5 Reasons To Love Our New Baby Sleeper Gown

by Tara Saltzburg

Tara here, founder of Westyn Baby. I'm so excited to introduce you to the newest member of our collection - our baby sleeper gown! I firmly stand as a sleep gown advocate, although I admit, I wasn't a believer at first. I was gifted my first baby sleeper gown, and after I gave it a shot, I fell in love with the ease of mid-night diaper changes. Until my little guy was 6 months old, that's all he wore to sleep. That being said, I shared some of the same concerns that other moms have when it comes to sleep gowns: They ride up. My baby's legs are exposed. It's hard to swaddle.

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Over the past year, I've spent a great deal of time contemplating the features that would make our baby sleeper gowns easier for parents to use and less disruptive for baby, all while meeting the federal sleepwear standards and sticking to our mission to create the softest baby pajamas out there.

So after many months of design and manufacturing, I couldn't be more excited to share the ultimate baby sleeper gown, along with all of its adorable (and functional) features, with you. Here are 5 reasons you'll love our newest addition...

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1. Cinch-Close Elastic System

Our favorite and most unique feature of our baby sleeper gown is the unique closure system. Gowns traditionally have an elastic bottom hem that makes diaper changes quick and easy, but leaves baby's legs relatively exposed. Our baby sleeper gowns use an elastic, cinched hem that prevents riding up and exposed legs. Just pull it apart, make the change, then cinch it back up so baby's legs remain warm and cozy (think: tiny 🌯). You can even tie it in a knot to make sure s/he doesn't wriggle out during the night! If you'd like to swaddle over top, just leave the closure open and swaddle as you normally would. Easy peasy.

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Why a cinch close system?

#1: it's super easy to use, it keeps baby's legs warm and cozy, and it prevents riding up.

#2: It's compliant with the infant and children's sleepwear regulations, which we're gonna get to now...

2. Compliance With Safety Regulations

I've mentioned the children's sleepwear regulations often. The standards focus primarily on sleepwear that's intended for children OVER 9 months of age. Why? Because infants younger than 9 months aren’t really mobile yet. Around the 8-10 month mark, infants start to scoot and crawl, but because they’re not cruising around too quickly, it’s unlikely they’ll get far from mom or dad and come face to face with an open flame. 

Because of this, the CPSC determined that it’s unnecessary for infant sleep garments to meet the same rigorous standards as those intended for older kids. Although sleepwear for infants is NOT required to be "snug fitting" or meet the same standards as toddler and kids' PJs, the CPSC still has regulations in place to ensure the safety of babies under 9 months of age. In short:

1)  Sleepwear for NB-9M CANNOT exceed a certain length - 25 3/4" for a one-piece garment or 15 3/4" for each part of a two-piece garment.

2) They must be tested at a third-party lab for lead content/surface coatings (think: painted snaps or zipper pulls) and phthalates (a group of chemicals often used as a plasticizer).

Our new baby sleeper gowns comply with BOTH standards required by the CPSC.

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Unfortunately, manufacturers don't always follow these guidelines and you'll often see garments that far exceed the length requirements, and are therefore, considered unsafe. Lookin' at you, knotted infant gown:

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 3. Non-Scratch Mittens

Who doesn't love a good fold-over mitten? I know I do! When my son was young and battled itchy eczema, mittens were a life saver for his tiny little cherub face. These were a no-brainer addition for me. They're great protection for all babies, but they're especially useful for babies with eczema and skin sensitivities.

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4. Gentle Fabric

Delicate infant skin calls for uber gentle material and we're pretty sure our signature fabric makes them the softest baby pajamas out there. Aside from that, our baby sleeper gowns (like all of our sleepwear) are NEVER treated with toxic flame retardant chemicals (the use/non-use of flame-retardants is a BIG DEAL, because they're not exactly great)Our gowns are designed without irritating tags that tend to wreak havoc on delicate skin and the seams are so minimal and soft, they’re barely noticeable. 

5. Durable Construction

A lot of stuff happens during the first 6 months, including a LOT of diaper changes and probably a few blow outs 💩. Our gowns are well-made, durable and built for wash after wash. After wash. After wash...

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*6. A Cherry On Top

baby-sleeper-gown-top-knot-hatYeah, we added this one on because, well, it's just pretty dang adorable. Not to mention it'll keep that bald little head extra cozy throughout cooler nights!  

Summary

There are lots of reasons to love our new baby sleeper gowns. At WB, we pride ourselves on staying compliant with the children's sleepwear regulations. We developed the ultimate baby sleeper gown that is safe while introducing a brand new look! Our easy to use cinch-close system is a life saver during zombie-like middle of the night changes and our fold-over mittens will prevent scratches on that adorable baby face! Gentle fabric, durable construction, 'nough said.

In short, our new baby sleeper gown will have your little one sleeping like, well, a baby (🤔). Now available in three beautiful colors! Easy for parents. Less disruptive for baby. Now that's something we can all get excited about! Happy ZZZing...

XO, Tara 

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