Which weight to use -- doctor or home?


New member
Doctor scale said 47lbs, but home (after dinner) scale said 42lbs. So ... which one to follow? :)

Of course, regarding LATCH limits.

We have our answer; I want yours.


New member
I'd use the Dr's scale. Unless you think there was something that might have made that inaccurate for some reason. I always like checking the kids (or my) weight at home when we get weighed at the Dr's office to see how accurate our scale is.


New member
I'd go with the higher number, would rather discontinue LATCH installation earlier than necessary than risk having a kid over the limit. But then I generally prefer a seatbelt installation anyway.


New member
I would have asked the doctor when the scale was last calibrated for my own curiosity, but regardless I would go with the higher weight. If I could get an acceptable seat belt installation then I don't see a reason to risk pushing the weight limits with LATCH.


Ambassador - CPS Technician
My weight is always the same on everyone's scale EXCEPT the doctor. I weigh 5 pounds more on theirs usually.

I'm assuming in my case, it's the doctor's whose is wrong. I'm not sure in yours. Have you tried the Nautilus with a locking clip?


Ambassador - CPS Technician
I'd just switch to seatbelt then. Is it any easy installation?


Well-known member
When safety is in question, I go with the higher. If my own weight is in question, I go with the lower. ;-)


New member
I'd put something on your scale that you know is x weight and see if yours is right. Then I would make my decision based on that.


New member
For the purpose of a weight maximum I'd use whichever is higher. For the purpose of a weight minimum I'd use the lower.


New member
If the seatbelt install is driving you nuts I'd check the scale like Mom2Connor said just to be sure. Maybe you'll get a few more lbs with latch. However, I pretty much don't like latch so would be trying to get a seatbelt install anyway.


Admin - CPS Technician
Someone else on another thread mentioned weighing yourself, then weighing yourself holding the kid, then subtract the difference. As long as the scale is consistent, it wouldn't matter if it's not calibrated correctly. Unless it weighs differently depending on the weight. You know? I don't know.

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