As part of SIDS Awareness Month, today’s article we talk about choosing and buying safe baby pajamas online, to reduce the risk of SIDS and other risks that could harm your baby. You want to make sure the baby pajamas you choose are best for sleep, comfort, and, most importantly, your baby’s safety.
Baby Pajamas Sizes
Your baby’s pajamas should not be too large or loose-fitting. Although you know your baby will be growing fast, avoid the temptation to buy two sizes too large expecting her to fit in them in the next couple of months. You want your baby’s pajamas to fit snugly, but not be so tight that it cuts off circulation, either.
Keep in mind, when you choose pajama sizes, that there may be times where you have a onesie underneath and, of course, a diaper (until your baby is potty trained). Most types of baby pajamas will be sized according to your baby’s weight, however, I found that many times pajamas shrink after you wash them, depending on the material. Therefore, even if I bought the “right” size, the pajamas would be too small within a short time thereafter. Similar to buying your own clothing, keep in mind shrinkage. I personally found that baby pajamas tends to shrink more than regular baby clothing, so you may want to buy one size up and then wash them prior to first use.
Baby Pajamas Material
Weather is obviously the biggest influence on how thick your baby’s pajamas should be and whether they are shorts or footed pajamas. The younger your baby, the more likely you probably need footed pajamas because those baby socks just don’t stay on very well, do they? When the weather is warm, choose a lightweight material such as cotton. Remember, the ideal temperature for your sleeping baby is 68-70 degrees Fahrenheit or 20-21 degrees Celsius. Overheating your baby can increase the risk of SIDS and using a fan can reduce your baby’s SIDS risk by 72%.
For cooler temperatures, we learned last week that merino wool may be the best material to help regulate your baby’s temperature over other material such as fleece. Merino wool has higher moisture vapor absorption which means your baby is less likely to get damp from perspiration and is better at protecting your baby from chilled air. Both of these features can significantly help with keeping a baby from overheating. Additionally, merino wool is a natural and renewable fiber which may be preferable over a more synthetic fabric like fleece. So, just like your baby sleep sacks can be made of merino wool, you might consider giving your baby pajamas made of merino wool, too.
Baby Pajamas Online
Quality baby pajamas can be found online, rather than your local clothing store. I personally do a lot of shopping online from Christmas gifts to groceries these days (which ironically helps us save money by avoiding impulse buys). During the Christmas rush, I avoid the parking lot nightmares by using Amazon Prime for unlimited 2-day shipping for no additional cost and ship direct to my out-of-state family or to my home for wrapping.
One great way to buy online is to look at the reviews. Having another parent endorse a product is something you just can’t have offline. Now that I shop so much online, I feel anxious about some of my purchases in my local store because I haven’t seen how many stars it’s gotten or been able to read another person’s experience. It’s sort of “weird” but that’s how much I’ve become accustomed to online research before purchasing. 😀
The biggest challenge in finding baby pajamas online, and clothing in general, is finding the right size and something that will look as good one your computer screen as it does in real life. However, what’s nice about shopping online is knowing what sizes are there or not without hunting on the rack for the size you need. Since it’s not very important, to me, how pajamas or other lounge wear looks, I am fine if the pajamas aren’t quite as cute in real life as they were online as long as they are comfortable and, most importantly, safe for my children.