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New facilities in libraries to monitor babies’ growth

Posted on 07 Feb 2022

Parents and toddlers sitting in a circleLibraries Unlimited and Devon Public Health Nursing work in partnership to provide new free service for parents and carers.

Parents and carers will be able to weigh their babies in local libraries across Devon thanks to a new partnership between Libraries Unlimited and Devon Public Health Nursing.

From Monday 21st February 2022 free self-weigh facilities will be available in private areas of 16 libraries during the popular free baby and toddler Bounce & Rhyme sessions.

Emma Doran, Infant Feeding Lead for Devon Public Health Nursing, said: “Our new partnership with Libraries Unlimited will enable all parents to make use of scales to weigh their babies in libraries near where they live. They will be given safe guidance around the weighing and plotting of babies and children’s growth, in an environment that will help their little ones with speech, language and communication. Of course these facilities shouldn’t replace parents being in contact with a Health Visitor if they have concerns around any aspect of their baby’s growth or feeding.”

Lucy Banks, Reading Development Manager from Libraries Unlimited said: “Each library involved will have a private area where parents can look after and feed their baby with scales, a changing mat and wipes. We can signpost parents and carers to a host of other services if they have concerns or issues they’re experiencing. And of course we’d love them to look round the library, borrow some stories for babies or parenting books, and take part in one of our perennially popular Bounce & Rhyme sessions while they’re there! We are proud of the services we offer new parents and carers to give their babies the best start in life and delighted to be able to roll this out.”

The World Health Organisation recommends that healthy babies are weighed no more than three times in the first year after two weeks of age.

Councillor Roger Croad, Devon County Council’s Cabinet Member for Public Health, Communities and Equality said: “Devon Public Health Nursing recognises that parents would benefit from being able to access safe calibrated scales in key central community locations. That’s why I’m pleased that to say that Devon Public Health Nursing has funded an additional twenty sets of recommended baby scales which will be regularly maintained by Devon Public Health Nursing service to meet the highest specification of standards.”

The new service will be launched from Monday 21st February on a variety of days and times during Bounce and Rhyme sessions at the following libraries*:

Ottery St Mary – Fri 9:30am – 11:30am
Contact – Xanthe –

Totnes – Mon 10am – 12pm
Contact – Eve –

Ivybridge – Thurs 10am – 12pm
Contact – Ros –

Tavistock – Thurs 10am – 12pm
Contact – Jan –

Kingsbridge – Fri 10am – 12pm
Contact – Maria –

Teignmouth – Mon (term-time only) 10am to 12pm
Contact – Joanne –

Ilfracombe – Thurs 10am – 12pm
Contact – Anna –

Barnstaple – Thurs 10am – 12pm
Contact – Jude –

St Thomas – Thurs 10am – 12pm
Contact – Zoe –

Exeter – Thurs 9:30am – 11:30am
Contact – Callum –

Dawlish – Mon 10am – 12pm – to tie-in with Tempo Tots
Contact – Corina –

Okehampton – Tues 9:30am – 11:30am
Contact – Carole –

Newton Abbot – Weds 9:30am – 11:30am
Contact – Lynn –

Cullompton – Weds 2pm – 4pm
Contact – Rachel –

Tiverton – Thurs 9:30am – 11:30am
Contact – Rachel –

Exmouth – Thurs (term-time only) 9:30am – 11:30am
Contact – Beatrice –

*Information is correct as of 7th February 2022, but is subject to change. For up to date information on this service please visit

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