If you’re a new parent or caregiver, you might be confused about the difference between 24 months vs. 2T size for baby clothes. While it may seem logical that these sizes are equivalent since 24 months equals 2 years old, that’s not the case. In fact, 2T is a distinct size from 24 months, and the differences can be confusing.
As a researcher and parent who has encountered this problem first-hand, I’ve put together an in-depth guide to help you understand the differences between 24 month and 2T sizes. In this guide, you’ll find a breakdown of the differences between the two sizes, as well as size charts from popular clothing stores to help you make the right choice. Plus, I’ve included answers to frequently asked questions about 24 month vs. 2T sizes. Let’s dive in!
- 24 months and 2T sizes are not equivalent, and there are differences between the two sizes.
- When deciding which size to buy, consider your child’s developmental stage and size, as well as the specific clothing brand’s size chart.
- Understanding the differences between 24 month and 2T sizes can help you make more informed decisions when shopping for baby and toddler clothes.
What Size is 24 Months?
If your baby is approaching 2-years old, you might be wondering what size clothing to buy. 24-month size is designed for babies from about 18 to 24 months of age. These clothes are generally the last of the baby sizes offered by most brands.
Baby clothes are designed to accommodate babies in diapers with a wide range of mobility skills. This means that 24-month size clothes have extra space to fit the bulkiness of diapers and are also easier to take on and off for diaper changes. You’ll find more stretchy bottoms, elastic waistbands, and footed pajamas in baby clothes.
24-month size clothes are made to fit babies who weigh about 28-30 lbs and are about 32-34″ tall, though the exact measurement ranges may vary slightly by store. It’s important to note that 24-month size is not the same as 2T size. 2T is a toddler size, while 24-month size is still a baby size.
In general, 24-month size clothes will be the last size for onesies and neck holes that allow you to take off tops up or down the body.
What Size is 2T?
How Big is 2T?
2T is the first toddler size available at most retailers and is designed to fit the average two-year-old who weighs between about 29-31 lbs and is 35-36.5″ tall, give or take a little depending on store sizing variations. Toddler-sized clothes are generally designed for children who have started walking, and sometimes for babies who are out of diapers. Toddler clothes become longer and leaner as babies thin out into little kids. You’re more likely to find footless pajamas and clothes that look more like kids’ clothes in toddler sizes.
2T clothes are designed for babies and toddlers who are approximately 35-36.5″ tall. To better understand how big 2T clothes are, we measured some of our 2T clothes items:
As you can see from the measurements, 2T clothes tend to be longer and leaner than baby clothes. They are designed to fit toddlers who have started walking and are out of diapers. You can expect to find footless pajamas and clothes that look more like kids’ clothes in 2T sizes.
What is the difference between 24 months and 2T size?
When shopping for clothes for your little one, it’s important to understand the difference between 24 months and 2T sizes. While these sizes may seem similar, there are some key differences that you should be aware of.
One of the main differences between 24 months and 2T sizes is the size measurement. According to Carter’s clothing guide, 24 month clothes are usually smaller than 2T clothes and can be thought of as the size before 2T. They have smaller measurement ranges for weight and height on size charts. For example, Carter’s 24M size chart lists a height range of 32-34 inches and a weight range of 28-30 lbs, while their 2T size chart lists a height range of 35-36.5 inches and a weight range of 29-31 lbs. However, it’s important to note that the differences in size measurement can vary by brand.
Another difference between 24 months and 2T sizes is the fit. 24 months clothing may be fashioned to accommodate diapering while 2T may be for potty trained toddlers. The clothes may have extra space for diapers and elastic waist bands that are easier to get over diapers. Baby sizes like 24 months highlight that the clothing will be easier to take on and off. This is helpful for both diaper changes and for wrangling clothes on wiggly babies. By size 2T, tops become regular shirts with standard neck holes.
Selection of Clothes
You may also find different styles of clothes offered in 24 month vs. 2T, such as onesies only being offered in 24 month size. 24-month size is usually the last size in which you’ll find onesies. You’ll also find more footed pajamas in 24-month size vs. 2T when footless offerings become more prevalent.
Comparison by Brand
It is important to note that the differences between 24 month vs. 2T size vary by brand. For example, there is a slight measurement overlap on Carter’s size chart for 24 and 2T, while at Old Navy there is no measurement overlap in these sizes. The 24m size comes first and then 2T is the next size up. To exemplify how sizing varies by brand, we did a side-by-side comparison of 24 month and 2T pajamas from Carter’s and Old Navy.
As you can see, the Carter’s 24 month pajamas are ever so slightly longer than the 2T’s from Old Navy.
In conclusion, understanding the difference between 24 months and 2T sizes is important when shopping for clothes for your little one. 24 months is a baby size and 2T is a toddler size. 24 months clothes are usually smaller, designed for a child in diapers and easier to change. 2T clothes may be slimmer and have longer sleeves and pant legs. It’s also important to keep in mind that the differences in size measurement and selection of clothes can vary by brand.
Size charts for 2T and 24 month clothes
When it comes to buying clothes for your little one, it’s important to get the right size. However, it can be confusing to figure out the difference between 2T and 24-month sizes. To help you out, we’ve compiled some size charts from popular baby clothing brands.
Carter’s size chart for 24 month vs. 2T
Carter’s is a popular retailer for baby clothes and offers both 24-month and 2T sizes. According to their size chart, 2T fits a bit larger than 24 months. There is an overlap in weight measurement ranges for the two sizes, but there’s a gap between the height ranges. 24M ends at 34 inches, while 2T starts at 35 inches.
|32 – 34″
|28 – 30 lbs
|35 – 36.5″
|29 – 31 lbs
Carter’s recognizes the confusion in sizes and actually has a webpage about finding the right size in their clothes. Their guide specifies that their 24m size “might” be designed to accommodate a child’s diaper vs. their 2T which “may” be for toddlers out of diapers.
Old Navy & Gap’s 24m and 2t size charts
Old Navy and Gap are other popular retailers for baby and toddler clothes. Old Navy and Gap use range sizes for their baby clothes so their 24-month size is labeled 18m-24m.
According to their size chart, 24-month and 2T are distinct sizes at Old Navy. 24m is the smaller size and once your baby outgrows it, they size up into 2T.
|31.5 – 33.75″
|24 – 26 lbs
|33.75 – 36″
|26 – 28 lbs
Target 24 months and 2T size chart
Target’s Cat & Jack line offers both 24-month and 2T sizes. However, it should be noted that not all items in the Cat & Jack line are available in 24-month size. 24-month size clothes are only available for items in their baby section. Their toddler line clothes sizes go 12m, 18m, and then jump to 2T.
|33 – 35.5″
|26.5 – 28 lbs
|33 – 35.5″
|26.5 – 28 lbs
If you’re looking at an item at Target without a 24-month option, 2T is the appropriate size to buy.
Children’s Place 24M & 2T baby clothes size charts
Children’s Place is a low-cost retailer for children’s clothing. According to their size chart, there is no overlap in the height or weight measurement ranges between their 24-month and 2T sizes. Your baby would first wear 24m and then grow into the 2T size at Children’s Place.
|32 – 33.5″
|28 – 30 lbs
|33.5 – 35″
|30 – 32 lbs
It’s important to note that Children’s Place was one of the manufacturers involved in a deadly factory building collapse in Dhaka in 2013. Their website details their responsible sourcing policies but there have been no specific practice changes since the tragedy.
These size charts should give you a better idea of the difference between 2T and 24-month sizes at popular baby clothing brands. However, keep in mind that sizing can vary between different brands, so it’s always a good idea to check the size chart before making a purchase.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is 2T the same as 24 months?
No, 2T is not the same as 24 months. Although they may seem similar, there are some key differences between the two sizes. 24-month clothes are usually designed for babies who are still in diapers and may be cut wider to accommodate them, whereas 2T clothes are designed for toddlers who are potty-trained and leaner. Additionally, 2T clothes tend to be cut longer than 24-month clothes (source: size charts).
What size comes after 24 months?
The size that comes after 24 months is 2T at most stores (source: size charts). However, some brands like Cat & Jack have the same size chart measurements for 24 months and 2T, so the next size up would be 3T.
What size comes after 2T?
The size that comes after 2T is 3T. 3T clothes are generally designed for toddlers who are 3 years old.
What age is 2T size for?
2T size is designed for the average 2-year-old, but it can also fit larger 1-year-olds and smaller 3-year-olds since children’s growth rates vary widely. For example, some toddlers may start wearing 2T clothes around 18 months old and wear them until they are almost 3 years old (source: personal experience).
What is 24m?
24m is an abbreviation for 24-month-sized baby clothes. These clothes are designed to fit an average baby between 18-24 months old.
Is 2T bigger than 24 months?
Yes, 2T is generally bigger than 24 months in most clothing brands (source: size charts). However, there are some exceptions like Target’s Cat & Jack brand, where the measurements on the size chart for 2T and 24 months are the same.
Is 18-24 month the same as 2T?
No, 18-24 months is usually not the same size as 2T. 18-24 months is an alternative way to label 24-month clothes. Usually, 18-24 months are the same as 24-month clothes and would be smaller than 2T.
What is the difference between 18m vs. 2T clothes?
18 months size is smaller than 2T. 18 months is the size before 24 months, so it is also smaller than 24-month size. Because of this, 18 months is two sizes smaller than 2T in most brands.
What weight is 2T?
The weight for 2T size ranges from 26 to 32 lbs. However, the weight range may vary slightly depending on the brand. For example, at Carter’s, 2T fits weights between 29-31 lbs, at Old Navy 2T fits 26-28 lbs, and at Children’s Place 2T fits 20-32 lbs (source: size charts).
In summary, 2T and 24-month sizes may seem similar, but there are some key differences between the two sizes. It’s important to keep in mind that children’s growth rates vary widely, so it’s best to check the size charts and try clothes on your child before making a purchase.
Conclusion: Choosing Between 2T and 24 Month Clothes
When it comes to choosing between 2T and 24 month clothes, either size will likely work for your baby. However, there are a few factors to consider to help make the best decision.
If your baby is tall and thin, 2T size may work better. On the other hand, smaller babies in diapers may prefer 24-month sizing. Keep in mind that clothing fit can vary by brand, so it’s important to try on clothes before purchasing or check the brand’s size chart.
Remember that your baby’s age and size may not match up perfectly, and they will likely wear a mix of sizes as they grow. For example, your baby may wear 24m clothes and 2T clothes at the same time.
If you’re looking for longer wear out of the clothes, choosing size 2T may be a better option. It is usually longer and bigger than 24 month size at most stores. When in doubt, it’s always a good idea to size up when buying kids clothes. They grow so fast, and you’ll get more wear time out of each piece.
In conclusion, choosing between 2T and 24 month clothes depends on your baby’s size and preference, as well as your personal preference for longer wear time. Regardless of the size, make sure to try on clothes or check the size chart to ensure the best fit.