It's no secret we're big proponents of tight-fitting sleepwear. But Why? What's so great about tight-fitting sleepwear?
Well, tight-fitting sleepwear is SAFER for kids. Here's why:
Children's sleepwear is highly regulated by the CPSC 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).
In 2017 alone, over 50,000 baby and children's sleepwear garments (think pajamas, robes, and rompers) were recalled in the US for failing to comply with the safety standards set by the CPSC. That's a staggering statistic.
Per the standards, children's PJs sized over nine months must fall into one of two categories:
1. Loose-fitting (which must be flame-retardant)
In order to make loose fitting PJs flame-retardant, they're treated with harsh, flame-resistant chemicals (or they're made of an inherently flame-resistant, uncomfortable material, like Polyester).
The use (or non-use) of flame-retardant chemicals is a BIG DEAL. Flame-retardants can be detrimental to children and have been linked to increased hyperactivity and lowered IQ. Plus, these nasty chemicals aren't exactly great for delicate, young skin.
So why are tight-fitting garments safer?
Tight-fitting garments DO NOT require the use of toxic, flame-retardants. That's because they’re made to fit closely against a child’s body. Therefore, these types of PJs do not ignite easily and, even if ignited, they do not burn readily because there is little air under the garment to feed a fire.
Tight-fitting pajamas are the the safest option for children over the age of nine months - they'll hug your little ones for a safe and cozy night's rest. 💤
It's worth noting that these requirements are for children's PJs sized over the age of nine months since children under this age are insufficiently mobile and unable to expose themselves to an open flame.