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TIPS-tested Shampoo Rinse Cup - November 2008

I am delighted to bring you the results of the Shampoo Rinse Cup trial. This product is available from Trendykid, supplier of the TIPS award winning Lilypadz breast pads featured on the TIPS website.

The Shampoo Rinse Cup will help you minimise the trauma associated with washing your child’s hair, especially when shampoo inadvertently finds its way into delicate eyes and ears.

The Shampoo Rinse Cup appears to offer a simple and very effective way of rinsing your child’s hair with the minimum of fuss. The Shampoo Rinse Cup’s flexible lip forms a water-tight seal around the child’s forehead that keeps their face almost dry.

I am pleased to say that our TIPS Testers agreed this product was indeed worthy of recognition. I have therefore decided to present it with a TIPS Clever design award.

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Read more about this trial by clicking on the links below:


Shampoo Rinse Cup
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This innovative product allows you to rinse your child’s hair with the minimum of fuss, making the experience much less stressful. More importantly it reduces the risk of getting potentially irritating shampoo residue near to delicate eyes or ears.

Testers loved the simple design which includes a stable base, ergonomic easigrip handle and bright primary colours (a pink Shampoo Rinse Cup for girls would be welcome). Testers especially liked the double chamber which not only holds plenty of water for rinsing, but also promotes an even flow from the jug. This prevents any sudden deluge.

After a few attempts, Testers mastered the art of drip-free rinsing. Parents and children were soon rewarded with stress-free hair washing. This was particularly beneficial for children whose ears need to be kept dry because of recurrent ear infections. Using the Shampoo Rinse Cup made life easier for all concerned and increased the confidence of children who had previously dreaded hair washing.

It is easy to clean the Shampoo Rinse Cup and when bath time is over it can be used to store small bath toys or sponges. Testers complimented its ability to fit neatly in the corner of the bath when not in use.

Here are some of the Testers’ comments:

  • It was flexible, easy to clean and I really liked the two compartments
  • It’s big enough to fit a considerable amount of water in without being too heavy to hold with one hand
  • The soft rubber section fits perfectly around the front of a child’s head and stops water going into their eyes
  • My son has not objected to having his hair washed since we started to use the cup!
  • Fun to use and can be incorporated in many bath time games
  • It stopped water going anywhere near his eyes and he also liked playing with it as a toy
  • He thinks it’s his ‘magic jug’
  • She calls it her ‘special jug’
  • All in all an excellent product for parent and child

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Background to testing

Here are the results of a recent poll of 500 mums, conducted by
Q. How do your kids feel about having their hair washed?
Almost half of the mums polled, 48per cent said their kids put up with it but don’t enjoy it, with 31 per cent saying it’s a major battle getting it done, and 21 per cent enjoying hair washing and eagerly getting the shampoo out!

Q. How often do you wash your kids’ hair on average?
Over half of the mums polled (53 per cent) said they wash their kids hair every few days, with almost a quarter of respondents (24 per cent) washing hair once a week, 18 per cent washing daily and 5 per cent of mums only when necessary!

With results like this I thought it might be worth finding out if any of the TIPS Testers have similar problems and whether the Shampoo Rinse Cup could help.

I could not write guidelines for a bath care product without mentioning that there is absolutely no need to shampoo a baby’s hair under a year old. However, the Shampoo Rinse Cup could be used to rinse an infant’s head with plain water or a mild bubble solution (SLS and SLES free products of course). It is definitely not suitable for very young babies: your only need to use your hands to gently rinse baby hair.

The information regarding baby skincare contained in these guidelines is extracted from my leaflet: Babycare back to basics™. This is updated regularly in line with current evidence and the latest Postnatal Care Guidelines (NICE 2006).

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Our aim at TIPS is to source the best products currently available. Where a product is quite unique, I will set up a one-off trial - we ran such a trial for the Kamillosan thermometer soother. The soother was tested alone because of its innovative use of a common baby product to achieve a totally unique result – namely taking the temperature of a baby. As most of you know I would be uncomfortable promoting dummies for everyday use but on this occasion I felt the use was clever and worthy of a trial.
The reason I have opted to test the Shampoo Rinse Cup is similar in that there are few other products that successfully manage to protect a child’s face from being soaked during hair washing. If you have any experience of a screaming child who refuses to let you wash their hair then this could be what you have been looking for.

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Information for Testers

The following information was sent to the testers prior to the test process:

I would like you to use the Shampoo Rinse Cup for at least a few days so you can comment fully on the product and give me your thoughts on what works and what maybe doesn’t. You can then complete the questionnaire with your feedback.

Please take time to read the following information before you start testing this product.

Safety first
• Fill your bath with hand hot water (you can test it using your elbow or add a bath thermometer) to achieve the ideal temperature of between 35°- 37C.
• Never leave a baby unattended in their bath, not even for a second.
• Full baths (whatever their design) should Never be left unattended while toddlers are around.

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Baby skincare and bathtime tips:
• Before and after carrying out any baby-care it is very important to wash your hands thoroughly – this remains the simplest and most effective way to prevent cross-infection.
• Wash your bath before you start testing – this is to make sure it is clean and free from any bacterial residue still present from its last use.
• Make sure the room is free from draughts and a constant temperature (around 18-20°C).
• Your baby’s first bath will be in plain water. This will help to protect the delicate skin while it is vulnerable to germs, chemicals and water loss.
• Continue bathing your baby with plain water for at least the first month before gradually introducing baby products. After this period, if you feel the need to introduce products, these should be free from sulphates (SLS and SLES), colours and strong perfumes.
• Wash cloths should be avoided as they can be harsh. Hand washing your baby, cotton wool (organic is better and chlorine free) or a natural sponge is gentler.
• A baby comb can be used to gently remove any debris from thick hair after delivery.
• It is best to leave the delicate area around the eyes untouched. The ears and nose should also be left alone and cotton buds should be avoided.
• Skin-to-skin contact, even through water, is known to be a wonderful way to provide your baby with extra security and promotes a close attachment that can lead to a happier and more contented baby (Anderson 2004)
• Sensory stimulation involving warmth, touch and smell (this includes baby massage and bathing as well as skin-to-skin contact) is an extremely powerful vagal stimulant. This causes oxytocic release, which in turn raises the skin temperature of the breast, decreases anxiety, increases calmness and enhances parental behaviours (Uvnas-Moberg 1998).
• The benefits of skin-to-skin contact cannot be overstated and should be positively encouraged from birth. It not only promotes successful breastfeeding but stabilises your baby’s heart rate and temperature. Baby massage follows on naturally from this and is now widely practiced. It is advisable to avoid nut oils, petroleum based oils, or oils with perfumes, if there is any history of allergies in your family. Choose a properly qualified massage therapist for your baby and ask for their advice on suitable oils (Trotter S. 2008)
• You may find that your baby enjoys their new bath so much that you use them, not just for washing, but for relaxation too. Please include details of this when you come to write your comments on the questionnaire.

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Completing the questionnaire
There are four sections in the questionnaire:
The product: in this section, we ask about the design of the product and quality of information provided online and on pack.
Use of product: this includes questions about ease of use; implications for bath time enjoyment; comparison with more conventional ways of shampooing and rinsing your child’s hair; and questions about its potential to give your child the confidence to wash their own hair.
Feedback: in this section, you will be asked to comment on your favourite features, suggest improvements, and whether you believe it provides good value.
Awards: in this section, you can suggest an award for the product you have tested.

As you can see, there are many aspects of design to assess when testing this seemingly simple product. A well-designed rinse cup should:
• help to keep water and soap away from children’s faces while you wash their hair
• not take up too much room
• be stable enough not to fall over, and
• above all take the stress out of hair washing.

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References: Anderson G C, Moore E, Hepworth J & Bergman N (2004) Early skin-to-skin contact for mothers and their healthy newborn infants (Cochrane Review). In: The Cochrane Library, issue 1. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. National Institute for Clinical Excellence (2006). Routine postnatal care of women and their babies. Quick reference guide. London: NICE.
Trotter S (2007) Baby care – back to basics™ TIPS Limited Scotland
Uvnas-Moberg K (1998). Oxytocin may mediate the benefits of positive social interactions and emotions. Psychoneuroendocrinology. 23: 819-35.

Please note that products tested by TIPS are not free or promotional products, but samples for the sole purpose of independent testing. All Testers must agree and sign a copy of the TIPS Award Scheme terms and conditions before taking part in a TIPS trial.


Disclaimer. TIPS Ltd is not responsible or liable for any failings of products that have been submitted for the testing programme. The responsibility remains with the individual manufacturer. Research is constantly changing and whilst every effort is made by TIPS Ltd to ensure the information contained in the guidelines is accurate and up-to-date, parent testers must still be encouraged to seek the advice of their midwife, health visitor, lactation consultant or GP if they have any concerns.

TIPS Ltd© October 2009

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