How to Make Toddlers Pants Fit

I have skinny little kids.

My son was barely on the charts at two years old and my daughter (though I haven’t checked the charts for her in awhile) is built exactly the same. They’re just little and thin!

Back when my son was two and potty trained, he couldn’t keep his pants up for anything. I saw an ad online for these cute little snappers that acted like a belt, but only in the back. While super cute,they were pretty pricey, so I began to brainstorm to find something else that would be just as useful.

Back when I used to ride and show horses, we had to wear clips on the bottom of our pants (strapped under the boots) to keep our pants from riding up, and they were adjustable. I knew they were at least a few bucks a pair, but better than paying $15 for a “belt”.

Before I was able to get to the store to pick up a pair, my mom did me one better.

She found these little clips (advertised for keeping mittens on coats) at the dollar store – two of them for just a buck. And they worked great! Even on his pants that don’t have loops, I can just clip them onto the extra fabric. At four years old, we still use these for my son. And hopefully very soon my two year old daughter won’t be wearing cloth diapers that keep her pants up. 😉

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  1. That is a great idea Donielle, and very inexpensive as well! One of my little fellows really needed this when he was younger, but not any more ~ I found a couple pairs of jeans with expandable/retractable elastic in the waist at Ross. 🙂

  2. The Not Quite Crunchy Parent says:

    This is a great idea- I STILL have that problem with a six-year-old and fewer and fewer pants in that age range have the inside adjusters.
    This reminds me though of the little clips I wore on the back of my blazers in the ’80s – maybe I still have a few lying around!

  3. Melissa@MamaMonoblogs says:


  4. elizabeth says:

    Cute! We have similar problem (even with a CD bubble-butt!) but I’ve found that the Janie and Jack pants have the adjustable waists inside like some maternity pants do. They are my favorite ebay/consignment store purchase!

  5. Anonymous says:

    What a great idea. We have the same issue in our house. Although Anders is still in diapers, so he’s sagging.

  6. This is brilliant! I’m going to look for those. Both my girls have teeny waists and now that they’re in underwear it’s even harder to keep their pants up.

  7. Condo Blues says:

    Brillant!No more days filled with,”Are you wearing underwear? Pull your pants up!”

  8. Lisa@BlessedwithGrace says:

    Very clever!

  9. The Organic Nest says:

    Awesome tip! Much easier than little hands trying to undo a belt when having a “hurry call”. We’ve got skinny-minnies at our house too! By the way, cute booty :)~Jenny

  10. WOW.
    My daughter is 18 months old and 20 lbs 8 oz.
    This would come in handy!
    I’m going to go searching for some this week.
    Oh, and I bought real 100% pure maple syrup today, and I’m pretty excited about it!

  11. La Mama Naturale' says:

    Awesome! It looks so cute too. That’s very cool. Good job.

  12. great idea! I’ve always just stitched up the waistline but this is much better!

  13. Norse, Jesica, and Boden says:

    Found your blog from surfing the comments on the challenge at Diaper Diaries… cute! I wanted to tell you Bravado makes great nursing bras if you had a little extra $$ hangin’ around.

  14. Thank you Thank you! I have some of these clips from the dollar store that I use to clip onto sheet corners after they lose their elasticity. I can’t believe I never thought of this! Hooray, no more sewing waistbands for me!

  15. PERFECT!!!! That is a marvelous idea for my skinny little mini children! 🙂 You’ve just doubled their wardrobe because now I can put the clothes back into rotation that were too big around the waist! thankyouthankyouthankyou!

  16. What a great idea!! I have a skinny little guy too, and he refuses to wear jeans because they’re always too big! I’ll have to try this.

  17. Very clever idea!

  18. Looks like I’m not the only one amazed at this brilliance! I have been wondering what to do with my son’s jeans because we have the same problem. Even the adjustable pants don’t stay up because he has. no. butt. I can sew in the sides of his dress pants, but the jeans are just to heavy. Now where to find these elastic clips… I dont’ know that I’ve ever seen them at my dollar store.

  19. This is just great! I have a skinny little one too and this will help so much! I usually try buying all of her pants at Kohl’s because 1-they are affordable and 2-they have adjustable waistbands. Now we can start shopping more second hand on pants:) I just saw a pair of these for 1 dollar at WalMart yesterday!!!