Little ones tend to grow up so quick and as a parent, you will find yourself shopping for a new batch of children clothing frequently. Whether you are a new parent or an experienced parent, selecting the right children clothing for your little ones can be a serious challenge. Even with the proper given sizing charts for guidance, it is always going to be an ever-ending guessing game. Shopping for your little ones can be a lot of fun! With some of our tips and guidelines, you can skip the frustration and turn your shopping experience into a smooth sailing journey.
You will go through many sizes of baby clothing in your child’s first year. Before you buy anything, consider the time of year your baby will be born. Summer new-born clothes should be lightweight and breathable to keep your baby from getting heat rashes, while winter clothes should include hats, mittens, and booties. Baby clothing sizes are based on months, based on the sizes of average babies at certain ages; keep in mind that some babies will be bigger or smaller than average. If the size only gives one month instead of a range, remember that it will be the same size as the higher end of the range; for example, 3-6 months clothing is the same size as 6-month clothing.
In simplest terms, no. When we break down new-born baby sizing, we generally mean babies weighing five to eight pounds and averaging twenty-one inches long. Baby clothing labelled 0-3 months typically fit little ones eight to thirteen pounds. You will find that most brands leave their baby sizing charts at that. So, what about length? Frustrating, we know. One of the best tips shared by moms is to search for that length measurement and rely on it more than age and weight. Often, you will be happier with the fit, and they can always grow into them. And just so you know, a 0–3-month onesie will generally fit a baby 21 to 24 in length.
Another top tip from moms and paediatricians on baby clothing – new-borns grow like cute little weeds, so you may not want to splurge on too many new-born sized outfits anyway. Besides, larger new-borns may not even have a chance to wear them, so make it a habit to buy baby clothing a size or two larger in anticipation of light-speed growth.
As your baby grows, you will begin to have a better idea of:
- Your child’s height and weight percentiles
- Your preferred brands and how their baby sizing runs
- How to offer size recommendations to friends and family wanting to send baby clothing
When your little one reaches toddler clothing, a new door to shopping opens. While it is easy to get carried away with the adorable toddler clothing, there are a few rules of thumb to help you navigate your sizing choices:
- If your toddler has been on the smaller side up until now, it is likely their toddler clothing will run a bit big as well. The opposite applies for larger or taller toddlers, so select a size up.
- Toddler clothing will still pose the same variations in sizing from brand to brand, so select according to height rather than relying on age.
- Be mindful of a toddler’s burning desire to move and explore freely at home or Select clothing that is not confining and offers plenty of room to breathe.
- Choose toddler clothing styles and sizes that are easy for both of you to deal with once potty training begins. You will be glad you did!
As your baby grows from an infant to a toddler, you will want durable clothing that will last through all the crawling and falling. During potty training, you will want pants with elastic waistbands, so they will not have to deal with zippers or buttons. Make sure you have enough clothes to get you to laundry day, as well as a few extras, in case of accidents. Toddler clothing sizes are based on children’s ages in years, and you will probably only need new clothes once a year at this stage. You can tell it is a toddler size by the T after the number. The ‘T’ in sizes 2T-6T stands for “Toddler” and the number before it approximates age. So, the average-sized two-year-old should fit into a 2T. However, this size overlaps with 24 months. The important thing to know here is that the T sizes are a slimmer fit than the infant by-month sizes like 24 months. While most will pass it off as an interchangeable sizing label, there is a reasonable explanation that all comes down to style and wiggle room. 2T toddler clothing begins to take on a bit more of a sophisticated look, while 24-month outfits cater to little ones who still need the extra room in their clothing for diapers.