Children’s Pajamas and Sleepwear – How to Keep Children Safe at Bedtime


Keeping children safe at bedtime is easy. Parents and caregivers can prevent injuries to children by following simple guidelines when purchasing children’s sleepwear. Keep children away from small flames such as stoves and fireplaces at bedtime and just after rising in the morning. Be sure to select safe sleepwear for your child and that is designed for use as children’s sleepwear and meets federal safety standards.

Loose fitting kids pajamas, footed pajamas, and bathrobes should be flame resistant. Generally, this means they should be 100% polyester or made of a fabric that is flame resistant. Many forms of polyester are inherently flame resistant, meaning that they do not require any treatment sleepwear set by chemicals. There are some cotton fabrics with flame resistance on the market. These cotton fabrics have been treated to meet this standard.

Cotton pajamas for children (and cotton/polyester blends) that are not flame resistant should be snug fitting. Purchase cotton pajamas in sizes appropriate for your child. The fabric should fit closely to the child’s skin. Many parents choose this option. Snug fitting cotton and cotton blend pajamas are available in many fun styles including novelty and cartoon prints that kids love.

Do not use loose fitting, cotton t-shirts, sweatshirts, sweatpants or other daytime clothing as sleepwear for your child. Use only garments that have been manufactured for use as sleepwear and meet children’s sleepwear safety guidelines. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, putting children to bed in garments not intended to be used as sleepwear results in over 200 emergency room treated burns each year. Also, do not let children wear sleepwear that was manufactured for adults. Adult pajamas and sleepwear does not have to meet the same flammability standards as children’s pajamas and sleepwear. Adult sleepwear will not provide your children with the safety that they need.

What about babies? Flammability regulations for children’s sleepwear start at above size nine months. Baby pajamas in sizes nine months and below do not need to meet the same flammability standards as sleepwear for older children. Infants in sizes nine months and below generally cannot move around enough to get close to open flames and other sources of burns.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission sets safety standards on kids pajamas and sleepwear in the United States. Children’s sleepwear over size nine months should either be flame resistant if loose fitting or snug fitting if not made of a flame resistant material. Flame resistant garments are made from fabric that is either inherently flame resistant or has been treated to be so. Labels sewn inside children’s pajamas and bathrobes identify the garments as either flame resistant or snug fitting.

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