1. (Pictured in the middle) The Safety 1st thermometer is not worth a flip. The numbers are small and it takes a long time to beep out a reading - which is horrible for mom and baby (and traumatizing for onlooking papas)
2. (Pictured top) The Safety 1st ear thermometer has to be positioned just 100% right to give a decent reading and you have to pull back baby's ear to get it into position - let alone deal with squirmy baby. Also we tried the ear model on ourselves and cannot get it positioned correctly so forget that one too.
Last year when E was sick I was thinking about breaking down and buying an expensive Dr's ear thermometer but I did not want to be stuck with a simialr problem that I had with #2 so I hunted around the drugstore and came around a Vick's regular thermometer. Still in the 10-15 range but not crazy expensive. Going for the cheaper option I gave it a whirl and BAM I found one.
3. (Pictured below) Vick's thermometer - There are a few models. One even lights up green, yellow, or red but I got the simple version. This one is super fast compared to the Safety 1st- done in maybe 5-7 seconds. Numbers are huge and there is a long memory time on the temp.
Only reason I mention this now is E was sick the other day and I was pleasantly reminded of my trusty Vick's thermometer and how much I appreciate it and wished I had found it sooner!