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Grobag egg temperature night light
When I was pregnant and we first started to buy little bits and pieces for the baby I was really keen to get a room thermometer. Now as a parent I understand that a room thermometer is not really required but it is nice, especially at the beginning to make sure that everything is as perfect as you can possibly make it for your little baby. Ideally you want to keep the house and more importantly the room where the baby will be sleeping somewhere between 16 and 20 degrees Celsius.
The Grobag egg room thermometer allows you at a quick glance to see what temperature range the room is in. For example;
Blue - for under 16 degree Celsius
Yellow - for between 16 and 20 degrees Celsius
Orange - for 20 - 22 degrees Celsius
Red - for over 22 degrees Celsius
There is also a small screen on the front of the Grobag egg that you can read the exact room temperature.
Knowing the temperature of the baby's bedroom will allow you to make sure that the little one is either wrapped up warm enough or only needs some lighter blankets if it's a warmer night. It is something that I find doing intuitively now and I rarely look at the room thermometer to determine what I should put my baby in or if I should put the heating on or off for a bit. But for the first time parent it can and did just give me a little extra peace of mind right at the very beginning when everything seems so overwhelming.
In my opinion, by far the best feature of the Grobag egg is that it makes for a lovely night light. However, I would love to be able to select what colour to put it on, I understand that the room temperature determines the night light colour, but it would be nice to put off that option and either have the Grobag egg cycle through the colours or choose which colour you would like as a night light. Personally, I think the blue colour makes a lovely choice for a night light and I would pick that over the yellow any day but I don't want to have to make my room too cold for my baby in order to get it.
In my experience so far with the Grobag egg it seems to be quite accurate in its temperature readings. We also have in our room a baby monitor that among other things also records the temperature and both it and the Grobag egg usually agree.
I believe that you can find the Grobag egg room temperature night light in most baby stores and from online stores such as Amazon, where it retails from anywhere between £15 - £25. I paid £15 for mine and for the price I feel like I got a lovely night light with the added benefit of a room thermometer that I will continue to use on a nightly basis for a long time to come.
I am not sure that I would recommend the Grobag egg. Personally, I think knowing the temperature is nice but it is not really essential and after the first few nights at home it was second nature to adjust the baby's blankets according to the room temperature. However, it does make for a nice night light.
Three out of five stars.
The Grobag Egg is an egg shaped colour changing room thermometer.
I got one when my son was born so I could keep an eye on the temperature of his room, I found it especially useful as I am rubbish at judging the temperature, and was actually quite surprised how cool his room felt to me when it was at the recommended temperature.
The egg is very easy to use, just plug it in and it's ready to go!
The egg is yellow when its the correct temperature, then turns blue when it's too cold, or red when it's too hot.
This is good because it means you can instantly see if the temperature is ok just by poking your head around the door.
I think the egg shaped design of the thermometer looks good, & is quite funky and original, its lightweight too and doesn't take up a lot of space.
Also, another plus is that it makes a nice night light for the baby.
I got this 6 years ago and paid around £20, they are still about this price now, I think that price is quite reasonable for the re assurance it gives you, although there are cheaper room thermometers available I do like this one due to the look of it.
WHAT IS IT?
A digital room thermometer for use in a nursery or wherever a newborn baby sleeps. It shows the temperature of the room on the digital readout and lights up different colours based on the keeping the temperature at a safe level.
The Grobag Egg is egg shaped and works as a nightlight as well as a thermometer. The whole egg lights up in a glow and the panel that shows the temperature is permanently lid to show the sharp numbers up. The egg has a flat bottom so is steady and won't fall over.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
You will know from the colour the egg is glowing whether the baby's bedroom is a safe temperature, there is a card in the box with the key to the colours.
BLUE --- Too cold
YELLOW --- Just right
ORANGE --- Warm
RED --- Too hot
These colours run through a range of temperatures so that's when it's useful to read the temperature and use your judgement to see if you need to open a window or turn the heating down.
WHAT I THINK
This is invaluable for me because my family has suffered with cot death and I take all precautions to prevent this devastating thing happening to my babies. I like that I can see at a glance if the room is the right temperature for my baby daughter just by looking at the colour of the egg but I have also learnt to read the temperature panel, it is very warm at night now so I have put a small fan near to the cot to switch on if the egg shows me the room is getting dangerously warm.
It is mains powered and has a long lead. You need to position it as close to where your baby is sleeping as you can for an accurate reading of the level of heat where they are lying.
WHY YOU NEED A GROBAG EGG
Research has shown that you can cut the risk of cot death by placing your baby on her back to sleep and it is also important that they don't get hot while sleeping. A Grobag Egg is an effective way of keeping your eye on the temperature without having to read any thermometer readings.
5 Dooyoo Stars.
The Gro-Egg has two functions: i) to act as a room thermometer and ii) to provide a gentle nightlight for you and your baby.
As most new parents are aware, it is very important to keep the temperature of the room where your baby sleeps consistent, and within a specific range. The Gro-Egg helps you to know what the correct temperature is for your baby at a quick glance, as it changes colour according to the temperature of your room. If the temperature dips too low, the Gro-
Egg glows blue, and if the room is too hot it will glow orange and then red. The ideal room temperature for your baby is indicated by a yellow glow. The Gro-Egg also gives a clear and accurate temperature reading to one decimal place.
The Gro-Egg is designed to be used in conjunction with Grobag baby sleeping bags. Parents receive guidelines on what their baby should be wearing according to the temperature of the room. This helps to stop babies either overheating or becoming too cold, which is something that I worried about a lot as a new parent.
The only disadvantage of the Gro-Egg is that the nightlight in't very strong. We still use a separate nightlight when doing late night feeds.
The Gro-Egg is widely available - either directly from The Gro Store or from major retailers e.g Amazon, Kiddicare. It retails in the region of £15 - 22. It is definitely worth shopping around for prices; Asda have recently been selling them for £15.
I thoroughly recommend this product, as it takes the guesswork out of keeping your baby at the right temperature, and allows you to sleep at night (if your baby will let you!).
I live in a house with no central heating so I was always worried about how I would know if my babies too hot or cold. Being a first time mum I read every little bit of information given too me. One of the most worrying things was cot death. Research has proven that new born babies can suffer cot death from overheating. Obviously a newborn cannot kick of its own covers when its hot. I was so worried. How would I know if my baby is too hot?, how will I know if she is too cold?
Now I know everything about parenthood is based on instinct. But it is nice to have a bit of worldy knowledge from experienced sources.
One of the first gift I recieved when expecting was a Grobag Egg from my mother who wanted to settle my nerves. I always saw these things in the cataloges , and thought they looked so good.It is basically a large white egg shaped room thermometer, made from smooth plastic. It is increddibaly light and looks good quality. There is a screen on the front that tells you the temperature. This eggs speciallity is its calming colourful glow, and simplness to use. The digital screen will tell you the exact temperature in degrees celcius. It also lets you know if this is a safe temperature for you little darlings nursery.If its too hot or cold a frowning face will appear. If its OK a neutral face will appear. And if its just right it will be full of smiles.
If you are short sighted like me and need glasses it is a bit annoying in the middle of the night to reach out and try and find your specs. The whole egg has an ingenious glow. When the room is too cold it glows blue, then green until you make the room the correct temperature. Once you've done that it will glow yellow too indicate safe temperature. If your room is too toasty hot it will glow bright red. Meaning no need for those glasses.
This glowing light could be used as a night light for when your child is older. It is not right or over powering, but relaxing and im sure would be a great comfort to a child.
The egg comes with a small instruction booklet.This tells you clearly how to use the product and most importantly advice on your babies bedding. If the room is too cold add more layers. If its too hot remove some layers.
The egg is powerd by a mains adapter. This means you don't have to worry about replacing batteries, but it does mean it needs too be next to a plug socket, which can be inconvinient.
I think this is a really good product. It cost £21 which I think is quite expensive but its worth it for the quality and design. After about a week I learned to feel the babies chest too see if she was warm or not, and didn't use the egg again until summer. But it was very reasuring as a first time mother to have by my side.
As every parent knows there are several items that are practically essential for a baby's nursery and in my opinion a baby thermometer is one of them.
Just before my little girl was born I bought the Grobag Egg room thermometer. I have to admit I actually bought it because I thought it was very cute and stylish looking and didn't know about its features before I bought it but so far I have been pleased with its performance and of course it's look in the nursery.
It is called an egg because it looks just like an egg and is shaped like an egg although it is a bit bigger than a regular sized egg.The top is smooth and then on the front it has a Digital LCD readout of the temperature. I love this about the egg as it's so easy to see what the correct temperature is without having to read an actual thermometer, this is clear and precise.
That's not the best thing about this egg though, this thermometer actually changes colour to let you know what the temperature is in the room so it's a great visual tool. In my opinion, I love being able to see something and knowing if it's right or wrong and I think this is often better when you have baby brain or are up at 3 in the morning for the fifth night in the row to be able to see something and know what it's telling you rather than having to interpret it and maybe getting it wrong. The egg has four different colours that it displays. As you would imagine, blue is too cold, orange or red means that it is getting too warm and when the egg is yellow it means that the room is at its perfect temperature. It's so reassuring to glance into the room, see that the egg is glowing yellow and know that all is safe in your little bay's world! However, if you glance at the egg and it's any other colour than yellow you can then take steps to rectify the problem. Temperature of a room is so important as I have read studies that link cot deaths to rooms being too warm so this product in my opinion is a vital tool.
It plugs into the wall so you don't have to worry about batteries running out. The other good thing about this egg is that as it glows, it also makes a nice night light as well so if you need a little bit of light in the nursery when you go in in the middle of the night or if you baby likes to sleep with a little bit of light this is perfect for you. The egg cost me £21.95 and I bought it from Boots.
GRobag Eggs are at their core a very simple device which tells the temperature of a room in two ways. They are egg shaped with an LED display in the centre, the display shows the temperature of the room in degrees celsius, the egg part of the display changes colour in running with the temperature of the room.
So the egg changes colour from blue, yellow, orange and red as predicted the colour goes blue when the temperature of the room drops below 16'c, the blue is a very bright crystal blue and can't be mistaken for any colour. This is of course very important information because a very cold room is of course dangerous for any child. The egg colour then changes to yellow from 17-19, orange between 19 and 23 and red over 23. Clearly the ideal temperature of the room is in the orange region and is the recommended safe temperature for your new born baby. The colour doesn't change from one to the other in an instant but is to a degree a menage of colours, so if the temperature is close to two colour regions it will be a yellowy-orange or an orange-red etc.
This is of use because it gives an idea of the room temperature with a quick glance, especially useful at night when of course the LED is impossible to see. The colour is usually the same as the temperature on the screen and is a good indicator of the room temperature.
The eggs costs around £12-15 depending on the retailer and could be considered a bit of an extravagance but as a useful guide to the temperature of the room then its a brilliant little piece of equipment. The egg is small enough to be transportable and runs off the mains, the light at night isn't too bright to prevent the exhausted parents from a few minutes shut eye.
One improvement I wish they had was a alarm to wake the parents if the temperature of the room dropped below or above a safe temperature because yes a light is a good guide but something beeping if the temperature dropped below 15'c might be more important.
However, overall this is a nice product, a product I suspect only an anxious parent would consider buying but its also a nice little gift and a useful one as well.
I got a grobag egg as a gift when my daughters were born. It is a super little gadget that helps parent get the room temperature right for baby.
A grobag egg costs from £15.00 and up. They are available from argos, babygurgles.co.uk and kiddiesave.co.uk at this price.
The grobag egg comes with a ac adaptor and a small base to sit the egg on, the instructions are easy to follow. A grobag egg is a digital room thermometer that changes colour. It helps parents get the temperature right so babies can sleep safe and not over heat or be to cold. The egg only stands at 5 inches tall small compact and has a meter long power cable, i had the egg next to the cot sitting on the changing table as there was only one power socket in the room.
The egg has the screen on the front where the tempeture reads and surrounding that is the light that glows. The display that shows the temperature underneath that has a small face and when if the room is at the right temperature the face will be smiling and happy the egg will also be glowing yellow witch is just right for baby to sleep safe.
If the room is cold the light will be blue and will show a sad face, too warm colour will be orange and a sad face, too hot red and a sad face. To be honest i never look at the face i go by the light and yellow seemed to stay on the egg so everything was fine.
The grobag egg light stays on and cant be turned off but it lets of a gentle glow like a night light and when using the egg you shouldn't be needing a night light as well. The dull glow soothed my daughters and never disturbed their sleep. The egg is made from plastic and feels quite light it is portable and can go anywhere i used to pack it in the bag when taking my daughters to granny's for the night. I felt good using the grobag egg and was always giving an acruite reading. As my girls are older now they don't need it but have left it in the bedroom for them to use as a night light they got so used to having it on as babies they actually feel comforted by it.
I think its a great little gadget and i highly recommend the grobag egg.
When I was pregnant I didn't really worry about the idea of cot death. I just don't think it is something that registered with me until my daughter was born. Once she was born and we found out she was one of those babies that are always warm I started to become a bit panicky about the thought of cot death. I used to worry about her being in a room that was too hot, coupled with her being naturally quite warm and going into too deeper sleep.
So we found out about the Grobag Egg and we purchased one on Amazon for around £15. The Grobag Egg is an electric thermometer which measures room temperature and it is supposed to help prevent cot death by allowing a parent to know the room temperature and to regulate it.
The Grobag Egg is made of white plastic and has the Grobag Egg logo written in blue on the front. The digital display is in a circle in the middle of the product. When the temperature is displayed it is in black so it is easy to read against the coloured backgrounds.
It has a digital display which displays the room temperature. It is able to tell you if a room is too hot or too cold using a LED colour scheme - blue is too cold, yellow is the temperature you want the room to be at, orange is a warning that the room is a little bit above the ideal temperature and red means that the room is much too hot.
The Grobag Egg runs off of the electricity via a power cable and it has an on and off switch.
I did find that I usually paid no attention to the temperature on the display, I was always on the look out for the colour of the Grobag Egg and I think this is the whole idea of the product. I think parents are more likely to look for the colour than go over to the product to look at the display. It makes it easier to work out if a room is too hot or not too without having to find out what temperature the room should be in the first place.
This product was always really accurate when we used it and it also gave us a good deal of peace of mind too. I would always rely on this to tell me if the room my daughter was asleep in was okay especially if we had the heating on.
A great item which is a baby nursery absolute must have.
Before my daughter was born I was very wary of sudden infant death syndrome especially since my other half had a history of it in their family. I decided to buy this Grobag Egg because I liked how it could tell me the temperature and al I had to do was look over at night to see if the room was too hot or too cold.
It is a guide for parents so they know if their child is in a room with the correct temperature. It is highly dangerous for babies to be in a room where they are either too hot or too cold. This Grobag will guide the parent by telling them in Celsius the exact room temperature.
The grobag itself is small and oval in shape and is small enough to fit on a bedside locker. It emits a light depending on the temperature reading. It turn blue if the room is too cold, red if its too hot, yellow if the room is perfect and orange if its slightly warmer than what it should be.
As long as the egg is either yellow or orange it is ok but I would worry if its blue or red as the room is too cold or hot in this instance. It is to be used in conjunction with the grobag pyjamas which are like a sleeping bag for babies. It helps them tossing during the night. They can be quite expensive though at 35 euro in Mothercare. I didnt use a grobag until my daughter was 3 months as this was recommended to me by a doctor. They do state they can be used from newborn though.
Even though I didnt have the grobag on my daughter when she was a newborn I still used the Grobag Egg as I thought it was an excellent indicator. However after two months I stopped using it. I realised that it was making me more paranoid and I found I was waking to see if it was yellow! I realised that I had to use my instinct because as a nervous first mother I would never have confidence in myself if I relieved on gimmicks like this.
It may suit others and I did find it useful but I think its more important to trust yourself on not rely on these type of gadgets to raise your child.
Even though our baby monitor has a temperature guage on it we still decided to invest in one of these Grobag Eggs as an extra safety precaution to ensure that the temperature is regulated correctly in our babies room, call me an over protective mother but that is just the way that I am. It cost us about £12 from Amazon.
The Grobag Egg is an electric thermometer and uses both colour and a digital readout to display the temperature in the room. The colour scheme is a nice warning device and is easy to follow as you want it to be glowing yellow whioch tells you the temperature is between 16 and 20 degrees, blue means it is too cold while Red means it is far too hot, Orange acts as a warning to say that the temperature is above the ideal.
It runs from a standard power lead and has an on off switch, the egg shape sits in a plastic casing with a circle that frames the black led display which makes it easy to read against the backdrop of all four colours however it is the colours signals that prompts you to check the actual temperature, the idea being that the chances of cot death are reduced if temperature is regulated.
What I like about this product is the simplicity of use and the fact that it gives you a little bit of peace of mind, it is a low powered light so nothing that will draw your attention when trying to sleep however the bit of light that it projects does help when moving around a darkened room reducing the night to switch a light on and disturb your baby if they are sleeping.
A nice simple design and a neat product, m ine has been working well for the last few weeks and as it is mains powered there are no batteries to worry about.
When I was pregnant with my son I became a little obsessive about cot death. I read all the research and wanted to do everything that I could do to minimise the risk of Cot death. One of the guidelines is for the room temperature of the room to be between sixteen and twenty degrees. This is partly due to the fact a young baby is unable to control their own body temperature and been too hot can be as dangerous as too cold.
I looked at various room thermometers but this was the one I decided I liked best.
What is a Gro Egg?
It is an electronic thermometer which is electric powered and displays the temperature both digitally and by a range of colours.
The colour Range
Blue indicates that the temperature is too low ( under 16 degrees
Yellow suggests an ideal temperature (16- 20 degrees)
Orange indicates the room is too warm ( 20-22 degrees)
Red indicates that the room is far too hot.(Over 24 degrees)
The Egg is predictably shaped like an egg with a soft plastic covering which actually feels quite soft to the touch. It has a power lead which is removable so therefore replaceable.
Setting up is simply a case inserting the power lead in the hole and plugging in and has an on/off switch in the base.
I purchased mine off Amazon as this was one of the cheapest places to buy one. When I purchased mine they were relatively new so not many second hand ones around.
It instantly shines a very low powered light which also acts as a dull nightlight which is effective enough simply to see where you are going but not bright enough for completing tasks such as night feeds but did give a nice subtle glow. The LCD display is quite large and can be red at a glance this personally gave me double reassurance.
Once my son was born it initially was plugged into our room and often was on orange which I wasn't too concerned about but when it went up to red I did what I could too cool the room and would remove layers of blankets to make sure he was cool enough. I never found my temperature went blue. He moved into his own room when he was about seven months old and this meant when I looked into his room I could just glance at the colour and if it was ever not yellow I could check how warm it was without relying on my own judgement.
Overall this is a very simple product to use that did give me reassurance. I used the Gro Egg for the first ten months of my son's life and only stopped using it as we left home suddenly and was unable to take it with us. I do like the fact it is electric powered and not battery powered which meant I didn't have to worry about changing batteries when I had enough to do with a new born baby.
I personally would recommend that you use them for the first year of a baby's life as this is when the highest risk of cot death.
The Gro Egg is currently available on Amazon for £20.95 but these are widely available so it is worthwhile checking around for prices.
There are so many products out there when it comes to babies and related to young children and sometimes it's hard to sift through them all and work out which are good and which are bad, and subsequently which are worth investing your hard earned cash on. I have a multitude of products from toys to other products for baby health that either been given to me or I have bought. Again some of them are good. But above all, the most important products on the market are those that keep a baby safe.
We have all heard numerous things about cot death over the years and I think this has to be one of the most concerning thing for any parents as it's so hard to diagnose what actually causes it. Yes, you can change to a new matress and make sure the temperature is just right, but you can never be fully sure. However, with this great little product - The Grobag Egg you can at least give yourself a litte peace of mind. I bought this before the birth of our latest son who is now four months old so still using it now and I think it's great. We bought ours for about £10 in yellow but you can also get them in other bright colours.
It's really simple and is essentially a thermometer so you can see what the temperature is in the cot and ensure that it's not too hot for the baby. It displays the exact temperature on the front you can see a digitial display in celsius and a face that will either be happy or sad depending on whether the temperature is too hot or cold. And of course there is a glow from it too.
I would recommend this product as it's great for helping you work out the exact temperature of the cot and is a nice design too. In addition it's not too much money to spend for a little peace of mind for your baby.
I was given the Grobag Egg by a friend after I had my son two years ago. It probably isn't something I wouldn't have gone out of my way to buy it as in my experience I don't believe its necessary to have a thermometer in a baby's room - but as it was a present, I thought I'd use it.
First of all, let me qualify my statement that I don't believe its necessary to have a room thermometer in a nursery. Although it is important that a baby's temperature is maintained between 36.7 ºC - 37.2 ºC, and they need support in order to maintain this temperature, commonsense really should prevail. A baby does have some ability to maintain their own body temperature via a homeostatic feedback mechanism - and so they really don't need the room temperature to be controlled as rigidly as you might think. There is too much reliance on gadgets and appliances that we are loosing our ability to assess what's appropriate - and most of us really are capable of assessing whether a room is too hot, too cold - or just right! However, this is just my opinion and obviously everyone needs to make the decision that they feel is right for them.
However, putting that aside, this was a gift and so I decided that I might as well use it - or at least try it out. The ultimate aim of the Grobag Egg is to act as a room thermometer for an infant, as well as to provide a night light.
The Grobag Egg is, unsurprisingly, shaped like an egg. There is a round shaped display on the front of the Egg and there is three feet on the bottom of the egg to allow it to sit securely on a table. To use, you simply plug the lead attached to the Grobag Egg into the mains socket - and its all ready to use. The on / off switch is on the base of the Egg and is turned on simply by depressing the button.
The colour of the egg changes depending on the temperature of the room and so it provides a quick and easy assessment of whether the baby's room temperature is optimal. The Egg can be four different colour's depending on the room temperature. The temperature ranges with their associated colours are:
Blue: Under 16ºC.
Yellow: 16 - 20 ºC
Orange: 20 - 24ºC
Red: Over 24ºC
The optimal room temperature is 16 - 20 ºC and therefore if the colour of the egg is yellow then the room temperature is deemed optimal, with orange also being fairly acceptable. Obviously if the Egg is blue then the room may be too cold for the infant and therefore the heating needs turning up or the baby needs more layers. Alternatively, if the Egg is red then the room is too hot and the room needs cooling down in order to lessen the risk of sudden infant death syndrome.
The room temperature can be read on the round display on the front of the egg. The temperature is displayed digitally and is lit up so it's possible to read the temperature from a distance even when it's very dark.
Although I didn't have another thermometer to test the accuracy of the Egg, I did find that my assessment of the room temperature tended to agree with the Egg colouring - so in other words, when I thought it was just about right, then the Egg colour was yellow. So, basically, the Grobag Egg confirmed what I thought - which I guess was "nice", but it didn't really tell me anything that I couldn't have figured out for myself - which makes it a little bit redundant.
As with any thermometer, the temperature read by the Grobag Egg can be affected by where it is placed within a room - and unless placed appropriately, then its function is rendered useless. Therefore, the Egg should not be placed next to a radiator, or in sunlight or next to an open window as obviously such direct heat sources will mean that the reading for the room as a whole is inaccurate.
One thing I did quite like about the Egg was the fact that it provides a night light which helped me to be able to check my son was okay when I'd peek in at him during the night. It did give a calming and gentle soft glow that provided just enough light to provide comfort but not enough to disturb my son.
Overall, if you do feel you want a room thermometer to provide you with extra peace of mind then I don't think the Grobag Egg would do any harm. However, my advice would be to not only rely on this as the way to measure whether the room is an appropriate temperature......use your commonsense as well!
Following on from my Grobag review on babies sleeping bags, this Egg is another of the companies innovative products. The company states it is proud to have changed the way the nation puts it's children to bed and have extended their sleep safe range with this digital room thermometer.
Why buy one.....
The director of the Foundation for the study of infant deaths (FSID) states that babies who get too hot are at an increased risk of cot death and getting a room thermometer will help you create a safer sleeping environment for your baby.
You will notice in all the information you receive from midwives a nursery thermometer is always in the to buy lists.
We nearly didn't buy this product. Standing in Mothercare my husband really wanted to purchase it (he loves gadgets) a customer overhearing our 'discussion' gave us a tip that baby monitors have temperature displays on them and she didn't want us to waste our money on unnecessary things like she had done with her first baby. Thanking her for the advice my husband begrudgingly put it back on the shelf. However, we were so overwhelmed by the help our friends gave us by passing over good quality second hand items we found we had less to buy than first thought. The Tomy walkabout monitor (again I have reviewed this) was one of said items, but on opening we discovered it didn't have a room thermometer, so I let my husband (he is not reading this so I can phrase like that) buy an Egg. We did indeed go back to Mothercare and paid £21.99 and although I have since seen at 1 or 2 pounds cheaper, unless buying used from Ebay I don't think you will find it a great deal cheaper.
The egg is very safely packaged in a tall thinish cardboard box and surrounded by cardboard inside for safe transport. The outside of the box displays all the major information you really need to know but there is also a small leaflet inside with more details such as about the Grobag company and frequently asked questions.
On unpacking you insert the power adapter into the back of the Egg and plug into your wall socket. When placing in your room it says do not place in direct sunlight, very close to a radiator or by an open window. Nice to be reminded but I'm sure everyone wouldn't be this silly, same as making sure your little one can not reach it from their cot including the power lead. However if they did pick up and lick it in the case of my daughter or heavy breathe on it, you may be surprised to know this didn't change the temperature! Since she can walk she touches everything she can get her little sticky fingers on that's within her reach even things we didn't think she could.
Turning the Egg on and off couldn't be easier, the base has a small button on the underside in the middle of 3 non slip feet.
The surprisingly 'egg shaped' unit has a digital round display on the front that together with the body of the egg will light up one of 4 different colours depending on the temperature reading of the room. The display will tell you the exact reading and then 4 ranges of temperatures determine the colour.
Blue - under 16 Celsius and is too cold, an unhappy face is also displayed by temperature reading.
Yellow - 16 to 20 Celsius and is the recommended range displaying a smiley face.
Orange - 20 to 24 Celsius classed as warm, no face appears.
Red - 24 Celsius and over, classed as too warm, an unhappy face appears.
Another common sense reminder they write is that the temperature displayed is that of the room and not your baby. That will be the 'elf and safety peeps input again.
You can then take any appropriate action concerning the temperature after checking your baby yourself e.g. feel their chest or back of neck. 3 actions you can take include cooling or heating the room (windows / doors / radiators etc), adjusting the bedding (choosing a different tog of sleeping bag) or adjusting babies clothes by increasing/decreasing layers
Eggtremely helpful. My daughter stirs the moment her door is opened so to be able to leave the door ajar enough to see the colour of the Egg means we don't have to take the risk of disturbing her.
Piece of mind. Before she was born we tried the Egg out in the lounge and were really shocked at how cold the recommended range is. What we find acceptable is not suitable for a baby so a helping hand is needed in a room thermometer to make sure we are not causing her discomfort.
There are a couple of little niggles with the Egg. At first the difference between the yellow and orange glows are harder to tell apart so you rely on the digital read out more at first but this has never been a major problem. The next is that during the day the glow is harder to see in some lights but again the digital read is clear to see you just need to get closer to the Egg. The last niggle is that we have found when the Tomy monitor is on there is a slight interference which leaves us with a slight hum down our end of the monitor which can be annoying while trying to watch television this means the monitor has to be turned down a little lower than I would like.
Overall though this is a thoroughly great product and am now very pleased we went back and brought!
Maintain the correct room temperature for baby.