Infant Sleepwear & The Safety Standards

by Tara Saltzburg July 20, 2018

Hey There,

Our #1 priority is the safety of the children wearing our PJs. You've probably heard us talk about the CPSC children's sleepwear & flammability standards quite a bit. In short, the standards are in place to protect children from burn injuries that could occur if they were to come in contact with small ignition sources like a candle, lighter, or space heater (yes, it happens more than you think).

But the standards focus primarily on sleepwear that's intended for children OVER 9 months of age. Why? Because babies under the age of 9 months are insufficiently mobile and it's unlikely they'll find themselves face-to-face with an open flame. Not to mention, they're more concerned with food and sleep than playing Jack-Be-Nimble. 

Sleepwear for LOs under the age of 9 months is NOT required to be "tight-fitting" or meet the same flammability standards as toddler and kids' pajamas. However, there are still standards for sleepwear intended for babies NB-9M and all infant parents should be aware of them (because, unfortunately, not all companies abide by them). 

Infant Pajamas Safety Standards

Infant sleepwear must meet two important criteria: Length and CPSA Testing

1. Length

To ensure safety of infant sleepwear, the CPSC requires that the garment meets certain length requirements. If it's a one-piece garment (like a gown or onesie) the length CANNOT exceed 25 3/4" when laying in a relaxed position. 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".

Lookin' at you, knotted gown:

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2. CPSA Testing

Although infant PJs are not required to undergo any flammability testing, the garments must still meet the standards of the Consumer Product Safety Act (CPSA). This act requires that all children's clothing, including sleepwear for children of all ages, be tested at a third-party laboratory to ensure that they meet the requirements for lead content/surface coatings (think painted snaps or zipper pulls) and phthalates (a group of chemicals often used as a plasticizer).

Takeaway

If infant sleepwear meets these two important guidelines, they're considered SAFE. 

If you're ever unsure of the safety of your little one's PJs, remember - all children's sleepwear companies must maintain (and present, when asked) third-party issued Children's Product Certificates (CPCs) that ensure compliance with all of the sleepwear guidelines (to request our CPCs, visit our CPC Request Form).

 XO, Tara  

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