What is 6X Size? Guide to 6 vs. 6X vs. 6T Kids Clothing Sizes


6X vs. 6 sizes for kids clothes

Are you confused by size 6X and how it differs vs. regular size 6? Then you’ve come to the right place. Below you’ll find a detailed guide to figuring out the best size 6 clothing for your kid so you’ll easily be able to decide between 6T vs. 6 vs. 6X size clothes.

You learn a lot of things when you become a parents. One thing I have learned is that figuring out kids clothing sizes is more complicated than it should be.

It starts early too, when you have to figure out the difference between newborn and 0-3 month size clothes. You know, because you’d think 0 months means the same thing as newborn (spoiler alert: it doesn’t).

And then it happens again when your hit toddler age and realize that stores offer both a size 4T and a regular size 4. If that confuses you like it did me, check out my breakdown of 4T vs. 4 kids clothing sizes.

I thought that’d be the last of the kids clothing confusion. And then I spotted size 6X on the Carter’s size chart. Yep, their sizes go 5, 6, 6X, and then 7, etc.

6X is the only X size you’ll find on kids clothing size charts, which makes it extra confusing. And to make matters worse, it’s only used for girls’ clothing.

But don’t worry, I’m a researcher who did the deep-dive into figuring out 6X so you don’t have to. I’ve written extensively about these anomalies in kids clothings sizes and am back with another kids clothing size explainer for 6X (for examples of my other guides, check out my guide to sizes 5 vs. 5T vs. XS).

This time, we’re diving into the differences between sizes 6X vs. 6 vs. 6T — yes, some stores have a 6T size too!

Before we dive in, don’t forget to check out 17 Ways to Save Money on Kids Clothes.

Now, let’s figure out size 6X.

What is size 6X?

Size 6X is a kids clothing size that falls in-between size 6 and 7 specifically for girls. Interestingly, 6X is only a size in girls’ clothes. Boys clothes simply go from size 6 to size 7. Size 6X is designed with a 6-year-old girl in mind, but it is slightly bigger than size 6 in case they’ve had a growth spurt.

Carter’s, one of the biggest kids clothing retailers, describes their size 6X as “a size between six and seven” (source). Sizing options vary by store so 6X is not available in all brands.

The reason why size 6X exists is there is often a growth spurt for girls around age 6 (source on growth spurts). Boys generally don’t have a growth spurt around this time.

6X size offers girls who have shot up in size the option to stay in styles for littler kids longer. Size 7 is often the start of “bigger kids” clothing so they may not match the fashion sense of a 6-year old girl who needs bigger clothes because of growing. For example, this boutique describes size 6X as “little kid” and size 7 as “tween.”

What is size 6?

Size 6 is the standard clothing size for children and is designed with the average 6-year-old in mind. Size 6 is available in both boys and girls clothings. It is often the first size for little kids that does not have an equivalent toddler-size offering.

What is size 6T?

Size 6T is considered a toddler size for clothing, as indicated by the ‘T’ marking. Most brands stop their toddler sizes at 5T but a few places like Old Navy go up to 6T (source: Old Navy size chart).

Generally, toddler sizes are used to indicate clothes that are suitable for children still in diapers and/or children learning to dress themselves. They are usually slightly smaller than regular size 6, but the exact measurements will vary by store.

The pants will often be looser and easy to take on and off to accommodate diapers. They will also have fewer buttons and zippers that are harder to manipulate when you are learning to dress.

What are the differences between sizes 6 vs. 6X vs. 6T?

6X is generally a little bigger than size 6 to accommodate girls going through their 6-year growth spurt (growth spurt source). A major difference between size 6X and 6 is that 6X is a girls’ clothing size, while size 6 is used for both boys and girls (source: example size chart from Children’s Place).

An easy way to think of the difference between 6X and 6 sizes is that 6X is essentially a half size between 6 and 7 for girls.

Another difference between sizes 6 vs. 6X vs. 6T is that size 6 is generally available at most stores. In comparison, size 6X and 6T are only offered by certain kids clothing brands.

6T is different from both sizes 6X and 6 because it is a toddler size. Toddler sizes accommodate kids who are developmentally younger, and often still in diapers or learning to dress themselves.

You’ll find more snaps, buttons, and zippers on size 6X and 6 than on 6T. 6T size will generally fit a little looser and shorter vs. size 6, with bottoms that are easier to take off, in case the child wears diapers. 6T is only available at a handful of stores like Old Navy.

Size 6 vs. 6X at Carter’s

Carter’s is perhaps the biggest name in baby and toddler clothes. They also offer kids clothing up to size 14.

Carter’s offers a size 6 and a size they label 6-6X. Per the size chart below, these sizes fit the same size child. However, on Carter’s guide to finding the right fitting clothes, they describe their 6X as being a size between 6 and 7.

645 – 47.5″43 – 48 lbs
6-6X45 – 47.5″43 – 48 lbs
Source: Carter’s size chart

Old Navy & Gap’s 6 vs. 6T sizes

Old Navy and Gap do not offer a 6X size. However, they do run their toddler sizing up to 6T. Per the size chart, their size 6 vs. size 6T fit the same size kids.

Their regular size 6 is also equivalent to their small size for kids, so you’ll find some items in the XS-L sizing system and some with number-sizes.

6T45 – 49″46 – 53 lbs
6 / S45 – 49″
Source: Old Navy size chart

Note that Old Navy and Gap do not provide weight ranges once you hit their kids’ sizes.

These comparable sizes can be used to your advantage to save money. I’ve noticed when shopping that pajamas sized at 6T for toddlers will be much cheaper than the same pajamas sized 6/S for kids, since their toddler clothes generally run cheaper than bigger kids clothes.

Cat & Jack sizes 6 and 7 slim

Cat and Jack is Target’s house brand for baby, toddler and kids’ clothing.

Their size chart is perhaps the most confusing to wade through because for girls they have two listings for 6X — 6X and 6X slim. And, they also offer slim sizes that function similarly for children in-between sizes (source: Cat & Jack brand size chart).

So at Target, you’ll have to choose between size 6, 6 Slim, 6X, 6X slim and 7 slim for a little girl. And some items are labeled with XS-L sizing system, with the 6 and 6X sizes equivalent to size small and 7 slim being a medium.

Here is a chart highlighting the comparison between 6 vs. 6X vs. 7 slim:

6 Slim45 – 47″39 – 42 lbs
645 – 47″42 – 48 lbs
6X Slim47 – 49″42 – 46 lbs
6X47 – 49″47 – 53 lbs
7 Slim49 – 51″46 – 52 lbs
Source: Target size chart (embedded on each individual item page)

Note, on some of their girls size charts there seems to be an error where 6X slim is listed twice. I am pretty sure one is meant to be 6X slim and the other regular 6X since the weights are different.

Children’s Place size 6x vs. 6 size differences

At Children’s Place, their 6X size is labeled “6X / 7” and is the size in-between sizes 6 and 8. Again, this 6X size is only on the girl’s size chart. The boy’s chart simply goes “6, 7, 8.”

644 – 46.5″45 – 50 lbs
6X / 746.5 – 50.5″50 – 57 lbs
Source: Children’s Place size chart

Conclusion: Are 6 and 6X the Same Sizes?

6X and 6 sizes are not the same size — 6X fits a little bigger than size 6 and is only available in girls clothing. Since girls tend to have a 6-year growth spurt and boys do not, 6X size gives them the opportunity to stay in little kids clothes long.

In comparison, the 6T size available at a few stores will likely fit a little looser and smaller vs. sizes 6 and 6X. As a toddler size, it is designed for young kids learning to dress themselves and perhaps still in diapers.

So, should you buy size 6 or size 6X? When it doubt, I’d recommend sizing up and going for a 6X if available.

The bigger size will give you more bang for your buck since your kid will be able to wear the clothes longer. Kids can grow so fast so any opportunity to save a little money on kids clothes is always welcome.

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About the Author

Elizabeth Jon is a Ph.D. researcher whose work focuses on pregnancy and education. At Shoestring Baby, she uses her skills to research baby name trends, in-depth baby gear reviews & money savings ideas for parents.

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