Children’s clothes sizes in EU
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|
|68||6-9 months||68-73||7- 8.5||44-46|
|80||12 months +||80-84|
|Baby to toddler|
|Child (4-10 years)||110||4 years+||105-111|
|Early teen (11-14 years)||146||10-11 years||141-146|
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?