Independence, it’s difficult to get it right sometimes. I find it tricky as a mother of an only child: it’s often quicker and easier to just do it myself. Sometimes I have to hold myself back to allow him to develop his skills. There are times it’s clear when I need to do this, like making sure H could dress and undress himself before he started school. Now and again though it creeps up on you and takes you by surprise.
The other day I was talking to H about the Professor Scrubbington’s products and how they were designed for children to be able to wash themselves. H said that he found some of the products we currently use difficult to get out of the bottles – I tend to squirt them into his hand. What was very clear that he liked the idea of being able to do this himself, but he’d never said anything about it before. It got me thinking and I realised that the mums who are behind the Professor Scrubbington’s range have hit upon a real issue. Children who want to take responsibility for washing themselves, need to have products that they can use without help.
To open the shampoo, conditioner and soap bottles you just pull down the lids at the bottom. They move half a centimetre or maybe less and then you can squeeze the liquid out of the bottle quite easily. The hardest part is pulling down the lids and H was able to manage. He’s a not especially dexterous, just turned 8-year-old. He often struggles with opening things, but these were easy to use. The hand and face soap is easy too with its pump-action dispenser. We didn’t try the deodorant. He’s not an especially sweaty child and I wasn’t ready to start him on deodorants yet. The products smell nice (not too strong) and they are pleasant to use. It’s good to know that the ingredients used to make the products are a minimum 95% natural, plus they are paraben and SLS free.
H is pleased with the independence these products give him and he likes being able to do the washing without any help (whether he gets all of the shampoo out of his hair afterwards is another matter). I really like the idea and I’d certainly look to buy the products in the future. I would like to see a similar travel range though so we can take these along to the swimming pool or on holiday.
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