Baby thermometer is an essential for a newborn. This is why in every baby essential list or diaper bag list, a good quality thermometer is mentioned as a must have item. If you are currently pregnant or if you are a mom of a newborn, then don’t forget to buy a baby thermometer. And you should keep it always in your diaper bag at the times you go out.
It was same with me. During my pregnancy I bought a baby thermometer and I took it everywhere we travelled. With a baby thermometer, I was really with peace in mind when the baby showed symptoms of fever. Because, before I visit the doctor, I knew his temperature reading and urgency of visiting the doctor. However, when the baby was growing to a toddler, this baby thermometer was not suitable as it took more time to show the reading. Our baby was really active and he couldn’t wait till the reading appears. At this stage, we had to buy another baby thermometer that gives the reading very fast.
With such experiences in using a baby thermometer for our baby at home and during our holidays in overseas I know how important it is to have a best quality thermometer in order to prevent critical situations. However buying a baby thermometer needs much care and considerations. A well written and detailed baby thermometer guide with recommendations will always help you to choose the best thermometer. Below are some of the tips to choose a baby thermometer with my real experiences of using different thermometers and issues I had with some of those when the baby grows.
Buy a Digital Thermometer
There are different baby thermometer models available. However, digital thermometer will easily show you the current temperature up to decimals. This is an easy and quick way to measure the temperature of your baby.
Check the safety features
Once I received a pacifier type baby thermometer as a gift. To measure temperature using this baby thermometer, it is necessary to insert the measuring portion into baby’s mouth. But, considering the safety of baby, this is not a good idea to insert thermometer into baby’s mouth to read the measurement. I didn’t use that baby thermometer. So, if you choose a baby thermometer, consider such issues which can be risky considering the safety of the baby.
Consider the measuring type
Baby thermometers measure the temperature in different ways. Some thermometers need to use under the arms. Some thermometers measure the reading when you hold it near the forehead. With my experience, our first baby thermometer was a digital thermometer that requires us to keep the thermometer under the arms of the baby. However, when the baby was growing, it was not easy to take measurements using this thermometer. Baby couldn’t wait or at some stage, he started crying. This is where we had to buy a digital thermometer that gives the reading when we keep it near the forehead. Also, it was fast to give the measurement.
Therefore if you buy a baby thermometer, consider the measurement type too. I recommend buying a digital thermometer that use on forehead or in ear which also give the measurement fast in few seconds.
Above are some of the things that you need to know before you buy a baby thermometer. Also don’t forget to check the accuracy of the reading because, after all accuracy is most important to find the critical situations with baby’s temperature.
Amila Gamage Wickramarachchi is the founder of this blog where she shares her parenting and lifestyle experiences. She is an engineer and a trainer who works in the construction industry. She is the founder of Sihela Consultants.(www.sihelaconsultants.com)