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Do Baby Clothing Sizes Confuse You?

Baby clothes sizes confuse me. They confused me while I was pregnant and they still confuse me. I also learned the sizes are labeled differently in other parts of the world. Now I know why people dislike family and friends buying clothes for their kids – unless they actually know the size – because they don’t make sense!

baby girl in a dress

12 month sized sundress

Someone somewhere took the approximate weight and height ranges and decided to label clothes as fitting in those months. I don’t care if they are sizing specialist child-experts, they are doing something wrong! How many babies do you know who actually grow at a rate to match?

At first I thought Rissa actually would fit to age. She did for several months, but it’s gotten harder for me to figure out what to cut tags off of (no sense removing tags and washing something she won’t fit into), what to buy and what to put away/donate/sell. She’s so skinny and long! When she was born she weighed 6lbs 10oz so all her 0-3 month clothes were baggy. She drowned in them until she reached 8lbs, but we did have some NB (newborn) stuff that fit better.

She was born at the end of October and fit into NB clothes through the end of December. As she sprouted long ways, it was hard to button onesies, yet they were baggy around her middle. As I transitioned her into 0-3 month, I started accumulating 3-6 month – summer stuff!

Well. Umm. She continued to get taller… Taller than average (why does it seem like everyone I know has kids at the 80-90th percentile range…it seems normal to have above average height babies these days!)…

So it was still winter and she needed to wear 3-6 month but most of what i had were summer dresses. Not fitting for February and March in Wisconsin, let me tell ya. Most of the 3-6 month stuff simply got skipped over. I was so sad that she didn’t wear half of it!

But here’s where I find it gets really odd and confusing. She’s still wearing some 3-6 month shirts and a couple 3-6 onesies that fit fine. Her 6-9 month pants don’t fit the best but I think it’s because of her fluffy butt. Her 9mo and 12mo dresses are the right length but are baggy on her.

And I don’t want to admit all the clothes I have that still have tags on them. (I bought “ahead” while pregnant from sales and such mostly.)  Then there are the clothes that were gifted to us. Most were not the right size for the season. Like, for Christmas someone bought her 6-9 month fleece outfit – all warm – pants, long sleeves, hoodie. But she would fit into it (well, almost too long now) now during the summer.

I remember while I was pregnant asking people for advice on shopping for baby clothes. One friend told me her daughter always wore double her age. To me that just seems silly to have “age” on the size if it’s way off like that. Another friend in Australia said the clothes there are size 00 and size 000 …. I was lost.

I need tall and skinny baby clothes. Other’s need short and chunky. These sizes are outdated, don’t you think?


Saturday 2nd of July 2011

i bought this for baby K when i used to babysit almost 10 years ago!!! i can't believe they still make it!!! now i feel all old...


Thursday 4th of August 2011

My son will be 1 next week and is barely just getting into 9 mos sizes (and for him too it depends where I'm buying stuff. Some size 9 mos pants are swimming on him. Carter's and OshKosh-although I hate a lot of their prints-typically fit the best). I bought some 12 mos summer stuff and a ton of 9 mos summer stuff and its been so cool here in N. Cali that it won't get worn (but thats another story). He was formula fed and is tall and skinny. SOOOO hard to find pants/jeans to fit his little non-existant butt and hips. I was going to start hitting the summer sales for next year but have put away my credit card. I better just buy what he needs when he needs it.

April G

Saturday 2nd of July 2011

My oldest was always wearing bigger than his age but LA is pretty close to how the clothes are labeled. He's 11.5 months and wearing 12 month clothes. He's been like that all along. He dies have a few that are 18months and they fit well.


Saturday 2nd of July 2011

Yes! My 18+ lb. 6mo daughter can wear a few of her 3-6m sleepers, but she's beyond some of the 6-9m sleepers. And then there are the labels that just say 6m--I'm never sure whether that's supposed to be roughly the time she should be able to start wearing it or the end of the range (because if you put them on top of each other, they're clearly different sizes)!

I have a bunch of warm weather clothes for where she's at right now, but the weather's been cool for the season, so she just keeps wearing the same five outfits (plus five more sleepers) over and over...


Saturday 2nd of July 2011

I hate the fact that the sizes are by age! My second son was born weighing 10 lbs 3 oz. and while he was certainly a newborn, he was practically wearing 6 month clothes at just a few weeks old. Now at not quite a year, he can wear some of the same things my 3 year old wears! But my biggest pet peeve is that in some stores a 18 month outfit is just right but in another store an 18 month outfit wouldn't fit on his left leg, let alone his whole body. So frustrating!


Saturday 2nd of July 2011

Having a tall kid doesn't help the confusingness. I have a 2 1/2 year old son that wears 5 (not toddler, actual boys size) and a 5 month old that is wearing 6-9 and 12 month clothes. I use hand-me-downs from one to the other so I have all the sizes I need, but the first time around was NUTS