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What Size Comes After 5T (5 Vs 5T)

Children’s clothes are adorable, that’s why our parents are always looking for the next outfit our little ones are going to wear.

When our little ones are babies the clothes they wear one week might not fit them next week, that’s because with babies it’s always difficult to guess how long they will stay in one specific size since they grow at such a quick rate during their first year of life and go through so many different clothing sizes.

Because of this reason, some parents prefer just to get the necessary amount of things from each size and avoid spending too much money on clothing, especially when buying from a brand.

What comes after 5T?  Normally, the “little kids” sizes are until 5T. After that, you won’t really find more sizes that include the T for “Toddler”. Most people tend to go for either a size 5 since it’s often considered bigger than size 5T while other people move straight to size 6.

Some children even have to move up to a size 6X which is the middle ground between size 6 and size 7. 

There are different options to choose from depending on the brand you’re buying or your child needs so it’s recommendable to check the size chart for the brand you’re looking for.

Size 6 average measurements:

Height: 45-48 inches, 114-122 cm
Weight: 43-50 lbs., 20-23 kg
Average Waist: 22-22.5

Once your child leaves behind the T size clothing and wears “big child” clothing you’re going to notice some of the clothes fit differently depending on the children’s gender, due to the different styling of the clothing.

Buying clothes for babies might be sweet, but buying clothes for toddlers definitely makes some parents feel a bit safer. When you buy clothes for a toddler it’s more than likely that whatever you bought for them will fit them for some time.

Nevertheless, toddler clothes come in different sizes as well, while baby clothes tend to be classified in months toddler clothes are classified according to children’s age.

What comes after 5T

Both children and toddler clothes depending on the brand you are buying tend to state the height or weight they would fit.

When you are buying toddler’s clothes you’re going to find a T added next to the size number, 2T, 3T, 4T or 5T. But what does the T mean? The T next to the number stands for “toddler”.

When buying toddler clothes the sizing system is the same for both boys and girls since at this age they are yet to develop masculine or feminine body shapes.

However, depending on your child’s height and weight they might need a different size than the average size for a child their age.

We are going to focus on learning about 5T clothes and how to know if this is the right size for your child.

What size is a 5T in youth?

5T normally fits children that are 5 years of age. However, because every child’s growth is different you always want to make sure that you’re buying the right size.

If you’re buying the clothes in a shop there’s an advantage since you can always check the label which normally has the information about which age, weight, and size they fit, you also have the option of asking an employee or you can tell your child to try it on.

However, if you’re buying clothes online things are a bit different; when you can’t try something on you have to be sure you’re buying something that would fit.

If you are unsure whether or not a 5T would fit your kid even though that’s their age look at the description of the item you want to buy, is it telling you what’s the average weight/height it would fit? Some of the items do state it but if the item doesn’t have the description we have put together a scale of the average size 5T clothing measurements.


Height 41 – 44″ 104 – 112 cm
Weight 39 – 45 lbs 18 – 20 kg
Chest 22 – 23″ 56 – 58 cm
Waist 22 – 22.5″ 56 – 57 cm

Are 5T and 5 the same size?

The answer to this question is kind of ambiguous. Some brands will state they’re size 5, others 5T and although rare some other brands will have the two of them.

There are some people who claim they are the same while other people swear there’s a difference.

These diverse opinions might be due to the fact that for average weight and height children either a size 5 or a size 5T would fit but children who are on the smaller side would benefit with clothes that fit their body size while bigger children would benefit from something that’s longer or loser.

The biggest difference and key to set these two sizes apart are that the 5T might be suitable for smaller children hence why mothers claim that 5T fits their children sooner than a size 5.

Another difference is that some 5T clothes have space in the bum for the diapers as it happens with many of the T size clothing. 5T trousers might be easier to accommodate around the waist.

Although it might be possible for a toddler who still uses diapers to use a size 5 there’s no guarantee that every size 5 would have the extra diaper space.

Which is bigger size 5 or 5T?

Even though this question is still up to debate the general consensus is that size 5 is a bit bigger than size 5T. Although, size 5T does have more space in the bum for diapers or training underwear generally size 5 tends to be considered a bit bigger, generally speaking, the T sizes seem to be a bit smaller than their counterparts.

One of the main problems when answering this question and why there are divided answers is that measurements can often change depending on the shop you’re buying from.

That’s why checking the height/weight, it’s one of the best things you can before buying an item. If you’re looking for the “bigger option” size 5 might be the to-go since the clothes seem to be longer and a bit loser.

When can my baby start wearing size 5T?

Your child might be ready to wear a size 5T once they want to move up a size bigger from a size 4T or a size 4.

Average size 4T measurements:

Height 38 – 41″ 96 – 104 cm
Weight 35 – 39 lbs 16 – 18 kg
Chest 21 – 22″ 53 – 56 cm
Waist 21.5 – 22″ 55 – 56 cm

How to take my toddler’s measurements?

Height: Make sure your child is standing upright with their two little feet next to each other and then measure from head to feet. It’s easier to measure their height when they are leaning their back against a wall, door or a flat surface.

Chest: Make sure your kid’s arms are relaxed at their side and then measure around the widest part of the chest underneath the arms.

Waist: Measure around the child’s waist. Make sure that you measure near their belly button.


How do I know when it’s time for my child to wear a bigger size?

You can always try to compare how the item used to look before vs what it looks like now. If the T-shirt or blouse keeps rolling up, the pants are above their ankles, feel too tight in the groin area or don’t even button up if this is the case it’s a big sign you need to start buying a bigger size.

For girl’s dresses, it is important that the dress is not too short so that it covers them correctly, luckily, some dresses have the advantage that once they’re too short to be used as a dress you can use them as blouses or shirts.

It is important for children to wear the right size of clothing?

It certainly can be. For toddlers, this is particularly important because if something is too big or too small for them this can definitely bother them and it can restrict their movement.

Something that’s too small just doesn’t feel comfortable, and even though you can always buy bigger sizes for them because they will eventually fit it’s better to make sure that the child uses the right size particularly when they’re going to be doing lots of physical activity in order to avoid accidents.

Monica Lawrence

I’m Monica, a single mother who’s raising two beautiful angels. Here, I share helpful and creative articles and how-to’s for all the busy, multitasking moms.