Summary: An easy-to-use bath thermometer that can also be used as a room thermometer.
Without a bath thermometer, getting the temperature of your baby’s bath just right can be a dangerous endeavour. Of course, if you run the cold water first before adding the hot, you minimise the risk of scalding your little one, but unless you have an accurate means of testing the temperature of the water, the bath can all too often be too cold or – even worse – too hot. And even when you do get it just the way your baby likes it, after just a couple of minutes the temperature can change.
To address this, the internationally renowned child safety brand Dreambaby have developed a bath (and room) thermometer, that checks and rechecks the temperature of the water every 10 seconds, helping you keep your little one warm, but not too warm, at bath time.
We got our hands on the Dreambaby® Bath & Room Thermometer and put it to the test. At just four months old, our little one is too young to get much enjoyment from the thermometer, which is styled like a rubber duck, and bobs around on the water. Still, for older babies, and even for younger ones, the thermometer is a good introduction to having toys in the bath and certainly doesn’t look out of place in the bathroom.
The flashing red light quickly alerts you to when your bathwater is too hot for your little one.
Once turned on, the battery powered thermometer will automatically register a reading when placed in the water, and will turn off after 30 minutes to save energy. A green or red light flashes above the LCD display – green for too cool and red for too warm. When the temperature is just right, no light appears. Whilst this is a great piece of functionality and quickly alerts you to when the temperature is too hot, you could be forgiven for thinking that green signalled a safe temperature – rather than one that is too cool for your little one – so it pays to read the instructions provided on the packaging.
With easy-to-use buttons on the back of the duck, you can switch between Fahrenheit and Celsius, depending on your preference, and you can also change the temperature at which the alerts come on.
At $17.95 the thermometer also doubles up as a low cost method for keeping an eye on the temperature of your baby’s room – however, it’s worth bearing in mind that the display is on top of the duck, and therefore ideal for the bath, where you’re typically looking down on the display, but less appropriate for the room, where a larger side display would be easier to keep an eye on.