Choosing the Right Clothing For Your Kids
If you are like me, finding the right size for your kid is pretty difficult especially if he or she is bigger or smaller than the average size. In my case, my son is an extremely healthy baby boy and I did not know what to expect. As a new born, my son was eleven pounds and 24 inches tall! I mean the kid was huge! Almost all the clothes we received from our relatives and friends did not fit because they were expecting an average size kid. Furthermore, I could not really understand the sizing chart because they were labeled in age instead of the actual sizes! Although the sizes are labeled with infant/kids age, we really did not have any clue to how big the sizes were and if it would fit our overgrown son. It was a hassle to ask the store clerk every time. And I am sure there are a lot of parents out there with kids who are big or smaller than the average size chart. So, I decided to write an article about kid sizes by their age, weight, and height. Hopefully, this will help other new parents like myself. It is hard enough to raise a kid for the first time let alone have to worry and waste money on clothing that barely fit their children.
As mentioned before we had a hard time finding clothes and wasted a lot of gifts (ended up donating it to Good Will and Salvation Army) we received from our family and friends. In retrospect, our son was already 3-6 months old in terms of clothing sizes! If only all the clothing brands had the weight and height on the sizes of their apparels, it would have made our lives much less stressful.
o Newborn – weight: 5-8 lbs., height: less than 21.5 in. tall
o 3 months – weight: 8-12.5 lbs., height: less than 21.5-24 in. tall
o 6 months – weight: 12.5-16.5 lbs., height: less than 24-26.5 in. tall
o 9 months – weight: 16.5-20.5 lbs., height: less than 26.5-28.5 in. tall
o 12 months – weight: 20.5-24.5 lbs., height: less than 28.5-30.5 in. tall
o 18 months – weight: 24.5-27.5 lbs., height: less than 30.5-32.5 in. tall
o 24 months – weight: 27.5-30 lbs., height: less than 32.5-34 in. tall
It is confusing to determine if your kid is a toddler or baby size. Also, some brands label the sizes as toddler instead of baby when crossing certain thresholds. The ages that are classified as toddler are from 12 months old to 3 years old typically. It would make sense to have a universal size chart for all clothing brands, but in reality this is not always the case.
o Size 1/2T – Chest: 19 inches, Waist: 19 inches, Height: 28 inches, Weight: 19 – 21lbs.
o Size 1T – Chest: 20 inches, Waist: 19.5 inches, Height: 31 inches, Weight: 21 – 23lbs.
o Size 2T – Chest: 21 inches, Waist: 20 inches, Height: 34 inches, Weight: 24 – 28lbs.
o Size 3T – Chest: 22 inches, Waist: 20.5 inches, Height: 37 inches, Weight: 28 – 32lbs.
o Size 4T – Chest: 23 inches, Waist: 21 inches, Height: 40 inches, Weight: 32 – 36lbs.
If your kid is abnormally big like mine, you would probably have to find a larger size than toddlers.
o Size 1 – Chest: 19 inches, Waist: 19.5 inches, Height: 31 inches, Weight: 19 – 21lbs.
o Size 2 – Chest: 21 inches, Waist: 20 inches, Height: 34 inches, Weight: 24 – 28lbs.
o Size 3 – Chest: 22 inches, Waist: 20.5 inches, Height: 37 inches, Weight: 28 – 32lbs.
o Size 4 – Chest: 23 inches, Waist: 21 inches, Height: 40 inches, Weight: 37 – 41lbs.
o Size 5 – Chest: 24 inches, Waist: 21.5 inches, Height: 43 inches, Weight: 42 – 46lbs.
o Size 6 – Chest: 25 inches, Waist: 22 inches, Height: 46 inches, Weight: 47 – 53lbs.
o Size 6X – Chest: 25.5 inches, Waist: 22.5 inches, Height: 48 inches, Weight: 54 – 58lbs.
There you have it folks! I hope this will make your new parenthood easier than mine. Although the subject may seem minuscule to the average non-parent adults, it’s really important to know what sizes to buy for your children.
A great tip is to keep track of your kid’s growth. Whenever my wife takes our son to the doctors, she’ll remember his height, weight, etc. Keeping track of his size has saved us a lot of headaches when choosing clothing for him.