The 11 Best Baby Pajamas to Buy In 2020

The 11 Best Baby Pajamas to Buy In 2020

The key to a happy and healthy life is sleeping well. And that little pearl of wisdom applies to both the parents and their newborn child.

But with all the late-night diaper changes and non-stop howling of these early formative years, how can a hapless mom or dad ever hope to achieve that mythical notion of a ‘good night’s sleep?’ Well, the hard truth is there’s no magic solution. But it certainly does help if you dress your little one in a comfortable pair of jammy jams so they can feel warm and cozy as they drift away to sleep.

Here’s everything you need to know about baby pajamas, as well as the top 11 pairs to buy this year.

What to Consider When Buying Pajamas for Your Baby

Not all PJs are created equally, so it’s essential you pick up the perfect pair for your little one. Otherwise, you’ll find they grow out of it too quickly, or they just won’t get a good night’s sleep, which will keep you awake as well. Keep the following factors in mind when picking out a pair of baby pajamas.

  • Price: We’ve all got budgets to stick to on our list, but be aware a pair of baby PJs can run anywhere between $5 and $30 each. Considering you’ll need to buy around half a dozen pairs (which your tot will outgrow in lightning speed), the price of your chosen brand could make a big difference.
  • Sizes: Sadly, there is no one-size-fits-all approach to baby pajamas—either they fit, or they don’t. Because babies come in all shapes, baby pajamas are inconsistent in size at the best of times. And varying sizing standards between competing manufacturers only adds to the confusion. Check the size section of our reviews to see if the jammies run large or small and purchase accordingly.
  • Material: A comfortable and breathable material that feels heavenly on the skin is best for getting your child to doze off at night. And that’s why 100% cotton is often the go-to choice; it’s breathable, stretchable, and soft to the touch. Pure cotton is famous for shrinking in the drier, though. So many parents opt for a blend of polyester, bamboo, and/or spandex instead.
  • Diaper Changes: Your baby is going to need a diaper change at ungodly hours of the night, so you must purchase pajamas that facilitate the act. Look for something with snaps, magnetic buttons, or zippers that go all the way down the leg. That way, you can quickly unfasten the pajama and get the diaper changed fast.
  • Flame Resistant Vs. Snug Fit: US Government regulations mandate that modern pajamas must be one of two different things: tight-fitting or made from flame-retardant materials. However, some studies have shown the chemicals in fire-resistant clothing are hazardous, so we reckon snug-fitting PJ’s are your best bet.

Top 11 Best Baby Pajamas 2020

1. Best Overall Baby PajamasSimple Joys by Carter’s Snug Fit Footless Cotton Pajamas

Simple Joys by Carter’s Snug Fit Footless Cotton Pajamas

Why we like it: These are a superb all-around option with comfy fabric, cool designs, and an excellent fit.

Editor’s Rating:

Sizes: 6-24 months. Runs small. Choose a bigger size than usual.
Material: 100% cotton
Flame Resistant Coating or Snug Fit: Snug fit

Diaper Changeability
These pajamas use an ankle-to-chin zipper plus a snap-over tab that provides a reasonable degree of changeability, although perhaps not the best on our list. The interior zipper isn’t protected with cloth, which may irritate some babies’ skin.

Design
We love a good pair of Carter’s pajamas, and their snug fit PJs from the Simple Joys collection are the cream of the crop. These PJs are perfect for girls, with super soft 100% cotton that feels lovely to the touch.

But the best thing about these jammies—aside from the amazing prints—is the snug fit, which does a beautiful job of hugging the figure of babies big and small. Snug cuffs stop the material from drooping, which means these size up effectively so you can get more use out of them than the typical pair. And that’s fantastic for your bank balance and saves the hassle of having to order more. For first-time pajama buyers, Carter’s includes a comprehensive sizing guide which takes the guesswork out of the process.

If winter is coming and you want something a little warmer for your tot, then you can choose the fleece option instead of cotton. Do note, however, that these come in a flame retardant material rather than a snug fit, which not all parents are going to love.

The option listed is for girls, but you can shop here for the equivalent pair of PJs for boys.

Pros

  • Adorable designs
  • Made from 100% cotton
  • Warmer fleece option available for colder climates
  • Zippers offer decent diaper changeability
  • Snug fit lets you size up and get more use out of the product

Cons

  • The interior zipper isn’t covered, which could cause a skin irritation
  • Diaper changeability is decent, but we’ve seen better

2. Best Budget Baby PajamasGerber Baby Girls’ Sleep N’ Play Footie

Gerber Baby Girls’ Sleep N’ Play Footie

Why we like it: These cute baby girls pajamas offer serious bang for your buck.

Editor’s Rating:

Sizes: Newborn to 9 months. These run much bigger than usual so grab a smaller size.
Material: 100% Cotton
Flame Resistant Coating or Snug Fit: Snug fit

Diaper Changeability
The Gerber Sleep n’ play comes with a zipper at the front, which zips right down to the ankle. Diaper changes are easy enough, and the zipper has a handy safety tab – with a snap to hold it in place, thus preventing it from irritating the baby’s skin.

Design
Gerber makes amazing pajamas, and the best thing for budget-orientated parents is that they are just so incredibly cheap. You get four pajamas with this pack, which is generally as many as a baby would ever need.

As you can see from the pics, the prints here are just adorable. And if you’re not that keen on what you see, bear in mind there’s a total of eight different designs to choose from. The 100% cotton material does the trick, feeling soft to the touch, and it’s easy enough to clean. They are rather thin, though, so you might want to look elsewhere if you live in a cold climate.

Note that this model is footed, so you won’t have to mess around with baby socks (hallelujah!). However, there’s no non-slip stitching on the bottom of the soles, which means these footings are going to make baby slide all over smooth surfaces—not the best if your tot is old enough to stand or crawl.

The big downside here, however, is the sizing. It’s is pretty terrible as these PJs run way too big. Aim for at least one size smaller than you think, or they’ll be far too loose for your baby to wear safely.

Fancy a pair of these for your baby boy? Well, the good news is Gerber sells precisely the same product for boys as well.

Pros

  • Cost-effective
  • Cute designs
  • Soft 100% cotton is simple to wash
  • Has footings
  • Comes in a four-pack (probably all you need)

Cons

  • Soles don’t have anti-slip stitching
  • Sizing is way too big

3. Best Fleece Baby PajamasSimple Joys by Carter’s Fleece Footed Pajamas

Simple Joys by Carter’s Fleece Footed Pajamas

Why we like it: These quality fleece PJs are super cozy and warm to ward away the winter chill.

Editor’s Rating:

Sizes: 12 months to 5T (5 years old).
Material: 100% polyester
Flame Resistant Coating or Snug Fit: Flame Resistant Coating

Diaper Changeability
This model comes with an ankle to chin zipper and includes a snap over the tab to keep it in place. The classic method makes diaper changes a breeze.

Design
Cotton just won’t do for babies living in cold climates (i.e., the northern states), especially once the winter months start to roll in. So to keep your beautiful baby all cozy and warm, it’s best to invest in a pair of fleece pajamas instead.

Carter makes our best Best Baby Pajama Overall, and the fleece version from the same Simple Joys collection delivers the goods as well.

Why do we love Simple Joys so much? Well, Carter makes adorable and affordable products that do exactly what they intend. The 100% polyester fleece material is thick enough to keep baby warm but not too thick to restrict movement. And their synthetic fiber is much more simple to launder than cotton, plus they don’t tend to tear so you can pass these down to your next child with minimal fuss.

At the bottom, there are two snug little footings to keep your baby’s toes warm. Although these both have non-slip pads, be aware that they’re far from infallible so your tot will tumble if they’re old enough to walk.

As for the design, they’re just gorgeous. We especially love the cute little lumberjack with black and red plait, although the dinosaurs are pretty lovely, too. Another massive plus with these is the sizing is spot on, so there’s a pretty good chance you’ll get exactly what you expect. These aren’t suitable for tots under 12 months, though, so look elsewhere if you’ve got a newborn to clothe.

If you’ve got a gorgeous baby girl, then don’t worry because these come in girl’s patterns as well.

Pros

  • Thick and warm fleece material
  • Accurate sizing
  • Wonderful selection of prints
  • Durable design

Cons

  • Not suitable for babies under 12 months
  • Not suitable for warmer climates

4. Best Unisex Baby PajamasTouched by Nature Unisex Baby Pajamas

Touched by Nature Unisex Baby Pajamas

Why we like it: These come in an array of stylish designs to suit both little boys and girls.

Editor’s Rating:

Sizes: Newborn to 12 months.
Material: 100% Cotton
Flame Resistant Coating or Snug Fit: Snug fit

Diaper Changeability
Leg to neck frontal zipper—a classic system that works like a charm.

Design
Don’t fancy reinforcing gender stereotypes in your home? Or perhaps you just want some non-gender-specific jammies you can pass on from your daughter to your yet-to-be-born little brother.

Either way, these cool unisex pajamas from Touched by Nature are perfect for you. The 100% cotton material is soft to the touch and will keep your tot feeling comfy all-year-round in warmer climates. And for organic material, these are pretty easy to launder, too. Sadly, however, they do start to show signs of wear and tear pretty quickly, and some of the stitching isn’t all that impressive.

Nevertheless, the black and white patterns on offer are super cute, and you can choose from dozens of different adorable prints. Plus, the sizing is accurate, so they’ll probably fit your tot like a glove. As far as unisex baby PJs go, this cute pair from Touched By Nature is the cream of the crop.

Pros

  • Wide selection of fantastic unisex prints
  • Soft cotton fabric is great for warm weather
  • Cost-effective three-pack

Cons

  • Tends to rip and fade faster than other pajamas

5. Best Non-Slip Baby PajamasBurt’s Bees Non-Slip Footed Pajamas

Burt’s Bees Non-Slip Footed Pajamas

Why we like it: These PJs are cool, comfortable, and cozy, and the non-slip footed padding actually works.

Editor’s Rating:

Sizes: Newborn to 24 months. Sizes run a bit too small so buy bigger than you think you need.
Material: 100% cotton
Flame Resistant Coating or Snug Fit: Snug Fit

Diaper Changeability
These come with a diagonal front zip that does the trick for easy diaper changes. Unlike some competitors, there’s also a nickel-free snap tab on the zip at the neck to help protect your baby’s sensitive skin.

Design
While stacks of footed pajamas on the market have non-slip pads in place to help your tot avoid nasty falls, we feel this model from Burt’s Bees works better than the rest. On the soles of the footings, there’s a cute stitched pattern of a bee that does a remarkable job of keeping your baby upright. And for ultra-active babies who’ve mastered the art of the crawl, that’s a massive plus.

Aside from the extra grip, these are a pretty decent pair of all-round PJs, which you’d expect from the above-average price tag. The cotton feels softer to the touch than most, probably because it’s 100% organic. And the fact it’s GOTS certified (free from toxins such as bleach) and flame retardant-free is a nice little bonus on the safety front.
The one significant drawback? These are a little tiresome to launder as you’ll need to do a cold, gentle cycle and a low-temp tumble dry.

Pros

  • The non-slip footings work well
  • The cotton is softer than most
  • Great for babies with sensitive skin

Cons

  • Requires special care when doing laundry
  • More expensive than others

6. Best Premium PajamasMoon and Back by Hanna Andersson

Moon and Back by Hanna Andersson

Why we like it: This 100% organic cotton fabric feels plush on your baby’s skin.

Editor’s Rating:

Sizes: Newborn to 3T. Runs a bit small so buy bigger than you need.
Material: 100% organic cotton
Flame Resistant Coating or Snug Fit: Snug fit

Diaper Changeability
This model comes with a nickel-free zipper with a protective tab and smooth flatlock seams. The whole system works pretty well—your baby’s delicate skin will avoid irritants, and diaper changes are easy.

Design
The name Hanna Andersson is synonymous with quality, and their adorable range of top-of-the-line baby pajamas don’t buck the trend.

So what makes this brand so brilliant? Well, it mostly boils down to the ultra-soft, 100% organic cotton at play. Although it’s a little delicate in the wash (use warm water and dry naturally), this material is well worth the investment as it feels heavenly on the skin. It’s a wee bit thicker than other cotton PJs on the market, which makes it superb at keeping your tot cozy when the mercury dips.

Of course, you can’t look past Hanna Andersson’s gorgeous prints either, all of which are unisex so you can pass them down between kids. We especially adore their Christmas patterns, but there are 27 different styles available, so you’ll surely find something you like.

We also love how safe these are for babies with sensitive skin. The Moon and Back range has an Oeko-Tex Standard certification because it’s free from over 100 harmful chemicals, which makes it an industry leader in the field.

Pros

  • Superb diaper changing zipper that offers optimal protection
  • 100% cotton fabric feels lovely on the skin
  • 27 cute patterns to choose from
  • Less likely to irritate sensitive skin

Cons

  • A bit delicate in the wash
  • More expensive than other brands

7. Best Pajama Prints for Baby GirlsLeveret Baby Girls Footed Pajamas

Leveret Baby Girls Footed Pajamas

Why we like it: These superb upmarket pajamas come in a fabulous array of feminine prints.

Editor’s Rating:

Sizes: 3 months to 5 years
Material: 100% Cotton
Flame Resistant Coating or Snug Fit: Snug Fit

Diaper Changeability
Ankle to neck nickel-free front zipper with a protective tab. Leveret has gone for the classic diaper changing system here, because why change what you already know will work?

Design
Want your little princess to look absolutely adorable every minute of the day? Then you need to think about prints. And Leveret offers the most outrageously loveable patterns on the market, especially for little girls.

Granted, there are only 12 different patterns to choose from here, which is significantly less than others on our list. Nevertheless, every single one is just fantastic—we especially adore the pink flamingos. And one of the great things about Leveret is their colors don’t tend to run so you’ll be left with a brand new-looking pair of PJs for years to come.

In terms of functionality, these deliver. The soft 100% cotton fabric feels lovely to the touch and offers just the right amount of protection in warmer climates (give these a miss during a northern winter). The fit aligns with what most parents would expect, but be aware natural fibers like cotton will always shrink a little in the wash. Speaking of laundry time, these are rather delicate, so you’ll have to use cold water and wash them inside out to get the longest possible lifespan.

Another plus is the fabric is free from flame retardants and harmful chemicals. It’s even got a tag-free label to protect your little one’s sensitive skin.
Looking for something stylish to slip on your baby boy? Check out our top pick for baby boy prints instead.

Pros

  • Gorgeous prints
  • Soft fabric
  • Good for warm weather
  • Free from potential irritants

Cons

  • Requires special attention when doing the laundry
  • Too thin for cold weather

8. Best Baby Pajamas for Diaper ChangesMagnetic Me by Magnificent Baby

Magnetic Me by Magnificent Baby

Why we like it: The high-tech magnetic snaps on these make diaper changes a breeze.

Editor’s Rating:

Sizes: Preemie to 24 months
Material: Modal
Flame Resistant Coating or Snug Fit: Snug fit

Diaper Changeability
Diaper changeability is where these pajamas shine. Rather than zippers that always get caught or those annoying snaps, this cutting edge system uses the power of magnets to open and close the outfit with ease. It may sound a little sci-fi, but it really does work!

Design
Can’t stand the thought of unjamming your baby’s zippers during your next midnight diaper change? Or perhaps you’re just fed up with how fiddly your everyday snaps can be?

Moms who loathe both systems will adore the Magnetic Me range from Magnificent Baby, where the natural attraction of magnetics makes getting them on and off a breeze. And its no-over-the-head design makes the whole shebang even easier. Put simply, these are the easiest jammies to change out of on the market.

So why are they so low on our list?

Well, for starters, these don’t come cheap as they’ll set you back several times more than a budget pair. The biggest downside, however, is that the modal fabric they use can cause a nasty rash on sensitive skin. Most babies will be okay, but we do recommend buying one pair to start and watching closely for any signs of irritation.

Pros

  • The design doesn’t go over the baby’s head
  • Magnetic snaps are easy to get on and off

Cons

  • Expensive
  • May cause a rash on sensitive skin

9. Best Kimono Baby PajamasTouched by Nature Kimono Gowns

Touched by Nature Kimono Gowns

Why we like it: These beautiful, lightweight pajamas come in an exotic kimono-style design.

Editor’s Rating:

Sizes: Preemie to 6 months
Material: 100% Cotton
Flame Resistant Coating or Snug Fit: Snug fit

Diaper Changeability
Snap closures on the front of the body. This system is a little more laborious than those with a zipper, but at least you never have to worry about the zip getting caught.

Design
Parents looking for a kimono set of PJs for their little one should give these fabulous jammies from Touched By Nature a shot. Rather than putting your baby’s legs into pants, these gown-style pajamas wrap around both legs for an Asian look—just like a cute baby samurai.

Aesthetics aside, the other fab advantage of kimono pajamas is they’re easier to fit as the thickness of the baby’s thighs no longer comes into play. This particular model is an especially good fit in the preemie size, so give them a gander if you’re struggling to find something for your teeny weeny tot. Of course, as it’s made out of cotton, you need to factor in some shrinkage on your first wash.

The soft cotton is rather thick, but the gown-style design doesn’t provide as much warmth around your baby’s legs, so it’s not ideal for frigid climates. Do note, however, that you can just slip on some baby socks underneath when it starts to get extra chilly.

Pros

  • Cool kimono-design and lovely prints
  • Easier to slip on than traditional PJs
  • Soft and thick cotton fabric

Cons

  • Less warm around the legs than traditional PJs
  • Snap locks take a little longer to put on and off than zips

10. Best Pajama Prints for Baby BoysGERBER Baby Boys’ Footed Unionsuit

GERBER Baby Boys’ Footed Unionsuit

Why we like it: Your adorable little man will look dapper in these stylish baby PJs from GERBER

Editor’s Rating:

Sizes: 3 months to 24 months. Run small. Tends to fit chunkier babies better.
Material: 100% Cotton
Flame Resistant Coating or Snug Fit: Snug fit

Diaper Changeability
These come with the classic ankle to neck front zipper. Although the system works like a charm on other baby PJs, we find the zipper here gets stuck too easily, which makes midnight diaper changes a chore.

Design
If giving your precious little boy an appreciation for fashion from a young age is a priority for you, then you can’t go wrong with these sleek little outfits. We’ve trawled through dozens of different baby PJs on the market, and can confirm this funky footed union suit from GERBER is the most aesthetically awesome of the lot. The product comes in 16 different prints—but our pick has got to be the head-turning camo and dinosaur combo.

Another great plus for the GERBER brand is just how affordable these products are—a godsend for the budget-conscious modern family. GERBER’s Sleep N’ Play won our top gong for best budget baby pajamas, and this high-quality set comes in at only a few dollars more per pair.

Bear in mind that the cotton here is relatively thin, so it won’t keep your tot feeling cozy through a bitter winter. Although it tends to run smaller than expected, the fit generally does pretty well for chunkier tots.

Looking for something adorable for your little princess? Check out our top pick for baby girl prints instead.

Pros

  • Gorgeous prints for boys
  • Affordable PJs
  • Good for bigger babies

Cons

  • The zipper gets caught too often
  • Runs smaller than expected

11. Best Breathable Baby PajamasHudson Baby Cotton Coveralls and Union Suits

Hudson Baby Cotton Coveralls and Union Suits

Why we like it: Its thin and breathable cotton material is perfect for baby’s in warm weather environments.

Editor’s Rating:

Sizes: Newborns to 24 months. Runs a bit small so get a bigger size than usual
Material: 100% Cotton
Flame Resistant Coating or Snug Fit: Snug fit

Diaper Changeability
These PJs come with ankle to ankle snaps, which get the job done but aren’t quite as easy as the ankle to neck variety.

Design
Southern parents rejoice because Hudson offers a lightweight and breathable pair of jammies that will help your tot stay cool in even the most oppressive heat.

These 100% cotton PJs are lighter and a little looser than others on the market, meaning they’re suitable for hot and humid states like Florida and Louisiana. The patterns on offer are rather delightful as well, with 22 fresh prints, including a few classic Christmas options to choose from.

On the downside, they do shrink to a considerable degree if not correctly cared for. Always do a cold wash and air dry if you want these to retain shape, or alternatively, just order a few sizes larger than you would normally. But beware: chunkier babies might find it tough to slip into these comfortably.

Pros

  • Light and breathable cotton fabric is perfect for hot climates
  • Lots of pretty patterns

Cons

  • Sizes run small
  • Diaper changeability could be better

Everything You Need To Know When Buying Baby Pajamas

First-time baby pajama buyer? Then our in-depth pajama buyer’s guide is exactly what you need. From the things to look out for when perusing PJs to all the questions a bewildered shopper might have, here’s everything you need to know about baby PJ’s, and then some.

What to Consider When Shopping for Baby Pajamas

You’ll need to think about a few key factors to find the best baby pajamas for your tot.

Price

While some baby pajamas come cheap, others can cost a small fortune, especially when you consider the minuscule amount of material involved. In either case, the price you pay needs to align with your household budget, so don’t be tempted to splurge if your income is tight. Lots of our cheaper choices are excellent quality pajamas. On the other hand, there’s no harm in spoiling your little one to the best pair that money can buy.

To give you a rough idea of what you’re in for, a pair of baby pajamas will set you back $8 to $30. But remember, you’ll need to purchase 4-7 pairs as it’s best to wash them after each use.

Size

Rather than the S, M, and L you find on adult clothes, baby pajamas are sized to the age of the infant—think six months, nine months, twelve months, and so on. Some options we’ve recommended will even stretch into T territory, which refers to a toddler size (anything from two years to five).

Now, the big problem is that not all babies grow at the same rate, so the sizing system in play is consistently inconsistent. A big-boned baby, for example, could snugly fit into a pair of PJs intended for those several months above their age. It takes a bit of practice of comparing your tot to others their age to determine how your little one relates to the average.

Another big issue when it comes to sizes is that one manufacturer’s 6-month size can vary significantly from another’s. It’s frustrating, but it can be tough to work out how the dimensions of X brand relate to Y brand—the best you can do is read the reviews (and our recommendations) to see whether the product in question sizes up or sizes down. Another pro tip is to purchase one pajama at a time and wait until it arrives in the mail so you can try it on before buying more.

And remember, babies tend to grow up quickly, so it’s smart to buy something they’ll grow into (just ensure it isn’t too loose o begin with).

Material

Baby pajamas need to be breathable, durable, comfortable, and as soft as your baby’s bum. And that’s why it’s pretty hard to look past cotton, the material of choice for most baby pajama brands.

Now, 100% cotton may be ideal for the aforementioned qualities, but it does tend to warp in the drier, so many manufacturers opt for a blend. Expect to see mixes of cotton plus polyester, bamboo, or spandex floating around the marketplace. And, depending on the mixture, these perform just as well as cotton minus the massive headache at the laundromat.

Flame Resistant Vs. Snug Fit

For safety reasons, US law mandates all baby pajamas sold domestically must have either a snug fit or be constructed from fire-resistant materials (See our FAQ for more details).

While either option will protect your baby from harm, research has shown flame retardant materials may impede development during the early years. It’s hard to say for sure whether this is really the case and to what extent, though many parents prefer to go with a snug fit just to be on the safe side.

Ease of Diaper Changes

Babies need up to 10,000 diaper changes by the time they’re potty trained, and you can guarantee a large proportion of those will be at night. Without going into the gritty details, late-night changeovers can involve a lot of mess, so the easier it is to access the affected area, the better.

Baby pajama brands know this, and most include snaps or zippers—look for ones that stretch the whole way down the leg for easier access. Some models come off at the legs without the entire pajama having to be removed, which saves a lot of stress as you don’t have to redress your tot in the dead of night. Avoid PJs with elaborate buttons; they look lovely but aren’t worth the hassle come changing time.

Baby Pajama FAQ

Why Should I Buy Baby Pajamas?

It’s natural for a budget-orientated mom to question whether baby pajamas are necessary. After all, couldn’t your little one just sleep in its clothes or a swaddle?

Sadly not. Or at least not very well, which is precisely the problem. A comfortable and cozy set of jammies will help your little one drift off to sleep at night, which vastly improves their development and their parents’ quality of life. Rather than feeling itchy, slipping around, and struggling with temperature regulation, your baby will sleep better than ever in an appropriate pair of pajamas. And when the baby sleeps well, everybody wins.

When Should A Baby Start Wearing Pajamas?

As much as we love baby pajamas—they’re just so adorable!—we don’t recommend slipping your tot into their first pair until around six months or so. The reality is that a newborn baby will require an overnight diaper change several times per day, and it’s much easier to start by swaddling.

In case you’re not aware, swaddling is the age-old art of wrapping your precious newborn snuggly into a blanket or cloth to keep them warm. The parent can simply unravel the material to enact a diaper change rather than fiddling around with a pair of pajamas. Other options for newborns under six months include infant sleeping sacks and fitted clothing.

Can My Newborn Wear Two-Piece Pajamas?

While two-piece pajamas are superb for toddlers, babies are better off in a onesie. Two-piece pajamas are prone to slide up and potentially suffocate babies, so avoid using them during the earliest years of life.

Are Baby Pajamas Safe?

Safety is the primary consideration of every mom, so you need to feel confident your baby will sleep through the night. The most significant risk factor is Sudden Unexpected Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), which is frequently caused by suffocation as blankets or baggy clothing block off the baby’s airway. For this reason, you must never add a layer of loose sheets to keep your little one warm and always opt for tightfitting babywear. We only recommend reputable outfits with the relevant government endorsements so you can rest assured your baby will sleep safe and sound.

How Can I Regulate My Baby’s Body Temperate When during Sleep?

As your baby isn’t able to talk, they won’t be able to tell you if the current temperature is comfortable or not (that incessant crying could be anything). The best way to guess whether your little one is feeling the chill is by gauging how you’re feeling. Fancy putting on another layer? Then chances are your tot does too. Likewise, the same applies in reverse when the temperature drops—remember, breathable fabrics like cotton are best for preventing a baby from overheating. Whatever you do, always slip them into specially designed baby wear to keep your tot safe from suffocation.

As for the perfect temperature for a baby to sleep at, most experts agree babies doze best between 68 and 72°F. If you don’t have a thermostat, you can purchase a room thermometer and set it up near their crib.

What Other Types of Sleepwear Can I Use?

Although easily the most adorable, baby pajamas aren’t the only kind of sleepwear on the market. Two other popular options are sleeping sacks and wearable blankets, which are snug and have been specially designed to protect against SIDS. These two options can be worn instead of baby pajamas or in unison when it gets freezing out.

Are Baby Clothes Fire Proof?

Ever since the 50s, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission has mandated all baby clothes must be either sufficiently tightfitting or treated with a fireproof coating. Tight clothing is much less likely to catch fire, which is why loose-fitting clothing is required to include a flame retardant.

The legislation was made because embers from cigarettes (you shouldn’t be smoking near your baby anyway), candles, matches, and other open flames can float across the room and land on your baby’s pajamas, potentially igniting a blaze. However, some research has shown that flame retardants can impede a baby’s development, so many modern moms simply prefer to go for the tight-fitting option instead.

How Many Pairs of Baby Pajamas Do I Need?

As a grown-up, you’ve probably only had one (or maximum two) pair of pajamas—but a baby is a whole different story. From diaper changes gone wrong to spilled bottles and ungodly amounts of dribble, your precious little one is going to make a mess of their PJs every day. And considering babies are adept at putting everything imaginable in their mouths, there’s a real risk a bacteria-ridden pair of dirty PJs could make them ill.

With all that in mind, seasoned parents recommend washing your baby’s pajamas after every use. It may sound like a chore, but considering all the burp rags, bibs, and cloth diapers you have to launder anyway, throwing a few pairs of pajamas into the mix isn’t that much of a big deal.

So what’s the magic number? Well, it ultimately comes down to your household budget and laundry habits. Nonetheless, the sweet spot is somewhere between four and seven pairs of baby pajamas.

If you’ve made it this far, you’re an industry expert in the field of baby pajamas. But the question remains: which pair of  PJs would best suit your tot?

The truth is it depends on the circumstances: your budget, climate, diaper changeability, and size. Take a browse through our top 11 picks to determine which pair would best work for you. But don’t get too stressed; they’re just pajamas after all. Happy PJ shopping, people!