Every family medicine cabinet needs to have the best baby thermometer for when you think your child might have a fever. Gone are the days you needed to shove a mercury-filled old-school thermometer in your child's armpit and try to hold them still for six minutes to get an accurate reading. Thankfully, technology has advanced so much that we can get a pretty accurate body temperature reading in just a few seconds. In addition to fever thermometers, bath and baby room thermometers are also necessary to make sure that your baby's surroundings are just right. We've found 5 of the best baby thermometers for every parent's peace of mind.
Choose the best baby thermometer for your child
There's a large choice of baby thermometers on the market that cost anywhere from £10-£50 and here’s a run-down of the different options available:
- In-ear thermometers: You’ll notice most doctors use a digital in-ear thermometer to take babies’ temperatures —this is because it is quick and painless, whilst giving an accurate body temperature reading.
- Non-contact thermometers (forehead): These are rather new in the world of baby thermometers, and work by taking an infrared reading from your baby’s forehead, meaning you can check on their temperature with no physical contact. Don’t confuse these with the cheaper strip forehead thermometers, which are very different, and much less accurate. The NHS recommends avoiding using forehead strip-type thermometers.
- Armpit thermometers: The NHS still recommends these when taking your baby’s temperature —especially when they are a newborn.
- Room thermometers: These can help you make sure that your baby's room is the safest temperature for a baby. Experts suggest 16–20°C with a light blankie.
- Bath thermometers: A baby's bath should be 37-38°C and the only way to make sure you've got it right is with a baby bath thermometer.
What are the best baby thermometers?
Here are 5 of the best baby thermometers available to buy right now in the UK.
This clever baby thermometer from boots has clinically proven accuracy and is multipurpose, allowing you to measure your baby’s bottle, food, bath water and room temperature as well. With easy to read symbols alerting you if things are out of the ordinary, we also love the built-in memory, recording the last 60 readings for you. It’s won frequently in our awards, and we highly recommend this reliable little gadget.
This is an Amazon best-seller and Braun claims it's highly recommended by doctors too. Braun Age Precision Digital Stick PRT2000 will help you check your child’s temperature accurately and, unique to Braun, you can add your little one’s age too for a more personalised result. The results come also in three colours: green (normal), yellow (elevated), and red (high).
This is another Amazon best-seller but a much more affordable option. It's the best choice if you don't want to invest too much or if you need a second thermometer to perhaps keep in your bag for when you're out and about. It can be used for every member of the family including adults by adjusting the age settings (0-3 months, 3-36 months and 36 months plus).
This clever little room thermometer changes colour to let you know whether the temperature of your baby’s room is safe. A yellow glow suggests the room is a comfortable temperature, a blue glow suggests it’s too cold and a red glow tells you it’s too warm. It also acts as a comforting night light so it's an all-around winner in our eyes.
This best-selling bath thermometer monitors both room and water temperatures at a glance. It looks cute and floats in water and is safe and fun for your tot to play with during bathtime.
What is the normal temperature for a baby and what is a fever?
The normal temperature for a baby can range from 36.4°C to 36.8°C, but each baby has a slightly different core temperature, so this could vary. It’s a good idea to take your little one’s temperature when they are well so you can get a good idea of what their normal, healthy temperature is. The NHS urges parents to seek urgent medical advice if their baby under three-months-old has a temperature of 38°C or is between three and six-months-old and has a temperature of 39°C.