What a big baby! North East's top weight tots.
THE heaviest baby born in the North East last year weighed more than 12 pounds.
We lodged a Freedom of Information request with hospitals across the country to ask the weights of the five heaviest babies born in their hospitals over the past year.
Although no North East babies were the heaviest in England, Northumbria Healthcare Trust held the title of delivering the heaviest baby in the region, with one weighing in at 12lb 7oz - or 5,460 grams.
Northumbria's second heaviest newborn was just one ounce lighter at 12lb 6oz, and was the only other North East baby with a weight of 12lbs or more.
Elsewhere in the North East the heaviest baby born in Newcastle last year weighed 11lb 13oz, while the heaviest in Sunderland was recorded at 10lb 14oz.
Gateshead and South Tyneside's heaviest babies came in at weights of 11lb 11oz and 10lb 15oz respectively.
Although a 12lb newborn may seem like a whopper, it came nowhere near to the weight of England's biggest baby born last year, which was recorded by Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals Trust and weighed 15lb 8oz.
The second heaviest baby born in England last year was recorded by the Hampshire Hospitals Trust and came in at 14lb 2oz (6,420 grams). This makes it one of only two babies to have been recorded as weighing more than a stone.
In third place was a child born at the Central Manchester University Hospitals Trust weighing 13lb 15oz (6,310 grams).