Best baby thermometer for 2021

Having the ability to quickly and accurately check your baby's temperature is critical in normal times, but it's become even more important in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. A fever can be a symptom of many different illnesses, from the common cold to an ear infection to more serious diseases like meningitis or COVID-19. The sooner you identify your child has a fever, the sooner you can contact your pediatrician and figure out the cause.

It's for this reason that every parent should have a reliable thermometer at the ready.

But there's a lot to consider when choosing a baby thermometer for accurate temperature measurement. For example, you can take temperature readings from several points on the body, including the mouth, armpit, rectum, baby's ear and forehead. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends taking a child's temperature rectally, as this will give you the most accurate measurement of internal body temperature.

However, sticking a thermometer in your baby's butt isn't always the most convenient method, let alone the most pleasant (for child or parent). With that in mind, it's nice to have options -- and options there are aplenty.  To give you a comprehensive look at the baby thermometer market, I sampled a wide variety of temperature-takers and tested them on myself, my 10-month-old daughter and my 3-year-old son.

Any of the picks on this list will work, but some are better than others. Keep reading for the best baby thermometers of 2021.