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.
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. We're proud to say that our PJs have been rigorously tested at a third-party laboratory to ensure compliance with all children's sleepwear regulations, including those determined by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada.
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.
In case you're like "um, a little more context, please" 🤷, we've got ya covered. Here's everything you need to know about the standards and keeping your little ones safe.
Ah, the children's sleepwear standards. 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 9 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:
Garments that meet the sizing requirements to be "tight-fitting" DO NOT need to be treated with 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's little air under the garment to feed a fire.
The use (or non-use) of flame-retardants is a BIG DEAL, because, well, they're not exactly great for kids (or anyone, for that matter).
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.
In short, it's better and SAFER to stay away from toxic, flame-retardant chemicals.
In addition to the flammability requirements, the Consumer Product Safety Act (CPSA) requires that all children's clothing be tested at a third-party laboratory to ensure that they meed the requirements for lead content/surface coatings (think painted snaps or zipper pulls) and phthalates (a group of chemicals often used as a plasticizer).
Children's sleepwear brands must maintain (and present, when asked) third-party issued children’s product certificates (CPCs) stating compliance with the sleepwear flammability standards as well as the children's clothing standards.
We have ours - If you'd like to see them, visit our CPC request form!
One thing you'll surely notice is this hang tag. It's a CPSC requirement that all tight-fitting garments intended for children over 9 months, bear this yellow tag (there are even requirements for the size of the tag and the 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.
But there are some other things to keep an eye out for. Make sure to check out 5 Things To Look For When Buying Children's Sleepwear.
If you're ever unsure, just request the CPCs. If the company's compliant, they'll have no problem getting them for you!
(Note: sleepwear intended for children under the age of 9 months does not require the hang tag. More on that below.)
Sleepwear designed for children under 9 months is NOT required to meet the rigorous flammability standards, which means garments for this age can be tight-fitting or loose-fitting and, if loose-fitting, they're NOT required to be treated with flame-retardant chemicals. Why? Because infants wearing these sizes are insufficiently mobile and they're unable to expose themselves to an open flame.
However, there are still important regulations in place to ensure the safety of young children in PJs.
For one, the garments must meet 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. Don't worry, we have a better, safer infant gown that DOES adhere to the guidelines!
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 meed the requirements for lead content/surface coatings (think painted snaps or zipper pulls) and phthalates (a group of chemicals often used as a plasticizer).
For more, check out Infant Sleepwear & The CPSC Standards.
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 sleepwear for children over the age of 9 months, tight-fitting PJs are the safest option. If buying for an infant younger than 9 months, be aware of the federal safety standards for infant sleepwear.
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 see our CPCs, visit our CPC Request Form).
Remember to check out 5 Things To Look For When Buying Children's Sleepwear to ensure your PJs are up to standards!
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