Weighing your baby at the neonatal ward
Initially, a newborn baby is weighed on a daily basis and it is very common for a baby to lose weight in the early stages of its life. Within about a week to 10 days, many babies have increased in weight and regained their birth weight, and slowly begin to put on weight. In general, a weight gain of 150-200 grams per week is usually a good guideline. However, each baby's weight gain is individual.
Weighing the baby swaddled
To avoid uncomfortable cooling and movements that are stressful for the baby when it is being weighed, all babies must be weighed lying on their side or stomach with sufficient support being provided all around them. When the baby is moved from the cot to be weighed, it should be swaddled in a towel or a baby nest/sleeping pod. Hold the baby close to you when moving it to the weighing scales. The bedding must be weighed separately before or after weighing the baby and the baby's weight is then adjusted accordingly.
Weighing the swaddled baby in an incubator
When weighing the baby on the weighing scales inside the incubator, the baby must be weighed lying on its side or stomach with proper support on all sides, using the baby nest/sleeping pod in which the baby is being cared for. The bedding must be weighed separately before or after weighing the baby and the baby's weight is then adjusted accordingly.