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Safe and fun bathtime

My daughter is now 8 months old and she adores bathtime -- and it's wonderful to see her have that much fun! However, the taps are both hot and hard on little heads and so she needs protection.

The Ele-Tap is a rubber elephant that fits over the tap (faucet). It's heat insulation means that hands are protected, the rubber means that heads won't bruise. And, best of all, the water now comes out of the ele-tap trunk!

Comes in a two pack should you have a separate hot and cold water flow!
-- jonthegeologist, Oct 14 2008

Elephant-shaped faucet cover http://www.greatbab...-52886&click=862226
Weirdly, water comes out of this elephant's *mouth*. [jutta, Oct 14 2008]

Add adjustable range settings for the hot so it cannot exceed acceptable parameters.
-- normzone, Oct 14 2008

Where have you been? +
-- xenzag, Oct 14 2008

Add a trumpeting schnozzle upon use, and you get a bun. [+]
-- silverstormer, Oct 14 2008

[xenzag] busy with my newish daughter!
-- jonthegeologist, Oct 14 2008

And now she can aim the trunk anywhere she likes. An innocent bystander (you) will get very wet indeed! She will then give her first mwhuahahahahaaa to start the blowdrier. Bun.

My son is now almost three months, my daughter almost four years, what bathtime fun we have! Your idea will come in handy. Am currently awake because she wetted her bed, she will sleep next to me just as soon as she finished her midnight snack. Goodnight.
-- zeno, Oct 14 2008

Very baked, with and without bubbles.
-- MisterQED, Oct 14 2008

Sure would be cool if the ears fit over the faucet knobs.
-- nomocrow, Oct 15 2008

-- 2 fries shy of a happy meal, Oct 15 2008

[jutta], that looks like the elephant's vomiting over the child's hands.
-- theleopard, Oct 15 2008

A musical euligy for paciderms?
-- Voice, Oct 15 2008

8 months is a great age. Enjoy the next year or two. It gets more difficult after that!
-- phoenix, Oct 15 2008

This is all very good and well, but are you willing to accept the consequences of raising an entire generation that has not learned to avoid bumping their heads into hard things?
-- MikeD, Oct 16 2008

Advances in helmet technology will deal with this issue.
-- Texticle, Oct 16 2008

True, [rcarty], but would it not be better to learn avoidance techniques through trail and error, as apposed to relying on someone covering all the hard things in the world with nerf foam? Some would definitely argue with my parenting techniques, but I only stop my children from doing something if it will kill/seriously injure them. I find the fundamentals of physics to be the best teacher.
-- MikeD, Oct 16 2008

//trail and error //

That's where you follow them round, and watch them get things wrong ?

// I only stop [them].... if it will kill/seriously injure them //

As an interesting Darwinian test, why not raise your intervention trigger threshold and evaluate the results ?

// I find the fundamentals of physics to be the best teacher. //

"Experience is the harshest teacher, because she gives the test first and the lesson afterwards ...."
-- 8th of 7, Oct 16 2008

//why not raise your intervention trigger threshold and evaluate the results//

I am always open to *good* council, [8th], which I would characterize yours as. This policy, however, has evolved from more inefficient methods, and currently seems to be the most effective. Unfortunately, the genes I have passed on to my beloved sons are ones of stubbornness and a marked inability to learn from others' mistakes. Besides; Who, honestly, as a parent has not raised there progeny as they themselves were? As it stands, however, your comment will, I'm sure, result in experimentation at one point or another.
-- MikeD, Oct 16 2008

// I find the fundamentals of physics to be the best teacher. \\ Teacher of what? In context here I thought it was the meaning of life we were talking about in which case the following applies: the greatest thing you will ever learn is to love and be loved in return.
-- zeno, Oct 18 2008

No, the greatest thing you will ever learn is how to use a corkscrew.

Sad, but true.
-- 8th of 7, Oct 18 2008

[Zeno] Acceleration due to gravity, elastic collisions and conservation of momentum, static and dynamic friction, the normal force, torque, angular motion vs linear motion, etc. These things all play into teaching a child what limits their behavior whether an action be physically impossible or too painful to endure. I am, of course referring to but one facet of a child's development.

When I was 4, I learned a valuable lesson in specific heat capacity of the right hand. My father told me not to touch the stove element because it was hot. The element wasn't red so I didn't believe him, and told him as much. He watched as I proceeded to prove my case. Among others, one lesson I learned was to appreciate my fathers wisdom.

By the way, Maslow has self actualization and esteem (respectively), placed superior to love and belongingness.
-- MikeD, Oct 18 2008

What's the lesson and who's it for ? Children don't willingly bathe unless told to and/or physically placed into a tub. Neither would any child choose to sit with their back to the faucet.
-- FlyingToaster, Oct 18 2008

Mike D. I'm Mike D and I want respect, your cash and your jewelry is what I expect. Just a quote from the beasty boys.

You do not know me. My mind is as sharp as Occams' razor honed by a japanese master. Logic is my single most motivation to live and breathe. You and all like you ( meaning living beings) will never experience a greater thing than love. I gave you a piece of wisdom, you negated it. I give you the same piece of wisdom again. You wil comply and confirm or forever loose your soul. I'm sorry but there it is.
-- zeno, Oct 19 2008

<crunches handfull of popcorn>
-- 2 fries shy of a happy meal, Oct 19 2008

"I child-proofed my house but they still get in." [author unknown, by me anyway]
-- theGem, Oct 19 2008

Tasmania ?
-- 8th of 7, Oct 19 2008

<ties down soul to a cinder block>

Still wrong [Zeno], Na-nuh-na-na-boo-boo!
-- MikeD, Oct 19 2008

I'm guessing your bath has a mixer tap and you weren't planning to warp your daughter's mind with the sight of a freakish mutant pachyderm with two trunks?
-- hippo, Oct 20 2008

errrr, now that you mention it so did mine. I don't recall it being used for anything.
-- FlyingToaster, Oct 20 2008

The name for that thing you're referring to is a "tap swirl" - it makes the water come out of the tap in a nice smooth stream, rather than a splashy mess.
-- hippo, Oct 20 2008

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