Baby scales are commonly used in hospitals to weigh newborn babies, but may also be used at home to monitor the baby's growth. They work much like regular scales, except for a large dipped tray designed for seating babies.
Some baby scales measure specific aspects of growth, such as muscle weight and the amount of milk the baby is getting. Professional scales have a weight capacity of up to 24 pounds, while home-use scale capacities are slightly lower. They also have varying levels of accuracy, with a difference of about half a pound between professional and home-use scales.
Types of Baby Scales
Kinds of Baby Scales include the following:
Digital baby scales
Digital baby scales measure weight using weight sensors located below the cradle.They display the baby's weight on a small LCD screen next to the seat. They offer precise measurements and small weight graduations, allowing parents to monitor slight changes. Some models provide measurements in pounds and kilograms. Others are programmed with conversion formulas to display both measurements at once.They are available with standard cradles or seat cradles.
Mechanical baby scales
Mechanical baby scales use a balance beam or dial to indicate weight.They are used by sliding weights along a pair of calibrated beams. The point where the two beams are perfectly balanced shows the baby's weight.They are usually more durable than digital scales and have higher weight capacities.They come with different weight graduations. Smaller calibrations are usually offered by high-end and professional models.
Choosing Baby Scales (Buying tips)
Increments: Choose a baby scale that offers small weight calibrations for a more accurate measurement. Look for one with increments up to one-tenth of a pound. Digital scales usually have finer calibrations. Choose one that displays up to three decimal places.
Seat: Choose a baby scale with a wide, comfortable seat. Avoid metal seats because they can irritate your baby's skin. Check for sharp edges or corners that can scratch or cut your baby. Make the seat is properly supported from the bottom and does not tilt or wobble with the baby's weight.