I didn’t realize just how “off” baby clothing sizing could be. The first couple of weeks after we had E, it seemed like I was throwing piece after piece into a pile of stuff that just didn’t fit right. It’s literally like women’s sizes, where a small in one store is a large in another. And when you have a baby who’s tall and thin, it can be tough to find clothes that fit well.
I had bought all of these cute little onesies from stores like Old Navy, only to find out that my baby fit into a size 0-3 months for weight and a 6-12 months in height in that brand. I searched all over the internet for a guide to the best baby clothes for tall babies, and I kept coming up short, so I decided to write my own.
Read down for each brand’s stats on clothing, plus what worked for us.
The best clothing for your tall, skinny baby
I’ve shopped practically every baby brand, so if you’re looking for the best clothing brands for your tall, skinny baby, you’re in the right place.
For reference, Elle was around the 75th percentile for height and somewhere around 4th percentile for weight in the first year. So when I say that she was a “tall and skinny baby,” I’m not kidding!
Onesies for Tall Babies
There are two places where I found the best onesies for our little lady: Carters (the store) and this European brand. For onesies at the Carters store, this may sound weird but the graphic onesies (aka the ones they sell as one piece separately) never fit well. Go for the multi-packs (usually in solid colors). The European brands (like Petit Bateau) in general tend to run leaner, so they work well for my tall, skinny kiddo. We also had great luck with Monica + Andy, specifically in the footless rompers.
Petit Bateau makes some adorable bodysuits with a little more style than the typical basic bodysuit. They’re the perfect fit for our little one, which is great (that they fit) but not great (that they’re not cheap) at the same time. I watch out for sales and buy for the next year. You can also find them on Amazon.
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For the most basic things, like white onesies and kimono tops, Carters at Target brand has the best prices and cutest prints! (Size up one size in this brand.)
As far as pajamas go, my favorites are from Monica + Andy, Hanna, and Little Sleepies. I want pajamas that still look almost brand new after washing them 10+ times… Something you can hold onto if you plan to have multiple kids. Many of the Hanna jammies don’t have feet, so they will last longer on taller kiddos. The Little Sleepies pajamas are SO soft, and super stretchy too. They make really cute prints in both zip-up styles and top-and-pant style so you can do matching pjs if you have more than one kiddo!
Pants and Leggings for Tall Babies
By far the best pants that fit E are leggings. We love Hanna Andersson (basic leggings), Carters (only certain styles) and Petit Bateau (their own site is closed online but supposedly reopening soon!). We have also found that H&M’s leggings run fairly long compared to other brands. Another brand that fits really well? Little Marc Jacobs! The skinniest leggings I’ve found are from Primary, and they’re almost too skinny in that they’re tight around the ankle.
Brands that are hit or miss: Baby Gap, Old Navy (tend to be for babies who are in the “average” percentile in both height and weight), Janie and Jack (super cute stuff, but again for babies who are not tall and skinny! Their pants are not as wide and short as Old Navy’s, but they’re pretty close). Cloud Island at Target isn’t a great fit, either- they tend to be short and wide, so they fall down on a small waist.
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Sweaters and Sweatshirts for Tall Babies
The best cardigan sweater we had for E was from Petit Bateau, and she wore it almost every day of the fall when she was a newborn. I actually purchased it in the 12M size because we loved it so much, and she still wears that.
I also really like this brand for sweaters. They are skinnier in the arms than a lot of other sweaters, which works well for a svelte baby!
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Best Holiday Outfits/Special Occasion Stuff
For special occasion wear, I’ve found some great holiday pieces on this smocked clothing site, and the prices are reasonable. This is where I bought Elle’s summer bubbles and rompers last year. Huge bonus? Almost everything can be monogrammed!
from E’s 11 month post
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Brand Guide: Sizing by brand for baby clothes
I used a 6 month size (or 6-9 months or 6-12 months, depending on the brand) to show you the variation by brand in baby clothing from these popular brands.
Carters: 24-27 inches, 12.5-17 lbs
Cloud Island (Target): 26-27.5 inches, 16.5-19.5 lbs
Hanna Andersson: 26-38 inches, 16-20 lbs (aka 70 cm size)
Janie and Jack: 25-27 inches, 17-19.5 lbs
Just One You by Carters at Target: 24-26.5 inches, 12.5-16.5 lbs