Choosing the Best Sleepwear for Your Baby

Baby and sleep are two things that always go together. Babies need a lot of sleep for proper development, and a sleep-deprived baby is an irritable one.

Since babies need so much sleep, it is also important that they have good sleepwear that will keep them comfy and safe night after night. Here are some tips in purchasing the perfect sleepwear for your babies:

Fabric. Yes, it’s absolutely adorable to dress up our kids in silks and laces – but for baby’s delicate skin, simple is the best way to go. Sleepwear made with 100% cotton is still the best fabric for baby’s pajamas during warm weather because it is cool, breathable, highly absorbent, and comfortable. On chilly nights, you can add a cotton cap and wool leggings and sweater over baby, so that baby feels warm without having to use a blanket. (Blankets are not recommended for babies as they are suffocation hazards.)

Fit. Comfort is a top feature to look for when purchasing baby sleepwear, but “comfortable” does not mean “loose.” The best sleeping clothes for babies are snug-fitting ones, because snug-fitting clothes don’t easily catch fire – the snugness of the clothes against the body makes it very hard for fire to build up as there is too little oxygen between the cloth and the baby’s skin.

Flame resistance. Sleepwear items that are marked as “flame resistant” are often made with the chemical PROBAN. The safety of this chemical for babies is still in question, so we do not recommend “flame resistant” clothing. Instead, stick with snug-fitting sleepwear to keep your baby safe from burns.

Style. Baby clothes tend to be filled with fun colors, but bear in mind that busy designs or bright and contrasting colors can stimulate babies rather than help them relax. For sleepwear, it is best to choose clothes with minimal patterns and pastel colors that won’t excite baby’s vision.

Also, avoid long ribbons, laces, and beads, no matter how cute they may look. These are strangling and choking hazards, and you would do well to keep them away from babies and children under three years old.