Day 87: Learning the Language of Kid’s Clothing

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On top of everything else you need to learn as a father, there is a completely new language. No, I’m not talking about the cute little babble that comes out of baby’s mouths. We’re still working on that one. If we cracked that code, then you’d be set for life. No, I’m talking about children’s clothing sizes.

Now, at first glance, it may seem that the sizes are pretty straightforward. The smaller sizes even come with recommended ages. The question is, does your child fit into those?

For example, our first son got the tall genes from both sides of our families and was off the charts in head size and height. He’s gonna be one tall man. This means that he always wore a size or two bigger than his age would indicate. This made it so I had to completely ignore the tag that said 12 months when putting it on my six month old son.

Our second son has down syndrome, and this makes him a little smaller than most kids. I once again have to ignore the tag that says 18 months when I dress my two and a half year old.

To make things even more confusing, the sizes might differ slightly between different brands of clothing. An 18 month shirt bought at the Gap might be a different size than an 18 month shirt that you buy at Carter’s. Don’t worry if you don’t know all the children’s clothing stores yet. You will.

Then, to make things most confusing of all, they change systems in midstream. It starts out easy, premie, infant, six months, 12 months 18 months 24 months and then goes into a system of numbers and letters. It starts with size 2 and then you add a T in order to make it slightly bigger.

So 2T is a little bigger than T. You then proceed to three, while neglecting all other out letters of the alphabet. What does T stand for? Your guess is as good as mine. “Tippecanoe” for all I know. Then it is 3 and 3T all the way up to 6 and 6T. At that point, guess what’s next? Not 7. Extra small…

The moral of the story is, it is going to take you a little while to learn this new language. Don’t get caught up too much in the system, but instead just figure out what fits. Make sure that you have enough clothes of each successive size for your children. They grow out of them much more quickly than you would like.

My final word on the matter? Don’t go overboard on spending too much money for kids clothes. Children are notorious for making messes, ruining their clothes and growing out of them before you can blink. I don’t mean you have to dress your kids and gunnysacks, but keep this in mind. As always, good luck.

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