Baby clothes: Your essential guide to sizes
Clothes sizing for your newborn can vary depending on your baby's birth weight, this size guide can help you understand what sizes are best for your baby
Buying clothes for your baby is an enjoyable part of becoming a parent, but when you first are faced with such a multitude of choice it can become a little confusing!
Never buy too much clothing in one size as babies grow very quickly, especially in their first year. Many people will also buy you baby clothes as presents, but they usually choose the small sizes that won’t fit for long, so make sure you keep that in mind.
Buying just what you need means that you’ll always need to have a wash on, but most baby clothes are designed to withstand countless times through the washing cycle and it means less waste, too!
What to look for
Always be guided by your baby’s height and weight rather than by their age when choosing clothes. When shopping, always choose clothing in one size ahead of your baby’s actual age so you get extra wear out of them. Most six-month-old babies can wear clothes in size 9–12 months, for example.
If you're buying for your unborn baby, in general it’s best to buy 0-3 month clothes, as newborn size can be outgrown very quickly. It’s important to never dress them in clothes that are much too big though, especially sleepwear. It could be a suffocation risk.
Need to know
Sizes do vary slightly from brand to brand, so always check the label or packaging before you buy to see what fits your baby best. Another tip is to keep labels and packaging attached until it's time for your baby to actually wear an item, especially if you've bought it weeks in advance, so it can be easily returned if it doesn't fit properly.
Remember these measurements are a guide only - always check individual labels before you buy.
Weight 14.5 lb/6.5kg