As a new parent, you want to protect your baby from ever getting sick. But the reality is, germs exist — and your little one is bound to catch a cold or develop a fever at some point. These early illnesses can be scary, no doubt, and you’ll want to make sure they are kept under control — as well as keep your baby as comfortable as possible.
Making sure a baby’s temperature stays within safe levels is a super important part of keeping illness in check, so a good digital thermometer is a great tool for new parents to have in their medicine cabinet. Digital thermometers offer quick and noninvasive temperature readings, easy-to-read results, memory functions to track recent readings, and even apps that connect to your smartphone. Worried parents can find out if they need to take their baby to the doctor with just a swipe of the forehead or simple placement in the ear. Your baby may not even wake up!
We’ve rounded up the best digital thermometers to check a baby’s temperature, so start shopping to find the best one for your family. Most also work for older kids and adults, too, so you can take care of your whole brood.
Our mission at SheKnows is to empower and inspire women, and we only feature products we think you’ll love as much as we do. Please note that if you purchase something by clicking on a link within this story, we may receive a small commission of the sale and the retailer may receive certain auditable data for accounting purposes.
1. Braun ThermoScan 5 IRT6500 Digital Ear Thermometer
The Braun ThermoScan5 digital thermometer measures the infrared heat generated by the eardrum and surrounding tissue, which accurately reflects the core body temperature. Its pre-warmed tip minimizes the cooling effect that could result from the introduction of a cool probe to ensure the most accurate temperature readings (to a tenth of a degree). The patented ExacTemp positioning system confirms good position in the ear with a light and a beep, and the memory function recalls the last temperature reading so you can track any fluctuations. The Braun Thermoscan5 is great for adults, too; Disposable lens filters are designed so you can easily switch between users without having to spend time cleaning the probe.
2. iProven DMT489 Gray Cap Ear and Forehead Function Baby Thermometer
Suitable for babies age 6 months and older, this digital thermometer reads temperatures in just one second with a swipe on the forehead or placement in the ear. Just press the head or ear button and take the temperature. A beep will let you know the thermometer is done and the display will light up in green for no fever or red for a fever, so you know when you should take action. This thermometer requires no covers and the last 20 readings can be easily recalled.
3. ADC Temple Touch Digital Fever Thermometer
The ADC Adtemp Temple Touch Digital Thermometer provides a clinically accurate, 6-second reading at the temple by measuring heat flow from the temporal artery to the skin, converting it to body temperature in seconds. Patented conductive technology, ease of use and speed make it ideal for adults, children and infants — even newborns. Its smart features include audible tone, auto off, last-reading memory, dual scale and water resistance.
4. Vigorun Medical Forehead and Ear Thermometer
This forehead and ear digital thermometer features an updated high-accuracy sensor probe and the latest smart chip for reliable temperature readings in just one second. An intelligent light indicator will indicate temperature status with corresponding lights and beeps. This thermometer records up to 35 sets of readings to track changes of body temperature in everyone from infants to the elderly. Mute mode allows you to take baby’s temperature while he is sleeping, and the large backlit LCD screen allows easy reading. It is also able to measure room temperature and the temperature of objects. In addition, ℃ and ℉ are easily switchable.
5. Kinsa Smart Thermometer for Fever
This Bluetooth-enabled digital thermometer takes accurate oral, rectal and underarm temperature readings in 8 seconds or less. Download the Kinsa smartphone app to record the thermometer readings. Not only does the app use the age, fever and symptoms of each person to give personalized guidance, it stores each family member’s health details and temperature readings in your phone, so everything you need is right in your pocket. Kinsa works with all Android phones running 5.0 or above and all iPhones running iOS 10 or higher. The battery life is more than 600 measurements, or approximately 2 years if used every day.