“ Brand: Boots / Health Aid: Thermometers „
My sister had one of these whales in blue when my niece and nephew were babies and she recommended it as a useful item to have when I was shopping for baby things. In Boots when we went the blue whale had been updated to yellow and although I would have preferred blue the yellow matched the toy ducks!
Running your first baby bath is a big event and the thought of scalding my tiny newborn twins scared me slightly and I was pleased to be able to reach for the yellow whale. It is made of plastic and inside the base there is a temperature strip with a +, - and tick. The water enters the whale through its mouth to cover the temperature strip, it changes colour lighting up the different indicators until you adjust the water temperature to the tick to be just right for your baby.
I found this thermometer worked better in the small baby bath when there was less water to get to the right temperature. Once my girls were big enough to move into our bath I found it harder to get the whale on the tick, by this age though I was more confident in testing the water myself and knowing the temperature was right.
After a while the plastic on the whale did start to look a bit mouldy but this maybe avoided if you dry it after use, bath time has always been part of bedtime routine in our house and by this time of day I was too tired to bother about drying off bath toys and thermometer. I did give it the occasional scrub with a toothbrush but by the time the girls were a year old it was retired to the bin.
Price and availability
Available in Boots stores and at Boots.com it currently (October 2013) costs £3.99. I think it is slightly overpriced but worth it for the peace of mind it gives in the early days of bathing your baby.
Would I recommend?
Yes, it's a fun design and bright colour which means your baby will see it as a toy and you can put your baby into their bath knowing that the water is a safe temperature for them.
When I was pregnant with Jessie I did a lot of my baby shopping online as I was really struggling to get out of the house due to my anxiety and boots web site was one I used a lot.
I had had bath thermometers with both my other children and even though this was 3rd time round for me I still wanted one to give me peace of mind that the water temperature was just right for jess other wise I would have constantly been worried that I had it too hot or too cool for her.
I opted for this one even though it was blue because it was shaped like a whale and would look nice with the other bath toys in the bathroom for storage, it is made out of plastic and is a decent size, it is easy to see if your water is the correct temperature or not so put my mind at ease.
I had used this every day with jess for 2 months and sometimes even twice a day if she had had a sickly day so it had had a lot of use and was still perfect and worked fine until I used Johnson's baby oil in her bath and that stopped the thermometer working which was a real shame.
It only costs £3.50 so wont break the bank and you will get a lot of peace of mind with it but I would advise that you add any bath oils or bubbles after testing the temperature so not to ruin yours like I did.
When my son was first born, we couldn't work out why he hated bath time. As soon as we got him in the bath he'd cry and cry. Figuring that maybe it was the temperature of the water that was the problem, I popped down to our local Boots and bought this bath thermometer.
The Bath Whale Thermometer is available in several different colours. I choose blue as I thought it was much more whale-like than the others and therefore less stupid-looking - check out the yellow whale on the Boots website if you want to see what I mean!
It is made from one piece of moulded plastic with a temperature sensing strip running down the middle (from the head to the tail of the whale). The temperature strip is marked with a red cross, a green tick and a minus sign. When you've got the bath water to the correct temperature, the green tick appears and you know that it's fine for you to put baby in the water.
Sounds good right? In theory, yes but sadly in practice, not so much. We found that the temperature strip was very hard to read and that it seemed to change very quickly from one colour to another. So it would tell us that the bath was too cold. We'd slowly add some more hot in, carefully mixing the water round and then all of a sudden the thermometer would tell us that the bath was now too hot.
In the end we would run the bath and get it to what we thought was the correct temperature (using the time-honoured elbow test method). Then we would pop in the bath thermometer just to make sure.
I thought that the colours on the temperature strip were not very easy to read and often had to resort to bending right down into the bath to get close enough to read it. But there are two good things about this product - firstly it looks nice and is fun for baby to play with in the bath. Secondly it only costs £3.50.
We only used this bath thermometer for a couple of months just to get the temperature of the bath perfect so our son could used to having a bath then we ditched it as it was actually more hassle than it was worth.
PROBLEM : You know the scenaro , you run your baby's bath . You dip your elbow in , it feels ok . You go and get your partner to see if they think the water is the right temperature .Then you try the water again . Just to be on the safe side you add loads more cold water "Just to be on the safe side " . SOLUTION : Our daughter used to cry at every bath time when see was newborn . The heath visitor said that giving babies a warm bath is soothing for them ! Oh dear we thought she doesn't like the bath . Oneday in Boots I saw a whale bath themometer , it only cost 3.25 so I bought it . It detects the temerature and tells you by 3 easy icons wether the water is the correct temperature for your baby . "dash" indicates too cold , "tick" indicates it's just right and a "cross" indicates it's too hot . It floats and the whale's mouth is a water inlet which lets the bath water flow over the temperature sensors .The green tick appears if the water temperature is ok . Ocassionly the icons go other colours indicating the temerpature is not suitable for your baby . We tried it in the bath with our baby , and she no longer cried . We must have had the water too cold for her . Now's she's bigger she loves playing with the whale in the bath with her rubber duck . I'd definately recommened this bath thermometer , it does it's job and can be used as a toy .
My daughter has had since a new baby a Boots Whale Bath Thermometer. It cost £3.25 and is great. I have used it in the bath every day since she was born and I can put her in the water safely knowing that it is not too hot or too cold. The thermometer is in a whale shape and goes in the bath, it has a strip at the bottom with a X a tick and a minus sign. The strip changes colour according to the temperature of the water if the tick is highlighted the water is OK but if either of the other two are then it is either too hold or too cold and the temperature should be adjusted before the child goes in. I leave mine in the bath during bathing to make sure that the water is not getting too cold. Because of its design my daughter enjoys playing with it and treats it as one of her bath toys. This item is a must, especially for new parents as it gives you reassurance.