How to Measure Kid's Chest Size

by Denise Oliveri

It is much more difficult to buy kid's clothing when you don't know what size you are looking for. You can't judge a kid's chest size just by looking at him.

Have your child stand up straight. Tell him to rest his arms by his sides. He should not hold his breath while being measured.

Measure directly under your child's arms at the fullest part of his chest. This is usually right at the level of the armpits.

Use one hand to hold the end of the measuring tape in place. Use the other hand to wrap the measuring tape around his chest to meet back at the end.

Keep the measuring tape parallel to the floor for the best results. Mark the measurement on a piece of a paper so you do not forget it.

Allow an additional inch or two for heavy clothing such as coats and sweaters. This will enable your child to move freely in the heavier materials.

Items you will need
  • Flexible measuring tape

About the Author

I am a homeschooling mom of eight years. I have three boys ages 10, 12, and 14. In addition to this, I am also responsible for a newsletter that goes out to over 120 families in my county for homeschooling families. I teach electives at a local co-op. I am also a Sunday School teacher of 14 years, and still going strong. I have taught children ages 2 to 12 in this time. My husband and I are responsible for editing a children's newsletter that goes out to over 200 families in our church. I am a freelance writer with Suite101 where I am the Parenting Tweens Feature Writer. I enjoy being around kids, especially my own, and I am very happy to write about articles that help parents and children in a number of areas.{{}}

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