How to measure baby for clothes that fit: A guide

Every baby is unique in its physical attributes—and we love that! But sometimes, as a parent, it’s hard to know what size clothing will fit baby best. Here at Finn + Emma, we want to make sure your baby is always feeling comfortable and looking great, which is why we’re all about organic cotton and fresh, modern designs. We’re also here to help you make the best sizing decisions for baby now and as they continue to grow.  

 Below we offer instructions and tips on taking accurate measurements of your baby. We recommend using a tape measure for all of these, except of course when measuring baby’s weight.

 Getting set up to measure baby

  1. Clear a space on a comfortable but firm surface—so that baby can lay flat. For instance, you can spread a blanket out on the floor.
  1. Enlist a friend or family member’s help, if possible. This task will be much easier if you have a second set of hands to hold the tape measure, jot down the measurements, help distract baby if they are not enjoying the measurement process, etc.
  1. If you child is wearing a diaper, you’ll want to remove it for the most accurate hip, height, and weight measurements.

How to take different measurements of baby…

Baby’s chest

 With baby on their back, put the tape measure underneath them and measure the widest part of your baby’s chest under their arms.

 Baby’s hips

 Make sure baby’s feet are touching, with toes pointing upwards and ankles straight. Then measure the hips where they are widest.

 Baby’s height

 From the same position as above, use the tape measure to get a reading from the top of baby’s head down to the bottom of their feet. Make sure their spine is straight and chin down, in a natural position.

 Baby’s inseam With baby still lying down, find the inseam by measuring down one leg from the crotch straight to the bottom of the foot. 

 Baby’s arm length

 Now try to straighten baby’s arm and measure from the shoulder to the bottom of the wrist.

 Baby’s weight

A lot of babies don’t love being placed on a scale, especially if the scale is cold. If you’re unable to get baby’s cooperation, here’s the next best thing: Weight yourself first. Then, pick up baby, and take another weight measurement. Simply subtract the first number from the second to get baby’s weight. 

After you’re done with all of the measurements, please refer to our size chart to ensure the best fit!

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