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A Comparison of Baby Clothes: Not All Sizes Are the Same

Baby Clothing Sizes Can Be Deceiving

Before I had a baby, I had no clue that baby clothing sizes, although marked by age, have no standard measurement. In an effort to be organized, I placed all of my baby gift clothes into piles based on the age on the tag, filled the closet with what was marked NB (newborn) and 0-3 months and placed the rest into bins that I would dive into later. It turns out, number one, babies come in all different sizes; number two, babies all grow at different rates; and number three there is absolutely no standardization between brands.

Two tips for a new mom: place clothes of like size in the closet not based on the tag size but on their actual length and width, and don't get too far ahead of yourself. I purchased on sale a bunch of winter clothes for 18 months when baby was 6 months (it was end of season and I was thinking that I was genius for saving money). When baby hit 9 months she was already wearing her 12 month clothes, by August she was in her 18 month clothes. If your baby has grown pretty consistently don't be fooled, this can change at any time.

When shopping for baby clothes be sure to take a close look at the length and weight noted on the size chart. I was surprised to see the variations between sizes. I find the Gap, Old Navy and Disney brands tend to fit larger. Although I wish I could show a comparison of all of the major brands, below you will see three side-by-side:

A Quick Comparison of Common Brands

Garanimals
 
 
Size
Weight (lbs)
Length (Inches)
0-3
6.5 - 12
20.5 - 23
3-6
12.5 - 16
23.5 - 26
6-9
16.5 - 19
26.5 - 27.5
12
19.5 - 22
28 - 29.5
18
22.5 - 26
30 - 31.5
24
26.5 - 30
32 - 33.5
 
 
 
The Children's Place
 
 
Size
Weight (lbs)
Length (Inches)
0-3
7 - 11
18 - 22
3-6
11 - 15
22 - 25
6-9
15 - 18
25 - 27
12
18 - 22
27 - 29
18
22 - 26
29 - 31
24
26 - 29
31 - 34
 
 
 
Carter's
 
 
Size
Weight (lbs)
Length (Inches)
NB
5 - 8
21.5
3
8 - 12.5
21.5 - 24
6
12.5 - 16.5
24 - 26.5
9
16.5 - 20.5
26.5 - 28.5
12
20.5 - 24.5
28.5 - 30.5
18
24.5 - 27.5
30.5 - 32.5
24
27.5 - 30
32.5 - 34