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happygilmore Sat 20-Nov-10 18:54:50

I'm always getting asked by family how much DD weighs and I've no idea as I don't take her to get her weighed. I've always thought she seemed fine, she's very long and chubby too, and is in brilliant health as far as I can tell. She's ff if that's relevant.

If I'm honest I can't really be bothered to take her either, the clinic is grotty and although I don't have the most thrilling social life, spending an hour there is an hour of my life I'll never get back...

Is there any clinical need to have your baby weighed regularly? Or at all?

happygilmore Sat 20-Nov-10 18:57:40

I should have said she's 6 months old - obviously I know it's important in the early days

UptoapointLordCopper Sat 20-Nov-10 19:05:00

I have no idea how much DS2 weighs since he was 3 months old. He seemed to be putting on weight fine - scrawny legs when born, fat little legs at 3 months - and clinic was cold, there was no hand-washing facility, and clinic times coincided with nap times, and the queues were long.

They will weigh him at this year at reception, so we'll know soon! smile

In fact they will weigh them at reception and then at year 6. I wonder what that is for...

Panzee Sat 20-Nov-10 19:08:06

The last time he was weighed was at his 8 month check. He's 16 months now. No idea what he weighs!

asdx2 Sat 20-Nov-10 19:16:55

I never took dd to be weighed. She fed and she grew out of her clothes that was good enough for me.Got numerous invites from HV but just didn't follow them up. Dd was weighed at 10 days and six weeks at routine check ups and that was it.HV offered at every immunisation but I declined because I didn't want her upsetting anymore than necessary.

ConcreteElephant Sat 20-Nov-10 19:45:23

I took DD fairly frequently early on as she was 3 and a bit weeks premature and I just wanted to make sure we were on the right track. Then, once I found better things to do was more confident as her Mum, I didn't bother.

I took her a few weeks after we started weaning at 6 months, again to make sure we were on the right track, but that's been it. She'll get weighed next week at her ten-month check and no doubt at other 'official' checks but I won't be taking her other than that.

I suppose it can be reassuring, you can take the opportunity to chat to a HV if you have concerns etc. but unless you are worried about something I just wouldn't bother to be honest.

happygilmore Sat 20-Nov-10 19:50:05

When are the 'official' checks? Does it vary area to area?

I haven't seen my HV since a home visit after DD was born.

Rockbird Sat 20-Nov-10 19:55:01

Apart from the odd weigh in DD has had no official checks since 6 weeks. Everyone else seemed to get 12 month, 2 year etc.

Firawla Sat 20-Nov-10 19:56:39

i just stick mine on the scales @ home, cant be bothered to take him in to the clinic although i used to take my 1st a lot more regularly. if your dd can sit up then its much easier to just sit her on your normal scales at home, if you are interested in her weight

ConcreteElephant Sat 20-Nov-10 20:02:19

Well, I'm in Hertfordshire, and some of DD's little friends were invited to 8 month checks, whereas she and some others have a 10 month check - and they are only registered a couple of miles away confused

So it definitely varies here...

I think there is some weighing and measuring, some developmental checking (does DC respond to name, if they aren't sitting/crawling is there a possible clinical reason - check hip joints?), chance to talk to HV about any concerns..not totally sure so we'll see!

I'm mainly going to get the Bookstart freebies smile

Not sure what checks follow this one though...

happygilmore Sat 20-Nov-10 20:05:30

Maybe it varies by area Rockbird? HV service is really quite useless here in my opinion, but I know others have a better service.

We don't have any scales here Firawla - not interested in my own weight either particularly

happygilmore Sat 20-Nov-10 20:09:58

Oh yes the bookstart books - it did say in the first one that you get another lot at 8 months, so maybe I'll get invited to an 8 month check then.

ConcreteElephant Sat 20-Nov-10 20:21:00

That's interesting Happy ... Sounds like you've had some Bookstart bits already? This will be our first batch.

happygilmore Sat 20-Nov-10 20:23:16

Oh yes do you not get them everywhere? Here you get a bag with a couple of books when you register your baby.

Rockbird Sat 20-Nov-10 20:27:08

I never got a sodding bookstart pack either! <deprived>

LeninGrad Sat 20-Nov-10 20:28:51

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happygilmore Sat 20-Nov-10 20:30:26

I wonder if it's because we live --in the ghetto-- an inner city area that you get an extra pack?

happygilmore Sat 20-Nov-10 20:30:55

doh blush

Forster Sat 20-Nov-10 20:33:34

I never did. Scales feed anxiety I felt and I did not want to be hassled if he/she did not gain enough. Trust your instincts.

ConcreteElephant Sat 20-Nov-10 20:36:26

Pah! Deprived here too... Nothing at registration... Oh well, we'll live.

happygilmore Sat 20-Nov-10 20:39:04

I haven't actually got all of the books out of the bag I got blush

Poor DD is neither read to nor weighed. And she's my PFB blush

ConcreteElephant Sat 20-Nov-10 20:41:27

I suppose it's possible that they give an extra pack in targetted areas?

Rillyrillygoodlooking Sat 20-Nov-10 21:38:04

I heard that it is reccommended you get your child weighed about 5 times in their first year. I am not sure where that was from tho. Could have been the red book.

If you want your bookstart pack, in our area, when we lived in England, you could go to the library and ask for it.

And, if you have a deaf child you get a special one. I didn't know this and only found out on the off chance so asked for it specifically.

I got my DS weighed regularly - it was something to do. Didn't bother so much with DD!

ethelina Sat 20-Nov-10 21:43:57

We got the bookstart thingy when we registered his birth. So far the only one that's come out is the one with a mirror on the back page. blush
Re the second development check, until recently they were scheduled for 7-9 months but have changed to 10-12 months for some unknown beaurocratic reason. The HV didn't know why.

happygilmore Sat 20-Nov-10 21:45:45

Snap ethelina about the book with the mirror blush

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