Buying new clothes for your darling baby may seem daunting especially if the baby is not with you yet to try on these clothes. Many baby clothing retailers are now offering various clothing sizes for babies, toddlers and children, and are based on the child's weight and height. Sizes of infants normally ranges from preemie to 24 months size. Sizes are calculated based on months or years, making most consumers to believe that clothing sizes are based on age; however, these month or years are also based on the average weight and height for kids in that specific age. Determining your baby’s weight and height should remove any doubt and difficulties prior to purchasing one. Various baby clothing companies typically offer different clothing sizes for their products so the sizes your child will wear may depend on the store and brand names you purchase them from. Most of the baby clothes nowadays will disclose to you what weight and height will fit into it. Making a few precise measurements will enable you to compare your child's measurements with that of the clothing labels. Here’s how you can do it.
Take a measurement for your baby’s height. This will help you to know the appropriate length for dresses, skirts, pants, shorts, and tops, which generally have clothing sizes chart for comparison. Take your child’s shoes off first and using a tape measure, measure starting from the top of his or her head until the bottom of his or her feet. You can also let your baby stand against the wall to avoid slumping. Write down the measurements.
With the help of a bathroom scale, weigh your baby and write down his or her weight. If your baby is very light, what you can do is to weigh yourself on the bathroom scale, and weigh yourself clutching your baby. Subtract your actual weight from the combined weight.
Take a measurement for your child's waistline. Then record the result. Your child’s waistline can help you to know the right clothing sizes for skirts, pants, or shorts. Surround the tape measure around your baby’s waistband where it generally rests to obtain a precise fit and compare it later on to the size charts in the clothing store. Ensure that your baby is not sucking in his or her tummy or the clothes may seem too tight when already worn.
For bonnets or hats, measure the baby's head circumference by putting the tape measure’s end to the baby’s forehead, just between the eyebrows, and wrap it around his head to meet the end of the tape measure. Again, write down your baby's head circumference.
Make a comparison between the height and weight of your baby to a standard clothing size chart to get an estimate of your baby's size, or maybe use it against a size chart for a specific brand of clothes you’d like to buy for your baby. You can also obtain the clothing size charts for specific brands online at the manufacturer's web page and call their customer service hotline to request for the clothing sizes of your chosen clothes.