Product Reviews Nursery
In this section, you’ll find not only out top picks for oral and rectal thermometers, but also advice about taking baby’s temperature from our pediatrician co-author, Dr. Ari Brown (see Baby 411.com).
Best Rectal Thermometer. Vicks Baby Rectal Thermometer ($17) is easy to use and designed with a short probe to make sure it isn't inserted too far (ouch).
Best Oral Thermometer. Veridian Healthcare's VTemp Digital Thermometer ($5) is both affordable and accurate. It does oral, underarm and rectal temps.
If you'd like to your track baby's temperature on a phone app, the Kinsa Smart Thermometer ($17) does just that—the thermometer plus into your headphone port on your iOs or Android phone. Since it is powered by your phone, there are no batteries to replace.
For babies birth to age one, we recommend parents use digital rectal thermometers to get the most accurate reading. In infants under three months of age, it's imperative that parents get the most accurate reading–a 10th of a degree can be vital when gauging the health of these infants. And don't worry, it's not that difficult. Babies don't mind and most new digital rectal thermometers have a design that helps you avoid inserting it too far.
Once your baby crosses the one year threshold, you have more options. But don't fall for those expensive ear, forehead or pacifier thermometers. All you really need is a good digital oral thermometer. You can use it under the arm or under the tongue. And they typically don't cost more than $5 to $10 for a good one.
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A EXCELLENT-our top pick!
B GOOD-above average quality, prices, and creativity.
C FAIR-could stand some improvement.
D POOR-yuck! Could stand some major improvement.