How to Convert European Baby Clothing to USA

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How to Convert European Baby Clothing to USA
Convert the sizes and buy your baby European clothing that fits. (baby shoes and suit image by Melking from

Buying baby clothes from other countries can be confusing. While U.S. baby clothing is sized by months, in Europe sizes are determined by the actual metric length of the baby, not the average size for a baby of so many months of age. Convert European sizes into U.S. sizes before purchasing so that you can be sure that the adorable ensemble you found for baby will fit appropriately.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Metric measuring tape

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  1. 1

    Look at the tag on a piece of European baby clothing and locate the size.

  2. 2

    Measure the baby's length in centimetres if you don't have a piece of European clothing.

  3. 3

    Select the measurement range that the baby's length or European size corresponds to. Infants measuring 43 to 48cm will wear a "Newborn," size in the United States. Other baby size conversions include: 48 to 58cm, size 3 months; 60 to 66cm, size 6 months; 68 to 71cm, size 9 months; 73 to 76cm, size 12 months; 78 to 81cm, size 18 months; and 83 to 89cm, size 24 months.

Tips and warnings

  • Some babies will not fit into their month range because they are smaller or bigger, or don't grow as fast. When in doubt, just measure the baby, do any size conversions necessary and buy the size-appropriate clothing.
  • Different brands can vary in sizes. When in doubt, check with the manufacturer for more information on the measurements used in their sizing systems.

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