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Child Health Drop In & Self-Weigh

Below is a map of the child health drop in and self-weigh stations that are located around Norfolk.

Have a look at the self-weigh guide video below, for step by step instructions on how to use the library self-weigh facilities. 

Find your local venue and click on the icon to find out which service is available and the opening hours. 

  • If have a soft lightweight blanket this would be good to use to wrap your baby in once undressed at the self weigh station. Holding them close helps them feel calm and protected. Babies feel more secure, comfortable and warm when wrapped.

    Step by step guide:

    • If you are using a blanket set the scales to 0.000
    • Put the blanket on the scales and take note of the weight of the blanket.
    • Undress your baby and wrap in the same blanket.
    • Set the scales to 0.000 again and place your baby, wrapped in the blanket on the scales.
    • Take a note of the weight, remember this will be the weight of your baby and the blanket.
    • Use the calculator on your phone to work out your baby’s weight. To do this take away the weight of the blanket from the weight of the baby and the blanket.

    Don’t worry, if you haven’t got a blanket; you can undress baby down to a clean dry nappy instead and weigh this in the same way you would a blanket.

    Every library will have a poster on display to guide you through weighing your baby.  You can download a copy *here*

    You can watch the video guide below.

  • Step by step guide:

    • Before placing your baby on the changing mat, please make sure there is clean blue/white roll on the mat and the scales
    • Undress your baby. Press the start button making sure there is blue/white roll on the scale. Wait for 0.000 to appear on the display. The scale is then automatically set to zero and ready to use
    • Place your baby on the tray, ensuring that they lie as still as possible. If your baby can sit unaided, you can sit them on the scales. If not, please lay your baby on their back on the scales and ensure your baby is not holding onto anything which may affect the weight
    • Take a note of the weight. Take your baby off the scales and redress them. Turn to page 51 of your Red Book to record the date, your baby’s age and weight. Clean the mat and the scales with the antibacterial wipes or spray provided and put the rubbish in the bin.

    Every library will have a poster on display to guide you through weighing your baby.  You can download a copy *here*

    You can watch the video guide below.

    If you do not wish to weigh your baby naked you can weigh them in a dry nappy or wrapped in a blanket if available. Babies feel more secure, comfortable and warm when wrapped in a blanket to be weighed.  To find out how to do this accurately take a look at the 'How to weigh your baby using a blanket tab'.

     

  • It is normal for a baby to lose some weight in the first few days after birth. Your baby should be weighed in the first week as part of their assessment of feeding – this is often completed as part of your midwife contact.

    Most babies get back to their birth weight by 2 weeks of age. This is a sign that feeding is going well and that your baby is healthy.

    If you baby's weight has increased or dropped crossing 2 centile lines (the blue or pink curved lines on the weight chart), please contact Just One Number and they can review your this with you.

    Weighing your baby too often may cause unnecessary concern; the list below shows how often, as a maximum, babies should be weighed to monitor their growth. However, most children will not need to be weighed as often as this.

     

     

     

Who Can Help?

If you are worried or need help with this you can contact the Healthy Child Programme by calling Just One Number on 0300 300 0123 or texting Parentline on 07520631590. Our opening hours are 8am-6pm Monday-Friday (excluding bank holidays) and 9am-1pm on Saturdays.

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