Many people, when purchasing a piece of jewelry for babies or children, have little idea of the size of their little one’s wrist, ankle or neck.
Because children vary greatly in size, particularly in the size of their wrists and ankles, use this guide, which provides average sizes with some give and take, when shopping for an infant bracelet, children’s bracelet, teen bracelet, a necklace or anklet.
Let’s start with baby bracelets. If possible, buy a baby bracelet that has a growth extension because babies grow very quickly in their first year and you’ll want your gift to be worn for as long as possible.
Newborn Cuff: A newborn cuff should be a minimum of 4.7″ (12 cm) plus the extension.
Toddler Cuff: About 5.1″ (13 cm)
Preschooler Cuff: About 5.5″ (14cm)
Children’s bracelet from 5 to 10 years: 5.9″ (15 cm)
Tweenager Bracelet: 6.3″ (16cm)
Teen Cuff: 6.7″ – 7.5″ (17cm – 18cm)
Children’s necklaces can also be purchased in different lengths with extensions, but here is a general guide:
Baby necklace: 12″ (30.5 cm)
Toddler Necklace: 13″ (33 cm)
Preschool Necklace: 14″ (35.6 cm)
Necklace for children ages 5 to 10: 15 to 16″ (38.1 cm to 40.6 cm)
Tweenager Necklace: 16 – 17″ (40.6 cm – 43.2 cm)
Teen Necklace: 18″ (46 cm)
Children’s anklets sometimes have extensions for growth but being looser, having that extension is less important. Anklets that hang slightly over the top of the foot or are neatly gathered around the ankle look great.
Newborn Anklet: Infant Anklet (up to 12 months): 5.5″ (14 cm)
Preschool Anklet: 7.5″ (18 cm)
Anklet for children from 5 to 10 years: 8″ (20.3 cm)
tweenager anklet: 9″ (23 cm)
Teen Anklet: 10.2″ (26 cm)
If the child is large for his age, allow another inch. Also, when purchasing baby or children’s bracelets that are thick, such as European-style beads or pearls, allow another half inch of length.
Buying earrings for babies and children is easier because they don’t vary much in size, except that they are generally smaller than adult earrings and the stems are a bit shorter than adult styles. The thickness of an earlobe does not change much during childhood. Just check that there are no sharp edges on the earrings. Look for earrings for babies and children that are sized so they don’t overwhelm the earlobe. Earrings purchased for school-age children should be small and inconspicuous, and preferably not hoops.