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Should I use a bath thermometer to ensure the water temperature is safe for my child?

Hello everyone,

I am a first-time parent and I have a 6-month-old baby. I was wondering if I should use a bath thermometer to make sure that the water temperature is safe for my child. I am always worried that the water might be too hot or too cold and I don't want to accidentally harm my baby.

What do you guys think? Do you recommend buying a bath thermometer or is it unnecessary? Any recommendations on which brand to buy, if I should get one?

Thank you in advance for your help.

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Hi everyone,

As a new mother myself, I was also concerned about the water temperature being safe for my little one during bath time. So, I started using a bath thermometer to make sure that the temperature was not too hot or too cold.

I use the Ozeri Turtlemeter Baby Bath and Room Thermometer, which is a cute little turtle-shaped device that floats in the bathtub. It measures the water temperature and also has a built-in thermometer to measure the room temperature. It's easy to use and has provided me with an accurate temperature reading every time.

But in addition to using a bath thermometer, I also make sure to check the water temperature with the back of my hand before placing my baby in the bathtub. And just like some of the other users have mentioned, I never leave my baby unattended during bath time.

Overall, using a bath thermometer has definitely given me peace of mind and I believe it's a useful tool for parents to ensure their child's safety during bath time.


Hello all,

I am a pediatrician and I strongly recommend using a bath thermometer to ensure your child's safety during baths. Even though testing the water temperature with your elbow or hand can give you some indication, it may not always be accurate, especially if you have sensitive skin or if the water is continuously running.

As a general rule, the water temperature should be around 100°F (38°C) for babies and young children. Anything above that can cause burns and anything below it can cause discomfort and hypothermia. Using a bath thermometer will give you an exact reading of the water temperature, allowing you to avoid any risks.

Furthermore, it's important to keep in mind that infants and young children's skin is more sensitive to temperature changes than adults. Therefore, it's crucial to be very careful while filling up the bathtub and monitor the water temperature throughout the bath time.

I hope this information helps. As always, if you have any concerns or questions, please consult your pediatrician.


Hi there,

I have to agree with the pediatrician's advice. My husband and I always use a bath thermometer to ensure the safety of our child during bath times. We found that it gives us peace of mind knowing that the water temperature is exact, and we don't have to worry about it being too hot or cold.

We have been using the Dreambaby Room and Bath Thermometer and it has worked well for us. It is a floating thermometer that gives an accurate reading of both the bathwater and the room temperature, which we found to be a useful feature. It also has an easy-to-read display and is safe to use for all ages.

Overall, I believe that using a bath thermometer is a necessary tool to have as a parent, especially for those of us who are new to parenting. It's better to be safe than sorry, and this simple yet effective device can help keep our children safe during bath times.

Hope this helps.



I completely agree that using a bath thermometer is important to ensure that the water temperature is safe for a baby. However, I also found it helpful to take it one step further and use a bathtub with an inbuilt thermometer. This can save time and hassle of having an extra bit of equipment to add to the bath preparation.

When my child was younger, I used the 'AQUASCALE 3-in-1 Digital Scale, Water Thermometer, and Infant Tub' and I found it very useful. Not only did it have an inbuilt thermometer, but it also had a digital scale, indicating how much water the tub was taking, and when the baby got bigger, it turned into a toddler size tub. Its flexible support system provided added comfort and security for my little ones.

In conclusion, as a parent, it's important to do whatever is necessary to ensure the safety of our child. Using a bathtub with an inbuilt thermometer can take away one item from the long list of things to purchase for the baby and also provide extra convenience.


Hi everyone,

I'm a mom of two toddlers and I have always used a bath thermometer to ensure that the water temperature is safe for my kids. However, I have also learned a few tricks along the way to help keep them safe during baths.

One of the things that I do is I run cold water first and then add hot water to get the desired temperature. This way, I can avoid making the bath too hot for my little ones. Another thing that I do is to check the temperature repeatedly during bath time by dipping my elbow into the water. This way, I can make sure that the water temperature remains consistent throughout the bath.

I also recommend keeping a close eye on your child during the bath and never leaving them unattended. Accidents can happen in the blink of an eye, and it's important to always be vigilant.

Having said all of this, using a bath thermometer is still an incredibly useful tool and I highly recommend it to new parents. It can help to give you peace of mind and ensure that your child is safe during bath time.

I hope these tips help!



I personally never used a bath thermometer when my children were infants but I can see why some parents may find it helpful. For me, I always erred on the side of caution and made sure to test the water temperature with my elbow or the back of my hand before putting my child into the bath. This method always worked for me and I never had any issues with the water being too hot or too cold.

However, I completely understand the worry that comes with being a new parent and making sure everything is just right for your child. If a bath thermometer makes you feel more comfortable and gives you peace of mind, then by all means, use one. It's a personal preference and each parent has their own methods for ensuring the safety of their child.

I hope this helps in some way. Good luck with your little one!


Hello everyone,

As a nanny with over 10 years of experience caring for infants and toddlers, I highly encourage parents to use a bath thermometer to ensure their child's safety. Not only does it help to prevent burns and hypothermia, but it can also set a good example for children as they grow older and learn to take their own baths safely.

In addition to using a bath thermometer, I also recommend testing the water temperature before putting your child in the bathtub every time you run the water. Even if you used the same temperature yesterday, it's important to check again as water temperatures can fluctuate.

Another helpful tip is to place a non-slip bath mat in the bathtub to prevent slips and falls. This can provide added safety for your child and give you peace of mind.

Lastly, it's important to never leave your child unattended, even if it's just for a few seconds to grab a towel. Accidents can happen quickly, and it's important to prioritize your child's safety at all times.

I hope these tips are helpful. Thank you for taking the time to read and prioritize your child's safety during bath time!


Hello there,

As a fellow parent, I highly recommend using a bath thermometer to ensure the safety of your child. When my son was born, I was also worried about the water temperature and if it was safe for him. I started using a bath thermometer and it gave me peace of mind knowing that the water wasn't too hot or too cold and was within the recommended range for a baby's bath.

I purchased a simple digital bath thermometer from a local baby store and it has been working great for us. It's easy to use and provides an accurate reading. I use it every time I give my son a bath and I feel that it's a necessary tool to have as a parent.

I hope that helps. Let me know if you have any other questions.

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