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So my 3.5 year old just went through yet another growth spurt. He is an athletic 36 lb, 42 inch tall boy. We had been compromising with 3T slim fit pants with the waist button adjusters cinched in all the way to get the length he needed. But he grew and now his ankle bones are sticking out, again. He was wearing 18m and 2T shorts last summer and they fit great in the waist. I've been garage sale shopping over the last year and picked up literally 23 pairs of 4T pants across brands and styles hoping to find something that worked. None of them cinch in far enough to keep his pants up. The pants that fit him best are a pair of size 5 girl cords that slipped into the mix, but being too long and embellished with pink swirls and hearts makes them not the greatest choice. :( So, short of letting him eat his whole halloween haul at once in hopes of packing on an ounce of fat, any thoughts? Brands to try? Widgets to keep pants up?


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Nov. 4th, 2012 07:16 pm (UTC)
My son is very tall and slim, and the best fit I've found for pants are the Old Navy skinny jeans in slim fit. They're narrower in the waist as well as through the leg.
Nov. 4th, 2012 07:27 pm (UTC)

My son is 36lbs and 43 inches. We don't bother with anything that isn't Old Navy. Size 5 is a weensy bit longer than 5t, but we've been able to cinch them in far enough for captain bones.

Nov. 4th, 2012 07:36 pm (UTC)
Yep, here too. My 4 year old is skinny and ALL legs. Old Navy all the way. And they're not crazy pricey either. The regular "sale" is 2 for $24 and then a few times a year they go on sale for $10, which is when I try to stock up.
Nov. 4th, 2012 07:53 pm (UTC)
Nov. 4th, 2012 08:03 pm (UTC)
A lot of pants have a seam running down the outside of the legs. If they do, it wouldn't be that hard to use a sewing machine or serger to bring the seams in a half inch or inch on each side to make the waist a bit smaller, and trim off the excess. So long as you don't have too much bulk on the waistband where you cut it, should work. You could even sew in some stronger elastic in the waist to help tighten them up. Other styles can be taken in in different ways, but it depends on the style of the pants--some styles will be easier than others. Or if you're super-not-handy with those kind of things, you could take them to a tailor or friend who likes to sew.

I also remember as a kid having elastic suspenders that had little clips to clip on the pants, x'd in the back and straight in the front. I have no idea whether they still make those, but that's one way to keep the pants up. Or get him some nice tall rain boots that will hide some of the pants being too short ;-)
Nov. 4th, 2012 08:17 pm (UTC)
try Dappersnappers.com

Someone posted about this i think about 4 days ago... you could probably get a lot of get advice in that thread too.

Good Luck!
Nov. 4th, 2012 08:22 pm (UTC)
If he can wear a 4 for length, leave the toddler's section and go to the big boy's section and get a 4slim.

ETA it doesn't get any better...my son is about to leave kid's sizes but the men's waists don't come down small enough AND they don't make adult adjustable waists...hold me lj...

Edited at 2012-11-04 08:23 pm (UTC)
Nov. 5th, 2012 12:46 am (UTC)
i feel you. it is getting so frustrating, plus our son is autistic, so set in his ways, and moving to the men's section? yeah. but- if you have a rue 21 near you(we go to an outlet) they have great jeans, cheap, and they are skinny and do have a bit of adjustment at the waist depending on the style!
Nov. 5th, 2012 01:03 am (UTC)
We do have a Rue 21, good to know. My 9 year old is into juniors sizes, so we've been there for girl stuff, hadn't looked at their boy stuff.
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Nov. 4th, 2012 08:57 pm (UTC)
With one pair of really comfy pants, I've sewn on an extension to cover the ankle part - cut off a pair of my husband's sport socks at heel height and attached the upper part to the end of the pants. Lots of work for someone who can't sew well/fast (me), but works like a charm.

Otherwise, I keep buying drawstring pants.
Nov. 4th, 2012 09:07 pm (UTC)
When my middle kid was littler he was SCRAWNY. I would take mitten clips & fasten the belt loops in the back together. He couldn't get belts undone to go potty & this way he didn't have to & his pants still stayed up. I would thread it through the middle belt loop & fasten it to the ones on either side of it. Hope that makes sense, I'm not the best at explaining things.
Nov. 4th, 2012 10:25 pm (UTC)
I think this is the same idea as dapper snappers.
Nov. 4th, 2012 09:39 pm (UTC)
I keep my son in leggings- American Apprel has some wide leg ones (or they did a few years ago) and they fit my tall/skinny children well.
Nov. 4th, 2012 10:55 pm (UTC)
If you can find skinny jeans in the girls' section that you and he are both ok with wearing, I would try those. I know from experience girls' jeans are made incredibly skinny because my 4 year old daughter has very sturdy thighs and can't fit into any!

Alternatively, if you can sew or have a friend/family member who can, try adding 'cuffs' on to the bottom of the 3T pants - I used to do this for my elder daughter and it worked great. It was a great way to jazz up plain cheap pants, too.
Nov. 4th, 2012 11:47 pm (UTC)
When I was a kid my mum used elastic suspenders- sometimes over my top, but you can hide them by putting them over a singlet then under a t-shirt (if you want!). I loved wearing suspenders- still do as an adult.
Nov. 5th, 2012 02:22 am (UTC)
Plain, straight leg, Old Navy girls jeans.

Did you try any Pumpkin Patch jeans? We have some pants (not jeans, khakis?) that fit my skinny (but short) boy, the elastic seems to go all the way around.
Nov. 5th, 2012 03:27 am (UTC)
Project Pomona might also be another option. I wish I could afford their pants! My DD is tall and skinny - only a 9 or 12 month waist, but seriously more like a 24 month or 2T in length. If it weren't for the cloth diapers, she's crawl out of all of her pants (mostly 18 month at this point).
Nov. 5th, 2012 01:24 pm (UTC)
a belt?

or overalls.
Nov. 5th, 2012 06:16 pm (UTC)
I second sewing cuffs at the bottom, if you're crafty, you can go to the fabric store and pick out some awesome patterns with your son and add them to the bottom of your favorite pants.

Also, suspenders. My DS is 14 months old and wears 18 month old pants for length but the 12m around the waist is even a tad big for him, so thankfully we haven't run into that problem, but I can already see this issue coming up for us.

Nov. 6th, 2012 01:42 am (UTC)
Toddler belt should solve most of the problems! (I used this tutorial, but added a little bit of velcro to help keep it on!)

Sweat pants are stupidly easy to take in at the waist. I had a tall and skinny 2 year old for awhile and she lived in sweat pants I had taken in.
Nov. 6th, 2012 02:13 am (UTC)
Nov. 10th, 2012 01:37 am (UTC)
You could try belts that are easier for toddlers to use. https://www.myselfbelts.com/

I have a friend who uses Dapper Snappers with her little girl. http://dappersnappers.com/
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