(Closed) Charting: thermometer

posted 8 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2008

I know they say to use a basal body thermometer, but I just use a thermometer we already had.  It’s only accurate to 2/10 of a degree and only gives one decimal place, but I can still identify ovulation trends on my chart easily.  Also, mine only beeps once when it is done (and still saves the most recent temperature so I can record it later).  From what I read, BBTs beep throughout temperature taking to tell you that it is positioned correctly and I thought that would be too disruptive to my sleeping husband.  I hope that helps. 

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I would reccomend getting an actual basal body thermometer because it is more accurate and sometimes it does come down to the 1/10s of a degree (at least for me since I’m using charting to avoid right now).

I use this thermometer

http://www.amazon.com/BD-524560-Basal-Digital-Thermometer/dp/B001AM43VY/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=hpc&qid=1283136086&sr=8-1

It does beep, but I find it helpful since I take it so early that I’m barely awake and I know its in the right place. I used to cover it up to muffle the sound, but my husband is a heavy sleeper and it only beeps for about a minute (usually less). I really like this one because it is backlit so you can see the temperature in the dark.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

I’m happy with the bbt from Target.  I set my phone alarm for 5am every morning (before the cats start bothering us to be fed), reach over grab the thermometer and temp.  This way I know I have had the right amount of undisturbed sleep.  

The thermometer does not light up, but it saves the temp until you turn it on later.  This way I never even have to open my eyes or find my glasses.  My husband rarely ever wakes up, and my phone alarm is louder than the series of ~10 beeps that the thermometer gives when it is finished.  Usually I turn it off at the third beep and go back to sleep and check it later when I get up. 

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Mine beeps every second.  Very annoying. 

Another question (sorry to hijack) but what happens if you hit the snooze button a few times.  I usually set my alarm but don’t actually wake up till about 15 minutes later.  I don’t get out of bed, usually I fall back into a light sleep but will this affect my temp? 

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

I bought my BBT from CVS.  Worked fine.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

I used the Walgreens brand BBT.  It only beeps once it’s done taking the temperature and stores that one reading so you can actually write it down later once you are awake.  Worked fine for me.  My husband wasn’t bothered by the beeping.

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

@lemondrop: I use the bbt from Target, too. I like that it saves the temp for later, and I do something similar to what you do. Every day, my alarm goes off at 6:30. If I don’t need to get up (e.g. it’s the weekend), I take my temp and then roll over and go back to sleep. I love that it will recall the temp to record it later, and my temperatures seem to be pretty consistent with this thermometer.

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

@cmdw: Thanks for the link! Now that I’ve looked at both those reviews and my charts, it seems like my temps are also often the ones others report as “pre-set”! They do fluctuate, though. I may look into other brands now…

Post # 12
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Sugar bee

@caszos:  I read if you take it plus or minus 1 hour of the time you usually take it, your temperature will be about the same.  I think 15 minutes wouldn’t affect it much if any.

I have a pink BD Digital Basal Thermometer that I purchased off amazon that holds the last temperature recorded.  I like it but it does beep every second…

This is the one I have:  http://www.amazon.com/BD-524560-Digital-Basal-Thermometer/dp/B0000533AY/ref=pd_sbs_hpc_1

Post # 13
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2015 - The Whitney

@hedgeknits:

No problem!

I was 97.18 and 97.33 for 15 days.

I use the Walgreens one now and no problems.

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

@cmdw:

Thanks- so far the thermometer hasn’t been a problem.  I researched the different types out there, but hadn’t seen “the nest” review- I usually avoid all things related to The Knot.  What I read on the Target review didn’t bother me. 

My temp fluxuates little bits on a daily basis, so its not like I get the same exact temp every day.  I knew that by getting something cheaper that it may not be 100% exact, but my temp fluxuates when it should so I’m pretty happy with it. 

The main thing I am looking for is a rise in temp, so if it is in the ballpark then I’m happy.  Before we started trying, if I had an alcoholic drink, the temp would rise a little the next day, so it did what I expected it to. 

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I’ve been using this one and honestly I’m not that pleased -it’s very loud and beeps every 3 seconds until it’s done.  (sounds like the same one many of you have tried).  The backlight only works when you first turn it on – not at the end when you actually need to read the temp.

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Post # 16
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I used a regular Vick’s digital thermometer and it worked like a charm. My charts were accurate and I could tell when I ovulated.

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