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Both of my boys still absolutely detest having their hair washed, despite now being aged three and (almost) eight years old! Over the years, I've tried different gadgets and techniques to reduce the tears and tantrums and for the past year or so we've been using a shampoo rinse cup manufactured by TrendyKids, which has more or less done the job.
Unfortunately, our trusty rinse cup developed a tear in the rubberised section at the front, which covers the child's forehead and prevents water and soap suds going straight over their face. With a rip, the jug was pretty useless so I looked for a replacement and found a very similar product for sale in Wilkinson recently under the Munchkin brand.
Munchkin isn't a brand that I've ever had any personal experience of before but it appears to be an American based company and it has an increasing range of baby care products for sale in my local Wilkinsons. At £6.99 for the shampoo rinser, this was a comparable price to the more established TrendyKids version but the funky flourescent green and pink shades available gave it an attractive edge over the competition!
The other major difference is that this cup is slighter smaller and holds slightly less water than our original cup. This was an important consideration as we are expecting another baby shortly and it might prove a bit overwhelming to shower a young baby with what is quite a large volume of water at once! Both cups work according to the same basic principle aimed at reducing some of the stress of hair washing.
The Munchkin shampoo rinser is essentially a large plastic jug featuring an easy to hold section which acts as a handle when scooping out the hair rinsing water. On the outside edge of the jug there is a flexible rubbery section, which goes against the child's forehead as you pour the water. This should then stop any water and suds going into your child's face and eyes. The good news is that the jug does actually work and whilst it won't guarantee 'no more tears' it does reduce most of the stress and panic that hair washing can create in very young children.
For maximum efficiency, it helps if your child is willing and old enough to co-operate with the process and lean their head back slightly, so that the contents of the jug go straight over the top, back and sides of their hair, rather than down their face. This Munchkin version has an additional advantage of having a drainage split so that some of the excess water that might get scooped up can be drained off before pouring. This reduces the likelihood of any water going over your little one's faces.
I'd certainly recommend using this or a similar jug at bathtime and would not risk hair washing without one now - otherwise I'd probably end up with the police being called out due to the murderous screams coming from our bathroom!
See www.munchkin.co.uk for stockists and company details.