13 to 1 year. I have been looking for an accessory for baby shoes that I had for my four children. A small plastic cylinder that unscrewed on one end. When you unscrewed it, it revealed a slot which slid right under the knot of the shoelace bow. You put loose ends of the laces inside and screwed the end back on and they couldn’t be untied by baby or come untied by them selves. I cannot find them anywhere. I went to Babie R Us and they said they’ve never heard of them. Help. I have little ones. Do they still make these???? Where can I get them?

    October 20th, 2008 at 6:40 pm

  9. Melody says:

    We lived in Japan for four years. The modern Japanese home will have handheld showers. Showers are taken BEFORE soaking and are located right next to the bathtub (ofuro), instead of “inside” the bathtub, as shown in the photo above. The ofuro are used for soaking at the end of the day, not for baths as we Americans know it. The custom is also followed at the many hot spring spas (ofuro) found in Japan: shower-then-soak. There is also an insane fascination for Disney characters in everything from bath products to kitchen tools and beyond. They can also be found at the 100 yen stores (like our dollar stores).

    January 31st, 2009 at 1:20 pm

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