With a new baby in the house I am suddenly bombarded by the need to carry certain items around with me on a regular basis. One of which is a thermometer, I am not sure why I feel compelled to do this with a newborn, possibly because they go down hill so fast and friends little ones have ended up in A&E with temperatures rocketing. Anyway it makes me feel better!! However what if theres a way of converting your smart phone into a powerful infrared thermometer with a range of capabilities then I wouldn’t need to panic?  Oblumi Tapp is a small device able to do just that, all you need to do is download the app to go with it, and before you ask it runs on both Apple and Android.

Digital Infrared ThermometerOblumi Tapp-2

Now I am pretty rubbish when it comes to technology…. yes I know I am a blogger but thats all about writing! So I was pleased to see all I needed to do was download the app and it gave me full instructions on how to set it up. Not that there is much to it, literally you plug in the thermometer to the headphone jack on your phone and allow it access to the microphone. The Q&A has a troubleshooting section should you get stuck, me being me didn’t allow it access to the microphone initially. Well this means it won’t work but thanks to the Q&A it was quick and simple to fix.


Features of the app and device:

  • It takes an accurate temperature – sounds obvious but I had to check! Not only that it does it via the forehead or via the child’s ear. I did compare the readings from the Oblumi Tapp with that of a conventional ear thermometer and they came out the same. The infrared sensor is specially designed for medical use.
  • It calculates medicine dosage – I can imagine this is useful for first time parents specifically. Its based on the data which you put into the app when you set up your child’s profile.
  • It registers all your data – the app will display the temperature history and the medication which has been taken.
  • Sharing of information – You can add multiple profiles to the app and then share them with multiple users. For each one you add in name, age and weight as well as little profile picture. At the moment I only have Monkey set up. In addition you can share medical notifications with all users.
  • It configures alarms – activate an alarm so that you never forget to take your temperature or medication.
  • Multiplatform – as mentioned you can run it on either an Apple or Android phone. In addition to this you can also access detailed information from any personal computer or tablet, the Oblumi Cloud synchronises the data between all devices.
  • It checks the temperature of liquids – you can take the temperature of any liquid with the same accuracy and speed that you take your child’s temperature.


Things I love:

  • Its so small that it takes up hardly any room in the changing bag/handbag and I like the fact it has its own little case
  • You get over 5000 uses before the batteries run out
  • I like the fact that you can take the temperature both on the forehead and the ear. Sometimes its just not possible to get at Monkey’s ears for whatever reason, such as when he is in the carseat or when he is sleeping. So its great to have options
  • The fact that its linked to the phone means that Monkey is automatically interested, which is a bonus. He’s always been okay with a normal ear thermometer but if you have a child who is less than keen then this could be a good way to avoid the meltdowns
  • If I had to leave Monkey with my mum if he’s not well (which I hate doing but sometimes its a necessity for work)  then I would be able to get instant updates on his temperature via the app, helping peace of mind.


Things I’m not so keen on:

  • Its a real shame that your child needs to be over 4 months before you can use it, as it means at the moment I am still having to use the normal thermometer on Kipper.

I do think this is a great device and for gadget parents in particular and I have used it several times on Monkey in the last couple of weeks without any protests. I can see the benefits and think the price is reasonable at €41.95, you can buy it directly from the Oblumi website. If you would like to know more you can also sign up for their newsletter and join the #TheNowFamily.


We were sent the Oblumi Tapp for the purpose of this review, however all opinions are my own.

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  1. Really interesting idea to be able to use it with your phone. So dinky too – I’m normally lugging the Braun one around. Did you find an issue with needing phone charge or battery drain? x

  2. What a brilliant idea to have a thermometer that you can use with your phone. For me being able to look back over previous temperatures would be helpful and being able to take a forehead temperature easily is always good. Handy too to be able to see the readings if someone else takes the temperature when you are away from your child #bloggerclubuk

  3. mackenzieglanville Reply

    wow I have never heard of this, how brilliant! I really think this is a great idea. I have found the ear thermometers un reliable as I find if I take it a few times I get different readings so I don’t trust them, so I am a bit old fashioned and use the old style ones for 3 minutes, not easy with a sick baby. But I love this idea. I used to be a nurse before I had my babies, now not so much babies anymore, my youngest is 6, so I wonder how the hospitals judge this device. #bloggerclubUK

  4. That looks like a really good device. When Little Button was little it was a job and a half to take her temperature. I think this would really help if you have a poorly wriggle worm who won’t allow you to take an ear based reading. #BloggerClubUK

  5. alisonlonghurst Reply

    A great idea. Another reason for a mum to have her phone out while looking after her kids! It’s not all about checking Facebook! Alison x #BloggerClubUK

  6. mumworkrepeat Reply

    Oh I do love a gadget and this looks like the perfect one #BloggerClubUK

  7. It does sound great and anything to have a bit of peace of mind, especially with two little ones! But yes, frustrating it can’t be used until baby is over 4 months. #bloggerclubuk

  8. This would be awesome to have as I am always worried about my son’s temp on the go and it seems it is easy to use and not bulky to carry. Thanks for review

  9. Becky, Cuddle Fairy Reply

    What a great review, Clare. It looks like such a clever thermometer! It’s great how small it is & how much it can do. Too bad it can’t be used until four months old. Hopefully, you won’t need it for kipper for awhile 🙂 #BloggerClubUK

  10. What will they think of next?! Love this idea, coz like you say carrying a normal thermometer around is so bulky. Thanks for sharing X #bloggerclubuk

  11. randommusings29 Reply

    This sounds great. I like the fact it keeps a record of them all so you can go back and compare them. It’s shame you can’t use it on Kipper yet but it won’t be too long until you can 🙂

  12. I saw this not long ago and really wanted to try it out! It sounds as good as I was hoping it would be and its something I will definitely look into. Mia has never been keen on me taking her temperature but (like you say) anything to do with my phone, she will be interested in!! 🙂


  13. What a great idea, and so versatile too. It is a real shame it is only from 4 months plus, as I found we used a thermometer a lot in the very early days. Thanks for linking up with #TriedTested

  14. Jaylan - Diapers at Dawn Reply

    How clever, this would definitely be great for holiday and trips away x #BloggerClubUK

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