5 Things To Look For When Buying Children's Sleepwear
It's no secret we're big advocates of tight-fitting sleepwear for children. Tight-fitting sleepwear doesn't need flame-retardant chemicals to keep little ones safe because they’re made to fit closely against a child’s body. Therefore, they don't ignite easily and, even if ignited, they doesn't burn readily because there's little air under the garment to feed a fire.
To ensure you're buying safe, snug sleepwear, always look for these 5 things:
1. Product Promotion
It's important to determine whether the garment is actually "sleepwear". Take note of how the garment is being promoted. Are they called "pajamas" or "PJs"? Are they in the sleepwear section of the store?
Always look for words like pajamas, pjs, sleep gown, sleep set, sleeper. Many companies will promote products that resemble pajamas, but will use a disclaimer like "not intended for sleeping". Those products haven't undergone the requisite safety testing outlined by the CPSC. Always buy sleepwear that is labeled appropriately and don't put kids to bed in garments that aren't clearly marketed as sleepwear.
Tight-fitting children's pjs are required to bear a permanent label stating the size for which the garment is intended. It's important the that the PJs are snug and fit close to your little one's body.
3. Yellow Tag
Tight-fitting children's sleepwear is required to have this hangtag. It's simply there to make sure that you realize that the PJs are NOT treated with flame-retardants and therefore, the PJs should be worn close to the body. Not sexy. But important.
Sleepwear designed for children under nine months isn't required to meet the rigorous flammability standards (they don't need to be tight-fitting or use flame-retardant chemicals) since infants wearing these sizes are insufficiently mobile and unable to expose themselves to an open flame.
However, there are strict length requirements set by the CPSC (If it's a one-piece garment, maximum length is 25 3/4". If it’s a two-piece set, neither piece can be longer than 15 3/4").
Unfortunately that means many of those cute knotted baby gowns you see on the market don't actually comply with the regulations because they're quite a bit longer than 25 3/4". Don't worry, we have a better, safer infant gown that does adhere to the guidelines!
The CPSC requires that tight pajamas have no fabric ornamentation or trim (think lace, ribbon, and logo tags) which extends more than 1⁄4" from the point at which it's attached to the garment. Having any ornamentation longer than that may pose a burn risk to kids.