Safer Toddler Bathing Launch Project

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BATHDAM a bath-time tool and toy by Playful Studios Smith's latest idea, a device called BathDam, recently earned an honorable mention in a nationwide housewares design contest. "It's unique for a children's bath toy because it does four things: It offers play value for the kid to play in the water; it protects the child, particularly from the faucet and a large amount of water; it helps clean the child through the toys that are built into it; and it conserves water because the entire bathtub doesn't need to be filled with water," says Vicki Matranga, design program coordinator for the International Housewares Association, the Chicago-based group that sponsors the annual IHA Student Design Competition. Made of injection-molded foam and dyed plastics, BathDam is designed to let parents partition off the back section of the tub, keeping kids ages 1 to 3 years old away from the spigot, where bumps to the head and burns from twisting the hot-water knob are more likely to occur. http://www.eastvalleytribune.com/get_out/article_63897f54-190e-5783-905f-b41c01c637ff.html http://tucsoncitizen.com/morgue/2008/07/22/91566-tub-safety-device-nets-award-for-asu-student/