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What On Earth Is A Gro-Egg?
Gro-Egg Room Thermometer
Member Name: hotrock4
Gro-Egg Room Thermometer
Date: 14/08/11, updated on 14/08/11 (173 review reads)
Advantages: Great Functionality - Brilliant Idea - Clear Concise Instructions Providing Good Advice
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.
Summary: A Brilliant Idea - Every Home With A New Born Should Have One Of These
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