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Buying a room thermometer for a baby may seem like an optional or a luxury item, but it has been an essential in the day to day care of our little girl since she was born.
I had a winter baby, who was also a poorly baby who had hypothermia, so when I was able to take my little bundle out of the hospital I was a little worried about moving her from an overheated hospital to a very very cold bedroom.
When we got all our details from the midwives it came with a handy unreliable paper thermometer door hanger, which said that 16 to 20 degrees c was the east temperature for a baby. My little flower monitor read 12. Oh dear! But it helped me prepare to get my baby all snug and warm.
The best thing about the monitor is that room temperature changes can be subtle and you may not notice a difference, but over the weeks the temp crept up to 17, I hadn't really noticed, and may have been at risk of overheating my baby if the thermometer didn't prompt me.
The bath times at first can be daunting, just getting the right temperature can be a worry, but this thermometer is also designed to use in a bath, and very quickly reads the perfect temperature. (Always check the water yourself to in case the thermometer has developed a fault.)
The design of the thermometer is great. Mine is the pink colour, it's made from thick heavy rubber, with a plastic screen with two prompts above it reminding you of ideal room and water temps, very helpful. It stands up on its own and floats in the water screen side up so you can take easy readings.
My daughter is now 8 months old and every night we check the temp and adjust her bedtime clothing and blankets accordingly, and it's always the fist thing in the bath when filling up.
Love this thermometer. It floats in water and the temperature gauge is underneath, so you do need to make sure it floats the right way up for a decent amount of time to get an accurate reading. I find it can take a minute for the bath water to mix well and get a consistent temperature to make sure I'm confident of the actual temperature. It has 2 temperatures printed on it as a guide, so a house symbol with 19 degrees and a water symbol with 37 degrees. I know that the generally recommended temperature for a child's bath is 37 so it's not Avent's fault, but I find 37 degrees too hot even for me. I actually ran a bath and found a temperature comfortable for me to sit in, and used this thermometer to find out what it was, and that was 35 degrees, so that's now what I use for the children. They never seemed comfortable at 37 degrees.
I did buy the Gro Egg room thermometer before finding this, so kept that in baby's room and only used the Avent one for the bath, but on reflection I should have saved myself money and returned the Gro Egg and just moved this one to wherever I needed it. I can see that for people wanting to regularly check the temperature of a bedroom this might not be the best product as it's quite a small display and doesn't have a light, so if you're wanting to check on a baby's room without disturbing them or turning a light on, it's not great. Its best use is definitely as a bath thermometer, and as that, it was perfect for me.
Bought in a supermarket's regular baby club deal and wouldn't have been happy to pay full price. As with all these type of products, as a new mum you feel you need everything and they are always expensive.
For me, I'm useless at gauging the bath temperature, even using the elbow test, so I've used this for every single bath since my first baby was born, so although I would have begrudged paying full price, I have certainly had my money's worth!
When we take a bath nowadays there are plenty of toys for us to play with. I tend to keep everything in there and then just fill the tub up with water and the bath and the toys are there already. What I really like about this thermometer is that it looks just like another toy so you can just keep it in the bath with everything else and its there ready to let you know how hot you have poured the bath. I like that it's in the bath already, telling you the temperature of the bath straight away as you pour it and not afterwards like a regular thermometer that you just stick in the water.
It's very important when you have kids in the bath to get the temperature just right. I like my baths steaming hot but this would just be too hot for a baby's thin, delicate skin. I also feel that if a Bath is too cold their body temperature would drop too much and they will start to shiver and you won't be able to keep them in the bath that long.
This thermometer looks like and is shaped like a flower. It is powder blue in colour and the temperature sensor is at the back of the flower and juts out like a stem of a flower would. Its a simple but effective looking thermometer but very accurate as it has always been just right for me. The screen is housed behind a plastic cover and is a digital readout so you have no mistakes in interpreting the exact temperature. Written on this are the readings you should have your temperatures at. For example there is a house icon which tells you that you should keep your home at 19 degrees c, and then there is water icon which tells you the bath should be at 37 degrees c. I think this is a great bit of information to include so you know what temperature you are trying to achieve in your bath.
When it sits in an empty bath with no water in this thermometer will then just tell you the temperature in the house which is also good to know
All in all a great children's bath and house thermometer.
I can still remember buying this item, standing quite heavily pregnant in ASDA's reduced counter trying to convince my husband we needed one. 'We'll never use it'- my husband said. 'Get it if you want it'- so I did and I'm very pleased I did..... (so too is my husband!!)
The Philips digital baby thermometer is small and fairly lightweight in the shape of a flower with blue petals. There is a temperature display window in the middle of the flower and thermometer probe on the underside of the flower. The thermometer is covered in a waterproof rubber coating and floats in water although not always the right way up so perhaps needs to be more weighted at the probe end. The temperature window displays the temperature of the room/water (this thermometer can also be used as a room thermometer but I predominantly use it for bath time.) It also indicates the ideal room temperature for your little one (19 degrees) and water temperature (37 degrees).
The thermometer is very sturdy in its design, it has fallen on my tiled floor quite a few times without damage- the waterproof rubber coating is a major benefit here- it bounces!!!
We have had the thermometer for over six months and have not needed to change the batteries yet although they look quite easy to change. The thermometer is quick to display changes in temperatures also which is obviously what you need from a product like this.
Still with my husband's words in my ears- 'we'll never use it' this is a product we use every day, my husband's wonderful and usually does bath time, and he won't mind me saying how lost he was at Christmas when visiting family we forgot it and when it came to bath time we had to trust our elbows!!! The flower design makes the thermometer easy to handle and it makes an interesting addition to bath time for our daughter to look at and touch, she probably gets a bit bored with just the ducks!!
The temperature is displayed in only degrees Celsius which is perfect for me but my Mum still uses Fahrenheit so wouldn't feel so comfortable using this product.
The only thing we needed to remember when bathing our daughter early on was that the water temperature in our bath can range slightly (physics and all that) so we swirl the water around with the thermometer a few times just to ensure the temperature is correct and so there isn't any hot/cold spots.
This product is not essential but as new parents I remember being overwhelmed with everything that comes with a wonderful newborn blessing, it is nice to have that extra bit of reassurance- although I would always advise you to test the water yourself just to be sure.
The other thing is the price- I mentioned before I was standing at the reduced counter- I bought the thermometer for £3 and at that time didn't realise it was £15 so I got a real bargain. I am sure that there are cheaper alternatives on the market and would not have paid £15 for it.
Although I would recommend a bath/room thermometer I would probably opt for a cheaper product.
When we decorated our nursery for our son's arrival my husband was keen to invest in a bath and room thermometer as our house is very warm we didn't want to have the baby too hot at bedtime.
As I had some vouchers for John Lewis I decided to purchase this item to use up the vouchers and as it could be used in both the room and the bath it seemed like he ideal product to have and it also blended with the colour scheme in the nursery.
The thermometer is a small blue rubbery flower that sits on a shelf or windowsill quite comfortably and reads the temperature in the room.
To use in the bath the product floats and quickly provides the temperature of the bath water. We let it bob about in the water for a minute or so to ensure the reading remains stable before introducing our baby to the water for his bath.
When we are not using it in the bath it is left on the windowsill in the nursery and it enables us to monitor the temperature of the room and also helps us to ensure we do not use too many blankets with our son.
The thermometer operates between 10-45 degrees celcius and provides an accurate reading within 1 degree celcius.
The product takes 2 batteries or type LR44 and they are easy to replace.
The product comes in a small square box all ready to use and a small instruction manual which details how to replace the batteries and how to use the product in the correct manner.
When I purchased this from the website it was £15 from John Lewis but most recently I have seen them at John Lewis and Asda for £10.
It is pretty overpriced for the job that it does but as the batteries can be replaced it offers longevity compared with the cheaper versions available out in the shops.
We have found this a useful product to have if not a little bit too expensive. I like how the product floats in the bath but the product is quite heavy and when it falls onto the floor it falls with a thud but as the thermometer is well protected it is very robust.