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As soon as baby has made his first ever cry, mom and dad want to know whether their new family member is developing in a healthy way. Regular weight controls by using a baby weighing scale helps you keep track of your little one’s growth by showing you if he eats or drinks enough when being nursed or fed and if he gains enough weight.

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Baby weighing scales

As soon as baby has made his first ever cry, mom and dad want to know whether their new family member is developing in a healthy way. Regular weight controls by using a baby weighing scale helps you keep track of your little one’s growth by showing you if he eats or drinks enough when being nursed or fed and if he gains enough weight. More information >

Why is it important to check the weight of the baby?

A healthy baby usually gains between 100 and 200 grams per week. That is why, is it enough to check on his weight by using a baby scale once a week. The pace of your little one’s development is usually calculated by paediatricians from the ratio of length growth and weight gain. In order to get continuous results, it is important that you control your little one’s weight regularly at home by using a baby scale. Checking your baby’s weight is necessary especially during the breastfeeding period. Due to the fact that your baby’s weight fluctuations during his developmental stage is extremely low, you should get a digital baby scale since this model provides you with the most accurate results.

Performance level of a baby scale

A digital baby scale shows very accurate weight measuring results. Most of the time, the baby scale’s capacity is measured in 10-gramme increments. Usually these scales are suitable for a maximum weight of 20 kg which makes them perfect for weighing infants.

A baby scale must meet the following requirements:

  • High stability
  • Scale pan that protects baby from dropping out
  • Automatic switch off
  • Motion detection

Do you really need to buy a baby scale?

Getting equipped with a good baby scale is definitely worth it. If you opt for a baby scale by Chicco or Medela that both feature extras and more uses, you can not only control the weight of your baby but continue using the scale for checking the weight of your little one until he reaches school age. Once your child has grown out of the scale, there is no need of ridding yourself of it – you can easily use it as a convenient parcel scale instead.

What types of baby scales are there?

In order to control your little one’s weight in an easy and secure way, you can choose between spring balance scales, folding scales, pan balance scales or multi-functional models. These types of baby weighing scales offered by manufacturers such as Medela and Chicco have advantages and disadvantages. Which model turns out to be the right one for your child depends on your individual demands and personal needs.

Spring balance scales have the benefit of being very small, flexible and affordable while featuring a mobile use. Nevertheless, they require your baby being wrapped in a towel or blanket which is then to be hanged on the scale. This is not the safest and most secure way to control the weight of your baby. Pan balance scales make weighing your child particularly easy because they supply him with a safe spot where he can be put on during the weighing session. A model that features exchangeable pans is perfect for being used for a long period of time. Depending on their use, folding scales can be stored in a space saving size and are perfect for being used when you are on the go. The most flexible models are the multi-functional scales that feature a higher loading capacity and a detachable pan and can be used a pan balance scale for babies as well as for children up to the school age.

Which baby scale is most suitable for you and your child?

The factors you need to take into account when selecting a model are as diverse as your personal demands. Whether a baby scale turns out to be a convenient helper does not only depend on the quality, equipment, state and useful functions it features. First of all, your personal need is decisive. If you travel a lot with your child, a pan balance scale which is unbeatable in terms of accuracy, security and stability, is not very likely to serve you well. In this case, a folding baby scale might be the better choice. However, if you are looking for a baby scale that is supposed to remain firmly in one place, pan balance scales or multi-functional infant weighing scales appear to be the ideal solution. Specialised baby scales are usually designed to save space while baby scales with additional functions and extra features require a larger set-up area and more storage space.

Before buying an infant weighing scale you need think carefully about the requirements it should meet. Only this way, you will find the most suitable model that matches your and your baby’s needs best.

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