You’re planning on welcoming a new baby into your life, and the first few months are critical. You want to get to know this new little person, and you want to be sure you’re doing everything to keep them healthy and happy. As your baby grows, you’ll need a reliable way to know how much he weighs so you can make sure growing at a healthy rate. There are several ways for weighing your baby at home.
Weighing your baby at home is a great way to track the growth of your child over time. Not only does it help you gauge your child’s health, but it can help you figure out how much your child will weigh as they get older. It’s a great way to ensure that your child grows at the right pace and is healthy as they age.
Welcome to the ultimate guide to weighing your baby! This article offers the advice you need to weigh your child safely and effectively.
Why Is It Important to Track Your Baby’s Weight
Your baby’s growth rate is an essential indicator of how well they’re doing. If they gain weight slower than expected, your baby may require extra care and monitoring.
Help! My Newborn is LOSING Weight!
Don’t worry! Most newborns will lose some weight shortly after being born. A 5% weight loss is not unusual for a formula-fed newborn. Breastfed babies tend to lose up to 10% of their initial birth weight. Most babies should be back to their normal weight by the time they are 14 days old. If your baby has been sick or born prematurely, it can take up to 3 weeks to get a baby back to their birth weight.
How Often Should You Weigh your Baby?
In the early weeks, a baby’s weight could be affected by feeding, so you should be aware of that.
The first week’s weighing could be after a baby feeds and the following week before they feed. If you are not consistent with when you weigh your baby, you could end up causing yourself undue stress.
After the first two weeks, weighing your baby once a month is recommended up to 6 months of age. You could make it every two weeks if that is more comfortable for you. Every two months is enough for babies from 6 months to 12 months.
How to Weigh Your Baby at Home
How to Weigh Your Baby on a Digital Baby Scale
To accurately weigh your baby on a digital baby scale, you should follow these steps:
1) Purchase a digital baby scale from the store of your choice. Local baby stores carry them, as do Walmart or Amazon. Look for a scale that is easy to read and accurate. Also, you should ensure that there are no sharp or rough parts on the products you will be using with your baby. A scale with a maximum capacity of about 40 lbs (18 kg) is best for weighing your baby. The digital scales you use should be able to measure tiny differences, such as between 10 grams and one ounce.
2) Make sure you add everything you will use to weigh your baby to the scale, like the bassinet or blanket you will use, and hit the tare button on the scale. This will ensure the weight you see will be just the weight of your baby and not any additional weight from the blanket. Make sure your baby is wearing the same things when you weigh them each time. A naked baby is the best way to get an accurate reading, but some parents prefer to avoid “accidents” and have their baby in a diaper during weighing. Be sure to account for the diaper when taring the scale before you weigh them.
3) Put your baby on the scale and record the weight shown on the scale screen.
How to Weigh Your Baby Using a Regular Bathroom Scale
While the digital baby scale will give you the most accurate reading, holding your baby while you stand on your bathroom scale can also work.
1) Stand on the scale without your baby and record your weight.
2) Pick up your baby, preferably naked, and step back on the scale. Record that weight.
3) Subtract the first reading (parent alone) from the “parent + baby” weight. That is how much your baby weighs.
4) Record the baby’s weight in your record book or baby weight tracking app.
Weighing Your Baby on a Kitchen Scale
Using a kitchen scale is not an ideal way to weigh your baby, but if you have a scale on hand and a safe container to weigh your baby in, it could do the job for you. This method is the least safe way to weigh your baby out of the options given in this guide.
1) Check to see the maximum weight your kitchen scale can measure. Many kitchen scales available now can weigh up to 11 lbs which should be more than enough for your newborn.
2) Figure out what you will put your baby in/on to put them on the scale. A smooth bowl may work for this purpose.
3) Put the bowl and anything your baby will be wearing or wrapped in on the scale. Tare the scale to zero. Any additional weight the scale records will be all your baby’s weight.
4) Safely put your baby on the scale and then record the weight.
How much Weight should Newborns Gain Each Week?
Your newborn might gain 5 to 7 ounces a week from birth to about age six months. By five months, your baby will likely weigh about twice as much weight as they did at birth.
What if My Baby is Losing Weight?
Breast-fed babies typically lose a bit of weight early in life. If they do not start gaining weight by the second week, you should let your doctor know as it could be a sign that something is wrong. Your doctor will help you figure out if there is an issue and what to do if there is something wrong.
In conclusion, this article offers a practical approach to weighing your baby at home. It has been scientifically proven that the first month is a critical time for developing the proper weight trajectory for your baby. Weighing your baby at home and your doctor’s visits will help you know how your baby is progressing.