FAQ: Sizing

One of the most frequently asked questions I receive is about sizing, esp when it comes to hats. It’s always better to go by the measurement of the hat rather than the size stated. Just because one baby is 2 months old and wears 0-3 month clothing doesn’t mean the next 2 month old is in the same size. They could have already made the jump to 3-6 months or even be in newborn size because they are still a lot smaller.

We are all different and it wouldn’t do for us to be the same.

I know all about sizing issues from experience. Although Kaden travelled along with growing at the same rate the sizes change, Rowan is different. He is currently (at time of writing this) 20 months old. He wears 18-24 month trousers, the correct size for his age, but most of his shirts and t-shirts are 12-18 months and some are 9-12 months. In fact his coat is a 9-12 month. His torso is growing at a slower rate than his legs. I’m sure he’ll catch up with himself but if he doesn’t, he will manage. We all do.

So this sizing issue made me think. I really hate it when a customer buys an item and it doesn’t fit their child correctly. It makes me sad that they have bought something that can’t be used. And although there is obviously a return policy in place, some people don’t want to have to spend the return postage back to me to change things. It’s a wasted expense that could be avoided if the sizing was right.

So here are my tips on sizing. I hope they help in deciding which age range to choose when buying a hat from me.

Bonnets

The first measurement I need for a bonnet is the ear to ear measurement.Β  Place the tape measure at one earlobe, run it up and over the childs head until you reach the opposite earlobe. Measurements are always more accurate with a smaller unit of length so centimetres are the ideal.

  • newborn = 28cm
  • 0-3 months = 30.5cm
  • 3-6 months = 33cm
  • 6-12 months = 35.5cm
  • 12-24 months = 37cm
  • 2-5 years = 39.5cm

The next size needed is head length. This is taken from the front, centre of the forehead (around where you want the front of the bonnet to sit) and over the head to the crown (the flat part at the back of the head). The measurement must end in the centre of the crown. Again, centimetres are the most accurate for this.

  • newborn =13.5cm
  • 0-3 months = 14cm
  • 3-6 months = 14.5cm
  • 6-12 months = 17.5cm
  • 12-24 = 18cm
  • 2-5 years = 19cm

These are the average sizes but it doesn’t mean your child is exactly this size. If you feel that you can’t pick a size because your child doesn’t fit in with the set sizing them please contact me. I can make items to order which means I can customise them for you child.

Beanies

Beanies, aviators, ear flap hats etc have a different sizing method. This is basically anything that isn’t a bonnet!

For this style of hat we need the head circumference because this hat travels all the way around the head rather than from ear to ear. Measure at the widest point which is usually around a finger space above your childs eyebrows. Keep the tape snug and bring it all the way around the head and back to your starting position. This should encompass the bottom of the crown at the back of the head, which is the lumpy bit that sticks out.

  • newborn =33 – 35.5cm
  • 0-3 months = 35.5 – 38cm
  • 3-6 months = 38 – 40.5cm
  • 6-12 months = 40.5 – 46cm
  • 12-24 = 46 – 48cm
  • 2-5 years = 48 – 50.5cm

As for the bonnet, I would then need the head length. This is taken from the front, centre of the forehead (around where you want the front of the bonnet to sit) and over the head to the crown (the flat part at the back of the head). The measurement must end in the centre of the crown.

  • newborn =13.5cm
  • 0-3 months = 14cm
  • 3-6 months = 14.5cm
  • 6-12 months = 17.5cm
  • 12-24 = 18cm
  • 2-5 years = 19cm

So there you have it. The measurements needed to get your perfect baby hat. I really do hope this helps when trying to decide what size to get. I am in the process of adding these little graphics and info to all of my Etsy listings, just to make choosing a little easier.

Is there anything else you would like to know about sizing? Did I miss anything? Please let me know in the comments below.

Until next time, Kelly x

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