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Finding the Right Fit: What Size Comes After 5T?

The toddler stage is an exciting phase for parents and their children. There are plenty of self-discoveries, and not a day goes by without those outrageous and out-of-this-world questions. This is also when your child’s clothes seem to shrink within two weeks.

You remember buying it with an inch of allowance, but after several days, it has become a size smaller again. This is where knowing your child’s size comes in handy. Today, let’s learn about children’s clothing sizes. If your child is currently wearing the largest size for toddlers, then what size comes after 5T?

Introduction to Toddler Sizes

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Shopping for your children’s clothes is easier and more productive if you’re not simply second-guessing and assuming that something will fit. It’s acceptable if you purchase clothes that are a little bigger and offer some allowance because your child can use them longer, but what if you end up buying clothing that is one to two sizes smaller?

You can always exchange it as long as you have the receipt and all the tags are intact, but in the end, it’s a waste of time and effort. Parents with younger children generally don’t have a lot of time on their hands. So, to prevent any inconveniences, it’s best to know the correct size you’re looking for and enjoy the simplicity of purchasing clothes that already fit your child well.

Note that when it comes to the sizes of toddlers, there are universal charts that are followed. These are based on your child’s waist size, weight, and height. In the US, UK, and Australia, the sizes are based on the age of the child, but in Europe, the size is dependent on your child’s height and is measured in centimeters.

In the US, it is common for the letter “T” to be included in the sizes. This stands for toddler.

Here is the size information for boys:

Age Size Height Weight (lbs) Chest (inches) Waist (inches) Hip (inches) Inseam (inches)
12 – 18 Months 12 – 18 Months 30 1/2″ – 32″ 26 – 28 19″ – 19 3/4″ 19 1/2″ – 20 1/4″ 19 1/2″ – 20 1/4″ 12″ – 13 3/8″
18 – 24 Months 18 – 24 Months 32″ – 33 1/2″ 28 – 30 19 3/4″ – 20″ 20 1/4″ – 20 1/2″ 20 1/4″ – 20 1/2″ 13 3/8″ – 14″
2 Years 2T 33 1/2″ – 35″ 30 – 32 20″ – 20 1/2″ 20 1/2″ – 21″ 20 1/2″ – 21″ 14″ – 14″
3 Years 3T 35″ – 38″ 32 – 35 20 1/2″ – 21″ 21″ – 21 1/2″ 21″ – 22″ 14″ – 15 1/2″
3 – 4 4T 38″ – 41″ 35 – 39 21″ – 22″ 21 1/2″ – 22″ 22″ – 23″ 15 1/2″ – 17 1/2″
4 – 5 5T 41″ – 44″ 39 – 45 22″ – 23″ 22″ – 22 1/2″ 23″ – 24″ 17 1/2″ – 18 3/4″
5 – 6 6 44″ – 46 1/2″ 45 – 50 23″ – 24″ 22 1/2″ – 23″ 24″ – 25″ 18 3/4″ – 20 1/4″
6 – 7 7 46 1/2″ – 49 1/2″ 50 – 58 24″ – 25 1/2″ 23″ – 23 1/2″ 25″ – 26 1/2″ 20 1/4″ – 23 1/4″
7 – 8 8 49 1/2″ – 52 1/2″ 58 – 68 25 1/2″ – 26 1/2″ 23 1/2″ – 24 1/2″ 26 1/2″ – 27 3/4″ 23 1/2″ – 24 1/4″
8 – 10 10 52 1/2″ – 55 1/2″ 68 – 87 27″ – 28 1/2″ 24 1/2″ – 25 1/2″ 27 3/4″ – 29″ 24 1/4″ – 25 1/5″
10 – 12 12 55 1/2″ – 58 1/2″ 87 – 100 28 1/2″ – 30″ 25 1/2″ – 26 1/2″ 29″ – 30 1/2″ 25 1/2″ – 27 1/4″
12 – 14 14 58 1/2″ – 61 1/2″ 100 – 112 30″ – 31 1/2″ 26 1/2″ – 28″ 30 1/2″ – 32″ 27 1/4″ – 29 3/4″

And here’s the size information for girls:

Age Size Height Weight (lbs) Chest (inches) Waist (inches) Hip (inches) Inseam (inches)
12 – 18 Months 12 – 18 Months 30 1/2″ – 32″ 26 – 28 19″ – 19 3/4″ 19 1/2″ – 20 1/4″ 19 1/2″ – 20 1/4″ 12″ – 13 3/8″
18 – 24 Months 18 – 24 Months 32″ – 33 1/2″ 28 – 30 19 3/4″ – 20″ 20 1/4″ – 20 1/2″ 20 1/4″ – 20 1/2″ 13 3/8″ – 14″
2 Years 2T 33 1/2″ – 35″ 30 – 32 20″ – 20 1/2″ 20 1/2″ – 21″ 20 1/2″ – 21″ 14″ – 14″
3 Years 3T 35″ – 38″ 32 – 35 20 1/2″ – 21″ 21″ – 21 1/2″ 21″ – 22″ 14″ – 15 1/2″
3 – 4 4T 38″ – 41″ 35 – 39 21″ – 22″ 21 1/2″ – 22″ 22″ – 23″ 15 1/2″ – 17″
4 – 5 5T 41″ – 44″ 39 – 45 22″ – 23″ 22″ – 22 1/2″ 23″ – 24″ 17″ – 18 3/4″
5 – 6 6 44″ – 46 1/2″ 45 – 50 23″ – 24″ 22 1/2″ – 23″ 24″ – 25″ 18 3/4″ – 20 1/4″
6 – 7 7 46 1/2″ – 50 1/2″ 50 – 57 24″ – 26″ 23″ – 23 1/2″ 25″ – 27 1/2″ 20 1/4″ – 23″
7 – 8 8 50 1/2″ – 52 1/2″ 57 – 65 26″ – 27″ 23 1/2″ – 24 1/4″ 27 1/2″ – 28 1/2″ 23″ – 24 1/4″
8 – 10 10 52 1/2″ – 55″ 65 – 75 27″ – 28 1/2″ 24 1/2″ – 25″ 28 1/2″ – 30″ 24 1/4″ – 26″
10 – 12 12 55″ – 58″ 75 – 86 28 1/2″ – 30″ 25″ – 26″ 30″ – 32″ 26″ – 27 1/2″
12 – 14 14 58″ – 61″ 86 – 100 30″ – 31 1/2″ 26″ – 28″ 32″ – 34″ 27 1/2″ – 29″

What Size Is 5T?

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Size 5T is recommended for children between 4.5 to 5 years old and those who weigh between 40 and 45 pounds. This is just a general guideline because not all children are equal in build and height.

Additionally, you also have to consider the fit and recommended sizing convention even if it is labeled 5T based on the clothing brand, the style of the clothing, and your child’s individual growth pattern.

With these factors in mind, it’s still best to bring along your toddler when shopping for clothes so a proper fit can be ensured.

What Size Comes After 5T?

After 5T

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When your child no longer fits into a 5T size, it means that he or she is growing and transitioning over to the kids’ section, so it is sometimes referred to as the youth size. From the table above, you’ll notice that after 5T, the size increases to 6 sans the “T,” which basically means that you are done purchasing toddler clothing.

The next size will be 6, increasing numerically to 7 until it reaches 12. Some brands have sizes that go beyond 12, but more often than not, most clothing labels transition to label designations like XS, small, medium, and so on.

While the change may be a little obvious, you’ll soon discover that there’s a significant difference when you transition from toddler sizes (or those with a T on them) to kid sizes. These are technically miniature adult versions of clothes with fewer toddler-like designs on them.

When you go on your next shopping trip, and you’re looking for clothing sizes after 5T, take note of the following:

#1. The Shape of the Clothes

After transitioning to Size 6 and above, the cut of the clothes is less rounded compared to toddler sizes. This is because by age 5 to 6 and older, the child should already be potty trained, so the style and cut of the clothing no longer accommodates the diaper.

#2. The Length of the Clothes

Clothes after 5T mean that the sleeves and the bottoms are longer. This is another sign that your child’s limbs are going through a growth spurt.

#3. The Features of the Clothes

Say goodbye to snaps, giant buttons, and colorful prints because you’ll soon be fumbling with smaller buttons and zippers — designs that are more appealing to your growing child.

When to Move to a New Size?

New Size

As early as possible, practice and teach your child about comfort and practicality, prioritizing them over overall aesthetics. If your child’s 5T clothes are already ill-fitting, uncomfortable, or unintentionally cropped, then it’s time to move to a new size.

Additionally, the size guides are not set in stone. Even if your child ticks off the age and weight standard recommendations but not the height — probably because your child is taller than his or her peers — then it’s time to size up.

The bottom line is that it is up to you as parents and your better judgment to size up as needed. Some intentionally purchase children’s clothes that are one or even up to two sizes bigger and roll the cuffs or make temporary stitching along them so their children can wear the same clothes for longer.

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