If all kids came in one size, life would be a lot easier. With kids fashion finding the perfect fit can be challenging. Unfortunately they don’t. Babies and children come in as many different shapes and sizes as their parents.
Getting clothes that fits them can be difficult. This is especially true in infants since it is impossible to try things on in the store. It is not an insurmountable challenge however. You will have to take the initiative to determine a baby’s size.
This will be much easier with your own child. If it is a gift you will have to count on the mother or father for this information. Infant sizing is by age but since babies of three months old can vary by as much as 5 or 6 pounds it isn’t going to be a one size fits all.
Babies come in a lot of different sizes. Their starting weights can run from 5 lbs to 10 lbs. At 12 months they can be a petite 15-17 pounds or a hearty 30 pounds. They are not all going to be wearing a 12 months size, as a matter of fact, few of them will fit in that size.
You need to check the manufacturers sizing chart, they are not standard from one manufacturer to another but they will offer you the best chance to get a proper fit. In addition to your child’s weight you need to consider their height. If they are very tall you may need to go up one size, if they are very short, well that is much easier to deal with.
As children move into the toddler stage there is a difference between a size 24 months and a size 2T. In most cases the 24 months will have a snap crotch to facilitate diaper changes. By the time you move from 4T to a size 4 you will notice the cut is a little slimmer and the legs are a little longer as your child moves from infancy into childhood.
At this point in your child’s life not only their personalities are being formed but their body type as well. Some will be long and lean, some dainty and petite and other stocky and sturdy. Children’s clothing also reflects these changes with offerings in slim, regular and husky.
Tailoring is something that all mothers need to become familiar with because very few children are a standard size. By tailoring I mean shortening pant legs and shirt sleeves. If you child is stocky they may need a larger size then their height can handle.
What to do with 3 or 4 extra inches becomes an issue. The handy mother uses Stitch Witchery, you just cut off the pants, make a small hem, place the magic tape between the pants and the cuff and hit it with a warm iron, instant hem. There is also a product called Tear Mender which is a cream which does the same thing without needing an iron.
Hopefully your child is one who enjoys trying on clothes. They will need to try on every piece that you buy as they grow older. Even jeans as we all know vary in size from one pair to another even in the same manufacturer. As your girls outgrow size 16 and boys 18/20 they are ready to move on to adult sizing and then the fun really begins.
I have been an Internet writer for more than 16 years. While I specialize in travel, I write on a variety of subjects. I love genealogy, food, and fashion. I have 10 grandchildren so family travel is something we often do.