I have had a terrible run with digital bath thermometers. So far we have had;
This one - which got water in it and stopped working within the first couple of months.
Then I got this one but it very quickly became filled with black mould and was so gross we had to throw it out.
And finally, this one which worked well for a while but is now massively inaccurate. If the display reads 37 degrees, the water is too hot for even me to get into to so is blatantly too hot for my DS!
DS is now 2 and a half so I don't really need a thermometer for him anymore but we have a new baby due in December and I would feel better if I could double check the temperature of her bath - but I don't want to waste any more money on rubbish thermometers that are only going to last for 5 minutes!
Ah but then I get all paniced that it's actually too hot and I have asbestos skin or something - DH is always telling me I have the shower too hot! - and I'm quite blase about almost everything else - allow me this one bit of paranoia!
How do you get the toothbrush in the beaba NoGoodNicknames? it was too narrow inside for me to do properly even with a cotton bud!
Perhaps try one of the card bath thermometers with the liquid crystal strip as a back up? They only cost about a fiver, and they just tell you if too cold, too hot, or right....sometimes the simplest ones are the best.....less things to go wrong!
No, not your hand. Hands are much tougher than elbows. The best way to test the temperature of a baby's bath water is by immersing your elbow for at least 30 seconds. (Bath thermometers being so unreliable and prone to malfunctioning/flooding/leaking/breaking etc)