How to Adjust the Waistband for Toddler Pants

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Toddlers come in all shapes and sizes, and finding clothing that fits just right can be tricky. Toddler pants with adjustable waistbands provide and effective way to make the pants fit better. Making slight adjustments in the waistband allows you to customize a fit that is more tailored to your child's body.

Put the pants on your toddler and snap or zip them if necessary.

Observe how much extra space is in the waist of the pants to determine if and by how much you need adjust it to be smaller. Toddler pants come with the adjustable waist in the largest position.

Unsnap the pants and grasp the strip of elastic on one side of the waistband.

Unfasten the elastic from the button that's holding it in place, but do not let the elastic go.

Pull the elastic toward you and refasten the button in hole farther down on the elastic strip. This works much like a belt: the more you pull before you fasten, the tighter the fit will be.

Count to see how many holes down you re-fastened the button, and repeat the process on the other side of the waistband, being sure to re-fasten that button the same number of holes down the elastic.

Snap the pants back in place to see if they are fitting properly, and make adjustments if necessary.

Loosen the waistband later on if your child needs to be re-fitted due to growth.