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, we’re committed to keeping your little ones safe by adhering to all federally-mandated children’s sleepwear regulations.
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 or space heater.
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 don’t 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.
So you should really be shopping for PJs that state that they are designed to be "tight fitting".
Enter, Westyn Baby!
"Is That Why WB PJs Have This Yellow Tag?", you ask.
Yup. That banana sized eye-sore that you’ll notice when you purchase our baby sleepers or kids’ pajamas is required. It's simply there to make sure that consumers realize that the PJs aren't treated with flame-retardants and therefore, should be worn close to the body.
We know, not sexy. But important.
Sleepwear labeled under 9 months isn’t required to meet the standards because 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 and 3/4 inches (or if it’s a two-piece set, neither piece can be longer than 15 and 3/4 inches).
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".
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.
Manufacturers must also issue a children’s product certificate (CPC) stating compliance with these regulations. We have ours - If you'd like to see it, just let us know!
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 you’d like to know more, check out the CPSC's children's sleepwear regulations.