How to Choose a Baby Scale? Types and Characteristics

Baby scale. Cute little baby lying on scales at home

The weight of a child is one of the main indicators of the baby’s health and development. If parents use baby scale, they can tell the pediatrician how many grams the child has gained over some time. And this is obviously very important information.

Baby scales can be mechanical and electronic. They can measure height, the amount of food eaten by a baby and can calculate the weight of an infant without taking diapers into account.

Mechanical Baby Scale

These are traditional scales that appeared much earlier than electronic ones. They can be seen in children’s clinics. Usually they are made of enameled metal and work on the basis of springs, a measuring rod with a scale and weights. The weight on this device is measured manually: the weight is moved until the bar stops swinging.

Mechanical scales take up a lot of space and are rather heavy, but they do not need electricity and are inexpensive. Compared to electronic scales, they are more reliable and durable.

Electronic Baby Scales

Electronic scales are more accurate, compact and have additional features. Their body is usually made of eco-friendly plastic or light metal.

Electronic scales are more accurate. The device can measure the weight, even if the baby does not lie quietly. The error ranges from 5 to 20 g.

Baby scale. cute baby on the scales

Like any electronics, the device is prone to breakdowns, but with careful use it will easily withstand 1.5 years. Usually this is the period we need baby scale.

Electronic scales operate on mains, batteries or have a combined type of power. They are sensitive to humidity and voltage fluctuations, so you cannot keep the device on the balcony or in the bathroom.

What Are the Functions of Electronic Baby Scales?

Most models have a weight retention function or a stabilizer that allows you to accurately determine the weight of the child, even if he is actively moving all the time.

The memory function keeps track of minor changes in weight and saves results.

Due to the difference between the two weighings – before and after feeding – the baby scale can measure the amount of food eaten by a child.

Most models show results in kilograms, but in some models you can change the unit of measure to pounds or ounces.

What’s more, the device can measure the height of the child. In some models, you can even turn on the music to calm the baby.

The Benefit of the Scales Compensation

In the mode of scales compensation, the weight of the child can be measured even in diapers and with toys. To do this, separately weigh the diaper, blanket, , toys and other necessary items. When weighing a baby, the device will deduct their weight and show clean data.

Baby scale. weighting the baby

This is convenient because young children can be naughty. In the mode of scales compensation, the weighing procedure is calmer.

Baby Scale Features

 Professional and household scales

If you do not have problems with finances, then the temptation to buy the most expensive, and therefore the most versatile and high-quality babyscale, is great. However, in most cases, it is a waste of money. A rare mother will connect the scales to a computer and build all sorts of statistical graphs or call an employee of the state calibration department of measuring equipment to accurately calibrate her device.

 Margin of Error

The majority of baby scale’ margin of error ranges from 1 to 10g. Practice shows that if the scales are in the same place, then the difference between the weighings is considered to be without any error at all, i.e. absolutely accurate. But we are primarily interested in the difference between the two weighings, right? When dragging scales from place to place, an error may already appear. However, in this case, these are just 3-5 grams. They do not have an impact on anything.

Baby scale. baby boy on the scale

 Level Installation of the Scales

Many scales have a level ampoule and adjustable by height feet, which allows you to set them strictly horizontally, which in turn affects the magnitude of the error.

 Stabilization Function

This is one of the most important characteristics for children’s scales. Children rarely lie quietly, without moving, even for a few seconds. Ask about this function before buying baby scale.

5 Type of power supply

The ability to operate from the network and autonomously (combined type of power) is often presented in baby scales as an important bonus. In practice, the only situation where this function is needed is when the outlet is located uncomfortably. But if your choice is on a scale that is powered exclusively from a battery, then when you leave for somewhere, you should always remember to grab the battery in reserve.

Baby scale. a baby on the scale

6 Removable Pan

Basically, this function affects suitability for high-quality sanitation. This is very important if you have purchased used scales. It is usually enough to wash the scale with soap and water (if it is removable). Some scales, however, having removed a pan, can be used as floor scales.

7 Weight Limit

Usually, baby scale limit is 15-20 kg. If it is assumed that 15 kg is the weight of a two-year-old child, then, it can be said that 15 kg is a completely sufficient weight limit. By the age of two, the problem of gaining weight leaves priority and mom has enough other worries.

8 Mass of Baby Scale

If you do not plan to drag the scale daily from place to place, then you may not worry about this value. If you lead a nomadic lifestyle, then you should pay attention to the weight of the scales. Usually the scales weigh is within 3-5 kg.

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