When you’re buying a dress for your baby, you might want to think twice about the size.
“I think it’s a little bit of a stretch to call it a dress,” says Sarah E. Smith, an associate professor of fashion design at the University of Minnesota.
A size 9 could be the size you’d wear for a baby.
And while some brands sell dresses that fit in that size range, Smith says the real-world sizing and fit of a baby dress are still up for debate.
“There are a lot of different factors,” she says.
“It depends on how it’s worn.
If you’re not wearing it, maybe it’s too small, maybe the neckline is too tight.
There are so many variables that make it difficult to say.”
The biggest difference between baby and baby clothing is in the length.
A baby dress should fit your baby in a way that’s comfortable and not too short or too long, Smith adds.
A 6-inch dress is probably too short.
And if your baby is in a smaller size, a dress might need to be longer to accommodate the extra weight.
“The dress is going to have to be designed to meet the needs of the baby,” says Smith.
“But it’s really important that the dress meets the needs that are expected of you.”
For more information on buying a baby garment, check out our infographic, How to Choose the Best Baby Dress for Your Baby.