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Safety 1st Gentle Read Rectal Thermometer Review

An easy-to-use rectal thermometer with fast readings
Safety 1st Gentle Read Rectal Thermometer
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Price:   $12.00 List
Pros:  Performs temperature reading very quickly, easy to use, accurate, long-lasting
Cons:  Sometimes arrives with dead battery
Manufacturer:   Safety 1st
By Juliet Spurrier, MD ⋅ Mom-in-Chief  ⋅  May 23, 2013
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Our Analysis

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