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Safety 1st Gentle Read Rectal Thermometer Review

Safety 1st Gentle Read Rectal Thermometer
Price:   $12.00 List | $8.56 at Amazon - 29% off
Pros:  Performs temperature reading very quickly, easy to use, accurate, long-lasting
Cons:  Sometimes arrives with dead battery
Bottom line:  An easy-to-use rectal thermometer with fast readings
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Manufacturer:   Safety 1st

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Review by:
Juliet Spurrier, MD

Last Updated:
May 23, 2013

The Safety 1st Gentle Read Rectal Thermometer is our choice for reading baby's temperatures. The pediatric community recommends using rectal thermometers for babies from 0 - 3 months, and even for children up to 3 years old, because they provide the most accurate measurements.

This thermometer is designed to take a reading in 8 seconds with a beep letting you know it's ready, while also storing the most recent temperature in its memory. With a flexible tip and over-insertion guard, it goes in easily limiting you and your baby's discomfort. The replaceable, long-lasting battery allows you to hold onto to this rectal thermometer for many years, serving multiple children throughout its lifetime.


The most commonly cited likes for this product are:
  • Fast readings
  • Easy to use
  • Comfortable for baby


User reviews frequently note these disadvantages:
  • Several reviewers have noted delivery with dead batteries
Juliet Spurrier, MD