Baby Weight Measurement DIY

By July 14, 2019Tools

How to Measure Your Baby’s Weight

Put them on a scale, right?  Well, no.  Unless you have a scale designed for weights under 15kg (30 lbs).  Bathroom scales are designed for the weights of adults, adolescents, and older children.  You can bypass this problem by using the subtraction method.

Hold your baby and take a reading.  Then hand Baby to someone else and take a second reading.  The difference will be a good estimate of your baby’s weight.

The following video illustrates the procedure.

Measuring Baby Weight from Warren Eaton on Vimeo.

Compare your baby’s weight to world norms

Now that you have the subtraction weight result, compare your baby’s weight to norms developed by the World Health Organization (WHO).

The WHO collected size measurements from 8,440 children in 6 countries from various regions of the world.  These children were were not raised in environments with poor diets.  They were healthy and their mothers followed health practices such as breastfeeding and not smoking during and after pregnancy.

The WHO’s weight norms have separate charts for boys and girls.

If you have measured your baby in pounds, you’ll first need to convert from pounds to kilograms to use the chart.  Just divide your pounds’ result by 2.2 to get your baby’s weight in kilograms.

Do not treat the percentile result like a school grade.  A higher percentile is not better than a lower percentile.