Children’s clothes sizes in EU

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Whether you are a parent yourself or you want to buy well-fitted clothes for a baby shower gift, knowing children’s clothes sizes is crucial. The challenge is even bigger if you are planning to shop for Continental European brands as sizes differ from these in UK that you are familiar with.

In Continental Europe, children’s sizes are numbered according to a child’s height, starting with 50 cm. Each subsequent size is 6 cm larger than the previous one. Usually, the labels inform about the estimated age for which a given item of clothing is intended. However, each baby grows at his or her own pace and so body length and weight are much more reliable indicators of clothes’ size than baby’s age.

Remember that the size tables may vary depending on a manufacturer. While sizes 50 - 92 are rather uniform, some brands have separate tables for boys’ and girls’ clothes from around the age of 3.

The table below presents approximate EU children’s clothes sizes:


 
EU size
Approximate age
Height [cm]
Weight [kg]
Head circumference [cm]
Newborn to baby (0-12 months)
50
0-3 months
47-55
3
35-38
56
0-3 months
56-62
3.5-5
38-41
62
3-6 months
63-67
5.5-7
41-44
68
6-9 months
68-73
7- 8.5
44-46
74
9-12 months
74-80

8.5- 10

46-47
80
12 months +
80-84
Baby to toddler
(1.5-3 years)
86
12-18 months
84-86

10-12

47-50
92
18-24 months
86-88
98
24-30 months
85-90

12-14

50-52
104
30-36 months+
99-104
Child (4-10 years)
110
4 years+
105-111

116
5-6 years
112-116
122
6-7 years
117-122
128
7-8 years
123-128
134
8-9 years
129-134
140
9-10 years
135-140
Early teen (11-14 years)
146
10-11 years
141-146
152
11-12 years
147-152
158
12-13 years
152-158
164
13-14 years
159-164


Did you know?

There is a growing market of preterm baby clothes. The exact sizes vary from brand to brand but generally the premature newborn sizes start with 44 [cm] and rise by 2 cm (44-46-48-50). Some shops offer some really tiny sizes for extremely preterm babies: even as small as size 40!

And what was the first size your baby wore?

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