How Do Toddler Clothing Sizes Work

The toddler size range of clothing can be difficult to understand. You will find yourself looking at the label not knowing what it means and what child it can fit. Read the article to help explain how toddler clothing size works.

Toddler Clothing Sizes: The Basic

Toddler Clothing sizes range from 2T to 6T. The “T” in these sizes is short for Toddler, and the number before it is an approximation of a child’s age. Basically, an average 2-year-old toddler should fit into a 2T piece of clothing. However, there are more factors that you should consider when shopping for your baby’s clothes.

Height and Weight

Firstly you should consider your toddler’s height and weight. Most brands’ size charts further categorize the toddler’s size by height and weight. For example, here are the sizes that available on BabyChortle:

BabyChortle Todler Sizes

Therefore, if your baby outgrows the height and weight listed for a specific size, you should aim for the bigger size instead.

Brand Differences

Like infant clothing, toddle clothing fits differently depending on the brand. For example, a Gymboree 2T is specified for toddlers who are 33-36 inches in height and weigh 30-32 pounds. Meanwhile, Osh Kosh lists a 2T for toddlers of 35-36 inches and 29-31 pounds. You might think that these 2 brands are offering the same fit, but many parents will tell you Gymboree toddler clothing seems to run quite big.

So in order to get the best fit for your baby, you should ask for shopping experiences from other mothers ( your mom, relatives, or friends)

Toddler Clothing Sizes Without “T”

As mentioned an average 2-year-old baby should fit into a 2T piece of toddler clothing. However, this size often overlaps with the 24 months size. It may be quite frustrating for parents who have a 2-year-old to tell these two sizes apart at first. We will explain this issue in the next part. But the important thing to know here is that the T sizes are a slimmer fit than the infant by-month sizes like 24 months.

Things can even get more complicated as you will see clothing sizes that don’t include a “T”. For instance, 4 and 4T are not the same sizes, but they are very similar. The “T” Size tends to be several inches shorter, while also allowing more room for a diaper

The Difference between 24 months and 2T

If you look closely, you will notice the differences between clothes labeled “24 Months” and those with the “2T” label. Basically, 24 months is for children that are still in the baby stages while 2T is designed for toddlers.

Each set of clothing is designed to fit different stages in a baby’s development. Children who have just hit their second birthday or are approaching their third birthday should be able to wear the 2T clothing. But a 24-months child who still needs diapers might have to wear the 24 monthly clothing instead. Therefore, the easiest way to choose between these two kinds of clothes is basing on your child’s behavior and current stage of development.

In short, here are some tips to help you identify these 2 sizes the next time you shop:

  • 24 Months clothing has a rounder fit because they tend to leave more room for a diaper. You will also probably notice snaps between the legs for easy diaper access.
  • 24 Months clothing tends to be a bit shorter in length, both in tops and bottoms. This design makes it easier for a baby to crawl without getting tangled up in the fabric.
  • 2T clothes are usually slimmer and have longer sleeves and pant legs. This design tends to fit better for kiddos who can stand and walk upright as well as no longer wear a bulky diaper.
  • 2T clothing typically does not have diaper snaps.
  • Style-wise, 2T tends to mimic adult clothing, just in a much smaller size. 24-months clothing on the other hand still retcons the babyish style.

There you go, now you know how the Toddler Clothing Sizes Work. We hope that our guide will help you pick the right size for your little ones. If you have any questions, please let us know in the comments!