If your little baby is not so little any more, they may be ready for a larger clothes size. Baby clothes start from newborn sizes (which may only last a week in some cases as newborns grow so fast!) up to 24 months. But when they reach this last size in the baby clothes range, you might start to think about toddler sizes (T), which run from 2T, 3T, 4T (and 5T in some cases), where the number corresponds to their age.
But when are they ready to move up into this next tier of clothing? If your child is wearing baby clothes with a 24 months label, you might actually find the 2T size is a better option. In this article let’s take a look at the differences between the two.
What is the difference between 2T and 24 months?
Any baby clothes that are labelled 24 months are really suitable for most babies older than 18 months. The 24 months is really saying that it’s for babies up to that age. 2T is clothing designed for toddlers and it’s aimed at 2-3 year old children. There are a couple of differences between the two sizes:
- Department. The 2T size will be in the children’s section of the department store. 24 months is the top size in the baby section.
- Style. When you place them side-to-side, it’s quite clear to see the difference between the two styles. The 24 month size will look more baby-like; the tops will have poppers to fit around a diaper. Furthermore, pants will have more space at the top so they can fit around a diaper. The 2T size assumes your toddler is potty trained so they’ll fit more snugly around the waist.
What is the size difference?
It’s very hard to find websites which agree on a uniform size for 24 months, 2T and other children’s sizes for that matter. Here is a sizing guide from Children’s Place.
- For 24 months – your baby’s height should be 32-33.5 inches, weighing around 28-30 lbs.
- For 2T – your toddler’s height should be 33.5-35 inches, weighing around 30-32 lbs.
What is thinner 2T or 24 months?
In general, 2T clothes are a bit longer in length, thinner, with longer sleeves. This helps young children who are walking and don’t need to wear a diaper. 24 month clothing is roomier, which helps to fit a bulky diaper underneath, but the sleeves will be shorter on pants and tops. This makes it easier for a baby who still crawls a bit, as the shorter length clothing prevents them getting tangled up when they’re on all fours.
What is size 2T?
2T is the first in a series of clothing sizes for toddlers. The ‘T’ stands for toddler and the number corresponds to the age. In general, 2T is suitable for kids aged from 2 to 3 years old. 3T will be for 3 to 4 year olds and 4T is for 4 to 5 year olds. You can also get 5T in some retail outlets. These clothes are a little longer and less baggy around the waist area compared to baby clothes. Click here to learn more how 2T and how it compares with 3T.
Is there are difference between size 2 and 2T?
You can really think of 2T as size 2 to be honest, as they are for 2-3 year olds. Size 2 is a label used in other countries such as the UK and Australia.
Can a 1 year old wear 2T?
Babies come in all shapes and sizes, but it’s unlikely a 1 year old would be ready for a 2T size, especially if they’ve only just had their birthday! That being said once they reach around 18 months, and they walking around more confidently, crawling less and you’ve started potty training, then a 2T size might be a good idea.
What is 24 months size?
It doesn’t take a genius to work out that 24 months is equal to 2 years old, but yet there is a 2T size. However, while 2T can be used for 2-3 year old children, 24 months means it’s ‘up to’ 24 months. So you shouldn’t think of 24 months as being ‘from’ that age. Some clothing retailers in the US show a size range on a top or pair of pants, such as 18-24 months, or 23-24 months, which makes things a lot easier to understand.
How long do babies stay in 24 month clothes?
It depends on the size of your baby. For some they might have outgrown 24 month clothing by the time they are 18 months old. However, for some toddlers they might still be in 24 month clothing when they are 2 and a half years old. Remember, as a guide 24 month clothing generally means ‘up to’ 24 months old.
Is 1T the same as 24 months?
Although 2T is normally the first size for toddler clothing, you can get sometimes get 1T in some retailers. 1T clothing really suits babies who are between 1 and 2 and walking fairly confidently. This clothing size will have slightly longer sleeves than normal baby clothing. Normally 1T is slightly bigger than 12 months and a bit smaller than 24 months.
Is 24 months the same as size 2?
It depends with which country you are comparing these two sizes. Size 2 is a size used in Australia for kids clothing and this is comparable to 24 months, but in the UK they have size 2-3 which is bigger.
How does 24 months and 2T sizes compare to other countries?
Here is a brief comparison with toddler clothing sizes from the USA with the UK and Europe.
What size is 2T and 24 months in UK?
2T is the equivalent of size 2-3 in the UK, and 24 months usually has the same label.
What size is 2T and 24 months in Europe?
2T is the same as 92-98cm for the European equivalent, and 86-92cm is the same as 24 months.
Graham is a father of two who founded Dadometer to share his parenting journey with other moms and dads.