How To Choose The Safest Children's Pajamas

February 25, 2022

How To Choose The Safest Children's Pajamas

As parents, we always try to do as much as we can to ensure our children are safe and healthy. We research our choices, talk to other parents, and do our due diligence, which can sometimes lead to overwhelm! At Coco Moon, not only do we aim to make products that are loved by the entire family, but are also safe and take the guesswork and overwhelm out of shopping for your little one by creating safe children’s sleepwear. 

One area that might surprise you pertains to safety standards in children’s sleepwear or pajamas. 

Whether you’re a first time parent or a seasoned veteran, when purchasing pajamas for your child you’ve probably noticed a bright yellow tag that reads “For child’s safety, garment should fit snugly. This garment is not flame resistant. Loose-fitting garments are more likely to catch fire.

While this bright yellow tag can seem alarming, it is there for a reason and there is a lot of history behind this yellow tag. We’re here to explain a bit of that history and why we design snug-fitting sleepwear with our children’s safety in mind. 

Consumer Product Safety Commission Children's Sleepwear Regulations

Children’s sleepwear is highly regulated by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). This regulation dates back to years ago, when smoking cigarettes was common and fire safety regulations like smoke detectors were not as standard in homes as they are today. At the time, much of children’s sleepwear was “loose-fitting” (like nightgowns) and made of highly flammable materials, which caused it to catch fire much easier. When combined with lighters and cigarettes, it was a recipe for disaster. 

This caused the government to enact the Flammable Fabrics Act in 1953. The act required children’s pajamas to be flame retardant, which the CPSC determined could be done in two ways:

  1. Use a material that is inherently flame resistant (and likely uncomfortable, i.e., polyester)
  2. Treat the fabric with toxic chemicals that would then make the fabric flame resistant. 

And please keep in mind, during this time children’s pajamas were intended to fit loosely, so the snug fit pajamas Coco Moon sells today were not even on people’s radar. 

This all led to the use of Flame Retardants….

Let’s just say, putting children in pajamas every night that were covered in chemicals proved to be just as dangerous (if not more) as putting them in non-flame retardant clothing. 

As reported in the Washington Post in 1977, a study on children's sleepwear safety found that two chemicals that were widely being used in children’s sleepwear (brominated tris and chlorinated tris) were incredibly dangerous and were eventually called to be banned. It was found to be a potent carcinogen and was ultimately banned from being used in children’s sleepwear, but similar chemicals, like bromine and chlorine, continue to be used today! 

Eventually, the CPSC found a solution that could solve both the problem of loose clothing being more prone to catching fire, and the dangers that came with using flame retardant chemicals: snug fitting pajamas. 

Because fire needs oxygen to burn, if your child is wearing snug fitting pajamas and happens to come in close contact with a flame, the likelihood it turns into something worse decreases dramatically thanks to the limit of oxygen. 

The safest children’s sleepwear...

The CPSC requires that children’s pajamas for children aged 9 months to 14 years be snug fitting. The reasoning for this is that babies under 9 months aren’t as mobile and are thus less likely to come in contact with an open flame, which is why you might not see that bright yellow tag on clothing designed for our younger babies. It is also why loose fitting items, like newborn sleep gowns, are considered safe if they also meet the CPSC requirements for certain measurements. 

When it comes time to buy safe pajamas for your little ones, that bright yellow tag is a pretty good indicator that there won’t be any flame retardant on the pajamas you’re about to buy. But for good measure, the CPSC also requires that the garment have a permanently affixed neck label that states WEAR SNUG FITTING. NOT FLAME RESISTANT.

Third Party Laboratory Safety Testing of Children's Sleepwear

Aside from the sleepwear requirements, the CPSC also requires third party testing for all children's products to ensure adherence to safety regulations such as flammability, lead content and surface coatings, small parts, and phthalates. All companies that sell children’s products must also maintain Children’s Product Certificates (CPC). This document certifies that the children's products comply with applicable children's product safety rules.

PS: The CPSC highly discourages putting children to sleep in nightgowns, t-shirts, or any loose fitting clothing as it increases the chances of catching fire if exposed to a flame. AKA - Coco Moon’s snug-fitting pajamas are the safest way to go! 

Coco Moon Children’s Sleepwear Puts Safety First

We started this company because we wanted our keiki (children) to carry or wear a piece of island-soul with them wherever they are. And part of that comes with ensuring they do so in a way that is safe. We’ve taken the steps to ensure that our clothing meets all safety requirements put in place by the CPSC. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us! Your keiki’s (child's) safety is our #1 priority. 

In the meantime, shop our CPSC certified snug fitting pajama and bring your keiki island inspired designs that cover them in aloha, comfort, and safety from head-to-toe. 

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