“ Brand: Mothercare / Type: Baby Bath Thermometer „
When my youngest child was born, I was given a whole variety of products that, while gratefully received, I really didn't need at all. one of these was the Mothercare Bath Zoo Thermometer which, to all intents and purposes, is a piece of baby equipment that really no parent actually needs. I don't know how much it cost the person that bought it for me, but I have seen very similar items in Mothercare for around £1.50. Obviously £1.50 is not a lot of money.....but that doesn't stop making it a waste of money!
This is a parrot shaped thermometer that can go in the bath to let you know whether the temperature of the bath water is appropropriate. There are many similar thermometers on the market, but this is one of the lower priced products, but still i really don't see the need for it when we are all equipped with elbows that should be able to tell us whether the water feels warm, hot or cold. Bathing a baby is not rocket science and products like this seem to make it into a science rather than relying on mothers instincts which are infinitely more reliable.
Using the thermometer is easy - and it is reliable - and so I can't knock this. It's simply a matter of popping the thermometer into the water and waiting about 10 seconds for the thermometer to determine whether the water is too hot (red), too cold (blue) or okay (yellow). It is very easy to follow and to read and, from my own reckoning, it is very reliable, but I still don't really see why it is necessary.
It is reusable and so can be used throughout "baby hood" although I only used it a few times. It is fairly resilient and it is a cute design (being a parrot) and so my son did like the look of it. But in terms of practicalities, it works - but whats the point? Save your money and use your elbows!
I have recently had my second baby. We haven't had to buy too much baby stuff second time around as we kept a lot from my first child. One thing we have had to buy was a bath thermometer as our previous one had vanished.
When in Mothercare I spotted this cute little blue parrot shaped bath thermometer. There wasn't a huge number of bath thermometers to choose from and I liked that this was a more interesting shape than the normal rectangular ones. All the thermometers were priced at around £4.99 but when I picked up the little blue parrot one I found it had a sale sticker on the back and was actually reduced to just 99p - bargain! that was the decider for me so I made my purchase.
* Using the bath thermometer*
Using the bath thermometer is very easy, you simply run the bath and pop the thermometer into the water. You do need to make sure you have mixed the bath water thoroughly or you won't get an accurate reading. You need to let the thermometer sit in the water for around 15 seconds before you read the temperature. Reading it is very easy as the temperature gauge is divided into three sections - blue, yellow and red. If the blue is highlighted then the water is too cold, if it's the red then it's too hot. The yellow tells you the water is just right for your baby. If the water is borderline between too temperature sections then both parts light up so you know you still need to adjust the water slightly.
The thermometer can stick to the side of the bath instead of sitting on the bottom.
I am pleased with this bath thermometer as it does what it is meant to. Having a newborn baby is scary enough without adding the worry of putting them in a bath that's too hot. This takes all the guess work out of bathtime which is a big relief.
It is useful that it can stick to the side of the bath as I can leave it in for the whole of bathtime without it getting in the way. This means I can see when the water is starting to get too cool for my baby.
I also like the cute design of this thermometer and I was especially pleased with the bargain sale price of 99p.