The shopping for baby clothes starts very early, before the baby's arrival. Many enthusiastic friends and relatives fill the nursery with cute baby clothing in varying sizes. Clever grandmothers or friends who are already parents, know how quickly babies outgrow their clothes. Therefore, they often buy clothes that are several inches too long for your newborn. However, you would be amazed to see how quickly your child fits into this seemingly large clothing. But then, how would you know how fast your child is likely to grow? Buying correct-sized infants wear is a task that intimidates many new parents. Go through the size chart given below to understand the interrelation between your baby's size and the standard clothing size.
Standard Baby Clothing Sizes Chart
|Baby's Weight||Baby's Height||Baby's Age||Size|
|Up to 9 lbs||19-22 inches||Newborn||0000|
|9-13 lbs||22-24 inches||Up to 3 months||000|
|13-18 lbs||24-28 inches||Up to 6 months||00|
|18-22 lbs||28-30 inches||Up to 9 months||0|
|22-24 lbs||30-32 inches||Up to 12 months||1|
|26-31 lbs||32-35 inches||Up to 24 months||2|
Baby Clothing Sizes Chart for Different Brands
All the brands may not adhere to the standard size for infants wear. Hence, sizes meant for the babies of same age, height, and weight may vary for two different brands.
|Brand||Newborn||0-3 months||3-6 months||6-9 months||9-2 Months|
|GAP||None||22 inches/11 lbs||26 inches/11-15 lbs||26-28 inches/15-22 lbs||26-28 inches/15-22 lbs|
|Adams||4 sizes from 17-24 inches/4-11 lbs||None||27 inches/14 lbs||29 inches/18 lbs||32 inches/19 lbs|
|Vertbaudet||20 inches/7 lbs||21-24 inches/9-13 lbs||27 inches/15-18 lbs||28 inches/18-20 lbs||29 inches/20-22 lbs|
|Petit Bateau||20 inches||21 inches/up to 13 lbs||24 inches/13 lbs||26 inches/18 lbs||29 inches/22 lbs|
|Mothercare||22 inches/10 lbs||24 inches/14 lbs||27 inches/18 lbs||29 inches/20 lbs||32 inches|
|Babies R Us||20 inches/8 lbs||20-24 inches/10-14 lbs||24-27 inches/14-18 lbs||27-29 inches/18-21 lbs||29-32 inches/18-24 lbs|
|Next||22 inches/10 lbs||
22-24 inches/10-13 lbs
|24-27 inches/13-18 lbs||27-29 inches/18-21 lbs||29-32 inches/21-24 lbs|
How to Shop for Right Size in Baby Clothing
Clothing sizes and age are indeed related. However, the size of infant clothes is mainly determined by the height and weight of the baby. Hence, to be on a safer side, it is best to measure and weigh your child. The above charts will help you to find out the right size according to his/her weight and height. If your child falls somewhere between two measurements, it is always best to buy the larger one, considering the scope for his/her growth. Infant clothes sizes indeed come in standard format. However, as every infant has a different growth rate, you will yourself have to figure out which size will fit your baby perfectly. Also, the nature of the fabric should be taken into account. While buying cotton clothes, always buy a size larger than you would for other fabrics, as it usually shrinks after the first wash.
How to Shop for the Right Size in Baby Shoes
Similar to clothing, the sizes of baby shoes too overlap, and may differ from manufacturer to manufacturer. Hence, it is always ideal to follow the guidelines recommended by each manufacturer while choosing a size. Baby shoes come in three basic categories, as per an infant's developmental stages.
- Crib Shoes: These are for preemies or newborn babies up to 6 months. Crib shoes generally come in sizes from 00 to 2.
- Crawling Shoes: By the time they turn 9 months old, infants learn to crawl around, and also try to stand by themselves. Till this time, crawling shoes, that come in sizes 0 to 3, are used.
- Walking shoes: These are manufactured keeping in mind toddlers of 9 months to 3 years, and generally come in sizes 2 to 10.
Most mothers would agree that sizes are a mere number on the label, and actually mean nothing. It is only through trial and error that you can find the right clothing size for kids. To avoid spending too much on ill-fitting baby clothes, always buy very few until you find the right size for your child.