Confession: I’m not exactly sure where our thermometer is. On the rare occasions that my kids run a fever, I use the same method my mother did: forearm to the forehead. But¬†the new Wishbone thermometer has to be the smartest way to take a child’s temperature that I’ve¬†seen yet.¬†I’m totally blown away by this gadget and everything it can do.

The Wishbone plugs into your Android or Apple smartphone and works with a companion app to measure and track temperature data. It’s shaped like an actual wishbone¬†—¬†one end¬†contains the battery, and the other end has an infrared sensor which sends temperature data to the app.

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The sensor doesn’t even need to touch your child; just hold it 3-5 centimeters away from their forehead, and it registers your child’s temperature (or yours) within two seconds. Two seconds!

Imagine how¬†helpful that is for checking the temperature of a sleeping child, or a baby¬†who’s wiggling and screeching.

Use the Wishbone thermometer to check the temperature of formula, baby food, or bath water.

The Wishbone thermometer app keeps a historical record of temperature data for all of your children, and you too.

Wishbone Smartphone Thermometer: Genius!

The whole history over time is saved¬†through your app,¬†¬†so you can look like Parent of the Year in the pediatrician’s office. (Should they have such an award; I’m convinced they secretly do.) I also think it’s neat that the Wishbone can be used to check the temperature of formula, baby food, bath water, or even the ambient temperature in your child’s room. Just¬†hang onto your phone really tight when¬†you’re holding it over a tub full of water.

Wishbone has already surpassed¬†its Kickstarter goal, as well as nearly all of its stretch goals, so we’re definitely not alone in thinking that this product is a winner. Grab one now! It certainly beats my unscientific temperature-taking method.

Head over to the Wishbone thermometer Kickstarter site and pledge $33 to receive one Wishbone, or $60 to receive two. Production is expected to begin in April 2015.

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