In 2017, over 50,000 baby and children's sleepwear garments (think pajamas, robes, and rompers) were recalled in the US for failing to comply with federal flammability standards. We don't wanna be part of that crew.
At Westyn Baby, our primary concern is the safety of the children wearing our PJs. We're committed to adhering to all federally-mandated children's sleepwear guidelines. Our promise to you, our valued customers, is that we will always perform requisite safety testing, remain apprised of ever-changing sleepwear standards, and provide safe, quality products for your children.
Why so serioussss? Read on, friend! It's a big deal.
Ah, the children's sleepwear regulations. Not the sexiest topic in the world, but these regs are uber important. Regardless of where you buy your PJs, you should be aware of them because there are constant recalls on PJs that don’t meet the safety requirements.
Children’s pajamas are highly regulated by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, and for good reason. The CPSC sets national flammability safety standards for children's sleepwear 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, this happens. A lot.)
Under these federal safety guidelines, all kids’ sleepwear garments sold in sizes larger than nine months must be either flame-resistant and pass specific flammability testing OR they must be "tight-fitting," which is defined by the CPSC and involves very specific clothing measurements.
Since loose-fitting PJs are required to be flame-resistant, that means one of two things:
According to a 2016 article from Babylist,
For years flame-resistant chemicals were added to children’s pajamas, carseats, and other items. In 1977, when researchers discovered that two commonly used fire retardant chemicals (brominated and chlorinated tris) were very dangerous and mutated your DNA, those particular chemicals were banned. But in later years, folks started to figure out that even the “safer” fire retardant chemicals were potentially dangerous to kids: the chemicals were linked to increased hyperactivity and lowered IQ.
Garments that meet the sizing requirements to be "tight-fitting" DO NOT need flame-retardants because they’re made to fit closely against a child’s body. This type of sleepwear does NOT ignite easily and, even if ignited, does not burn readily because there is little air under the garment to feed a fire.
That banana sized eye-sore that you’ll notice when you purchase our baby sleepers or kids’ pajamas is required since our children's PJs fall in the "tight-fitting" category (there are even requirements for the size of the tag and font!). It's simply there to make sure that consumers realize that the PJs are NOT treated with flame-retardants and therefore, should be worn close to the body. Not sexy. But important.
In addition to the flammability requirements, the Consumer Product Safety Act (CPSA) requires that all children's clothing meets the requirements for lead content/surface coatings (think painted snaps or zipper pulls) as well as phthalates (a group of chemicals often used as a plasticizer) at a CPSC-approved laboratory.
Children's sleepwear brands must receive a children’s product certificate (CPC) stating compliance with the sleepwear flammability standards as well as the children's clothing standards.
We have ours - If you'd like to see it, just let us know!
Sleepwear designed for children under nine months is still required to undergo testing for lead content/surface coatings as well as phthalates, but they aren't required to meet the rigorous flammability standards since infants wearing these sizes are insufficiently mobile and unable to expose themselves to an open flame. However, the infant pajamas can’t be longer than 25 3/4" (or 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 recommends that you do NOT put children to sleep in T-shirts, sweats, or other oversized, loose-fitting cotton or cotton-blend garments. These garments can catch fire easily and are associated with burn injuries to children.
If buying for children over the age of nine months, always shop for PJs that bear the yellow hang tag and state that they are designed to be "tight fitting".
If buying for infants under the age of nine months, make sure they don't exceed the 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").
"My hope is that WB is a brand you grow to love and trust for your children and when you see our signature unicorn, you know you've got the best and safest PJs out there. I don’t want to change the world; I just want to make PJs better for the little dreamers that wear them."
Tara Saltzburg, Founder
If you’d like to know more, check out the CPSC's children's sleepwear regulations.
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