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What Size Clothing Does My Child Need?
Online shopping has never been more popular, so it has never been more important to know how best to order the right size clothing for your children. This can be difficult given that brands can have very different sizing charts, but there are steps you can take to give yourself the best chance of success.
Know your child’s measurements
Before you even start looking for clothes, make sure that you know your child’s measurements. Write them down somewhere handy and check them regularly; we all know how quickly children can grow.
It can be tempting to just go by the age of your child when it comes to choosing clothes, but this is one of the least accurate methods to use. We all know an eight-year-old who is the height of a 12-year-old, and a six-year-old with the waist of a four-year-old. One size really doesn’t fit all, and it is often not as simple as just buying clothes for an older age if your child is tall, for example, as this will not take into account other measurements, such as waist and hip sizes.
Instead, get out the tape measure and jot down your child’s vital statistics, including their hips, waist, chest, and inner leg length. You may also want to measure their neck size, shoulder width, and sleeve length for really accurate sizing. This can be particularly important when buying dress shirts for boys.
When it comes to small children, toddlers, and babies, it can also be important to know how much they weigh. Our Bambino sizing guide, for example, uses weight to determine what size you will need when choosing Girls' Bodysuits and Boys' Onezies.
Know your brands
This may all seem quite complicated, but getting to know your favorite brands will make choosing clothes as easy as possible. Once you have established initial sizings with the first few products you buy, it will be fairly easy to make your choices and keep track of where your child is in terms of the manufacturer’s sizing charts. Just don’t make the mistake of thinking that knowing your child is a certain size in one brand’s clothing automatically means that they will be the same size when it comes to buying clothes from another manufacturer. You also shouldn’t assume that just because your child needs one size on their bottom half, they will need the same size on top.
Use the sizing guides
It may seem like a hassle using the sizing guides, but they can really save you time and money by making sure that you get the best possible fit for your child the first time around. Every reputable brand and online store will have a sizing guide to help you decide what you need to order. Most brands will have a link to the guide or guides positioned where you go to add items to your cart when shopping online. Make sure you check out separate guides for different items and read through them for any exceptions to the usual rules, such as products that may be sized slightly differently from the rest.
Unless you want to spend ages repackaging and returning items, don’t guess when it comes to sizing. If you’re not sure about a child’s measurements, find them out. Either measure them yourself or, if you’re buying for someone else's child, ask their mom, dad, or caregiver for sizing advice.
Use reputable retailers
As careful as you may be, we all make sizing mistakes, and this is why it is always important to buy children’s clothing from retailers who will allow you to return items if you need to.
Before buying from a store, make sure that you know what the company’s returns policy is and that it will meet your needs if you do find out that you have ordered clothes that simply won’t fit your child.
Kids grow quickly
As if choosing kids' clothes wasn’t tricky enough, it is sometimes not enough to just know what size your child is. To add to every parent’s list of unreasonable requests, they also need to be fortune tellers. Kids grow so quickly, especially at certain stages of their development, so it can be really worthwhile factoring in a little growth room when deciding on what size of clothes to buy. Of course, there is a fine line between making sure you don’t have to change their wardrobe every month and making them look like they’re playing dress-up in someone else’s clothes.