How To Weigh Baby At Home: Guide To Scale Types & More (w/ Videos)

  • Tracking your baby’s weight can help you monitor their growth 
  • We can show you how to safely and accurately weigh baby at home 
  • Weigh baby 2 ways: Using a baby scale and with a standard scale 
  • Plus, know how often you should be weighing your baby

Have you recently given birth or have a new baby in the house?

Do you want to keep a track of your baby’s growth and development and want to track the weight at home?

If you are not sure how to do this safely and properly at home, so that the results you get are accurate, we can help you with the required information through this article.

Today, we share with you the reasons why keeping track of your baby’s weight is so important. We also tell you what you actually need to do this the right way, as well as share with you very detailed and easy to follow steps that will help you take your baby’s weight without making baby uncomfortable.

What are 3 important reasons why you need to be able to keep track of your little one’s weight?

It is very important to regularly weigh your baby, especially in the first few weeks and months after the baby is born, because this can be a good guide of how your baby is growing and developing and whether there is anything more that you need to take care of.

Here are 3 of the most important reasons why you should keep a track of your baby’s weight, even at home.

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    Helps to keep a track of baby’s overall growth and development: Weighing your baby will help you check the same as per the recommended weight guideline that your baby’s doctor may have shared with you already. This will ensure that your baby is developing and growing at a steady and normal pace.
  • 2
    Helps to check whether or not baby is feeding properly: During the first few weeks when your baby is just learning how to latch on, it can be a little difficult for both the mother and the baby to understand if baby is feeding enough, or if baby needs to have some more milk. Tracking baby’s weight, especially during the first few weeks after the birth, will help to check if baby is feeding properly or not. This is also important for the rest of the months when baby may exclusively be on breastmilk only.
  • 3
    Helps to check in case baby is suffering from any health issue: Sometimes, especially in the case of newborn or very small babies, it is possible that the baby is not feeling well, but there are no outward signs or symptoms. In such a scenario, if you keep a regular track of your baby’s weight, you will be able to notice any sudden issues with weight, such as a sudden weight drop. When that happens over a period of a few days, you can inform the doctor and check for any issues with health.

How can you safely and accurately weigh your baby at home?

There are different ways to weigh your baby at home safely and without any problem, while getting the most accurate results. Here are a few ways in which you can do it.

  • By using a regular weighing scale: If you do not wish to use any separate weighing scale to weigh your baby, you can do it on a regular weighing scale as well. Do keep in mind that this method is not the most accurate one though, and you will not get the baby’s exact weight details.
  • By using a specific baby weighing scale: You can use a baby weighing scale that is specifically made to weigh babies and have a comfortable space to place your baby in. This is one of the most accurate ways to get your baby’s exact weight.
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How to weigh a baby at home

Here are two different methods that will guide you with step by step detailed instructions so that you are able to accurately weigh your baby at home.

How to weigh a baby at home using a baby scale

Place the baby weighing scale on a sturdy surface.

  • Now press the start button. In some of the weighing scales, this is also the On or the Zero button.
  • Wait till you hear the beep after turning the button on. This will signify that the device is ready to be used.
  • Before you place your baby on the weighing scale, remember that you have to keep a few things constant during every weighing session. For instance, if your baby is wearing just a diaper when you are going to weigh him or her, the next time when you weigh your baby, your baby should only be in a diaper. Or, if you are going to place your baby in the weighing scale with a pacifier in the mouth, then next time when you do so, the pacifier also has to be there with the baby. This will ensure that you get the most accurate results.
  • Once the device is on, pick up your baby and place him or her gently and carefully on the weighing scale in a lying down position.
  • Wait to hear the beep sound. This will mean that the weight has now locked in and this is the final weight of your baby at this point of time. Some weighing scales also have the Weight Entry button, which locks the weight display in place, so that even when you pick up the baby from the scale, the weight will still be there for you to check.
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How to weigh a baby at home using a standard weighing scale

  • Stand on the standard weighing scale and measure yourself.
  • Make sure to jot down the exact number that you see displayed on the weighing scale display.
  • Before you stand on the standard weighing scale with your baby, remember that you have to keep a few things constant during every weighing session. For instance, if your baby is wearing just a diaper when you are going to weigh him or her, the next time when you weigh your baby, your baby should only be in a diaper. Or, if you baby has a pacifier in the mouth, next time when you weigh, the pacifier should also be there.
  • Stand on the scale with baby and check the weight.
  • Now deduct the first weight from the second one, and you will get your baby’s weight.

How often does a baby need to be weighed?

Once your baby is about two weeks old, you need to weigh the baby once a month till baby turns six months old. From the age of six months to 12 months (when baby turns a year old) you have to weigh baby once in every two months. Once your baby is a year old, you need to weigh baby about once in every three months.

Does it vary from case to case?

How often you have to weigh your baby will depend mainly on your baby’s age. In some cases, if the baby is not well, or has recently recovered from an illness, or if there are some issues with feeding, the baby’s paediatrician may weigh the baby more frequently.