I get asked all the time how to measure little ones for longies so I thought it would be a good idea to do a picture tutorial, because trying to explain over an e-mail is hard to do :)
1 baby of any size in need of longies
1 tape measure or a piece of string and a ruler
Some paper and a pencil to write down the measurements
First make sure you have your little one in a diaper that you want your longies to fit over (so if you want them to fit at night make sure you take measurements over a big ol' fluffly nighttime diaper) :)
Here we have my lovely model (but I could be biased as she is my daughter) sporting a nighttime diaper for some night longies, all ready to be measured.
You can measure these in any order, whatever you can get during your measuring wrestling match go for it :)
I will start with the waist. Measure the waist where your child's natural waist falls (generally around the belly button). This one is easy :)
We'll move on to rise, a little trickier but nothing overly complicated. Start at your child's belly button and bring the measuring tape down between his or her legs and up along their bum until the measuring tape is about parallel with your child's belly button.
This last picture is actually DD's back (see the sandies tag) she just wanted to see what mama was doing with the camera :)
Next we will move on to the thigh. Just wrap your tape measure around the largest part of your child's thigh.
And last is inseam, this is the length of your child's leg from where his/her legs meet to where you want the pants to end. My model was tired of being measured so these pictures aren't very good.
A few tips:
*If your dear child stops cooperating wait until the next diaper change
*Don't be afraid to recheck your measurements
*Always round up
*Err on the side of too big rather than too small
*Be sure to measure over the largest diaper you want the longies to fit over
And just cause she is too cute my daughter in a pair of night longies (made to fit her big fluffy bum). No I'm not that fast, these are actually getting too small so the measurements I took today will be used to make her new nighttime longies.
Enjoy mama's and measure away!