To read a size chart for kids' clothing, find the relevant measurements for height, chest and waist in the rows of the table, and match these measurements to the size listed in the corresponding column. Size charts for younger children often display sizes corresponding to the child's age.
In general, clothing sizes for children ages 8 and under are the same for all genders. Most children's size charts are organized as tables with size numbers or codes listed in the top or bottom row of the table. The body measurements that correspond to a size are listed directly under or above that size in a column.
The children's clothing size chart on CottonOn.com uses the measurements for a child's height, chest circumference and waist circumference in centimeters. The size number is listed at the top of each table column. For example, a children's size 4 fits a child who is 3 feet 5 inches tall with a chest circumference of approximately 24 inches and a waist circumference of approximately 22 inches.
Carters.com offers clothing size charts for babies, toddlers and children. These size charts use only height and weight to determine the size of a child. The largest children's size on this chart fits a child approximately 60 inches tall and 100 pounds in weight.