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This is a digital room thermometer shaped like a white egg which is plugged in to the mains. It has a back lit digital display of the temperature but the whole unit also changes colour to indicate whether the room is too hot, too cold or just right. This is a very useful function as you can see from the doorway without having to go in and disturb a sleeping baby to check the temperature. It also acts as a subtle night light which is useful. The temperature reading has always been pretty accurate (as long as you don't have it by the radiator). We used this in our campervan to ensure it wasn't getting too hot or too cold and it was very useful for this and also for when I was a first time Mum worrying about overheating my baby. It was great for peace of mind and a 'nice to have' but definitely not essential.
This gro egg room thermometer is advertised as being peace of mind at a glance and I have to say for us it most certainly is, unlike a standard room thermometer where you need to know and remember what the safe temperatures are with this it does it all for you, if the room is too cool it turns blue so you know to add another blanket, close the window or put the heating on. If it is yellow the room is at a perfect temperature for your baby and if it turns red your room is too warm so you need to open a window, turn the heating off or remove a layer of blankets on your baby. This I think is fantastic when you are awake as you can simply see if the temperature is correct but I do feel it could be improved slightly by having an alarm on it that beeped when the temperature got too hot or too cold to alert you when you are asleep of a night and cant see the colour change.
The temperature reading on this is done by a digital thermometer so is a lot more accurate at getting it right than other room thermometers that are not digital. As well as the glow there is a lcd screen with the temperature on it so you know how much too high or too low in temperature your room is which is great in the day as seeing the colours are more difficult in a well lit room, especially when the sun is on the room too.
This runs on mains power and comes supplied with the power lead which is good as it means you dont need to change batteries or worry about your batteries running out but I do think if it were battery operated it would make it more easy to use it in different rooms, if it were battery operated I would probably move it around the house with Jamie so in the day it would be in the living room as well as in the bedroom of a night but as I have to unplug it and plug it back in I tend to just leave it in the bedroom and use it of a night.
This retails at £21.95 but it is available on Amazon for just £14.66 which is where I got mine from a few months ago and you can also purchase animal covers to go on them, I have the penguin one for ours which I have previously reviewed.
As well as doing the job intended by letting me know the temperature of the room this also gives off a nice glow next to the cot of a night acting as a nice soft night light so I can check on Jamie without turning other lights on so I would recomend this to anyone looking for a combined night light and thermometer.
Gro-bag egg temperature night light
When I was pregnant and we first started to buy little bits and pieces for the baby I was really keen to get a room thermometer. Now as a parent I understand that a room thermometer is not really required but it is nice, especially at the beginning to make sure that everything is as perfect as you can possibly make it for your little baby. Ideally you want to keep the house and more importantly the room where the baby will be sleeping somewhere between 16 and 20 degrees Celsius.
In short the Gro egg room thermometer allows you at a quick glance to see what temperature range the room is in. For example;
Blue - for under 16 degree Celsius
Yellow - for between 16 and 20 degrees Celsius
Orange - for 20 - 22 degrees Celsius
Red - for over 22 degrees Celsius
There is also a small screen on the front of the Gro egg that you can read the exact room temperature, but I tend to personally rely mostly on the colour display.
So why use a room thermometer?
Knowing the temperature of the baby's bedroom will allow you to make sure that the little one is either wrapped up warm enough or only needs some lighter blankets if it's a warmer night. It is something that I find doing intuitively now and I rarely look at the room thermometer to determine what I should put my baby in or if I should put the heating on or off for a bit or open a window. But for the first time parent it can and did just give me a little extra peace of mind right at the very beginning when everything seems so overwhelming.
In my opinion, by far the best feature of the Gro egg is that it makes for a lovely night light. However, I would love to be able to select what colour to put it on, I understand that the room temperature determines the night light colour, but it would be nice to put off that option and either have the Grobag egg cycle through the colours or choose which colour you would like as a night light. Personally, I think the blue colour makes a lovely choice for a night light and I would pick that over the yellow any day but I don't want to have to make my room too cold for my baby in order to get it.
In my experience so far with the Gro egg it seems to be quite accurate in its temperature readings. We also have in our room a baby monitor that among other things also records the temperature and both it and the Grobag egg usually agree.
I believe that you can find the Grobag egg room temperature night light in most baby stores and from online stores such as Amazon, where it retails from anywhere between £15 - £25. I paid £15 for mine and for the price I feel like I got a lovely night light with the added benefit of a room thermometer that I will continue to use on a nightly basis for a long time to come.
Even after a mostly positive review I am not sure that I would recommend the Grobag egg. Personally, I think knowing the temperature is nice but it is not really essential and after the first few nights at home it was second nature to adjust the baby's blankets according to the room temperature. However, it does make for a nice night light.
Three out of five stars.
Before my daughter was born, I invested in a Gro egg thermometer. I remember at the time, a few people that I spoke to thought it wasn't a necessity, but having used it for over a year it's one of the few baby items that I wouldn't have done without. I bought it from Amazon early last year for £11.99 but it is widely available from other stores - John Lewis, Mothercare and Argos are places where I've definitely seen it available, although they charge slightly more. It comes with instructions and a small clothing guide which is handy.
The egg has been a godsend - this hot weather has only reminded me how useful it's been. The egg works off electricity so needs to be near a socket, although I've found that the cable is quite long. Obviously this was something we had to watch when she went into her own room to make sure that the cable wasn't on show for her to see - we've ended up wrapping some of it up to shorten it. The actual egg is only quite small - around 10cm high, 6cm in diameter so it sits nicely in her room. We keep hers on top of her of a small cabinet because that seems to work best for us, but it's a case of finding a place that works for the individual room - for example near a window or a radiator probably isn't the best idea because incorrect readings could be given. The height at which it's placed also makes a difference to the reading.
The egg works by reading the temperature of the room, showing the reading digitally on the front screen to one decimal place. The egg changes colour to reflect the reading - it turns blue when below 16 degrees, turns yellow between 16-20 degrees, orange between 21 and 24 degrees and red over 24 degrees (Celsius). On the red and blue it also shows an unhappy face on the screen. My daughter uses grobag sleeping bags too (made by the same company) and this is great to help me decide which bag (a lower or higher tog) to put her in. The instructions for the egg state that the yellow range is the most optimum.
We have the egg placed so that I can always pop my head around the door and see it - the colour makes it much easier because sometimes I can't always see the digital screen from the door but I can see it's colour and know that she's wearing the correct clothing for that temperature. Obviously if it changes then I know to adjust the room so that the temperature will fall (or rise in the case of winter) and/or adjust her clothing.
I remember when she was newborn, sleeping in a moses basket in our room. We had a very long spell towards the end of September last year where it was very hot and the egg was constantly glowing red. It was such a great help to us then - we immediately got to changing the room and got the temperature down so that it was better and more suitable for her. Some may argue that we'd have probably been able to tell it was warm anyway, which yes we could, but we certainly didn't realise just how warm the room was and that it was far too warm for her. Especially as new parents, I never realised the optimum temperatures for babies and it gave me peace of mind that I'd prepared the room and her clothing correctly without just second guessing. This situation is similar now with the hot weather at the moment. Another instance though was in January, when the temperature fell very low overnight. It was weird because it was fine just before we went to bed but overnight it just plummeted. The egg was glowing blue! But because of this super egg, I knew to adjust her clothing and room so that it warmed up a bit - the egg started to glow yellow and we were all happy again.
I probably find it even more important now because she's in her own room - obviously she's not the same place as we are so her room could have a completely different temperature to ours and as we're not in there we may not notice changes as much. I can just check this whenever I like when walking past to make sure that she's ok and the room is the correct temperature.
This is a gadget that I've never been obsessive about - I don't check it constantly but I do check it probably 3 to 4 times every 24 hours to keep an eye on the temperature (I probably checked it a little more when she was younger and in heatwaves or cold spells) but it has given us great peace of mind and is an item that I'm really glad we bought. For £11.99 I feel we've received exceptional value from it as we've used it for over a year now and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. I rate the egg the full 5 dooyoo stars as this is one baby gadget that has been a great help.
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We brought this for my little girl as I was really worried about her overheating, especially as we live in a new build house which retains the heat, and can become really hot quite quickly. I instantly loved the Gro egg- it has a clear easy to read digital display, but most importantly the egg changes colour to indicate the temperature of the room and whether this is too hot or too cold for baby. It can be seen easily even from the other side of a room. (or from your bed! Assuming with a young baby you are lucky enough to be in it!) Its mains operated and you simply plug in and away you go.
The egg turns blues if the room is too cold, amber for the correct temperature and red if the room is too hot. The temperature is also displayed on the digital display, along with happy/sad faces according to temperature.
I love this thermometer and highly recommend it, its stylish, well made and has a clear easy to read display- the colour changing aspect made it very easy to keep room at the right temperature, and the nightlight has been very useful. I think its an excellent product and well worth the money. It is very durable and well made and I can see this lasting a really long time.
The only downside is it is very hard to see the colour of the Gro-Egg if used during the day. You would need to use the digital display instead.
As new parents the Gro-Egg has been very reassuring as if we have woken we can check the room temperature without even needing to get out of bed and can adjust the heating or her bedding accordingly.
We would highly recommend this.
This review also appears on CIAO under the same username.
Our flat is quite cold and drafty. In the winter it gets too cold from the lack of double glazing or proper insulation. In the summer, it gets too hot as we have huge windows in the front room which hold the heat all day.
When we were expecting Oscar, I was worried about his room being either too hot or too cold. A baby's room should be between 16 and 20 degrees celsius, with optimum temperature of 18 recommended by the FSID organisation. I got a free wall thermometer in my Bounty pack when I was in hospital which I used for the first couple of months.
When he went in his cot, so was no longer right next to me, I wanted a thermometer that I could see instantly whenever I woke in the night. Someone recommended the Gro Egg.
I bought one from Amazon for £14.46. It came boxed, with a mains plug and user information leaflet. It was quick and very easy to set up. It has a digital view window in the middle, which clearly shows the temperature of the room and either a sad or happy face, depending on the temperature. The whole egg-shaped unit has a yellow backlight, which is light enough to act as a nightlight in a baby's room. If the temperature drops below 16 degrees, the light turns blue and a sad face appears on the viewing window. If it goes between 21 and 24 degrees, the light turns orange. This shows that it is getting warm in the room, but not too warm. If it goes above 24 degrees, the light goes red and a sad face appears again.
It was so helpful for me to have this thermometer when Oscar was tiny. We set our central heating to turn off over night, and occasionally it does drop below 16. If I woke in the night and saw that the thermometer was blue, I could either put an extra blanket on Oscar, or turn the heating on for a bit. If I had just been using a normal thermometer, I wouldn't have known that it was too cold.
I was given this as a gift for my baby this Christmas by a friend. I am actually really pleased with it, I would never have bought a thermometer this expensive myself, but it is a nice gift to receive and I use it now every day. This is priced at around £15 in places like John Lewis, Amazon. This is a lovely thermometer for the price.
This thermometer is shaped like an egg and it isn't too big or bulky. It is around 20cm in height, and is really lightweight. You do not need batteries for this thermometer you plug it in at the wall. This was the only problem for me, finding a surface free to put it on near a plug socket, I think I would prefer it if it was battery powered, so I could take it from room to room more easily. My baby sometimes sleeps downstairs in the day, and plays downstairs most of the time, so I have to keep unplugging it and taking it downstairs and plugging it in again, to make sure the room temperature is right downstairs too.
This thermometer is very different to other normal thermometers. It does display the temperature on the front, but you don't have to worry about the exact temperature as the Gro-Egg lights up different colours to show you if the room is too hot or cold. It lights up blue if the room is too cold, and if the room is perfect the Gro-Egg is yellow. When it gets a little warm it goes orange, and finally red if the room is too hot. Once you are used to what colour means what, you can simply just look at the grow eggs colour to see if you need to alter the room temperature, or just add or remove layers for your baby. I think this is such a good invention! For people who don't really know what temperature the room should be in, this is perfect at letting you know if it's too hot or cold for your baby.
The Gro-Egg looks cute in my babies room, and the light is quite bright too. It allows me to see my baby when I check on him during the night, but it is not too bright to disturb him. It doesn't allow enough light to see what you are doing properly, like feeding or changing them in the night, just a nice glow to see your baby better in the dark to check on them.
I have tested this against two thermometers I already had in the house, and the temperature is accurate. This Gro-Egg gives me peace of mind that the temperature is comfortable for my baby, and if it changes I can see clearly, and adapt the room as soon as I see it change colour. I love the look of the Gro-Egg, it is cute, it doesn't look ugly like other room thermometers do, and I love that it can be used as a night light too. I am very impressed with this Gro-Egg, I would definitely recommend purchasing, it is definitely worth £15, I would have thought it would have cost a lot more than that, I was surprised when I looked it up on google, as it is a strong and sturdy egg too, and can see it lasting for years. If you are wondering which thermometer to get for your babies room, definitely get one of these!
I love being a mum but the one thing I do struggle with is the constant worry that having children involves. It seemed as soon as I found out I was expecting I was bombarded with horror stories. Don't do this, don't that... It was all a little overwhelming. One main worry was the fear of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, or cot death as its more commonly known. All the information I was given emphasised the importance of never overheating your little one, as being too warm increased the chance of cot death. I was therefore really conscious that I didn't want my little ones wrapped up in too many layers, and yet there's a fine line between not overheating your baby, and allowing them to become cold. That's where this little beauty comes in!
The Gro-Egg is made by the same company that brought out the Gro-bags (baby sleeping bags for those not in the know!) The basic idea of the egg is to provide an accurate room temperature to allow parents to make the right decision regarding heating and how to dress their little one for bedtime, and what kind of blankets / sleeping bags to use. The selling point that makes this unlike all the other basic room thermometers, is that the egg changes colour depending on the temperature of the room. If the egg is yellow it indicates a perfect temperature, if it's blue the room is too cold and if it's red the room is too hot.
So we decided that the Gro-egg was something we needed and we got ours from amazon for around £18 although i think you can now get them for around £14. After taking it out the box we could see it was a decent size and it looked quite appealing. It's basically egg shaped (obviously!) but the base is flat meaning it stands easily on a flat surface. The egg turns on with a basic on /off switch and plug connector slots easily in the back.
The Gro-Egg is mains operated meaning you don't need batteries. This is both a plus and a negative in my opinion! It's great that your not constantly having to fork out on batteries but the fact it has a wire was frustrating for us. The wire connecting to the plug isn't particularly long and so we had to find a surface to put it on that was close enough to a plug socket. Annoyingly this meant we had to practically rearrange our baby's bedroom to put everything in the right place!
The screen is a decent size that has a digital display so you have an accurate idea of the temperature of the room. As mentioned earlier the colour of egg will change depending on the temperature of the room. We initially thought that is feature would be a bit of a novelty but it really is a great feature. Our little one is a very light sleeper so if you go into his bedroom to check on him he stirs, usually resulting in me and the hubby trying to escape the room like ninjas before he wakes up completely. The great thing about this thermometer is you can see the temperature is at a safe level without even entering the bedroom, just by seeing the colour. Having said that, this feature does work much better when it's dark. We found that summer evenings when it was still light at bedtime, and for when he was taking a day time nap, the lights weren't as noticeable. Luckily the large display screen stopped it from being too much of an issue.
The egg also has the added bonus of acting as a night light. It provides a subtle glow that isn't too bright to disturb my little one while he's sleeping but did provide enough light for me to be able to enter the room for night feeds without having to turn out the main light.
The egg comes with a guide explaining what clothes your little one should be wearing and what blankets they should be using depending on the temperature. This is great for an over anxious first time mum, and reassuring to know that you aren't cooking your little one, or leaving them to freeze.
There's a few things to consider when using the egg. The first is where to put it. Other than the wire issue, we also had to consider where would offer the most accurate reading. We wanted it to be as close to the cot as we could, whilst still being away from drafts, the window and the radiator so that it wouldn't be giving us a false reading. It's also worth mentioning that there's no substitute for mothers intuition / common sense so it's still worth having a sneaky feel of your baby, to make sure they're not too warm. The thermometer only takes into consideration the temperature of the room, not of the child and so allowances need to be made if your child has a temperature etc.
So is it worth the money? Absolutely. It's put my mind at ease and being able to see the colour without going in and disturbing the sleep thief is worth the money alone! We've found it to be reliable, and durable too. We use it on a daily basis and despite taking a few knocks its still working brilliantly. I would definitely recommend it to any parents with small children.
We have found the Gro-egg to be a very useful item, and continue to use it on a daily basis. However, there are other products that do exactly the same as the Groegg and more besides, specifically the BT Baby Monitor, to which I will probably refer in this review.
The Gro Company began in 2000 with their development of the Gro-bag, a baby sleeping bag. Since then they have developed a range of products that aim to solve specific problems encountered by parents. The Gro-egg addresses the problem of room temperature. It is a room thermometer. A white, more-or-less duck, or possibly small ostrich-egg sized and shaped entity it has a flat base and plugs into the mains. It reads the temperature of the room and displays this on a digital screen. But that is not all! It also glows in a variety of colours which means that you can see from a glance whether your baby's room is too cold (under 16 degrees C), at the recommended temperature of between 16-20 degrees C, warm (20-24 degrees C) or too warm (over 24 degrees C).
Why might you need to see at a glance? Why not simply enter the room and experience the temperature for yourself? Firstly, there is the disturbance factor. There may be times when you don't want to enter your baby's room, but simply want the assurance that the temperature is ok, or more likely you are simply passing the room and the coloured glow reassures you without you really consciously thinking about it. Conversely, you may pass the room and see that the Gro-egg is red or blue and take action appropriately. We have experienced the Gro-egg turning red, and the action taken was variously to open windows, or reduce the layers of clothing that Baby CrazyEgg was wearing. The second benefit of being able to see the temperature at a glance is that Mr CrazyEgg and I experience temperature differently: "Isn't it hot!" he will say. "No! It is cold." I say; whereupon in those early days of having Baby CrazyEgg at home we would gaze at each other in mutual consternation. A third reason is due to dynamics of heat within our home, with rooms being of vastly differing temperatures at any one time. Baby CrazyEgg's room is the one that seems to get both hottest and coldest and can be in total contrast to the respective temperatures Mr CrazyEgg and I are experiencing. Due to all the above we make use of the Gro-egg frequently.
Many parents will be mindful of the advice from the Foundation for the Study of Infant Deaths (FSID) that in order to reduce the risk of cot death babies should not get too hot, and there will be varying levels of anxiety in the monitoring of this. For various reasons we have been anxious and concerned to try and get things right, and the (FSID) logo on the Gro-egg packaging and the information that the Gro Company work in partnership with FSID encouraged our purchase of this product. Helpfully, for us given our anxiety and inexperience with babies, the Gro-egg comes with instructions that give advice on what to do if the room is too hot or too cold. There are three main options: cool or heat the room, adjust the bedding, adjust the baby's clothing. It then includes a quick reference guide as to what bedding and clothing combo should be used for any given temperature range, according to whether you are using sleeping bags or sheets and blankets. Finally the instructions include the Safer Sleeping guidelines from FSID. Some of all this is very obvious, but it is nonetheless reassuring to have it written down.
So all that the Gro-egg does is monitor room temperature and glow a particular colour accordingly. The major limitation of this is that you may be unaware of a significant temperature change, unless you check baby or pass their room. This summer for example, we found that we could close Baby CrazyEgg's window with the room at the recommended temperature, and half an hour or so later it could have risen to 24 degrees or higher- 27 was the highest I saw. Of course she was not dressed for 27 degrees, but for 19-20 degrees, so there was a risk of overheating. We did not become aware of this because of the Gro-egg, but because of the BT monitor. This monitor also records room temperature (incidentally the BT monitor and Gro-egg are never unanimous in their decision over temperature, but they are closer in their conclusions than myself and Mr CrazyEgg), and glows different colours. However, its superior feature is that it also beeps to alert you to the fact that the temperature is too hot or cold.
If you put a hot cup of tea near the sensor the BT Monitor will begin to beep very rapidly indeed. You will have a major panic and never let a cup of tea out of your sight again. You will also be pleased at this demonstration that the monitor really works.
The Gro-egg should not be placed near to radiators or next to an open window or draughts as the readings will become misleading. It also needs to be out of reach of your Baby. It may be difficult to achieve this depending on the size of your Baby's room and the location of the power sockets, so that might be something to consider before purchase.
Overall this is an attractive and useful product that does all that it claims to do. Other products do it better however, so I will only award it four stars.
© CrazyEgg 2012
This gadget has possibley got to be the most important one you can buy these days with the amount of cot deaths increasing and people linking it to room temperature. This is a great way to know if the room yyour little one is in isnt to cold or is far to warm.It does eaxactly what it says on the tin,with its colour changing it makes it so so simple blue for cold red for hot and yellow/orange for just right its temperature telling for dummies and when youve got new born baby to worry about its exactly what you need. Great idea yet so simple by the gro company this accompanied ith their antastic gro bag to stop babies kicking their blankets etc off its the perfect match and will keep new mums minds at rest until their baby is older and less at risk. excellent priduct cant praise it enough
This was given as a gift from colleagues when I left work to have my first born. I was obsessed with checking room temperature after reading about links between cot death and babies overheating so I was very pleased with the gro egg thermometer.
The thermometer shows the actual room temperature on the digital display and the gro egg also lights up in various colours (blue, yellow, orange and red) to indicate whether the room is too cold, just right, warm or too hot. The light indication is useful as you can see at a quick glance whether you need to make any changes. You can not see the light very well at all during the day but I didn't find this a problem, also at night the light isn't too bright so it doesn't cause any problems by lighting up the room.
The only negative I can state is that after 18 months of use our gro egg broke due to damaged wire, however I think this was because we would unplug the thermometer during the day as our son kept trying to play with the wires so we plugged it in each night when he was in his cot. I think we must have damaged the wire. I have bought a replacement as overall I am very happy with the gro egg. We bought our second Gro Egg from Asda during their baby event for £15.
Being a first time mother and the fact my daughter was in SCBU for a long time in a temperature controlled incubator I was very paranoid about keeping my daughters room at the correct temperature. When I spotted the gro-egg it seemed like the perfect thing to ease my worries and keep her safe.
Upon opening the box I was impressed by how easy it was to set up. It comes with the egg and an adapter and all you do is plug it in and it's ready to go. The gro-egg produces a soft glow. Blue for too cold, yellow for just right and red for too warm. I say glow not light as although it's marketed as being suitable as a nightlight in my opinion the colour is just too dull to use for this purpose. It is a nice shape and it does look nice in the nursery.
On the box there is a blurb about how the right temperature room reduces the risks of SIDS which personally I think is a bit out of place. Most parent s know this which is why they are looking at thermometers in the first place. It reeks of scare mongering, in order to increase sales to me.
After using this for a month, I packed it back up in the box and sold it on ebay. Don't get me wrong it does work, in theory it's a good gadget but it is just not needed. After the initial panic was out of the way it occurred to me that we gage the temperatures every single day. If we take our baby out we don't go and check what the temperature is and then dress them accordingly. We know if it's too hot or too cold and what clothing is needed. So why is it so different in the night?
What prompted me to get rid of this was when we moved her from our room to the nursery we never bothered plugging it back in, we did and are doing just fine without it. You can pick these eggs up for £20- £25 pounds. I think this is expensive for what is, essentially a thermometer with some pretty lights, which can be picked up a lot cheaper. I have heard people saying it's a small price to pay for peace of mind but in my opinion for a useless gadget it's a lot of money.
The unique selling point is that you can see what the temperature is without turning the light on. You could do this just as well by standing in babies room. While I was impressed by the concept at first, it really is one of those things that you think you need but really don't. I cannot recommend this product however I am giving it 3 stars because it does work exactly as it says it should.
Getting the temperature right in your baby's room is of utmost importance to any parent. Too cold and your baby may be chilly and unable to sleep. Too warm and your baby can get too hot and this can increase the risk of sudden infant death syndrome - every parent's worst nightmare. The ideal room temperature is 16-20ºC. With this in mind, and not being a good judge of temperature at all, I knew I needed to purchase a thermometer for the nursery and opted for this Gro-Egg Room Thermometer.
The Gro-Egg is from the Gro Company who became known for making Gro-Bags that babies sleep in and have since expanded their range to various other baby products. This is, as you'd expect, an egg shaped thermometer that can be placed in baby's room. The egg plugs into an electric socket and contains a digital thermometer and a back lit LCD screen that displays the temperature to one decimal place.
The majority of the egg lights up and there is a colour coded system to indicate the temperature of the room. This doubles up as a nice nightlight for baby's room and means that you can see, at a glance, what the temperature in the room is like. The egg glows blue if the room is too cold, yellow when it is at the right temperature, orange at slightly too warm and red at too hot. The LCD screen also displays a simple face - sad if too cold or hot and happy at the right temperature.
The thermometer prices between £17 and £22 depending on offers etc and is available online as well as in stores such as Boots and Mothercare.
The thermometer appealed to me for a number of reasons - it's extremely easy to use and you can tell the temperature level at a glance. I liked the fact that it also doubles up as a nightlight and thought it was a really novel concept - my research showed there was nothing even similar on the market. It had also been recommended to us by friends who had loved their Egg, and that is always a good indictment of a product.
I did feel that the price of the thermometer was very high and it was only really because there was nothing similar available and I had fallen in love with the idea of it, that I paid the £18.99 that it cost me.
The thermometer sits nicely on a flat surface and the lead is of suitable length to stretch some way to an electric socket. The push button on the bottom of the egg to switch it on and off is easy to use and not stiff at all. It is really easy to use and I can tell the temperature in my son's room from a glance at the door at any time without having to disturb him. I'm not convinced of the value as a nightlight as it is quite a gentle glow but it is nice none-the-less.
I do find the colours used easy to differentiate - I was initially worried that orange and red may be hard to distinguish between but there is a definite difference. I do find the red colour can be quite dramatic and it can be hard to not become ruled by the Egg! The minute the egg reached red in the summer months, I felt quite panicky and worried about the layers my son was dressed in - I think red is quite a bold, dramatic colour (associated with danger, after all!) and this intensified my panicky feelings! I also feel that, as is probably true with most baby thermometers, it errs on the side of caution and says the room is too hot when perhaps it isn't that bad.
Overall, this is an expensive purchase but it does give me, as a mother, great peace of mind. It is a fabulous concept and I would definitely recommend it.
What Is A Gro-Egg?
Many of you may be asking yourselfs what on earth is a Gro-egg? Precisely my first thoughts when my better half said it had been recommended to her by a friend whilst she was pregnant. Well to clear this up straight away it's officially described as a colour changing digital room thermometer. It is made by the Gro Company and is egg shaped hence the name Gro-Egg
Why Did We Want One?
Contained somewhere in most books and literature supplied and read in the build up to a new arrival is a section stressing the importance of keeping your new born baby cool or warm as they are unable to regulate their own body temperature. Given that our little one was due in June smack bang in the middle of summer we decided a room thermometer would be an essential piece of kit if we were to keep her comfortable in a house that has a tendency to get hot and stuffy at the very first sniff of sun on any of the windows.
How Does It Work?
Well we were pleased to discover this product runs from mains electric rather than batteries as it seems we would have done well to buy shares in numerous battery companies given the amount of battery powered baby products we have already accumulated.
The battery lead simply fits into the back of the thermometer with a jack style fitment then just needs to be plugged into the wall and the on/off switch on the base pressed to turn it on. With this the thermometer is working and displaying a large bold digital read out of the room temperature, as well as a colour coded glow coming from within the egg to allow the user to easily at a a glance check the temperature in the room is correct even if you cannot see the digital read our on the front. The only things that really need to be taken into consideration are the obvious such as not positioning the thermometer in direct sunlight, too close to a window, or next to radiators, as well as keeping out of reach of the little person this is designed to be helping. Once turned on the thermometer will start to give an accurate reading of the room temperature inside of a minute if not quicker even it has been sat somewhere warm or held in a warm hand for some time.
Fortunately this product is not completely egg shaped but has a flat base and is bottom heavy allowing it to be free standing and stable. The battery lead is plenty long enough allowing it to be stood out of the way up upon a large chest of draws or something similar. The Gro-Egg displays the following coloured lights in accordance to the room temperature:-
Blue - Too Cold - Under 16 degrees C (61 F)
Yellow - Recommended - 16 - 20 degrees C (61 - 68 F)
Orange - Warm - 21 - 24 degrees C (68 - 75 F)
Red - Too Warm - Over 24 degrees C (Over 75 F)
Included in the instructions along with the information above is also a handy chart recommending what to do when the temperature falls into the temperature ranges above. They recommend which tog blankets should be used as well as advising when to use short sleeved or legless sleep suits etc. Although this may seem obvious to many, as a first time parent it is always handy to have this sort of guide to refer to just to reinforce in yourself that you are making the right decision.
Was It Worth The Investment?
As far as I'm concerned with cot-death being such a big issue and temperature seeming to be one of the big factors contributing to this, the thermometer was worth every penny of the £18 that we acquired it for at our local supermarket just to eliminate temperature from the many other things in the vast list of things that can attribute to cot death.
Alongside the other room thermometers we compared it with there were both more expensive and cheaper models from various different companies but this one jumped out as being the one that provided a happy medium between quality and value for money.
Durability wise I would also say that this thermometer more than stands up well, it has been dropped down the stairs once already, as well as being knocked off of the fore-mentioned large chest of drawers more than once. It is still working well with all of the lights displaying at the correct temperatures and still providing an accurate read out of the room temperature.
Are There Any Negatives?
The only real negative I can really think of is because this thermometer is designed to be used in the same room as baby at night, the lights only give out a gentle hue of the colours mentioned above so as not to cause disturbance, it does however mean this does make a handy nightlight. This does mean at a glance during the day especially on bright ones the colour of the Gro-Egg light is not always clear immediately, however the large and bold digital display is always there giving a clear read out meaning it does not render it useless.
The only other thing I can think of is not really a negative more something that just needs to be taken into account. This is that the thermometer will display the ambient room temperature and not taking into account draughts, it is however usually obvious that it is sat in a draught as the temperature reading will start moving irratically.
Would I Recommend This Product?
Without a doubt I would recommend this product and have indeed already have endorsed it to a friend that had a baby just two weeks after us, and also a couple of friends that are expecting soon. Overall a great product that fulfills its intended function 100% and a great aid when it comes to being certain that you are are at least doing one thing right by your new born child.
It is well worth noting though that however warm or cold the room is and no matter how good this product is the temperature provided is just the room temperature and not a definite indication of your babies temperature. In no way am I trying to preach but this product is in no way a replacement for common sense, appropriate clothing, blankets, monitoring of babies behaviour and other such indicators that may show signs of a child over-heating or being too cold. I have always been told the back of a babies neck or there tummy is a good place to touch to gauge whether they are too hot or cold.
All told though a definite 5/5 Dooyoo Stars from me a brilliant idea with brilliant well thought out functionality, eliminating a whole lot of worry especially on warm summer nights when trying to keep sleeping areas cool. If you are looking for a room thermometer I would advise at least checking this one out and not discrediting it at first glance.
I purchased this product prior to the arrival of my baby in March. I paid around £17.00 at the time but I think it was a special offer and now costs around £22.00. I absolutely loved this when my son was first born and used to move it from room to room with us (which is super easy to do). With all the guidelines regarding the temperature of babies I was a nervous wreck and this gave endless reasurance. Actually we plugged this in before the baby arrived in a few rooms to see if we would have to make any adjustments and we did - each one was far too hot. The gro egg is so easy to use because of the colour change helpful both duing the night when you could have a quick check that things were still as they should be but also if you wanted to check but not get so close that you disturb baby. No negatives with this (except maybe the price if you are on a budget) however something I wish I had considered is that once baby moves to their own room or you leave them with a monitor on, if you have a video monitor this will usually also display the temperature. This has now made our egg redundant but having said that I probably would still buy as it was so useful in the early weeks.
Nursery room thermometer with light.