Measure and Weigh Your ChildSizes often differ from store to store, so it is best to measure your child before placing an order.
- Clothing: Measure your child's height, waist and inseam, and know his approximate weight.
- Hats: Measure the circumference of the head, 1/4 inch above the ears.
- Shoes: Measure the length of the foot from the tip of the longest toe to the heel. However, it's best to have your child’s foot professionally measured beforehand.
Choose the Appropriate SizeMost online stores have a size chart you can follow to ensure that you choose the proper size for your child. If your child is on the boarder-line between sizes, use your judgment on which to order. If you're placing an order for a single, up-coming event, get the smaller size. If it’s something that you hope he will wear for an entire season or longer, order the larger size.
Read the Return PolicyMost large chain-stores have relaxed return policies allowing the customer to return items to their store or mail it back. This is not always the case, however, so it is wise to read the return policy before making your purchase.
Items purchased on online auctions are often non-returnable.
Choose Shipping Method WiselyCarefully read the shipping information for each item; certain items may take longer to leave a retailer's outlet than others.
Some online retailers offer free shipping with purchases over a specified amount. Therefore, it can often be cheaper to order an extra small item rather than pay for shipping. When taking advantage of such offers, be aware that if you choose a faster shipment, you most likely will not qualify for free shipping.