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No, My Child Is Not Too Old For That

August 27, 2018

No, My Child Is Not Too Old For That

I hear it all the time. Strangers asking strangers the most offensive of questions.

“How long are you going to do that for?” asks one of a mother still breastfeeding her 2-year-old. “Isn’t she getting a little old?”

“I see he's still not toilet trained.” says another of a stranger's 3 year old. “Isn’t he getting too old for nappies?”

I don't know how many times I’ve heard people question whether a child was too old for something - drink from a glass, use a dummy, sit in a pusher - the list goes on. Primary school kids who still sleep with a blankie or special friend are viewed suspiciously. Strangers tut 3 year olds who haven't mastered the toilet. And old people consistently complain about teenagers who dress up as their comic book heroes for fun.

Sometimes I feel like I missed the memo reminding me that there are official age limits on everything.

It seems that we adults have created these arbitrary cut-off ages for certain activities because we feel like parents are doing something wrong if they allow their kids to do something beyond what we consider “normal.”

Of course, there are some habits or behaviours that we as parents do need to wean kids off of within a reasonable time for their own good butt the point is this: those limits aren’t for random strangers or nosy neighbours to decide.

"But it's not normal." I hear the sticky-beaks cry.

My retort is simple, "What is normal?".

You see, there’s so much (like everything) that we don’t know about people we don't know. The teenager who can’t sleep without her teddy bear? Maybe she suffers from debilitating anxiety. That big kid riding in the supermarket trolley? Maybe he's one of those kids who looks several years older than he is. The tween who still believes in Santa might just really love fantasy. And that 8 year old who still sleeps in her parents’ room might just be from a culture where that's completely normal.

Sometimes it’s just a simple matter of different points of view. For example, my 6 year old is getting pretty heavy now and carrying her is tough work. So I rarely do. Especially seeing as her legs work just fine. But dammit, if she's tired, I will carry her. I'm sure some people will see that as coddling, but I see it as being helpful and showing compassion. Hell, if I could carry my wife when her legs get tired, I'd do that too.

Nobody has the right to judge what is right for another family. If I see a child who seems too old to be doing something, I remind myself that every family, every parent, and every child is different, and unless there’s a serious health or safety issue at play, it’s not my place to have an opinion about their choices.

And it is certainly never my place to voice an opinion about their choices without being asked.

So if you see a kid who seems too old for whatever they are doing, ask yourself: Are they being harmed by this? Might there be circumstances I don't understand? But most importantly,...

Is it really any of my business? 

Kids develop at different rates and they eventually outgrow just about everything. Unless you're asked or legitimately concerned, there’s no reason to make a judgement about anything.

You do you, and let other families do them.





Size Guide & Guarantee

 

Based on averages, we believe that a "Size 2" should actually fit your child from when they are two to when they are three.  However, we do appreciate that not all children are built the same and so in the spirit of helping you make an informed choice, have included our manufacturing size guide below.

Having said that, we also appreciate that buying clothes online can be difficult and even if you measure your kids according to the chart, sometimes things just don't fit right.

 

Therefore, we offer all our customers, the right to return items from their first order in order to exchange them for different sizes at no charge. Simply contact us and we will be more than happy to help you out. 

 

 

Clothing Size Guide:

(in cms)

6m

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

Chest

48

50

52

54

56

58

60

63

66

69

71

Waist

50

51

52

53

54

55

56

58

60

62

64

Hip

54

56

58

60

62

64

66

69

72

75

78

Height

76

80

89

98

107

114

120

126

132

138

144

Leg

35

38

44

50

57

62

66

70

74

78

82

 

Plae Shoes Size Guide:

All sizes published on our website are US sizes. Make sure to refer to the below shoe size conversion chart if you have any questions about your child’s foot length and the corresponding size in AU, European, or UK sizing.

We know how challenging it is to get the right fit, that’s why we’ve designed a simple process you can use at home. Print out our PLAE FIT KIT and try it out. 

US Size EU Size UK Size AU Size Inches Cms
6 22 5 5.5 5.5 14
7 23 6 6 5.7 14.5
8 24 7 7 5.9 15
9 25 8 8 6.1 15.5
9.5 26 8.5 8.5 6.3 16
10 27 9 9 6.5 16.5
11 28 10 10 6.7 17
12 29 1 11 6.9 17.5
12.5 30 11.5 12 7.1 18
13 31 12 12.5 7.3 18.5
1 32 13 13 7.5 19
2 33 1 1 7.9 20
2.5  34 1.5 2 8.1 20.5
3.5 35 2.5 3 8.5 21.5
4 36 3.5 3.5 8.9 22.5

 

Wellies Size Guide:

In order to ensure correct size for your feet, we have measured the internal length of each insole of each Wellington boot as shown in the table below. Please measure one of your insoles that currently fit your foot length, and match it to our measurement, to find your correct size. We have found that this is the most efficient way, as shoe sizes and measurements vary between manufacturers.

AU Size EU Size Insole Measurement cm
1 19 12.5 cm
2 20 13.5 cm
3 21 14 cm
4 22 14.5 cm
5 23 15.5 cm
6 24 16 cm
7 25 16.5 cm
8 26 17 cm
9 27 17.5 cm
10 28 18.5 cm
11 29 19 cm
12 30 19.5 cm
13 31 20 cm
1 32 21 cm
2 33 22 cm
3 34 23 cm
4 35 23.5 cm

 

Please note: while all care is taken to ensure the accuracy of this information and the final result, the processes of manufacturing (marking, cutting, sewing and finishing) mean that some variances will occur.

 

If you have any questions regarding sizing, please feel free to contact us using the form below.