How to Weigh a Baby at Home 3 Easy Ways

By Escali in Back of House
how to weigh a baby at home

Weighing a baby at home can be easy and accurate with your kitchen scale, bathroom scale, or luggage scale. Each technique requires a little know-how, so here’s how to weigh a baby at home on any scale and what to look out for.

Weighing your baby is about more than tracking the milestones, it’s essential to keeping on top of your baby’s health. It’s for that reason that many first time parents will invest in a high quality baby weight scale. Save that money for diapers if you already have a digital scale, because you can weigh your baby on any home scale.

How to Weigh a Baby at Home

Everyone wants their baby to keep the cute little chubby cheeks forever, but even when that starts to fade you know your baby is healthy through regular checkups with their doctor. As those checkups start to get a few months apart you may want a way to monitor your baby’s health and weight at home. Measuring a baby’s weight at home is simple and effective no matter what scale you have laying around.

How Often Should I Weigh My Baby – And Why?

All babies are weighed at birth and frequently for the first two weeks afterwards. Beyond that you should only weigh your baby once a month up to 6 months of age, once every other month up to a year old, and once every 3 months after that. The only reason to weigh your child more than that is if you have concerns with their health or growth.

When Should I Weigh My Baby? Weighted Feedings.

Another reason parents may need to measure a baby’s weight at home is to determine if they are getting enough milk when they are feeding. This is particularly true for breastfeeding babies as there is no way of knowing how much they drink without weighing them before and after.

It’s a method of health tracking called ‘Weighted Feedings’ and while it’s a useful measurement it may not be necessary in every case. Simply tracking their weight over time and checking for wet diapers should let you know if your baby’s on a healthy track.

How to Weigh a Baby with 3 Different Household Scales

The three most common household scales are kitchen, bathroom, and luggage scales. A kitchen scale at home is the most accurate with measurements down to a gram, but they can only weigh up to 11 lbs. Bathroom scales will hold much more weight but require some technique such as holding your baby and weighing yourself then subtracting your weight. Luggage scales can be used with another technique, but you’ll have to decide which method is right for you based on your baby’s current weight.

  • Kitchen Scale Capacity: 11 lbs
  • Bathroom Scale Capacity: 300 lbs
  • Luggage Scale Capacity: 110 lbs

How to Weigh a Baby on a Kitchen Scale

Learning how to weigh a baby on a scale is not much more difficult than weighing a turnip that keeps rolling off the sides. Before setting your baby down to weigh them, place a light blanket or towel down and zero out the scale.

Try to get your baby to lay still to get the most accurate reading. Movement among other factors may affect the readings by an ounce or two, but it’s still one of the most accurate methods for weighing newborns.

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Once your baby is over 3 months old they may be too big for the kitchen scales 11 lbs weight limit. Luckily there are two other household scales that can give you accurate readings until your baby can stand upright on one themselves. Kitchen scales are extremely accurate, but there are pros and cons to each method.

  • Pros: Kitchen scales can read weights down to a gram
  • Cons: Once a baby passes 11 lbs they will have maxed out the scales limit

How to Weigh a Baby on a Bathroom Scale

A bathroom scale is the easiest method to learn how to measure a baby’s weight at home. With this method you won’t have to worry about your baby’s movement affecting the reading because you’ll be holding the baby.

Simply weigh yourself first, and then weigh yourself again holding the baby. Subtract your weight from the combined weight and that’s how much the baby weighs. To make it easier Escali Dual Weigh Scales will do that part for you.

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While bathroom scales create an accurate reading, they won’t measure down to the gram like a kitchen scale would. This might be a problem if you’re doing weighted feedings and need to know the smallest variations in weight. Still it’s one of the easiest methods to use, so check if the pros outweigh the cons for you.

  • Pros: Easy access and no maximum capacity limit for your child
  • Cons: Less accurate than most kitchen scales for small weight changes

How to Weigh a Baby with a Luggage Scale

A luggage scale is a portable handheld device with a hook on the end to pick up and weigh any luggage, or fish for that matter. You’ll need a comfy sling to attach to the hook to measure your baby’s weight at home with it. You can either knot together the corners of a baby blanket, or simply attach a baby carrier.

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If the scale doesn’t allow you to zero out the sling then just write the number down to subtract from the total later. Once your baby is in the sling, hold the luggage scale as steady as possible to get the most accurate reading. This can be the tough part, but as with all methods there are pros and cons.

  • Pros: Easy to use and accurate up to 110 lbs
  • Cons: Can be difficult to hold the scale and read it as the baby grows

FAQs About Measuring Your Baby’s Weight

How Much Should My Baby Weigh?

What comes as a shock to most parents is that babies typically lose 10% of their birth weight in the first week of life. It’s completely normal and will come back after the first two weeks or so. After that newborns generally gain weight at the rate of 1 ounce per day. There will be growth spurts where they may gain more, but it’s usually 5 to 7 ounces a week for the first 6 months.

From then on until they reach 1 year old you can expect them to gain only 3 to 5 ounces per week. These are only averages, so if your baby is putting on more or less weight it’s not necessarily cause for alarm.

Average/expected baby weights from 1-12 months according to the CDC

Age Boy Girl
Birth 6.7 ~ 8.1 lbs 6.5 ~ 7.8 lbs
3 Months 13.0 ~ 15.2 lbs 11.8 ~ 14.0 lbs
6 Months 16.2 ~ 18.8 lbs 14.8 ~ 17.5 lbs
9 Months 18.2 ~ 21.1 lbs 16.7 ~ 19.7 lbs
12 Months 19.8 ~ 22.9 lbs 18.2 ~ 21.4 lbs
18 Months 22.4 ~ 26.0 lbs 20.8 ~ 24.5 lbs
24 Months 24.8 ~ 28.9 lbs 23.3 ~ 27.5 lbs

Do I Need a Baby Scale? Can I Weigh My Baby Without One?

How to weigh a baby at home without a scale like those used at their doctor is fairly simple once you know the methods. Knowing which scale is used to weigh infants can make it easier when fashioning your own home set up.

A baby scale is as accurate as a kitchen scale but made with a comfortable spot for your baby to lay for easier readings. Now when you’re looking for where to get a baby weighed you won’t have to go far because the solution is right in your home.

Why are Babies Weighed In Pounds and Ounces?

If you’re stuck thinking, “How can I weigh my baby at home without a scale that reads in pounds and ounces?” You may be overthinking it. Babies only need to be measured this precisely in the first few weeks of life.

This helps doctors monitor their health and make sure they aren’t gaining or losing weight too much or too quickly. When they’re that small a few ounces is a good portion of their total weight, but as time goes on those subtle differences have less of an impact.

How Much Weight Do You Subtract For Clothes and Shoes?

You can easily measure the weight of their clothes and shoes to subtract from the total, but there is an easier way. If you’re just learning how to weigh my baby then you’ll want to eliminate as many variables as possible. Weigh your baby naked for the best reading, or if you’d like to avoid a potential mess put a fresh diaper on them and then do the weigh in.

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Escali Scales Make Weighing a Baby at Home Easy

Knowing how to weigh a baby without a scale specifically made for babies is essential for their overall health. Specialty scales aren’t at the top of every parent’s wish lists, “But how do I weigh my baby at home then?” You can use whichever scale you have whether it’s from the kitchen, bathroom, luggage rack, or in your tackle box.

No matter your preference Escali has the best quality scales of any type to fit your life.

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