About Children's Clothing Sizes

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About Children's Clothing Sizes
Selecting the right clothing size for infants can be challenging. (infant with four teeths image by Pavel Losevsky from Fotolia.com)

Children come in all shapes and sizes, which makes purchasing clothing sometimes challenging. Figuring out the correct size for children involves knowing their length and weight, not just their age. For those wanting to buy that perfect clothing present for a growing baby, picking the perfect fit is essential for a successful gift.

Baby Clothing

Infants follow clothing sizes that follow their age in months, which also correlates with weight and length. Labels on baby clothing are marked in numbers for their age in months such as 0-3 months or 12 months. Infant clothing is labelled this way up to 24 months. Clothing for infants 0-3 months might also be labelled as newborn. According to Consumer Reports, there are no standard sizes in the industry, so clothing sizes vary by manufacturer.

Toddler Clothing Sizes

Toddler clothing is labelled as 2T, 3T and 4T and are based on a child's weight and height. Most clothing manufacturers include a height and weight chart explaining their sizing. In general, 2T fits toddlers between 11.8 to 13.2 Kilogram and that average between 33 to 35 inches in height; 3T fits toddlers 13.6 to 15.4 Kilogram and 35 to 37 inches in height; and 4T toddlers 15.4 to 17.2 Kilogram and 37 to 40 inches in height.

Older Boy and Girl Clothing

Older boys' and girls' clothing has sizing labelled in numbers such as 4, 5, 6 and up. Size 4 fits children 17.2 to 18.1 Kilogram, 5 is fitting for children 18.1 to 19.1 Kilogram and size 6 for 19.1 to 20.9 Kilogram and so on. It is suggested to buy the clothing size one size larger when buying clothing for children that fall at the end of a size suggestion.

European Clothing

European clothing sizes are based on a child's height rather than age and is also in centimetres, which offers a good fit. Measurements are taken from the top of the child's head to the heel of the foot to determine the size of clothing. To purchase European clothing, convert the child's height from inches to centimetres to find the correct fit.


Because manufacturers can determine their own sizing for their clothing styles, weight and height suggestions can vary. Always consult the company's sizing chart before purchasing children's clothing to help determine the best-suggested size. Children grow quickly, so purchasing clothing a size larger ensures they will have a chance to wear the item for a longer period of time

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