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      20.10.2013 14:46
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      nice to have as a first timer but not essential

      When you have your first baby there seems to be a need to buy anything and everything that baby care companies bring out to make sure you aren't missing out on an essential or your not depriving your brand new baby of the latest gadget or device. For me bath thermometers for infants are sort of one of these products; its not an essential by any means but I'd be lying if I said it didn't reassure me in those early days that I wasn't going to either scold or freeze my precious newborn.

      It wasn't a product I went out of my way to buy nor was it on my list of things to buy for baby but when I purchased our winnie the pooh baby bath set this was part of the set. Initially when I took it out the package I wasn't sure what it was until I realised the bottom black strip was infact the thermometer.

      The product is essentially a oval piece of thin plastic with a illustration of winnie the pooh at the top and a heat sensitive black strip along the bottom which is divided into three sections. When placed in the bath water the strip shows if the bath water is too cold (under 36 degrees Celsius) too hot (over 38 degrees Celsius) or just right (between 36-38 degrees Celsius). Its extremely easy to use and it shows up really quite quickly. I found it really reassuring knowing the bath was just right but theres does come a point where you either lose the thermometer amongst all the other baby 'stuff' or you just no longer feel the need to check the temperature as you just know by touch if its okay or not. Quite honestly that happens fairly quickly.

      like previously mentioned I got this in store at mothercare in a set so I couldn't give you an individual price for the thermometer and from looking on the website they no longer sell the thermometer although they do sell another very similar one just not winnie the pooh for £3.99.

      Overall it turned out to be a nice thing to have for a little while but quite honestly I only used it for a minimal amount of time until I was more confident and I certainly never needed it with my second baby. If your confident I wouldn't waste your money as it will probably get lost quickly and you won't use it. Its by no means an essential for a baby. That said the product is easy to use and does exactly what its supposed to do. 4 out of 5 stars.

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      01.07.2011 22:22
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      Makes sure the water is just right!

      I recieved this as part of a Winnie the Pooh bath set when I was expecting my daughter. You can also buy it separately from Mothercare for £4.99.

      The thermometer is an oval shape. It has a picture of Winnie the Pooh on the front and the words 'time to scrub up!' written across the front. It is made from flexible plastic and it has a black strip along the bottom with the words too cold, ideal and too hot.

      To use the thermometer you need to mix the bath water throughly so there are no hot spots then immerse the thermometer completely into the water for 15 seconds. Before removing and checking the temperature. The thermometer advises you that the perfect temperature for your baby's bath is between 36-38 degrees. When you remove the thermometer if the balck strip has a green tick in the just right box then it is safe to bathe your baby. If the water is too cold you get a blue minus sign and if it is too hot you get a red plus sign.

      The thermometer is easy to use. You can't go wrong. You get a clear reading after 15 seconds and it shows you in colour too so you know when the water is just right.

      This was an essential on my list of things to buy for my daughter. As a first time mum I had no idea how hot a bath should be for her this thermometer takes away all the worry!

      I would definately recommend this as an essential, it is far cheaper and easier to use than digital thermometers I have seen and takes the worry out of getting the water just right!

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        11.08.2010 14:51
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        A good thermometer that me gain confidence in recognising the right temperature for a babies bath

        As a first time mother it is safe to say I was fairly clueless as to most areas of childcare bar reading a few books as there was only one person in my circle of friends and family had a young child. One area that worried me was bathing my child how would I know the temperature was right for my little one what is too hot what is too cold. People used to say test it with the back of your elbow to see if its too hot but as my son was born in winter I was equally worried about it being too cold hence the bath thermometer.

        What is it and where from
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        Sold from Mothercare for around £4.99 it is a laminated cardboard oval with a cute Winnie the Pooh design on it with a black sensitive material strip on the front. The colour changes on this strip depending on the temperature of the water.

        It is less than 36 Degrees Centigrade it will show blue for too cold
        For between 36-38 degrees Centigrade it will show yellow for ideal
        For temperatures over 38 Degrees it will show red for too hot.

        This simple colour design I felt would be suitable for my post baby sleep deprived brain to cope with and use.

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        I have to say that this simple thermometer provided oodles of reassurance for both my husband and I when bathing our son. Given that we are the individuals that asked for the how to bath your baby demonstration it will let you know how clueless we really were. Each bath time when we had run the baby bath we would put this into the water to let the strip do its stuff and hey presto within about 30 seconds it would let us know did we need to add more hot or cold. I would say at this point it is important to read the temperature whilst it is in the bath as by taking it out of the water and exposing it to the air you are changing the temperature you are reading and it may give a false result. Equally what we would do would be to give the water a good old stir around to ensure there were not hot or cold patches in the bath which again could give a false reading. We actually used this thermometer for several months both in the baby bath when he was little and then when he made the transition to a proper bath and as our confidence grew we relied less and less on it till it is now no longer used. In a proper bath we found it was important not to drop the thermometer into the water as it would sometimes sink to the bottom of the bath and could at times give a false reading from the coldness of the metallic bath.


        If we had a second child I am not sure I would use this again as I feel I have now learnt and developed my confidence in temperature taking for babies baths but as a first time mum it was definitely a valuable purchase as it allayed our fears and helped us develop confidence in the bath time routine.

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        A good bath thermometer that helps you gain confidence at recognising the right bath temperature for baby. Probably more for first time mums like me who have little baby experience and need some reassurance that they are getting the water at the right temperature rather than second and subsequent time mums.

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          07.08.2010 05:14
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          You're better off using your own judgement - see steam? water is hot! feels icy? water is cold!

          My my first child was born, one of the many presents we received was the Mothercare Winnie the Pooh Bath Thermometer. Looking online I see it's under £5 which in my opinion is far too much to pay for this rather pointless device.

          The thermometer chart itself is circular and features a Winnie the Pooh design, which is cute and attractive. At the bottom of the circular bit of flimsy card this is on there is a plastic covered window which when in contact with water changes colour to let the parent know the temperature of the water.

          If the temperature is under 36.0 degrees farenheit, the widow is coloured blue to show it's too cold, if it's between 36 and 38 degrees, the window turns yellow, which is the correct temperature, and if the water is hotter than 38 degrees, the widow will turn red.

          Call me old fashioned but funnily enough I'm able to tell if the water's too hot by the vast amounts of steam coming off it, and will add cold before testing it by hand. Similarly, if I put my hand in and it's too cold, I'll add some hot water. I don't need a strip of plastic to let me know the difference between hot and cold water, and somewhere in the middle!

          This product is for people with no common sense or confidence in their own ability to judge when water is not too hot or cold. It's a scam by Mothercare in my opinion. People have been bathing babies for thousands of years without the Winnie the Pooh Bath Thermometer, and we have not yet died out as a race, so I'll continue to trust my own judgement.

          In the interests of reviewing, I dug this device out, and found that it wasn't even accurate anyway - my bathroom was hot from me having a hot bath prior to bathing my kids, and even though their new water was just right, not too hot, or not too cold, the thermometer was affected by the heat around it in the room and showed red when put into the water.

          So, in addition to being pointless, this thermometer isn't even accurate. Trust yourself and use your common sense to judge the temperature of your children's baths, that will be much more accurate than this device!

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          05.08.2010 15:53
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          I was given this as a bath bundle of presents when I was pregnant. I actually only used it once or twice as I just didn't feel it did the temperature of the bath properly. Having looked it up, it cost £3.99 from Mothercare. Plus, I felt stupid using it. What was going to be more accurate at deciding if the bath was suitable for my daughter? Me or a piece of plastic?

          The whole aim of it is to decide whether your babies bath water is too hot or too cold. It is pretty basic. It has a traditional design of Winnie The Pooh on the front, easiting honey and then the thermometer underneath him. The whole thing is made from flimsy looking plastic . You have to submerge the thermometer in water and then the little plastic thermometer will become active once it has been in contact with water. You will know the result by the colour of the strip. These are the colours and what they mean:

          Under 36.0: This is too cold and will show up as blue on the thermometer.
          36.0 to 38.0: This is the perfect temperature and will be yellow.
          over 38.0: This is too hot and will show up as red.

          On the two occassions I used this when I dipped it in water that had been running as a mixture of hot and cold, it said it was much too hot. I stuck my hand in quickly and the bath was like ice. It was clearly too cold. I don't know why it read as too hot. It happened again a few weeks later. I done everything absolutely correct and even got my husband to have a go but he still came up with the same reading.

          I could not use this bath thermometer and it was a complete waste of money. It looks nice and it went with my little girl's theme of Winnie The Pooh but it is definately just a decorative piece. I would not trust this thermometer at all and would suggest parents use their own judgement at bath times as this was complete inaccurate.

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          31.07.2010 12:51
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          See review.

          This is because I found out a few years ago that I'm infertile and I will never be able to have children. My fiancé has made it clear adoption is a no-go for us! It's for this reason I like to have my house to be like second home to my 7 nieces and two nephews. People never understand that I have same worries about health and safety for my youngest niece Summer as any mother would for their child. That is simply the relationship I have with my brother and sisters' babies, it's almost as if they're willing to share their children. I have no fear, and my siblings have no objections, to me calling them my babies.

          I always worry uncontrollably about the dangers in my house and hazards. I have not one single sharp corner, my cupboards have locks, my plugs have caps, you name it! The one safety feature that is a bit of a novelty to me, is my bath temperature. When I found out my sister-in-law was pregnant, I ran out to mother care for furniture for my nursery. Something I picked up out of the blue was a Winnie The Pooh Bath Thermometer. It was only £4.99, and when I picked it up I never knew just how handy it would be.

          Appearance: (It's the same product, just a different picture than the example on Dooyoo)
          This thermometer looks rather sweet in my opinion. It's not too big, but it is easy to read. It is oval-shaped with a rather cheap-looking image of Pooh, holding a yellow duck and surrounded by bubbles. The actual thermometer is black, with three different colours surrounding it. One section will alight. The colours are Blue - Yellow - Red. The yellow section indicates it's the colour it's supposed to be. Underneath it says "too cold (under 36)" ... "ideal (36-38)"... "just right(over 38)". It says "Time to scrub up!".. which my other 3 year old niece can now read.

          It just goes to show that you really don't know what the optimum temperature is. Personally, I don't know the difference between the three temperatures. It is easy to stick on, and it looks cute and makes my feel like there's children in the house all the time. So I like it keep it there. It always work for me. However, when my 5 year old niece and my 3 year old niece use the bath, they complain that even when it's at the 'red' section, it's too cold. So it's not for everyone's taste.

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          16.07.2010 09:04
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          USE YOUR OWN JUDGEMENT TO ENSURE YOUR BABY'S BATHWATER IS THE CORRECT TEMPERATURE!!!

          When I had my daughter, I wanted everything for her room to be in the mothercare, Winnie the Pooh design. So when I bought her babybath, I could not resist adding one of these bath thermometers too.

          When I got home and looked at this item, I was annoyed at myself for my impulse buy. Even though this bath thermometer was less than £5, I knew that it would never hardly be used as I don't need a plastic strip chart to tell me if the water in my child's bath is at the right temperature.

          The chart itself, is a circular plastic,flimsy card with the winnie the pooh motif on the front. Winnie is surrounded by soap bubbles which I thought was particularly cute.Towards the bottom of this item is a plastic window area which is activated by the temperature of the water. When the water comes into contact with this strip, the strip shows via colour what the temperature of the water is. The results will be one of the following.

          under 36.0 too cold which will show up as blue
          36.0 to 38.0 which is perfect and will showup as yellow
          over 38.0 which will show up as red on the colour activated chart.

          Now while in theory this card is a good idea, I was very sceptical regarding the influence of intrinsic factors which could effect the reading of the thermometer. Such as room temperature. Also if you dip the thermometer in one area of the bath it might be ok, but if the water is not swished around correctly then one area of the bath water may be hotter than another.

          I did put this item into the bath a couple of times, however I feel this was more for novelty value than for peace of mind. I always found that it was quick in delivering results, which made it appear quite effective in it's ability. But I personally could not trust this thermometer soley in order to tell me if my child's bath water is the correct temperature.

          So in conclusion I would say that while this winnie the pooh bath thermometer is pretty and pleasing to look at. I find there is no reason why anyone should buy one. Surely an elbow dipped in the water will be more than effective in ensuring your child's water is of a safe temperature.

          I must admit, I also found this thermometer to be very flimsy. Although it withstood usage, I do suspect if I had continued to use it it would have become scruffy and worn in appearance.

          So maybe this item is more beneficial for ornamental purposes. Really cute to look at in the baby's bedroom. But I found mine a total and utter waste of money!!

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          15.07.2010 20:23
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          Your elbow would work just as well!!

          This is another one of those products that were given to me when I had my last child - and although I was grateful for any product given to me, I was also left thinking how completely pointless and surplus to requirements a device such as this was. Having said that, as it was given to me, I did feel I was obligated to try it out to see whether it lived up to my preconceived ideas or not.

          Like I said, I did not have to buy this product, but I did see it recently in my local Mothercare store for £5.99. Obviously it is designed to check the temperature of bath water prior to putting your little darling in the bath so that you can ensure it is not to hot or too cold.

          It is made from a thin piece of plastic laminated board which is just a few millimeters thick. it doesn't feel particularly sturdy, but having said that, for the purpose it is designed, it doesn't really need to be. It has a picture of Winnie the Pooh on the front of the board who is playing with bath bubbles, with the caption above it "Let's Scrub Up". Underneath the picture is a plastic strip which is a heat sensor and serves as the thermometer part of the product.

          The readings on the thermometer are as follows:
          Under 36°C - Too Cold
          36°C - 38°C - Ideal
          Over 38°C - Too Hot

          The areas are also colour coded in appropriately corresponding pastel colours, for example, pale blue for "Too Cold", yellow for "Ideal" and red for "Too Hot".

          When you are ready to use it, you submerge the board in the water and you take a reading. The colour of the strip changes according to the temperature of the water - and because its colour coded, its easy to read while it is submerged.

          This device does work and it serves its purpose perfectly adequately. However, my opinion remains that this isn't something that is necessary as using your elbow or the back of your hand is all that's needed to check the temperature of the water. We all know what hot and cold feels like - and we all know that where babies are involved, they need the water to be tepid warm - which again, we are all more than capable of judging! I guess for first time mums who really feel like they need that extra peace of mind then this product is not going to do any harm - and it is only £5.99 - but I can't help but feel that the manufacturers are buying into a new mothers anxieties.

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            25.01.2009 12:09
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            Definately worth getting one, and there is no need to get anything fancier!

            I was given this as a present before baby was born and in the early weeks as a new mum I would not have been without it. It cost £3.99 from Mothercare.

            As a first time parent, I would never have known how cool a newborn's bath should be if I did not use this.

            It is just a piece of cardboard with a picture of Pooh Bear on it. It has a strip which changes colour to indicate too hot, too cold or just right. It is OK to read but you do have to look quite carefully as it is sometimes hard to distinguish between just right and too hot depending on which angle you are looking from.

            You do have to be careful to read it with the strip submerged though, as if you remove it from the water it will give a lower reading which could be dangerous if the water is actually too hot. However, this is obviously the trade-off for having a thermometer that cost well under a fiver rather than a more technical one - and I definately think it is perfectly adequate.

            Anything more fancy would be totally unnecessary as I found that after about 3 months I could judge the temperature perfectly well without it (and when baby is no longer a newborn you can have the bath warmer anyway as their skin is not as sensitive).

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            17.09.2000 07:19
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            Although this is not an essential nursery buy (use your elbow!), I found it to be of great reassurance in the early days as a new parent. We chose the Mothercare Thermometer which is shaped as a Hippo. The suitability of the bath water temperature is indicated by a strip - a minus means 'too cold', a tick means just right, and a plus means too hot. You need to leave the thermometer in the water for at least 30s before reading it. I especially like the fact that the thermometer doubles as a cheery first floating bath toy too. In fact my daughter still plays with it long after I have stopped checking the temperature with it! A word of warning - if you remove the thermometer from the water to read, it could indicate ok, when the water is actually too hot. Sounds obvious, but try reading it with a bath brimming with bubbles!

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            14.09.2000 03:47
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            I have mixed opinions on this item. On first impressions, when you have a newborn, you think "Oh, what a wonderful invention, I must buy one: how ever will I know what temperature is right for my little bundle of joy??" Well, hang on a minute, whatever did parents do before these devices were invented? Yes, correct, they dipped their elbow in the water to test the temperature. Blimey, how revolutionary, I would never have thought of that! Obviously as time passed, some great inventor got tired of sticking his elbow in his daughter's bathtub and came up with a plastic thing which sticks on the side of the bath, rather like those strips which lay on the side of aquariums, which actually indicates the temperature. Should you not be able to read, the indicator has a "handy" tick or cross: if a tick is illuminated, it's safe to plonk baby in! Now my daughter is two, I have not used the thermometer for ages, but it was fairly useful when she was newborn, just for peace of mind.

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          Aims to ensure your baby's bath is not too hot or too cold.