Children's Clothes Sizing Difference


Here are some children's size chart questions that are often asked:

What is the difference between size 24 months and 2T?

Both sizes were designed for children age 2 years or below but in the same way that not all children are alike on height and weight, you will often see that on one store or "line", your child is a 2T but for another a 24 months size. Most 24 Months sizes are made for baby clothes with easy diaper access where as 2T clothes do not have snaps for diaper access.

The size tag says "12 months", what does that mean?

Since there's no hard and fast rule on sizing for children, some retailers are putting on a general size tag which basically means you have to rely on the weight conversion of the age sizes. A size 12 months would usually range from babies 9-12 months old. The same way when it's an 18 months size tag, it would mean 12-18 months.

What is a Preemie size?

A preemie size reflects to babies that are 5 pounds or smaller. Some brands or lines are tailor for smaller babies since the term Preemie.

What are the ages behind US size charts?

Newborn and infant sizes are for babies 0 to 24 months. Some would include preemie sizes for babies that weigh 5 pounds or less. Toddlers and kids sizes are for children ages 2 to 6 years old. Girls' sizes are typically for children age 7 to 12 years old.

Which is a better size guide for children – age or weight?

Using just one of them would not make a good size guide. You should rely on both especially if you're buying dresses and bottoms. You would want to consider height and weight because some 6 year olds are small and could pass for a 4 or 5 year old. The best advice is to properly measure your child following the measurement guide of the store you're buying from.

Is it safe to buy girls' dresses online when it comes to choosing the right size?

Granting you are shopping at a reputable and legal online seller, it should be perfectly safe. What you need to do is to read through the seller's size guide and then measure your child's old dress and then adjust a size or two to make sure your daughter does not outgrow it fast.

Another great point when shopping for girls' clothes online is to check the return and exchange policy. You should half expect that you will not get the right size the first time. Some would order 2 of each dress, with one a size larger than the other to make sure they get the right size. You can always return the other that does not fit well.

How to get the right measurement for children?

Measuring the Shoulder to Hem, or Dress Length

Measure from the highest part of the shoulder (or the hollow in the throat) to the bottom of the hem (dress), over the fullest part of the chest.

Measuring the Chest

Measure across the widest part of the Chest and shoulder blades (back), so the measuring tape goes completely around the body. For young girls this can be one inch below the bottom of the dress arm hole (underarm seam).

Measuring the Waist

Measure around your natural waistline; making a complete circle. Do not pull the tape tight or suck in the stomach. Insert a finger under the tape so the dress is not too tight. The natural waist is when you bend over to the side, where your skin folds, is your natural waist.

You can also measure your child's dress that fits her well to determine the size of your child:

1) Lay the dress down on a flat surface, measure across the chest and waist, and double the measurements to get the exact size she'll need.

2) For the length, the best way is to hang the dress on a hanger, and measure from the outside shoulder straight down to the hem.

This is the way dress size charts are made. They give the customer the exact measurements, or as close as can be with variations of up to half an inch of the measurement.