Self Weighing Stations






An opportunity to check your child's weight as well as talk to Early Start staff from the Family Support Service on a variety of health promotions and parenting support topics.

Weighing your baby should happen at a Family Centre using the Self Weigh Stations when your child is 16 weeks, 20 weeks, 8 months and 12 months. These self weighing stations are in partnership with your Health Visiting appointments and will not replace any milestone and developmental checks that you will be offered. Our telephone duty line will still be available and you will be to contact a Health Visitor for advice and help on 0300 123 7572 between the hours of 09:00 hrs – 17:00hrs Monday - Friday.


How we’re ensuring your safety at this appointment;

  • Please bring a face mask/covering to wear within the centre and during your scheduled appointment
  • Please arrive at the start of your designated 15 min appointment time
  • We suggest that you arrive 5 or 10 minutes ahead of your appointment time. If you arrive in a car please stay in your car and we will ring you when we’re ready for your appointment to start
  • If you’re arriving by bus or walking to the centre please wait in the designated, taped off area when you arrive
  • For your safety, we’re staggering the times of appointments to ensure that there will only ever be 2 families accessing the Self Weigh Stations at the same time
  • Hand Sanitiser will be provided for your use whilst in the centre
  • Please remember to adhere to the 2 meter social distancing rule at all times


To help us maintain social distancing we ask that you keep to your appointment time, you will not be allowed to attend your booked appointment if you are more than 5 minutes late. Thank you for understanding.

To book your 15 minute appointment for weighing your baby, please click below on the area that you live:

East Herts               
Watford/Three Rivers   
St Albans                         
North Herts            


A guide of when you should get your baby weighed?


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 your baby has crossed over 2 centile lines plotted in the Red Book, please contact your Health Visitor so that they can review your baby’s weight.


How to self weigh

Please click on the picture below, to view a video guide about using the self weighing stations at the family centres:


Please be aware that you may be asked to wear a face covering when entering the Family Centre, so please make sure that you have brought one with you.


How to record your baby's weight in your Personal Child Health Record (Red Book)


Please click on the picture below for advice on how to plot your baby's weight



Please click here to download a leaflet which contains on the information above.