What size clothes is my baby?
The following measurements will help you determine your child's clothing size:
- Height: Measuring the height of babies yourself is quite a challenge because the baby cannot stretch and may not like to lie still. It can still work with these tricks: Lay your baby on one side with its head touching a wall, for example the wall behind the changing table. Then place a folding ruler against his back. As soon as the baby's upper body-head axis and the folding rule are parallel and against the wall, you can carefully pull out the little legs and quickly see to what extent they reach. Alternative: Place the baby in the same position as above, but instead place a piece of string or a tape measure against the wall at the top. Run the tape measure straight down your back and down to your buttocks. Then you lead it behind under the bottom along the thigh to the hollow of the knee and from there back to the heel. Read the measure.
- Weight: Weight can be an important factor in choosing the right dress size. Weigh your baby at home or look in your examination book to see what your baby weighed at the last check-up.
- Age information: Many clothing manufacturers also indicate age groups in order to determine the right size. However, this information is only intended as a rough guide as babies can vary widely in terms of height and weight.
You will find our body measurement tables under all our products, for example the adaptive sweatshirt body in petrol . Many of our garments are available from size 38, i.e. for the very youngest.
Some Wombly garments have been specially developed for premature babies or for particularly delicate or sensitive skin.
Remember that babies grow quickly and in spurts in the first few months. Sometimes it pays to go up one size in size to ensure little ones have room to grow. For premature babies, however, a larger size is more of a disadvantage. You will find out why in the next section.
Preemie and the right size of clothes
Clothing that is too large can be problematic for premature babies for a variety of reasons. We summarize the information for you:
- Excessive freedom of movement: Your baby can get lost in clothes that are too big. Too much fabric can be uncomfortable for your child because it will fold more and the baby will have to lie on the folds. A neckline that is too large may slip over your face or your clothes may no longer sit where they should.
- Danger: Babies can become entangled in clothing that is too large, or parts of the clothing can slip over the face or head. This increases the risk of suffocation or strangulation.
- Temperature regulation: Premature babies often have difficulty regulating their body temperature. Clothing that is too large can cause the baby to lose too much heat because the clothing is not tight enough to trap body heat.
It is important that clothes for premature babies fit well. Clothing specially developed for premature babies takes their needs into account, such as a good fit, soft materials and a special cut that makes it easier to put on and take off. The clothing should also have openings through which you can thread cables and hoses. Take a look at our website, here you will find an overview of all our premature baby products.
The right hat size
To determine the right hat size for your baby, you need to measure your baby's head circumference. All you need is a flexible tape measure or a non-stretchable tape, such as string or a piece of paper, which you can later measure with a ruler.
Here is a guide on how to do it:
- Preparation: Make sure your baby is calm and relaxed. You can place it on your lap or hold it in a comfortable position for easier head access.
- Positioning the tape measure: Place the tape measure around your baby's head. Place it about an inch above the eyebrows and sweep it around the back of the head. Important: You have to measure the widest part of the head.
- Measurement: Make sure the tape measure is not too tight or too loose. It should be tight enough to measure the circumference of your head accurately, but not so tight that it digs in. Read the point on the tape measure where it meets. Alternatively, you can mark the length of the ribbon or string and measure it with a ruler.
Please note that it is recommended to repeat the measurement several times to ensure you have measured correctly.
In our Wombly size chart, head circumferences are given in centimetres, so you can compare the measurement with our size information. At Wombly, we recommend only buying a larger beanie size after you've reached half your height, unlike other clothing items. So if your child is 40cm tall, we still recommend the 38 cap. From 41cm we recommend the larger size. But it always makes sense to measure the circumference of your child's head to be sure. Of course only if this is also possible.
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