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« on: August 08, 2006 12:17:34 AM »

Hiya all,

I have what should be a seemingly really easy question, but just can't seem to find the answer anywhere on internet Sad

So here goes!: HOW big is a newborn babies foot?HuhHuh (on average)

I'm knitting baby socks for a friend who's expecting, but just don't have a clue whether the size is right.

...I saw my old neighbours in the supermarket the other day, and they were proudly showing me their new 4-day old babe (soooo cute!).... I'm just kicking myself now for not having asked to see his foot! ..... should that be worrying?!  ;P

Many many thanks all you tape-measure sporting moms! any help would be much appreciated Cheesy

EDIT: the first sock measures about 8cm length of foot and around 8cm circumference at ankle. Am I on the right lines? Cheers!
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« Reply #1 on: August 08, 2006 03:33:12 AM »

This page lists sizes for charity hats, socks etc- if you scroll down they have a list of feet sizes:

« Reply #2 on: August 08, 2006 10:17:44 AM »

wowww! this is perfect! THANKYOU purposefulinsanity!!!!! This page is amazing, it has ALL measurements... even recomended blanket sizes! Thanks again Cheesy All I seemed to find in my searches were pages that gave you measurements according to shoe-size... and as i have no idea how that works either I was none the wiser! Roll Eyes

According to this excellent link, my 8cm socks (using www.onlineconversion.com -indispensable web page!- this converts as 3.1") which mean my sock works out for:
5-7 lbs
Foot Length 3" - 3 1/2"

.... Thats average newborn weight, right? So. I'll try the other sock!! (never actually finished a "pair" to date, so this could be interesting trying to figure a "matching" pair!!

Viva Craftster! You're all SATRS!!!! Cheesy Thanks! (did I say that already?!)

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« Reply #3 on: August 08, 2006 01:09:52 PM »

Actually 5-7lb is more like a very-small newborn or a larger preemie size........  from what I gather (going by the UK anyhow) the average baby seems to be more like 7-8lb with some being bigger......

if it is any guide all my babies were born around 36-37 weeks (3-4 weeks early - I don't cook them long) and they were all around the 5-6lb mark.....

also from a mum point of view it is probably better to hvae the socks a little bit big - a bit of wriggle room if you like......  there is more room for growth and less risk of squishing those tiny toes - plus not every baby is average - some will have  longer thinner feet etc (again all my babies had incredibly long toes - that made their feet much longer than average.....)

bear in mind that newborns grow incredibly fast - if you make the socks to fit pefectly they won't last more than a week or 2.........  make them bigger and the babe can wear them for a couple of months (and cos newborns don't wear shoes it doesn't matter if the foot part of the sock is a bit on the long side.....)

« Reply #4 on: August 09, 2006 02:58:02 PM »

Definitely make them bigger than you think necessary!  Also, try making the socks with a stretchy type of yarn.  I've found that socks with a little give are more likely to stay on.  (My kid was 6lb 4oz, and her feet were about 3 1/2" long, I think).
« Reply #5 on: August 09, 2006 11:55:55 PM »

I'm probably not the best person to get advice from since I had a nearly 10 pound baby. But, she's currently 12 weeks and her foot is right this very moment just shy of 4" long. (She's also currently 15.5 lbs and over 25 inches tall...off the charts for her age. That's what I get for marrying a giant!)

Keep in mind the seasons and that newborns outgrow items much more quickly than 4-12 month olds!  And with my baby being so big, I have a whole slew of socks left over from my oldest daughter that were too small for my youngest AT BIRTH! You'd hate to put the effort into something and your friend have a mammoth baby like mine and never get to use them.

« Reply #6 on: August 11, 2006 03:34:14 PM »

thanks all for keeping the comments coming! It really is great to hear such expert advice.
I admit, I was actually really pleased with the link given above, as, from memory, the sock i'd made seemed right for newborn. However, i've now accepted the fact that its probably best to make another a tad bigger, just to be on the safe side..... soooooo, yet another odd sock for my ever growing collection!!! hahahahaa ;P Will I ever manage a pair??? hehahhahahahaa!

I promise to post pics when the PAIR are done! and thanks for all your help, it really is much appreciated Cheesy


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« Reply #7 on: August 24, 2006 05:46:41 AM »

hiya again all Smiley
For any of you curious ones out there... I finished the socks (and a litlle something else) !!!

Thanks again to all for you help Cheesy Kiss

I'm well pleased i actually finished a *pair* of socks!
I was really careful to try and make them match... but in the end i think the first one has ended up a tad bigger: the stitch count IS the same, I just think i stretched it a little in my "gleefull" playing with it when it was done Tongue haahhaahaaa!
Thanks again!

oops! nearly forgot the link to the post : https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=116587.0

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« Reply #8 on: August 25, 2006 09:14:59 AM »

congrats on finishing a pair!!! aren't baby socks the most wonderful things to knit?
where was that chart when I was searching for that info a couple of months ago?  Roll Eyes oh well. now I have it bookmarked. thanks purposefulinsanity

btw - with your collection of single socks, it sounds to  me like you have a wonderful collection of varied christmas stockings . . . . just add loops to hang 'em and tell people you did it intentionally

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« Reply #9 on: August 25, 2006 12:21:28 PM »

what an excellent idea, Mols!!!!!!! hahahahahaa, I likes ;P

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