I found the Baby Scale while searching on Amazon to find a scale for my cat. It may seem silly to want to weight a cat, but my cat has some health issues and keeping his weight down is important. Also when he is becoming ill he tends to retain water so by weighing him frequently it has proven to be a great help in monitoring his health. Besides that he loves this scales because of the shape and all I have to do is lay a towel in it and he jumps in and curls up while the scale gets his weight. They have a similar scale at my vets office.
The FAO Schwarz Baby Scale says it is a baby and toddler scale but frankly it is really just a baby or cat scale. The scale is designed so that you can take the top part off that holds the baby and then it would be a toddler scale, but trust me, you won’t want to do this because then there is a weird hole in the base which would become the scale. I am not sure why they think it can be used with this hole but just fair warning, this is not as convertible as the box instructions would make you think.
The scale consists of two parts. The top part measures 13.25″ x 24.75″ is a rounded oval a few inches deep, so that you can set your baby, or in our case our cat inside and they will be somewhat cradled. The top part fits into the base which is where the actual scale is. The base measures 12.5″ x 14.5″ and is shaped sort of like a turtle with the edges flaring out to give it stability. On the bottom of each corner is a non slip foot.
On the front of the scale portion is a large digital display. There are three buttons, ON/Off, Tare, and Hold. Weight is displayed in lbs and oz and weighs in 1/2 oz increments. The scale also saves your last weight so when you go to turn the scale on again, it will first flash the previous weight. This is really helpful for us.
The Scale measures weights from a half oz to 100lbs.
To power the scale 2 AA batteries are included in the box and are installed on the bottom of the scale.
The Set up
Set up was extremely easy. All I had to do was remove it from the box put the batteries in the bottom in the battery compartment then turn it over and attach the scale part into the base. There is a dial at the bottom to lock it in place. That was it, and it was ready for use
Using the scale
To use the scale you press the on/off button and wait for the scale to go to 0. If you want to put a blanket in the scale there is a tare button which will bring the scale to 0 after the blanket is in place. Once the scale went to 0 I put my cat in the scale and wait for him to settle down and then it will take his weight. A nice function that the scale has that is great for wiggly babies and kitties is a hold button. If you see they are holding still you can press the hold button and it will get the weight at that moment. Once you are done the scale will save the weight and it will flash next time you turn it on. The scale turns itself off automatically in a few seconds.
I believe that the scale is perfectly accurate. Make sure you are weighing on a hard surface like a hard floor our counter top. If you put it on carpet it will absolutely not work. I have tried putting items that I knew the weight of in there and they have come out correctly to the oz.
Cost / Value
I found the FAO Schwarz Baby Scale at Amazon.com for about $35. I could not believe my luck because other similar scales were in the $100 range. I ordered the scale and it arrived quickly and has performed extremely well. I am thrilled with the value of this purchase.