If us adults feel chilly, we know to put on an extra layer and if we’re too hot we turn on a fan – but with babies it’s not that simple. Which is where thermometers come in. These fantastic (and affordable) devices will let you know, in a glance, whether the bath water is too hot and if your baby’s room is a safe temperature for her to sleep in.
A crucial piece of baby equipment, a bath thermometer will let you know whether the temperature of the water is safe for your little one. The ideal temperature is around 36°C.
A bath thermometer will let you know whether the temperature of the water is safe for your little one
Some, more expensive, thermometers will let you know the exact temperature of the water while others will simply let you know whether the water is too hot, too cold or just right. Do also check the water with your elbow to make sure it’s lukewarm in case the thermometer isn’t working properly.
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Bath thermometers are also a great way of making the bathtime routine more fun for your tot because there are lots of child-friendly designs available – and some are even built into waterproof toys that your baby can splash around with.
A thermometer in your baby’s nursery is important. It will show if the room’s warm or cool enough for your little one and will make sure it’s a safe sleeping environment for her – reducing the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.
There are plenty of different styles available and you won’t struggle to find one that fits in with your interior plan
The Lullaby Trust suggests that a safe room temperature is between 16-20°C, with light bedding or a lightweight well-fitting baby sleep bag.
READ: SAFE BABY SLEEP – WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
You won’t be pressed for choice when choosing a room thermometer – there are plenty of different styles available and you won’t struggle to find one that fits in with your interior plan. Choose from freestanding devices and thermometers that fix to the wall, out of reach of your tot’s grabbing hands. It’s a good idea to pick one that has a glow-in-the-dark screen (or one that lights up at night) so you can check the temperature without disturbing your baby’s sleep.
Some baby monitors will double up as thermometers and display the temperature of the room, so this may be worth looking into.
READ: BABY THERMOMETER GUIDE: EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW
If you’ve already got a thermometer, which one did you pick and why? Let us know in the comments box below.