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The Great Gro Egg Gadget
Gro-Egg Room Thermometer
Member Name: scooch12
Gro-Egg Room Thermometer
Date: 11/07/13, updated on 11/07/13 (60 review reads)
Advantages: Peace of mind, colour changing is very handy
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.
Thanks for reading :o)
Summary: A super gadget
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