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With drop-in baby clinics still shut due to Covid, new mother Tasha Moss came up with an ingenious trick to find out how much her ten-week-old son weighed.

Spotting old-fashioned fruit and veg scales at her local Marks & Spencer, the 31-year-old couldn’t resist putting little Freddie-Jay in the dish meant for apples and carrots.

The cheeky check-up showed he was growing well – and a photo of the scene, including an M&S sign saying ‘Pick of the bunch’, quickly proved a hit on social media.

Of course, the post – captioned ‘Good old M&S with old school scales’ – attracted the inevitable comment, as a play on a famous Marks & Spencer advert: ‘He’s not just any baby, he’s an M&S baby.’ 

The Facebook photograph racked up more than 2,500 likes, shares and comments.

Inspiration for the impromptu weigh-in struck when Miss Moss and a friend were shopping for cakes at the Reading store. 

Spotting old-fashioned fruit and veg scales at her local Marks & Spencer, the 31-year-old Tasha Moss couldn't resist putting little Freddie-Jay in the dish meant for apples and carrots

Spotting old-fashioned fruit and veg scales at her local Marks & Spencer, the 31-year-old Tasha Moss couldn't resist putting little Freddie-Jay in the dish meant for apples and carrots

Spotting old-fashioned fruit and veg scales at her local Marks & Spencer, the 31-year-old Tasha Moss couldn’t resist putting little Freddie-Jay in the dish meant for apples and carrots

The mother-of-three, from Finchampstead in Berkshire, who cleaned the tray before and afterwards with anti-bacterial wipes, was thrilled to see that Freddie-Jay, who was born at 6lb 5.5oz, tipped the scales at 10lb 4oz (pictured together)

The mother-of-three, from Finchampstead in Berkshire, who cleaned the tray before and afterwards with anti-bacterial wipes, was thrilled to see that Freddie-Jay, who was born at 6lb 5.5oz, tipped the scales at 10lb 4oz (pictured together)

The mother-of-three, from Finchampstead in Berkshire, who cleaned the tray before and afterwards with anti-bacterial wipes, was thrilled to see that Freddie-Jay, who was born at 6lb 5.5oz, tipped the scales at 10lb 4oz (pictured together)

‘We were walking past the fruit and veg aisle,’ she said. 

‘I had Freddie in my arms, I had just finished feeding him, and I saw the scales. I said “Shall we weigh him?”.’

The mother-of-three, from Finchampstead in Berkshire, who cleaned the tray before and afterwards with anti-bacterial wipes, was thrilled to see that Freddie-Jay, who was born at 6lb 5.5oz, tipped the scales at 10lb 4oz.

To her relief, the somewhat inexact check-up confirmed he was growing well. 

Miss Moss said: ‘It’s obviously not as accurate as digital ones but it’s given me a slight idea of what he weighs now.

‘I haven’t had him weighed for so long. It was reassuring to know I’m doing something right.’

Source: Daily Mail UK

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