Grandmother helping grandson with bubble bath

Why Handheld Showerheads Are Great for Babies and Toddlers

Is bath time fun in your home, or does bathing your little one usually end with tears and puddles of water everywhere? Some kids have simply outgrown their infant tub or the kitchen sink and have a difficult time adapting to a full-sized tub or shower. Others love splashing around but may not enjoy other parts of their bath.

What’s a parent to do? There is a simple solution: A handheld showerhead with all the filtration benefits you expect from Canopy. 

3 Reasons Kids (and Parents) Love Handheld Showerheads 

1. Control Over the Water 

Toddlers want to do everything themselves, from putting on their shoes to eating. Bathing is no different. Letting them hold the showerhead and rinse themselves off (supervised, of course) gives them the autonomy they crave and helps them get used to showering. Just be prepared for some mischief and maybe a change of clothes when they discover how much fun it is to spray Mom or Dad. 

Being able to maneuver the hose and showerhead makes it easier to direct water where you want it without drips and excess runoff where you don’t. While some adults enjoy rain-style showerheads or showers with multiple heads, a child may be overwhelmed by so much water. And using a cup or bucket can result in a face full of water and soap, especially when it’s time to rinse away shampoo. A handheld showerhead allows you to control the direction and intensity of the water for a gentler experience. 

2. Tear-Free Shampooing 

Washing your child’s hair can sometimes feel a bit like wrangling an octopus, especially when it’s time to rinse. You might even have a pile of cups or a bucket in your bathroom just for rinsing without getting shampoo in their eyes—and all over the bathroom. 

A handheld showerhead can make shampooing and rinsing a tear-free experience for everyone. It’s easy to have your child tilt their head back while you rinse all the suds away without getting a single bubble in their eyes. The water pressure is powerful enough to clear away shampoo and gently massage their scalp, which can be the perfect soothing treat at bedtime.

3. Use in the Tub or the Shower 

A handheld showerhead is versatile enough to use as part of a shower-tub combo or a stand-up shower stall, making it an ideal choice as your child grows. The generous hose makes it easy to help your child rinse off while they play in the tub, and it has enough reach to get into every corner of the shower for convenient clean-up later.

If a regular fixed showerhead mounted near the top of the stall is too much for your young child, a handheld showerhead they can bring down to their height is a great way to introduce them to more independent bathing.

How to Make Bath Time Safe and Fun for Everyone

Canopy Filtered Showerhead and Handheld Showerhead mounted in bathroom with diverter

Whether you use a handheld showerhead or not, there are some best practices to keep bath time safe and fun: 

  • Avoid using hot water: Extra hot water isn’t good for anyone’s skin, especially babies. Keep the water lukewarm. Simply spray the water on your hand to test the temperature before using the handheld showerhead to rinse your child. 
  • Keep bathtime short: Baths shouldn’t last longer than 10 to 15 minutes; any longer can cause moisture loss for sensitive skin. 
  • Use ultra-gentle cleansers: Choose products designed for sensitive skin that don’t have harsh ingredients that strip away natural oils and exacerbate irritation.
  • Use soft cloths or your hands for cleaning: Don’t scrub delicate skin with scratchy washcloths or brushes. 
  • Play games and interact: Getting washed up doesn’t have to be a chore, so sing songs, play games, and encourage lots of giggles! 

A Filtered Handheld Showerhead That Gives the Whole Family Healthy Skin 

Baby and toddler skin is much thinner than adult skin, which makes it extra sensitive to irritants—including contaminants and minerals in the water. In fact, the American Academy of Pediatrics estimates that one in 10 children have eczema, or ongoing dry, red, and itchy skin. Eczema stems from a lack of the protein filaggrin, which prevents the skin from retaining water and leaves it more susceptible to irritants.

Although many youngsters eventually outgrow eczema, taking care not to irritate the skin can go a long way toward reducing discomfort. Bathing them with a filtered showerhead that removes chlorine, calcium, and other minerals from the water helps protect sensitive skin. After all, if the water coming from your taps makes your skin feel tight and itchy and dries out your hair, imagine the effects that it’s having on your baby’s skin.

A filtered showerhead is also more effective at rinsing away soap residue. Even when you use gentle cleansers designed for children, water with a high mineral content may not fully rinse the soap off. This residue can exacerbate irritation and result in dry, itchy skin and rashes. 

Explore Canopy Filtered Showerheads 

Whether you’re shopping for a showerhead for kids or yourself, the Canopy Filtered Showerhead is an ideal choice. The tri-media filter helps remove minerals and contaminants from the water, including iron, calcium, magnesium, chlorine, and chromium, all of which can contribute to a variety of skin ailments. The filter also removes harmful bacteria, fungi, and microbes from the water, so your whole family can remain safe and healthy. 

We took everything you love about our original showerhead and put it into a petite yet powerful format with our new Handheld Showerhead. Enjoy an invigorating stream of filtered water or our interchangeable scalp massager face plate for cleaner, more refreshed hair and skin.