J.R. asks from Portland, OR on November 17, 2009
Clothing My Skinny Baby
My little six month old is tall and skinny. 75th percentile for height, but only 25th percentile for weight. While the doc says she's doing great with her weight gain and is very healthy, I'm having a hard time finding clothes that fit her. The 6-9 month pants and bottoms fall off her hips and the 3-6 month bottoms look like capris. I wasn't too worried about it during the summer, but now that the cold is coming in, I want to keep her legs warm. Are there skinny brands of clothes out there? Is there a good way of adjusting the clothes I already have to fit her better (I'm a novice with the sewing machine but willing to try anything!). Anything else I'm not thinking of?
Thanks for the help.
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C.M. answers from Bellingham on November 24, 2009
One-piece outfits or dresses with warm tights work great for this age. Once she is older, belts work great. My son has only one pair of pants that he can wear without his belt.
K.M. answers from Seattle on November 18, 2009
My son is super skinny, too, and I've found that the Carter's corduory's and cotton pants fit really well.
K.B. answers from Eugene on November 18, 2009
I had the same problem with my daughter. Gymboree leggings were the best! I would ALWAYS find them at used kid's stores, if you don't want to pay full price.
Z.A. answers from Seattle on November 18, 2009
I was a big fan of snuggly "footie" sleepers for daytime wear when my son was less than a year. I figured, after all, he's only a baby. Soft and snuggly is good, oui? The tights (sock thickness, not the kind that tears/runs) and dresses option is also a good one, since you've got a girl.
For clothes you already own: 2 options
1) Easiest for novice sewers: Is to attach a "ring" of fabric to the cuff. You can use a pair of old pants, pretty fabric, whatever you have on hand. I do this when I can't afford $150 jeans (aka most of the time). I have a 36" inseam, and it's near impossible to find girlie pants/jeans with that inseam for less than $100. TommyH used to make pairs of 28/36's that were fantasitc, and only $50... but I am no longer a 28 inch waist... more's the pity ;)
2) Attach straps and buttons to the waistband. These can be solid fabric straps, elastic straps, whatvere. (Hmm... I'm talking about the hidden kind, btw, not suspenders. But suspenders would be cute, too.)
Remember though... she's just a wee one. She's going to outgrow everything in the next month or two.
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H.O. answers from Portland on November 18, 2009
My daughter had the same problem. So I started making baby belts. She was 5-10% for weight until she turned 2 now she is 20% for weight so I am happy! She wears a 3T pants now for length but wore 18m this summer and they looked like Capri pants great for summer not for winter. Even pants with adjustable waists are not small enough to stay up on her she still needs a little extra help!! If you would like to try a baby belt go to www.createdformoms.com and look at "A H. Moment". There are a lot of great products on the site for kids so check it out for fun and let your friends know too!
Hope this helps,
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S.D. answers from Bellingham on November 18, 2009
Hi J., I have the same problem with my boys!! I have always had to buy very slim looking elastic clothing and either put elastic at the bottoms so that it doesn't drag or take the waist in a bit on things (even elastic things) I just pinch the amount and "tack" it by sowing it in a manner that I can take it out later if they grew into it.
One of the things I have noticed is that for some reason, the pants that come with the adjustable waist are usually in the "cheaper" category - freddies, etc. but the more flashier, expensive brands don't usually come with it. The boys have always fit into some of their things for years (it kinda nice) like for instance now - they are 9 but still fit into their size 5 shorts!! Good luck with this...
L.R. answers from Portland on November 18, 2009
If you can handle a needle and thread, just take tucks in the pants. Look for pants that have drawstrings (like exercise or sweat type pants) and use them! If they have a belt loop, get a belt (maybe a cloth one you can tie to fit) and use that. Oh, and get tights. They stretch and will fit any size baby, and will help keep her legs warm, especially when you want her to look dressier like for church or a party.
Hope that helps!
E.B. answers from Knoxville on November 17, 2009
I have a seven month old with the same problem. I dress him in overalls alot because since they arent around his waist they stay up good and the length is appropriate. Also, I have taken in some of his pants in the front so it looks like pleats. Since you have a girl, maybe she could wear dresses and tights underneath? But the overall thing has been the best route for my string bean. Good luck.
B.R. answers from Seattle on November 18, 2009
I have the same problem, i have found the cutest solution! Jean skirts thick white tights and the return of the leg warmers! I use all different types of skirts but leg warmers are the cutest with jean skirts. I actually found leg warmers brand new still in the package at the goodwill! (aparently they took a contract with target and get alot of the overstock that goes for household products and clothing of all sizes!) i like it 'cuz she can where tennis shoes and a layered long sleeve t or a dressy top and black patent shoes. The leg warmers are just like a sweater for her legs, and they come in just about every color/design possible. Hope it helps.
Dont forget to look at thrift and discount stores you might be surprised!
M.H. answers from Seattle on November 18, 2009
My daughter is built that way.
Gap clothing has seemed to fit her pretty well. In adult sizes Old Navy fits similarly to Gap for less cost (and quality). I don't know if that holds true for baby clothing or not.
Also, invest in some BabyLegs leg warmers - you can put them on under dresses, or pants that are short, or as arm warmers... My daughter has a few pairs that she got as an infant, and she is still using them at 2.5 years.
C.M. answers from Portland on November 18, 2009
JC Pennys has slim fit jeans. I find that the adjustable waist ones from Childrens Pace or Old Navy stay up but are so baggy everywhere else, my daughter hates them (she is 5). Tights and skirts work good too!