Thursday, April 5th, 2007
Three Unusual Baby and Toddler Products, Volume 5: Japanese Edition
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Shampoo Hat by Pip Baby â€” 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.
Nursing Bottle Scissors by Pip Babyâ€”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.
Pooh Bedpanâ€”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.
Shower Hookâ€”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 goâ€¦ 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.