It happens every bath time. My little baby turns into Spiderman Junior. Standing up in the tub, climbing on the sides of the bath tub and hanging off the bath spout.
And as my role as bath-time life guard, perched atop my bath kneeler, it is my job to keep my little climber safe.
Who knew that baby proofing your bathtub would be a full-time job?
Let’s face it, the bathtub isn’t exactly soft and friendly. If your baby falls over, he can expect a bruise at the very least. Or worse… A trip to the emergency room for stitches.
But there is one piece of your bath that is more dangerous than all the others. I am talking about your bath spout. It sticks out of the wall and is just asking for your baby to stumble into it.
And the worst part? Because your clever little baby knows that this is where the water comes from, it will surely grab his attention. My bath spout is like a baby magnet – Despite being literally covered in bath toys, the spout is what he chooses to play with.
Can you imagine if this were to happen to your baby?
I have lost count of the amount of times my little one has bumped his head on the spout. His favorite game is to look up the spout hole (trying to find the flowing water) then bump his head when he looks elsewhere.
So for my clumsy baby, a bath spout cover was the answer to my prayers.
A bath spout cover made from a soft rubber that slides over your bath spout, cushioning your baby’s head in the event of a fall.
Even you don’t take your eye off your baby during bath time, a fall can happen in the blink of an eye. And a bath spout cover offers peace of mind.
Best Bath Spout Cover – Skip Hop Moby
When it came to spout covers, no brand came close to the Skip Hop Moby Spout Cover. It’s adorable yet practical whale design with a bunch of hidden features , and ability to fit a wide range of tub spouts, makes it my top pick when it comes to spout covers.
The Moby Spout Cover is made from a tough rubber that is soft enough to cushion your baby’s delicate head in the event of a tumble.
The cover secures to your spout with an adjustable strap, which is actually the whales fins. This allows it to fit most sized spouts. But as one reviewer points out, it would be a struggle for this spout cover to fit a spigot measuring in excess of 7-3/4” in circumference.
While it may look simple, the strap secured the spout cover well enough that even my determined baby could not wiggle it off.
The whale’s blow hole at the top serves a second purpose, it allows your shower diverter to poke through the top for easy access. Great for those of you with a bathtub that doubles as a shower! But even if you don’t have a drain diverter, the Moby Spout cover will stay in place without it.
While I haven’t had any problems with mold or mildew, I have been thankful for the ability to toss this spout cover through the dishwasher – top rack, of course!
My little one likes to lather the whale up in suds, just like mommy does to him. Unlike mommy’s efforts though, baby doesn’t wash down the spout cover. And if I forget to do it, the cover starts to feel slimy. One trip through the dishwasher fixes that problem.
I particularly liked that the Skip Hop Moby Spout Cover is free from nasties like BPA, Pthalates and PVC. Especially since I have caught my baby chewing the cover on more than one occasion.
If you are like me, you probably won’t like the soulless whale eyes staring at your naked body while you shower. I find myself having to remove it each time I shower. Fortunately, the whale’s tail doubles as a hanger for the spout cover; allowing you to hang it on your towel rail or shower rod.
And best of all, they have an entire matching range of products to go with it, from whale drain stoppers to baby rinsers. I am guilty of buying a whole matching set.
If all you want is a great spout cover to protect your baby’s noggin then you really can’t go past the Moby Spout Cover by Skip Hop. Highly recommended.Buy it here.
4moms Spout Cover
4moms is known for taking your every day baby products and adding electrical features to them. Whether you love them or think it’s downright unnecessary, there’s no denying that they make some of the most modern baby products available. And their spout cover is no exception.
In addition to guarding your spout, the 4moms Spout Cover also measures the temperature of the water coming out of the faucet, ensuring that the water is not too hot or too cold for your baby.
It does this by the use of a temperature sensor on the underside of the cover. The water stream from your faucet flows over the sensor and it reads the temperature, displaying the temperature on the screen built into the cover.
The screen itself has three color displays…
- Blue (too cold): Less than 90 F
- Green (just right): Between 90-100F
- Red (too hot): Above 100F
In addition to the colored screen, an alarm will beep at you angrily if the temperature is over 100 F, to warn you that you risk burning your baby. The beeping won’t stop until you add more cold water, too cold down the temperature. Really takes the guess work out of drawing a bath – it’s almost cheating.
When I compared the temperature the 4moms spout cover displayed with my go-to baby thermometer, I was pleased to note that the temperature is quite accurate.
While the built in screen does require three AAA batteries to run, and one isn’t included in the box, I got almost a year of use out of the 4moms spout cover before needing to change the batteries. This is probably thanks to the automatic shut off that helps save battery life.
And it’s darn simple to install. The Velcro strap allows you to adjust the cover to your spout in seconds. I was initially concerned that the single strip of hook and loop wouldn’t be enough to hold it in place, but it stayed put – even after interest from my baby.
Despite the hard plastic look, the 4 moms spout cover does have some softness to it which will protect your little one from head bonks. And it fits just as well on spouts that have a shower diverter as those that don’t.
It is worth mentioning that these fancy features do add to the cost of the spout cover. There is no denying that the 4moms Spout Cover is the most expensive on the market. If you are feeling frugal, or on a budget you will no doubt be put off by the price.
But if you are like my husband, and have a love of all things high-tech or geeky, then the 4moms spout cover is just what you need.Buy it here.
And the rest…
Munchkin Bubble Beak Bath Spout Cover – Another strong performing spout cover in the shape of a cute yellow duck. You can even add bubble bath mixture to the beak to dispense it through the bath. Also highly recommended.
Boon bath spout cover – I ordinarily love Boon products, in particular their bottle drying rack but their spout cover fell short. The soap dispenser proved to be a gimmick and the spout cover was easily removed by my little one.
Puj Snug Elephant Bath Spout Cover – The Puj flex fit allows the bath spout cover to slide on as easy as it slides off. My little one had the elephant shaped spout cover off in seconds.
Nuby Hippo Spout Guard – One of the cutest spout covers I have come across. When installed it looks like water is flowing out of the hippos mouth or nose. But again, it was too easy to remove and I found that water also leaked out the backside. Does not allow access to your shower diverter.
Summer Infant Freddy Finz Spout Guard – The worst spout cover I tested. You cannot access your shower diverter. Water would sometimes build up and shoot the spout cover off the faucet. The snorkel sprayer encourages your baby to soak you and it often falls out of the fishes mouth which makes it a nightmare to get back in. Avoid.
Do you use a spout cover to keep your baby safe in the tub? Let me know in the comments below!