August 5, 2008 Becoming a parent is a wonderful experience but as soon as the little one arrives, a multitude of concerns and fears arrive too. Perhaps the greatest of these fears is the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). According to the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development , parents should follow a number of guidelines to ensure their child remains safe whilst they are sleeping. These include placing infants on their back to sleep, using a firm sleep surface such as a safety-approved mattress and ensuring that the infant does not overheat and is kept in a room with a temperature that is comfortable for an adult.
A room thermometer that alerts parents when a child’s room is too hot or too cold is therefore an essential tool, and the Grobag egg is a digital room thermometer with a difference. The egg-shaped unit changes color if the room temperature changes from the recommended guidelines of between 61-67°F (16-20°C) and it also has a clear digital readout which gives the exact temperature of baby’s room.
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If the room is at the right temperature, the egg will glow yellow but as soon as the conditions change the egg changes color. For example, if the room temperature falls to below 61°F (16°C) the egg will glow blue, if the room temperature rises to above 67°F (20°C) the egg will glow orange and then red as the temperature rises, enabling the parent to adjust the temperature of the room or the baby’s clothing or bedding. In addition, parents can view the thermometer from the nursery door without having to disturb their sleeping child.
Grobag Egg is available from Keen Distribution for USD $29.99 (at the time of publication).View gallery - 2 images