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What is a baby scale?

A baby scale is a medical scale designed for weighing babies. Typically, baby scales are highly accurate with graduations of between 2 and 10g to track the smallest changes in a baby’s weight.

Marsden baby scales are used in hospitals and GP surgeries; and, as the scales are lightweight and portable, they are also suitable for midwives and health visitors. Some models in the Marsden range are also suitable for weighing toddlers.

Baby scales must be Class III Approved for medical use. Marsden professional baby scales are all Class III Approved.

 

What is a Class III Approved scale?

A Class III Approved scale is a weighing scale that has been built, tested, verified and calibrated to a specific standard. Since 2003, it has been a requirement in the UK and across the EU that ‘all scales used in the determination of mass in the practice of medicine patients for the purpose of monitoring, diagnosis and medical treatment’ must be Class III Approved, according to the Non-Automatic Weighing Instruments (NAWI) directive 2014/31/EU.

Class III Approved scales undergo a rigorous test programme conducted by a EU Notified Body and is then issued with a Type Approval Certificate. The scale will then carry an ‘M’ and a ‘III’ logo on its dataplate. Class III status assures the user that the scale has reached a minimum level of quality and reliability and is fit for use as a medical weighing scale.

All Marsden professional medical scales are Class III Approved.

 

How accurate does my baby scale need to be?

The UK Weighing Federation (UKWF) recommends that specific scale accuracies are used in certain situations - as recording an incorrect weight in a medical context could have serious consequences.

A scale used for checking weight for the baby’s record should be accurate to at least 50g; for regular monitoring to assess weight change or for measuring weight to assist medical diagnosis to 10/20g; for measuring weight for critical treatment, such as dialysis to 5g and for recording birth weight to 20g. Find out more here.

 

How do I know which baby scale to choose?

Marsden baby scales can found across the UK - and around the world - in GP surgeries and neo-natal clinics, and are widely used by midwives and health visitors.

Our baby scales cover any need - whether you require a low-cost weighing scale, a baby scale that’s lightweight and portable, or a weighing scale that is suitable for both babies and children. Plus our M-400-80D can measure a baby's height/length.

For portable use, the Marsden M-310 is a great value sling scale which is ultra-lightweight and easy to use. As a more sturdy, robust weighing solution, the M-300 - our bestselling baby scale - is a one-piece unit which has very high accuracy to 2g. For hospital use, the M-400 is a compact and robust scale with a 15kg capacity; the baby tray slides off to reveal a weighing platform for toddlers to stand on. The M-410 is a 50kg version of the M-400, meaning older children can stand on the scale and give hospitales a more versatile alternative.

Baby scales from Marsden are (with the exception of the M-700) available with carry cases, making them even easier to transport.

 

Where can I find out more?

Marsden is the largest supplier of medical scales to NHS hospitals. You can view each product by clicking above. Find out more information about using Marsden baby scales for checking baby weight by calling 01709 364296 or contact us here.