The ABCs of Baby Boy Clothes Sizes

Learn all you need to know about baby boy clothes sizes: What to consider, what to look for, and what to ignore.

A comfortable and cozy baby is a happy baby. So, whether you’re shopping for your own child or for a gift, choosing well-fitting clothes will make a huge difference. Baby boy clothes sizes may seem straightforward enough: Infant sizes are ordered by months (newborn, 0-3M, 6-9M, etc), and toddler sizes by years (2T, 3T, etc). However, any experienced parent will tell you that these sizes are often misleading and confusing. This can easily result in clothes that don’t fit properly. This article will clear up this confusion, answer common questions, and provide some useful advice.

What’s the Difference Between Newborn and 0-3M?

This is one of the most common questions when it comes to babies’ clothes sizes. The short answer is that newborn (NB) represents average baby size at birth, which is about 43-54 cm and 2.2-3.6 kg. 0-3M is for babies weighing 3.6-5.8 kg, but it often doesn’t take length into account. This means that some older babies will fit into NB clothes, while others might never fit into them at all. Ultimately, the most important factors are length and weight, not age.

So How Do I Choose The Right Size?

Babies grow in their own time, so age-based sizes are by no means hard and fast rules. By far the best thing to do is to go by the size chart most brands provide. These charts provide the length and weight specifications for each size, as well as different categories (bodysuits, pajamas, etc). This lets you you choose clothes by your baby’s actual size, not their age.

Other Size-Related Issues to Consider

As any parent will tell you, babies and toddlers grow incredibly fast. So, it’s usually a good idea to buy clothes that are one size up, on top of right sized ones. You’ll want to do this when buying clothes as a gift, or for a baby that wasn’t born yet. As already mentioned, sizes for newborns can be especially tricky, so having larger clothes on hand can be very useful. (Tip: If you do this, leave some of the NB sized clothes unwashed and with the ticket on. That way, if you end up not using them you can return them to the store).

Anything else?

Besides size, you should choose baby boy clothes that are snug, but not too tight. This is especially important for the neckline and leg openings, which otherwise might cause irritation. For boys that are learning to walk, choose clothes that are flexible and non-restrictive. A more important issue to consider is safety. Avoid clothes with buttons, bows, or ties, and make sure that all decorations are sewed on tightly. Finally, clothes that are easy to put on and take off will make your life easier. Wide necks, loose sleeves, and snaps or zippers in front should make dressing a wriggling baby less of a struggle.

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