Choosing the correct clothes sizes for your children is one of the most exhausting tasks for most parents because there is no standard children’s clothes size guide.
Most children’s clothes brands size their clothes by age in months, but they don’t keep in mind that children come in different heights, weights, and shapes, so there will be chances your baby will not perfectly match his or her age. Now that you know children’s height and sizes may vary, our children’s clothes size guide will help you choose the correct size.
Children’s clothes size guide/chart
|Age||Height (inches)||Europe height (cm)||Weight|
|Newborn||17-21||43.2-53.3 cm||5-8 lbs/ 2.3-3.6 kg|
|0-3 months||21-24||53.3-61 cm||8-12 lbs/3.6-5.4 kg|
|3-6 months||24-26||61-66 cm||12-16 lbs/ 5.4-7.3 kg|
|6-9 months||26-28||66-71.1 cm||16-20 lbs/ 7.3/9.1 kg|
|9-12 months||28-30||71.1-76.2 cm||20-24 lbs/9.1-10.9 kg|
|12-18 Months||30-32||76.2-81.3 cm||24-28 lbs/10.9-12.7 kg|
|18-24 Months||32-34||81.3-86.4 cm||28-32 lbs/12.7-14.5 kg|
|2 T||32-34||81.3-86.4||28-32 lbs/12.7-14.5 kg|
|3 T||34-38||86.4-96.5||32-35 lbs/14.5- 15.9 kg|
|4 T||38-40||96.5-101.6||35-39 lbs/15.9-17.7 kg|
|4||42-44||98–104||37-41 lbs/17-19 kg|
|5||45-47||104–110||42-46 lbs/19-21 kg|
|6||48-49||110–116||47-53 lbs/21-24 kg|
|6x girls /7 boys||50-51||116–122||54-58 lbs/ 24-26 kg|
The children’s clothes sizes are categorized as follows:
- Baby clothes
- Toddler clothes
- Little kid
- Big kid/tween sizes
Baby clothes size guide
Baby clothes range from preemie to 24 months. This 24 months or two years you will go through many sizes of baby clothing.
How do you know what size baby clothes to buy?
Choose your baby’s clothes using height and weight, not according to age. I know most brands are labelled with a range fit, such as NB for newborns, 0-3 months, 3-6 months, 6-9 months, 9-12 months, 12-18 months, and 18-24 months. Others are labelled with a specific month, like 3 months, 6, 9, and 12. The specific month means the maximum age your child can fit into that cloth. Don’t rely on such age range fits unless they are working well with your baby.
If the brand label does not have the measurement in height and weight check their website before you buy to achieve an accurate fit.
Baby clothes size guide
|Age||Height (inches)||Europe height (cm)||Weight||US size|
|Newborn||17-21||43.2-53.3 cm||5-8 lbs/ 2.3-3.6 kg||–|
|0-3 months||21-24||53.3-61 cm||8-12 lbs/3.6-5.4 kg||Newborn, 0-3 M|
|3-6 months||24-26||61-66 cm||12-16 lbs/ 5.4-7.3 kg||3-6 M|
|6-9 months||26-28||66-71.1 cm||16-20 lbs/ 7.3/9.1 kg||6-9 M|
|9-12 months||28-30||71.1-76.2 cm||20-24 lbs/9.1-10.9 kg||9-12 M|
|12-18 Months||30-32||76.2-81.3 cm||24-28 lbs/10.9-12.7 kg||12-18 M|
|18-24 Months||32-34||81.3-86.4 cm||28-32 lbs/12.7-14.5 kg||18-24 M|
Toddler clothes size guide
Toddler clothes range from 2 years old to 4 years old. The clothes are labelled with the letter T (like 2T, 3T, 3T, and 4T), and the others with just numbers (like 2, 3, and 4).
The T stands for toddler, and the number before it is an approximate age. 2 and 2T are not the same age. T-sizes are slim, an inch shorter, and have room for a diaper. The T size is for the toddler who is still using the diaper. You will notice they have snaps between their legs for an easy diaper change.
The size without a T (2) is ideal for toddlers who are not using diapers because they mimic adult clothes in a smaller size.
In the same case with baby clothes, you choose the toddler’s height and weight.
Toddler’s clothes size chart
|Age||Weight||Height (inches)||Height (cm)|
|2 t||28-32 lbs/12.7-14.5 kg||32-34||81.3-86.4|
|3 t||32-35 lbs/14.5- 15.9 kg||34-38||86.4-96.5|
|4 t||35-39 lbs/15.9-17.7 kg||38-40||96.5-101.6|
Kids’ clothes sizing
Kids’ clothes range from 4 to 16 years old. Kid’s clothes are categorized into two:
- Little kids range 4-6 years
- Big kid is from 7 -16.
Before you shop for your kid, ask them what they would like since they are older enough to give an opinion on what colors and styles they would like.
Little kids size chart
Little kids’ clothes are sized based on age, height, and weight. Some brands offer sizes in different ways, like ranges of 4-5 and so on, regular sizes like 4, 5,… and alpha from XS-XL, which translates as follows:
- XS-4-5 years
- S-6-7 years
The little kid sizes are the same for both girls and boys, while for large kids, each gender has a different size chart.
Little kids’ size chart
|Age (US/UK)||Age (Europe)||Weight (Pounds)||weight (kg)||Height (inches)|
|6x girls /7 boys||6-7||54-58||24-26||50-51|
Big kid/tween sizes
Big kid or tween sizes start at 7 years old and above.
As said earlier, big kids have different sizes for each gender. When choosing clothes for big kids measurements are more important than age. Pay attention to the chest, hip, and waist.
Some brand offers sizes in inches while others in slim, regular, and size and others in 12, 13, 14. Other brands offer sizes in alpha such as XS-XL.
- XS-7-8 years
- S-8-9 years
- L- 13-14 years
- XL- 15-16 years
Big kid girls sizes
|7||51-52 in/129-132 cm||26.5 in/67 cm||23 in/58 cm||28 in/71 cm|
|8||53-54 in /134-137 cm||27.5 in /70 cm||23.5 in/60 cm||29 in/74 cm|
|10||55-57 in/139-145 cm||29 in/ 62 cm||24.5 in/62 cm||30.5 in/77 cm|
|12||58-59 in/147-150 cm||30.5 in/ 77 cm||25.5 in/65 cm||32.5 in/82 cm|
|14||60-62 in/ 152-157 cm||32 in/81 cm||26.5 in/67 cm||34.5 in/87 cm|
|16||63-64 in/160-163 cm||33.5 in/ 85 cm||27.5 in/70 cm||36.5 in/93 cm|
Big kid boys sizes
|8||50-53 in /127-135 cm||27 in /69 cm||23.5 in/59 cm||27.5 in/70 cm|
|10||54-57 in/137-145 cm||28.5 in/ 72 cm||25 in/63.5 cm||29.5 in/75 cm|
|12||58-60 in/147-152 cm||30 in/ 76 cm||26 in/66 cm||31.5 in/80 cm|
|14||61-63 in/ 154-160 cm||32 in/81 cm||27 in/68 cm||33.5 in/85 cm|
|16||64-65 in/162-165 cm||33.5 in/ 85 cm||28 in/71 cm||35.5 in/90 cm|
European children clothes sizes
European children’s clothes sizes are in centimetres (cm).
If you are used to inches, you must convert from centimetres to inches.
When shopping for a European guide, you need guidance from an international conversion chart
Children clothes size the US/UK
US and British (UK) use clothes sizes that are similar based on age, height and weight.
|Newborn||17-21||5-8 lbs/ 2.3-3.6 kg|
|0-3 months||21-24||8-12 lbs/3.6-5.4 kg|
|3-6 months||24-26||12-16 lbs/ 5.4-7.3 kg|
|6-9 months||26-28||16-20 lbs/ 7.3/9.1 kg|
|9-12 months||28-30||20-24 lbs/9.1-10.9 kg|
|12-18 Months||30-32||24-28 lbs/10.9-12.7 kg|
|18-24 Months||32-34||28-32 lbs/12.7-14.5 kg|
|2 T||32-34||28-32 lbs/12.7-14.5 kg|
|3 T||34-38||32-35 lbs/14.5- 15.9 kg|
|4 T||38-40||35-39 lbs/15.9-17.7 kg|
|4||42-44||37-41 lbs/17-19 kg|
|5||45-47||42-46 lbs/19-21 kg|
|6||48-49||47-53 lbs/21-24 kg|
|6x girls /7 boys||50-51||54-58 lbs/ 24-26 kg|
Children’s clothes size chart Australia
Australian clothing sizes are based on age, but children differ in height, weight, and waist. The Australian brands also offer sizes in measurements and are in centimetres (cm).
|00000||Premature||50 cm||2 kg|
|0000||Newborn||Up to 56 cm||Up to 4 kg||38-40 cm|
|000||0-3 M/3 M||62 cm||6 kg||40-42 cm|
|00||3-6 M/6 M||64-69 cm||7-8 kg||46-48 cm|
|0||9-12 M/12 M||69-74 cm||8-10 kg||46-48 cm|
|0-1||12 M||74-79 cm||10-12 kg||47-50 cm|
|1-2||18 M||79-86 cm||12-13 kg||47-50 cm|
|2||2 years||86-94 cm||13-14 kg||48-51 cm|
|3||3 years||94-100 cm||14-16 kg||50-52 cm|
|4||3-4 years||104-114 cm||16-17 kg||50-53 cm|
|5||4-5 years||114-122 cm||17-19 kg||53-56 cm|
|6||5-6 years||122-130 cm||19-21 kg||56-58 cm|
|7||6-7 years||130-137 cm||21-23 kg||59-61 cm|
|8||7-8 years||137-145 cm||23-25 kg||60-62 cm|
Remember, children grow differently, so consider taking your baby’s measurements in weight and height when buying clothes to choose the correct size.
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