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#1 22Fruitmincepies

Posted 03 November 2016 - 10:51 PM

DD is 2.5yo, and a fairly normal size, sitting between the 30th and 50th percentiles for both weight and height. She has a tummy but it is sort of high up.

I bought her some new clothes for summer, and the size 2 t-shirts fit her well. However the size 1 shorts are mostly too big! The clothes are from target and kmart. Her size 0 shorts from last year are mostly looking a bit short.

Am I just buying from the wrong shops? Or is this a normal thing? Is DD just weirdly shaped? The shorts that are too big will probably fit her by mid-late summer, so they won't go to waste.

#2 Bearington

Posted 03 November 2016 - 11:04 PM

My almost 2 toddler who is very tall is still in size 1 pants. Most need to be tightened or worn with a belt to stop them falling down. He's wearing size 2 shirts (mostly from target) and can get away with some size 3. I'm not sure how similar the sizing is for boys/girls but we found it really odd too that he was so big on top and small on bottoms. It's meant that we have been able to get a lot longer wear out of a lot of his shorts though so I'm not complaining :)

#3 Hands Up

Posted 04 November 2016 - 05:25 AM

My two year old wears shorts that are sizes 1-3. Depends on the brand.

#4 Froggilicious

Posted 04 November 2016 - 05:26 AM

Yeah toddler shorts are often huge around the waist. I think it's because of nappies. That's why i try to buy adjjstable ones where possible. My kids always grow out length wise not around the waist.

#5 IkeaAddict

Posted 04 November 2016 - 05:32 AM

My DS age 6 can still wear size 3 shorts, he is a tall skinny kid and the shorts are now the right length for them. It's great over summer but over winter we need to buy pants long enough for his height which are usually really loose around the waist

#6 Makalu

Posted 04 November 2016 - 05:44 AM

My son is the same. Once he got to about size 6-12 month clothing he ended up with his tshirts one size up from his pants. We're now in size 3 tshirts and size 2 pants.

#7 Furfeathersfleece

Posted 04 November 2016 - 05:59 AM

My Ds1 who is now 4.5 has long needed bigger tops than shirts.  He now wearing size 7 tops and size 5 shorts and pants.  

Ds2 who just turned 2 is currently wearing all size 3 but the shorts have to be tightened right up.

#8 lumack

Posted 04 November 2016 - 06:10 AM

My 3.5yo is in size 3 and 4 tops but shorts are a mix of 0, 1 and 2.  I'm so sick of the same clothes and wish he would grow already!

#9 greenthumbs

Posted 04 November 2016 - 06:14 AM

Yep, normal.

My DS' are the same. Lots of bottoms a few sizes smaller than their tops.

Lumack I'm with you. It's great when there is a nice pair, but I'm so over so many of the daggy daycare clothes!

#10 rosie28

Posted 04 November 2016 - 06:42 AM

Normal, but annoying! My DS was looking like going into size 3 shorts this summer. Then he toilet trained and now he fits size 2 with room to spare. He'll wear all the same shorts he had last year.

#11 22Fruitmincepies

Posted 04 November 2016 - 09:01 AM

Ok, that makes me feel a bit better. DD looks like toilet training soon, so I might need to go buy some more size 0. Most of her daycare shorts from last year are looking a bit grotty, to the point of being spares only (and I'm pretty relaxed about the state of her daycare clothes).

#12 chickenpants

Posted 04 November 2016 - 09:03 AM

Same here, just turned 4yo is wearing size 3 shirts (plus the odd size 2 or 4) but still has a few size 1 pants he wears, some size 2's (with the waist pulled in).

Some of his shorts he's been wearing for close to 3 years, mstly due to me buying them a little too big when I got them originally, hah.

#13 Veritas Vinum Arte

Posted 06 November 2016 - 12:23 PM

My nearly 7yo wore her (5yo) cousins size 2 shorts last weekend. Sure they were more like bike shorts that actual shorts, but she could wear them.

Edited by VeritasVinum, 06 November 2016 - 12:24 PM.

#14 qak

Posted 06 November 2016 - 12:31 PM

My 10yo still has some size 5 shorts. He is average height and quite lean.

#15 Lids84

Posted 06 November 2016 - 01:52 PM

Had to buy size 0 shorts for my 2 year old with waist you could tie up otherwise its all too big for her. Some look silly coz theyre lot shorter than theyre meant to be. Think shes in similar percentile to yours just taller than average.

#16 mandala

Posted 06 November 2016 - 02:57 PM

Toddler sizes are all over the place. My almost 2yo is wearing a pair of size 0 shorts and a pair of size 2 shorts.

There are also differences between buying in the baby section and the 1-7 section. Size 2 in the baby section tends to be much smaller, but cut to accommodate a nappy. In the kids section, it will be long but not much space for a nappy.

#17 MsLaurie

Posted 06 November 2016 - 06:27 PM

I think the designs haven't been adjusted to accommodate the much more slim fit nappies that are now standard- they're still allowing for layers of towelling, hence the weird sizes.
Leggings of all lengths seem to be more true to size.

#18 EmmDasher

Posted 06 November 2016 - 06:44 PM

Kids shorts (and skirts) come from a bizarre universe where kids have waists as wide as they are tall. I have given up trying to figure out shorts. 2.5yr old DD is in size 3-4 shirts, dresses, overalls, size 3 leggings and anywhere from size 1-3 shorts.

She was in a size 0-1 for approximately 100years then she toilet trained and had a growth spurt. Now that 're out of the baby clothes area she seems to have skipped size 2 altogether and gone straight to 3.

I use MCN so I am grateful for roomy bottoms but the shorts are still stupidly large in most cases.

#19 FomoJnr

Posted 04 December 2016 - 05:21 AM

DS just turned 3 wears size 3 shirts and mostly size 1 or 2 shorts. He is lean and tall. He also wears size 1 undies, which are terribly difficult to find!

#20 Brownbear

Posted 04 December 2016 - 05:59 AM

We have 2 very funky pairs of size 1 shorts that we have been trying to fit on my son since we bought them for his first Summer.

They finally fit this year.

He is 5 and about to start school.

#21 Riotproof

Posted 04 December 2016 - 06:12 AM

If you want extra length, have a look at the boys shorts. Kmart have some with wide elastic that fits trim, they fit dd in size one, but she wears cloth nappies which helps. You may need to get zero.

Also, pumpkin patch adjustable waists are great, you might snag a bargain, but again in boys.

#22 WigglyWoo

Posted 04 December 2016 - 06:18 AM

DS has shorts from cotton on the have  an adjustable waist. He is nearly 5 and was in 3s. I just bought some 5s with an adjustable waist and they are fitting well. His 3s were getting on the short side!

#23 causeway

Posted 04 December 2016 - 10:58 AM

Cotton on shorts definately. DD is 5 & in size 6 for length but I have to pull the waist in!

#24 EmmDasher

Posted 04 December 2016 - 11:38 AM

These cotton on Cassie shorts are the best. They look good and have an adjustable waist.

DD is 99cm & 15kg. She wears a 2 but is borderline on needing a 3.


Edited by Emmdash, 04 December 2016 - 11:39 AM.

#25 22Fruitmincepies

Posted 19 January 2017 - 06:37 PM

Coming back to this because DD has (mostly) toilet trained and all her size 1 shorts are falling off her. So annoying! I tried to find size 0s but they were all so short..

Tips for plumping up my toddler? :tongue:

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