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As my 17month old daughter's hair has grown, obviously hair washing takes a little bit longer when she is in the bath and also, there is more and more of the shampoo suds going into her eyes, which she really hates understandably. Despite me always using Johnsons no tears baby shampoo, she just hates the water going into her eyes as I wash the shampoo out and as she has got older, her irritation by it grows.
After mentioning it in passing to my mother in law, she mentioned that she had used a shield type thing when my husband was little and it had helped stop the shampoo going into the eyes, so I looked on amazon and came across this Clippasafe Shampoo Eye Shield priced at around £2.50 and I thought it was worth a go.
I opened the item with my daughter and talked to her about what it was for and she seemed excited, but it was a different story when it came to bath time. This firstly, is a one size fits all product, which to be honest, isnt really suitable for all sizes. My daughter isn't fine but nor is she overweight, but this product barely goes over her head, and to even get that far, it is a screaming match. As you can see from the design above, there isn't a clasp to hold the shield in place it simply has to fit neatly to the head.
The shampoo shield that I received was like that above only with seaside patterns on it. THis didn't make any difference to my daughter. If fitted correctly the shield should sit like a visor with the water allowed to run over the front of it, without it going into the eyes. It is made from a waterproof material as well.
On the first use, after fighting to get it over my daughter's head in the feeble hope that if she could just see what it could do, she would warm to it. Not so. I managed awkwardly to get it around her hairline, but even then the sides of her hair got caught and I couldn't get the shampoo suds out of them, meaning even when I removed this shield I had more shampoo to rinse out in the areas the shield had stopped me getting to. On the first night of using this, I managed to show my daughter how the shampoo ran off the front without it getting into her eyes, but she was having none of it and was miserable the whole time I was washing her hair. She only calmed when I removed it. I tried it a second time, this time keeping her busy with a bath toy when I was trying to 'slip' it over her head. As soon as she seen it, there was no way I was going to get it on her head. She obviously dislikes the tightness as I put it on her head and even the water not going into her eyes wasn't enough of an incentive to make her want me to put it on her when washing her hair.
So, all in all, this was a total waste of money for my daughter. It isn't one size fits all, as it is far too small, without enough give to get it over her head comfortably. Even when I managed to get it on, I couldn't get at all the hair to have it entirely washed. I'm very glad I only spend £2.50 on this and I suppose for that price it is worth a go, because it may suit other childrens head much better, but definitely not for my daughter, who is back to having me hold a washcloth over her eyes, which isn't perfect, but it is the next best thing.
Whilst my daughter loves having a bath, she absolutely hates having her hair washed, perhaps because, without having a shower attachment, it's hard to direct the water away from her eyes.
I've been dealing with this struggle a few times a week , until a neighbour came to my rescue. Chatting about the hazards of bathtime, she asked 'Why don't you get one of those shampoo shields?'. I'd seen them before, but always assumed they were just for very young toddler, not for seven year olds, but I decided to look for one, finding this Clippasafe Shampoo Shield on ebay for £2.38.
It looks really dull in the picture above - you really can't see what it's lke from that image. It've very much like one of those 80's hats that would stretch around your head, with just a visor bit at the front. It's a pale duck egg blue with some little pictures on it - simple line drawings. I'm not too sure what they are meant to actually be, and the pictures make very little difference to my daughter, as she can't actually see them once the shield is on her head.
This stretches easily round the head, with the peak sitting just over the eyes, and the band sitting at the back of the neck under the hairline . You can still get to all the hair to shampoo it, apart from a small area round the ears, which is simple enough to wash seperately . It really does make rinsing shampoo out much easier- water poured out of a jug simply danced off the peak at the front, staying far from my daughters eyes, and avoiding all the screaming the house down that normally comes at hair washing time .
It's a cheap product that really does work. It is apparently suitable from 6 months upwards, although I imagine this is much harder to get onto a fidgety baby than onto a child who knows what it is for.
This has got be the best invention I have ever come accross. My children are a pain when it comes to going in the bath. I have found the bath part is ok it is when they have to have their hair done. How they can jump into a swimming pool and cover their faces with water but can't have their hair washed out is beyond me.
This is like a cap without a top in it so that the head pops through the top of it. It is made out of rubber and you will find various colours depending on what store you buy it from. Because it is made from rubber this does not hurt your childs head when it is put on. It does streach silghtly for heads that are bigger but causes a problem in their head is too small to fit inside it. You simply shampoo your childs hair and pour the water over the top of them to wash it out. The peak on the front of this hat ensures that the soapy residue does not go into the childs eyes. The peak does come out quite far so their is no chance of the water touching their eyes.
All the moaning has stopped in our house which is wonderful. I highly rate this for problem bath time children and you can even use the shower to wash the shampoo out when they have got it on so it can be a quick bath process too.
My granddaughter hates having her hair washed, a problem that is compounded by the strange way her hair seems to be growing at the moment. She has quite long hair for her age and size, it's now halfway down her back and her mum has had to have a fringe cut in as the front of her hair grows quite low down her forehead.
The fact that her hair grows at different angles and is now a mixture of fine baby hair and more robust 'proper' hair makes rinsing a real struggle as the water seems to naturally run down the oddly growing hairs straight onto her face. We use Johnson's Baby Shampoo so as not to hurt her eyes but like many young children she panics when the water starts getting near her face, and this is why I originally bought the Clipasafe Shampoo Shield from Mothercare.
In theory it's a very good idea. The picture above is an accurate representation of the Shampoo Shield, although I believe they are available in different colours - I have the blue one above which is attractive to look at being slightly brighter than it appears in the photograph. The idea is you fit this onto the baby/toddler's head like one of those visor caps which were so popular some years ago, make sure that all the hair is pulled through the hole and then you'll be able to give it a good shampoo without the water running down your little ones face.
In practice it's not so good. For a start the fact that the hole needs to fit snugly onto the child's head means it's very tight to pull on, my granddaughter howled in distress the first time I used it because it's such a tight fit that it ended up tugging at her hair as I was trying to pull it all through ready for washing.
Then there's the fact that this 'one size fits all' product actually doesn't fit terribly well at all. My granddaughter is now two years old and there are gaps towards the front of her head which simply doesn't stop the water coming through. Admittedly there are only a few runs but this is a few too many when you are trying to wash the hair of a young child who is petrified of the water going on her face.
As I mentioned, it's a tight fit around the head generally but it doesn't mould itself to the contours of my granddaughter's head as well as I was hoping, she's fairly dainty at two but this cannot be the reason as it's suitable for babies from a very young age and I can't see that it would fit at all well.
So no, it doesn't work in my opinion and that's a shame. I remember when my eldest was a baby (some 30 odd years ago) there was a similar product on the market which was basically a plastic disc that I had to tie around her head with a long rubbery lace. It was as ugly as it sounds (and in appalling 70's orange!) but it worked a treat from when she was newly born right up until she was around 3 years old.
Oh well, it looks like my granddaughter is just going to have to get used to getting water in her face - and Nanny is going to have to get used to the screams!
Bathtimes have always been a source of great fun for our kids but hair washing is a completely different matter! Our eldest used to scream blue murder throughout the whole process and I'm sure any passers-by would think he was being tortured. Our youngest doesn't produce quite such blood-curdling screams but he certainly voices his displeasure - making the whole hair washing experience stressful for everybody.
When we spotted a Shampoo Shield in Mothercare we thought (and hoped) that we'd found the perfect solution. It cost £3.99 and is suitable for children over the ages of six months. The shield is basically a stretchy cap with a hole in the centre which fits onto your child's head, leaving the hair exposed, obviously. The description tells you that it's made from neoprene rubber which stretches to fit, so one size fits all, and it just needs rinsing after use with a damp cloth and patting dry. The cap bit is supposed to stop the shampoo suds and water from running into your child's face and eyes - which is the part that causes most of the problems.
At bathtime that evening, our oldest was desperate to have his hair washed and try out the new contraption (even though it had been bought with his youngest brother in mind, really!) There was much excitement and our oldest was keen to show his baby brother that no water was going into his eyes. And yes - it does work. The water and suds go straight over the lip of the cap and miss the face out completely. Success!
Onto our eighteen month old next.... We soon encountered one key flaw with the concept. Whilst a six year old is going to co-operate with the process because he understands exactly what the shield is supposed to do, a baby is not quite so co-operative. This resulted in a battle of wits as, no sooner did we place the shield on our baby's head, he whipped it off as quick as lightening! The end result was a wrestling match trying to put the shield on and and rinse his hair off in the split second whilst the cap was in place. Every time, our littlest would remove the shield just at the critical point and end up with a faceful of water and suds which was just what we were trying to avoid! The alternative was to literally hold his hands together whilst we washed his hair to stop him taking the shield off. As you'd imagine, this just led to as many tears as the typical hair washing session anyway!
So, mixed results for us then. We will perservere though, as the key thing is letting our baby learn the connection between wearing his shield and not having water in his face. His brother continues to wear the shield at hair washing time, although it is quite stretched as I don't expect the manufacturers envisaged children of his age still using this product! Our youngest usually likes to copy everything his big brother does so, with time and a bit of patience, he might start wearing his shield and make hair washing much less stressful all round.
This product does work, so I'd recommend it to people experiencing the problems that we have with hair washing. The only difficulty will be persuading toddlers and young children to keep this on their heads for long enough. If you crack that part, washing their hair should be a breeze! Fingers crossed!
Edit August 09: Our youngest has finally cracked and now agrees to wear this for hair-washing time! Success!
Made from soft neoprene rubber, the Clippasafe Shampoo Eye Shield will fit all head sizes and will prevent the shampoo from running down into the eyes and onto a childs face, which can cause distress or discomfort.