Infants grow so rapidly it seems as though we are constantly buying new clothes to keep up with their changes in size. Premie, Newborn, 0-3 Months, 3 Months, 3-6 Months, 6 Months…. etc etc. What if my baby is smaller/bigger than the average baby? Do I need clothes in every category? Isn’t 24 months the same as 2T? Let me give you the label-reading low down.
Just as with adult clothing, threads for babies vary from brand to brand. Sizing can also be affected by whether the clothes are new or used due to shrinking or stretching over time. The best way to tell if something will fit is to keep your baby’s weight from his most recent well.child check-up in mind. If you can find brands (Carter’s) that list weight ranges on the tag, buy according to those as opposed to sizing by age.
If you are pregnant and trying to decide what to stock up on or register for on your baby registry, here are a few tips:
1. You do not need both newborn and 0-3 month sizes. There is some debate on message boards over whether these sizes are the same or not. It really depends on if all your baby clothes are the same brand. Check out these size charts below from different manufactures and see how they overlap:
Carter’s Size Chart – www.Carters.com
Gerber Size Chart – www.GerberChildrenswear.com
Gap Size Chart – www.Gap.com
Circo, Cherokee, Genuine Kids Size Chart – www.Target.com
Gymboree Size Chart – www.Gymboree.com
So if you have a huge hoard of one or the other, dont worry about it! Same thing goes when your baby gets older. There really is such a small difference, if any at all, between 24 months / 2T or 4T and just plain size 4. Your preferences on how tight or loose you want your baby’s clothes to be also makes a difference.
Here is a personal example. Baby J is currently 22 lbs at almost 10 months old. I really can’t go by the age sizing because technically, the 9 month size would be too small. But on the Gymboree size chart, he is exactly on the large size for 6-12 month clothing and the smaller end of 12-18 month clothing. I currently dress him in anything ranging from 6M Carter’s onesies – the sleeves are too short and I can see that it is stretched lengthwise, but I could make due if it was the only size I had. I also dress him in 9 month clothes, 12 month, and 18 month. The 9 month are a big snug, the 12 month are probably his perfect size, and the 18 month are a tiny big baggy. The differences between the sizes just isn’t that dramatic. Of course I cannot dress him in 3M clothes anymore and size 3T would be falling off of him.