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Why your Kids Should Wear Pyjamas to Sleep
Everyday wellness is about taking care of yourself and feeling good, every day — and every night. It doesn’t just mean eating right and exercising. It also means finding small, simple ways to take care of ourselves and feel good about ourselves.
And here’s one of the simplest ways out there:
Clothing is an important part of our everyday lives. It keeps us warm and protects us from the weather.
Many of us are tired by the end of the day — way too tired to care what clothes we or our kids choose to wear to bed. If we’re lucky, we’ve managed to brush our teeth and wash off our makeup before we pass out on the pillow. But thinking about pyjamas? Not so much.
Behavioral modification is powerful stuff. Good habits beget better habits, and confidence breeds confidence. The same holds true in the bedroom. Wearing something soft and comfortable for your kids is healthy as babies and young toddlers are too small for blankets.
When picking pyjamas for a newborn, infant, or toddler, comfort is only half the story. The other main factor is safety—especially when dressing newborns for sleep. Below, find out how to decide what to put on a newborn, infant, and toddler at bedtime.
Choosing The Right Wear for Kids at Bedtime
Newborns: It is important to dress babies in clothing that isn’t too loose (because that lowers the risk of suffocation). One-pieces with built-in feet are a great go-to choice. The most important thing is to avoid any clothing that can ride up over the baby’s face, like tops that are loose around the neck.
That’s where sleep sacks (with no hoods!) and wearable sleep blankets come in handy. (Don’t cover babies with a separate blanket, since that can accidentally cover their faces during sleep). That said, overheating boosts a newborn’s risk for SUID, so make sure to remove outer layers if your baby’s face looks flushed.
Infants: The above advice should be followed until babies hit the age of one, which is when they are no longer at risk for SUID. At this point, pyjamas can be almost anything infants are comfortable in and blankets can be added for warmth. Choosing cotton clothing is a good idea, since it’s soft and breathable—and it helps keep a baby’s body temperature at an ideal level during sleep. One other thing to note for infant sleepwear: Legally, any pajamas that are sized from nine months through size 14 must be either flame-resistant or tight-fitting. This is because loose clothing more easily catches on fire. Pajamas in this age range should have tags saying whether they are flame-retardant and snug-fitting and avoid any that don’t say either.
Toddlers: By the toddler stage, the rules change again. At some point, your child will move into a big-kid bed, and then pajamas can be anything that your little one likes. As for how warm the pyjamas should be, adults should use their bodies as a guide for how many layers are necessary.