Many people buy baby or children’s jewelry without knowing the size of their child’s wrist, ankle or neck.

Since children’s sizes vary widely, especially their wrist and ankle sizes, when you’re shopping for a baby bracelet, children’s bracelet, teen bracelet or necklace or anklet, use this guide to give an average size and some give and take.

Let’s start with baby bracelets. If possible, buy a baby bracelet that will extend growth, as babies grow quickly in their first year, and you’ll want your gift to last as long as possible.

Newborn Bracelets: Newborn bracelets should be at least 4.7 inches (12 cm) in length plus extension.

Toddler Bracelet: Approx. 5.1″ (13cm)

Preschool Bracelet: Approx. 5.5″ (14cm)

5-10 Years Old Bracelet: 5.9″ (15cm)

Tweenager Bracelet: 6.3″ (16cm)

Youth Bracelet: 6.7″ – 7.5″ (17cm – 18cm)

Necklaces for kids can also be purchased in lengthened necklaces of different lengths, but here is a general guide:

Baby Necklace: 12″ (30.5cm)

Toddler Necklace: 13″ (33 cm)

Necklace for Preschoolers: 14″ (35.6 cm)

Children’s Necklaces 5-10: 15-16″ (38.1cm-40.6cm)

Tweenager Necklace: 16 – 17″ (40.6cm – 43.2cm)

Teen Necklace: 18″ (46cm)

Children’s ankles sometimes have a growing extension, but are looser, and it is not important to have this extension. It looks great with the ankle hanging slightly over the upper foot or attached neatly around the ankle.

Newborn Anklet: Infant (up to 12 months) Anklet: 5.5″ (14cm)

Preschool Anklet: 7.5″ (18cm)

5-10 Years Old Anklet: 8″ (20.3 cm)

Tweenager Anklet: 9″ (23cm)

Teen Anklet: 10.2″ (26cm)

If the child is too large for her age, leave an extra inch. Also, when shopping for chunky baby or child bracelets, such as European beads or pearls, allow half an inch of length.

Shopping for baby and child earrings is simpler as they don’t vary much in size except that they are usually smaller than adult earrings and have a slightly shorter stem than adult styles. The thickness of the earlobe does not vary much throughout childhood. Just check the earrings themselves for sharp edges. Look for earrings for babies and children that don’t exceed the earlobe. Earrings purchased for school children should be small and inconspicuous, preferably without earrings.

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