Small? True to Size? Large? The Bees share below!
J A M E S , J O E , N I C K - 4
L I L L Y – 2 1 M O N T H S
Carters – seemed to run true to size but most of my kids blew through the 6-9 month size in less than a month. I probably could have gone straight to 12 months. Also their snug fit sleepers seem to run a bit small. It is one of the first things my kids grow out of.
Gymboree – runs large. The shirts seem to fit OK but the waist in the pants are fairly large. It is nice when they have the adjustable waistband. It helps the clothes fit better.
Disney (from the theme parks and Disney store) – runs small. I bought my daughter a 2t tinker bell dress for her 1st birthday and it was fine. At 20 months she can wear an xxs (2/3)
Jumping Bean (Kohl’s) – seems to run true to size.
Cherokee (Target) – Most are true to size but some of the bottoms run big.
L I L C B - 3 Y E A R S
Lil’ CB (3 and a half) is short and skinny, but very proportional. Because of this, he typically wears a size down in all brands, which makes sense given that he is only in about the 20th percentile for height and weight). However, we have definitely found that some brands fit better than others.
Gap: the Gap is our go-to place because they have great sales, the quality of their clothes is great for what you pay, and their styles fit with Lil’ CB’s style (okay, my style for Lil’ CB!). If we go by the sizing chart and the height and weight range on their sizes, Lil’ CB wears a 2T, but since he falls on the higher end of the range, he can also wear 3T clothes if they are adjust at the waist or folded at the sleeves for long sleeves.
Crewcuts (J. Crew): Though it’s a little pricey, I love the style and cut of Crewcuts on my boy. Their clothes seem to be cut a little slimmer, which works well for my skinny dude. He is wearing 3T at Crewcuts and will likely be ready for 4T come Fall, making it true to size for my slim dude.
Old Navy: Old Navy seems to run a little bit smaller and Lil’ CB can wear 3T clothes comfortably. However, the bathing suits seem to run large and Lil’ CB is still wearing his 18-24 month swim trunks and 2T rash guard from 2 summers ago!
H&M: The sizing at H&M seems really off from American sizing standards. The clothes run waaay large for kids (Lil’ CB can still wear some 12-18 month tops!) and on the smaller side for adults. Lil’ CB most comfortably wears the 1 1/2-2 yrs size from H&M.
Carters: We really only buy pajamas from Carters and they seem to run true to size to a little small (though I know jammies are supposed to be snug). Lil’ CB is wearing 3T in Carter’s pajamas and they are just starting to get a little too snug.
Ralph Lauren: Lil’ CB has mostly tops from Ralph Lauren and they seem to run quite large. Lil’ CB is still wearing 2T shirts and they are still rather long. His 18m bathing suit from RL is STILL falling off him!
Cherokee (Target): This brand runs true to size for Lil’ CB and fits much like clothes from the Gap. As with the Gap, Lil’ CB is just between at 2T and 3T in these clothes.
Genuine Osh Kosh B’Gosh (Target): Same as with the Cherokee line!
Charlie – short and slimmer build with short legs
Olive – taller (75%) and very skinny (3%)
Old Navy – For the most part, both boys’ and girls’ clothes have run true to size. But once Charlie was 2 years old and started wearing size 3t in t-shirts, they started running a size small (especially because they shrink when you wash them) so now I always go up one size in tees for him.
Gap – Tops and dresses run true to size, but bottoms tend to run big in the waist (luckily they usually have adjustable waists) and long in length. Olive is on the taller side. At 19 months, she’s about to outgrow the 12-18 month size in pants, but the 18-24 month size is too loose and long for her. Charlie has always had to wear 1 size down in pants because they were too long. He is 3 1/2 and wearing 2T pants now.
Children’s Place – Their tops and dresses run true to size, but their bottoms run a little big. I bought Charlie a ton of 24m gym shorts from there when he was 1 1/2, and he’s still wearing them at 3 1/2! Their pants are also cut wide, but are close to true to size or slightly big.
Gymboree - Tends to run large in both tops and bottoms. Usually Charlie can wear a 3t or 4t in most clothing lines, but a 3t in Gymboree runs big.
H&M – H&M used to run huge until Charlie started fitting in the 3T tops this past year, which is when I started buying true to size. All H&M pants tend to run super long though, and I always have to get 2 sizes down. Olive is in between sizes at H&M right now, outgrowing the baby sizes (which go up to 24 months), but the 1 1/2 – 2 year sizes are almost always too big for her.
Zara – Everything runs a little large until you’re around 2. I just bought Olive a pair of pants and a romper that were 9-12 months and they fit perfectly, but tops and dresses have been pretty true to size. I also buy one size down in pants/shorts for Charlie, but true to size in tops.
Crewcuts – Crewcuts has run true to size for both Charlie and Olive for the most part. He didn’t fit into their 3T pants until he was 3 1/2, but he also has short legs.
Boden – Boden tends to run a size or two big. I have a bunch of shirts that are 12-18 months, and they are still a little loose on Olive.
Jacadi – We only receive Jacadi as gifts from my aunt, but everything runs small.
Janie and Jack – All of our nice clothes are gifts from my aunt, usually from Janie and Jack. Pretty much all their clothes have run large. Charlie still fits into his 2T clothes at almost 4!
W A G O N J R – 3 Y E A R S
L I L M I S S W A G O N – 1 3 M O N T H S
Wagon Jr: short and stocky
LMW: big all ’round
Carter’s: Ran true to size for WJ all the way (he’d wear 6 months until he was almost 9 months, then he’d “graduate” up) but runs one size small for LMW (she’d wear 6 months until she turned 6 months, then she’d “graduate” up to the next size).
BabyGap: Always ran big for WJ but now is true to size for tops, 1-2 sizes down in bottoms. He wears 3T on top and 18-24 month on bottom. LMW is in 12-18month stuff from there at almost 1 year, so I guess for her it runs one size small.
Old Navy: very similar to BabyGap for us.
Ralph Lauren: Always ran one or two sizes too small for both my kids.
L I T T L E J A C K S - 3 Y E A R S
J A C K J A C K - 1 5 M O N T H S
Little Jacks is teeny tiny all around. (4th percentile for weight, 2nd for height). At 3 years 3 months, she just cracked 25 lbs. So if I just had her, I’d say everything runs big! She fits well in 2Ts right now
Having Jack Jack showed me that there is variation in brands. She is all muscle (35% for weight), tall (75% height) and thick. Sizing runs very true to age for her.
Tea: this is our best bet for Little Jacks. We feel that their clothes run very true to size. Watch out for a much wider cut on their boys’ clothes. Their skinny jeans run a bit long for us (but then what doesn’t for LJ!).
Carters: True to size, but I have to say that their sleepers stretch out a lot, so by the time that we were using them for Jack Jack, we felt like they were much bigger than when we started with them!
Gap: True to size and not very stretchy.
Ralph Lauren: We can’t even wear this brand because it is so big. Jack Jack is currently wearing a 6-9 month RL shirt at 17 months.
Children’s Place: Pretty true to size. Again, I feel like their pants run long… which means that Little Jacks is still wearing their 18 month skinny jeans. At least I have a pair of pants that stay up on her!
Oilily: This stuff was made for Miss LJ and runs perfectly true to size, doesn’t stretch. I feel like others might find it cut a little narrow, but for us a 3 fits my 3 year old just as it should. Too bad it’s so expensive!
Circo (Target): We found these to be a bit small for size but VERY stretchy. I just pulled out some 3-6 month stuff that Jack Jack wore until recently.
Janie and Jack: Very big!
D R A K E - 3 Y E A R S
J U L I E T - 2 M O N T H S
Draky tends to be slim and longish with a longer torso and shorter legs.
Gymboree tend to run a bit wide and large on him. We usually size down on pants and wear the right age size for the tops, and they run a little longish.
Boden – I am so sad he is sized out of baby which I found ran true to size to a little longish for the most part. I tend to size down for the pants and some tops I could get away with a size down as well.
GAP pants tend to fit big even a size down but 2 sizes down would be too short. The tees are a little longish but we can do the right age.
Old Navy pants fit the best sized down and the tops are a little smaller compared to GAP — though they are the same family brand, they seem to run slimmer.
Janie and Jack – tends to run big and we size down on bottoms always and tops are the right age but longish.
Kohls Jumping Bean – seems to run about true to size though I do size down on bottoms.
Carters – tends to run true to size, maybe a bit small at times.
N O E L L E - 2 1 / 2 Y E A R S
J A R E N — 5 M O N T H S
Noelle – tall, medium build, long legs
I’m really not sure about sizing. We wear a lot of hand-me-downs and when I shop for her, it’s only at Old Navy and Target (and Carter’s when she was an infant). I’ve always had to size up one or two sizes for her just because she’s always been in the 75th-90th percentile for height and weight.
I *think* Old Navy and Target clothes mostly run true to size.
B A B Y C H E C K E R S - 2 Y E A R S
Baby Checkers’ build – LONG and LEAN (usually in the 95th percentile for height and 50th for weight).
Old Navy and Target – Most true to size.
Baby GAP – true to size for most things, but rompers always tend to run small.
H&M – Runs large. We’ve had to store away their clothes for months before wearing them, but their sizing is also very different, with some things marked “1-2 YR.” She’s still wearing some clothes in this size, but I guess technically she’s still 1-2 years old!
Cotton On Kids – True to size for the most part; some things run large, but their sizing is also different (using size numbers like 1, 2, 3 vs. months/years).
Carters – Generally true to size; sleepers sometimes run small.
Children’s Place – True to size.
L I T T L E Y - 2 Y E A R S
Little Y has always been proportionate but big — right now he’s about 75-80th percentile for both height and weight.
Carters – Generally runs a size small for us.
Circo and Cherokee (Target) – These are hit and miss for us. Some seem to run small, most are true to size, and I’ll buy the occasional thing that seems gigantic. I bought him some 24 month pants and they are STILL too big and long when everything else that size or 2T fits or is starting to get snug.
Gap – Pretty true to size.
Old Navy – Tops are either true to size (some of the roomier button-downs) or run a bit small (T-shirts) particularly after they shrink. Bottoms are usually more true to size.
C H L O E - 2 1 M O N T H S
Chloe is tall and slender. At her 18 month appointment, she was 32″ and 21lbs. She’s almost 19 months, now.
Carter’s – they’ve always been true to size.
Gap – babyGap was hit or miss. She fit into 6-9m clothing around her first birthday, but now that she’s a toddler their clothing is true to size.
Old Navy – same as babyGap. Their clothing was completely hit or miss until she started fitting into their 18m tops. Their shorts run big, though, and she fits much more comfortably in the 12-18m shorts.
Cherokee & Genuine Osh Kosh B’Gosh (Target) – their tops and pants run true to size, but their shorts are huuuuuge on her! She wears a 24m shirt, 18m pants/legging, and needs a 9-12m size in shorts. This brand in shorts is really large in the waist. Their swim suits seem to be true to size, though.
Jumping Bean (Kohls) – their tops run true to size, and their legging run true to size, but their pants are pretty big. I have a pair of khakis I bought her that are size 12m and they’re still huge in the waist.
Janie & Jack – their clothing mostly runs large, and we need to size down. She was wearing a 6m sweater at age 12 months, though their swim suits seem to be true to size.
The Children’s Place – they’re pretty true to size, especially in pajamas. They were also one of the only places I could find footed pajamas in anything over 9m for the longest time!
Ralph Lauren & Nautica are true to size
L I T T L E M - 2 0 M O N T H S
Little M – 19m
Very long and skinny (75th percentile for height, 5th for weight)
Most brands fit big on Little M unless they have a snap crotch, in which case they’re true to estimated age.
Summer: Right now he’s wearing his Gap and Old Navy shorts from last summer in 6-12m size. There’s no way the 18-24m stuff I bought at the end of year sales last summer will fit this year. His short sleeve polo shirts from Gap, Carters, Old Navy and Gymboree are all 6-12 or 9m size. He has a few 12-18m polos from the Gap that fit. All brands’ shirts & shorts in his current age range are much too big/long. Summer rompers and onesies with crotch snaps are true to size while wearing a cloth diaper. He’s wearing 18m rompers that have crotch snaps from Carter’s and OshKosh right now.
Winter: Because Little M wears cloth diapers, he’s able to hold up pants in sizes that are long enough for him. In a disposable all brands fall off of him and we need belts or suspenders (literally just fall right down!). This past winter his pants were mostly from the Gap or Old Navy. Old Navy pants have adjustable elastic waists so we could cinch them down to stay up. Gap long sleeve shirts fit in the arm length and crotch snap true to age, albeit a bit baggy around the middle.
Osh Kosh is the only brand that fits snugly or that he outgrows faster than the rest.
J A C O B I - 1 7 M O N T H S
J: medium high (30th percentile), small weight (5th percentile)
Baby Gap has always been a size ahead, but as a toddler he’s mostly caught up. At 15 mos, 12-18 mos is a little big but we can make it work as 6-12 mos is tight. However he didn’t fit into 3-6 mos gap until he was 6 months.
The Children’s Place is a little big but I like how they do sizing better than gap (3-6, 6-9, 9-12). It was only a little big, but I would say pretty true to size. At 15 months he fits into their 12 month items perfectly. He outgrew 6-9 months at 12 months old.
Carter’s runs a little small which means it was the best fit for the first six months as he was on the small side anyhow. He fit into 3-6 month onesies for nine months (months 3-12!!). In general I think they run 1-3 months small.
H&M is the biggest size I’ve encountered this far. He wore a 4-6 month sweater at his first birthday! He’s in the 6-9 size at 15 months.
BRU runs fairly small. They were the only newborn sleeper that somewhat fit him at birth; he was 7 lbs. they fit for about 6 weeks before he moved up to newborn in other brands.
Old Navy, Target, and Osh Kosh B’Gosh have seemed to fit true to size.
B A B Y H - 13 M O N T H S
Miss H: tall and slender (although her recently adopted huge appetite is giving her a belly!)
Gap & Old Navy: We primarily buy from these stores because they definitely run true to size for her. Right at 12 months we stitched to the 12-18 month size and they were perfect on her. Pants tend to run large in the waist for her, but the cloth diaper helps her keep them on! But length overall works well for her (and is usually the reason we go up a size – once the pants start getting short, time to move up a size).
Carter’s: Right now at 13 months she is wearing some size 12 month clothes from Carter’s. We have a few two-piece sets (shirts and capri leggings) that are working really well for her. And since they’re capris, I don’t have to worry about length.
L I T T L E C O N F E T T I – 1 4 M O N T H S
Little C doesn’t have a very diverse wardrobe, but we’ll give this a try. He’s always been tall, fairly lean, but solidly build with a cute little potbelly.
Carters – he is always in a size up from his age (at 14 months, this is changing since he can still wear some 12 month clothes but most are 18 months now).
Old Navy and Gap tend to be pretty spot on – he is in 12-18 month clothes (but would probably need 18-24 months for pants if it were colder due to length).
Janie and Jack and H&M are both huge. He can still wear 9 month clothes in both.
At Target, the Circo clothes run small, as do the Cherokee brand clothes. I’ve also found that the Target version of Carters clothes (Just One You) run smaller than the ones from the Carters store…
S C R I B B L E S - 11 M O N T H S
Scribble is both short and slender! His wardrobe is almost exclusively Carter’s. We find it to run a little big– usually their onesies are too short before they are too tight. GAP also runs a little big for us. In Old Navy he tends to outgrow items more quickly. Ralph Lauren also runs slimmer, so he fits perfectly in 9 month RL items although he’s too small for similar Carter’s pieces. Children’s Place seems to run a little big too, at least the jeans!
T R I K E S T E R - 8 M O N T H S
The Trikester is tall and skinny — and his long torso is mostly to blame for his height. So things are usually too short before they’re too tight — especially sleepers with feet
For him, Carter’s (the vast majority of his wardrobe) is pretty much spot-on. He’s almost 6 months, and he’s just moved into their size 9.
Gap seems to run a little bit larger for him. He can still wear a few of the 3-6 months things.
I S A I A H - 4 M O N T H S
The only thing that was always small for us were onesies with screen printed superhero logos. My mom and MIL bought them from all over, so I don’t think it’s one specific brand, but everything with Superman or Batman was a size too small.
B A B I E S B L U E - 5 M O N T H S
Elliot & Finn: 4 months (3 mo. adjusted) At 2 months, they weren’t even on the growth chart for height or weight. I think they’ve made huge progress, but I won’t know exactly where they are at until their 4-month appointment. I’m guessing they weigh around 13 and 15 pounds, and I have no clue how tall they are. So, they’ve historically been little peanuts, but I think we’re catching up slowly but surely. I’ll go by their adjusted age for whether things are true to size because we always have to wait 3-6 weeks to move up to the next size.
Carters – True to size. We always have to move up a size based on length before width.
Children’s Place – Runs big. We wore a “Up to 7 pounds” size romper until they were at least 10 pounds.
Gymboree – Bottoms run really big in the waist. Shirts and onesies seem pretty true to size.
Ralph Lauren: We only have a few pieces (rompers) in the sizes they have made it to, but they have been pretty true to size.
Gap & Old Navy – This is hit or miss on sizing, but they both generally run big on our guys.
Crazy 8 – True to size.
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How old is your LO, and how do the popular children’s clothing lines run for them — small, true to size, or large?