The Gro-Egg Room Thermometer gets very mixed reviews. Some parents think it's a great judge of temperature, others find it useless. Me? I happen to love the Gro-Egg!
If you're new to the world of room thermometers, this one basically changes colour to let you know at a glance whether the temperature of your room is too low, too high or just right. It makes it easier for you to maintain a safe sleeping environment for your baby, as you can get a better idea of whether to pop the radiator on, add another blanket, take off their vest etc, etc. The Gro-egg glows blue if it's too cold, yellow if it's just right, orange if it's a little warm and red if it's too warm. According to health professionals, the ideal room temperature for sleeping babies is between 16 and 20°C.
In addition to glowing different colours, the thermometer also has a digital display that tells you the temperature of the room. I've read a few reviews that have said they believe the temperature is wrong on their Gro-Egg or they've found differences in temperature when comparing with other thermometers. Whilst I've never compared the temperature with another thermometer, I've always found the Gro-Egg to be a great judge of temperature. At the end of the day, common sense will tell you if a room feels too hot or cold for your baby (as will feeling your baby to get an idea of their temperature) but the Gro-Egg can help to confirm it.
What's also great about the Gro-Egg is that it comes with a temperature guideline that explains the ideal clothing / bedding for different room temperatures. It also tells you what sleeping bag to use, if you happen to have bought them from the Gro range. This is information that will give new, worrying mums and dads extra peace of mind.
Design wasn't high on my list when choosing a thermometer, however I have to say, the Gro-Egg is super cute, especially with the Egg Shell, which can be purchased separately. I chose Percy the Penguin, but there's also Orla the Owl and Mikey the Monkey too. You simply slip it over the top of your Gro-Egg, plug your Gro-Egg into the wall, press the button underneath and you're good to go!
Whilst I find the Gro-Egg useful for getting an idea of the temperature of rooms, it falls short as a night light (something it's also advertised at). The light is much too dim for feeding or changing in the night, so if you were buying it for that reason alone, then you're better off with something a little bigger and more powerful. If on the other hand, temperature is your priority (which I assume it will be with a thermometer) then the Gro-Egg will make a great choice for your bedroom and your baby's nursery, when he or she eventually moves into their own room to sleep.
What do you think of the Gro-Egg?