8 Best Baby and Toddler Pajamas of 2021
Best Baby Pajamas
February 19, 2021

Best Baby Pajamas

Best Baby Pajamas .
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Best Baby Pajamas

Let’s be real: You’ll do anything to help your baby sleep better (and get more rest yourself).

The first step in making that happen is dressing your little one in comfy pajamas—not too cold, not too hot and never scratchy—so they’re relaxed and ready for a long snooze (hopefully!).

Do newborns need pajamas?

Actually, many babies don’t sleep in pajamas until four to six months old. That’s because newborns require more middle-of-the-night diaper changes. Dressing your newborn in a one-piece bodysuit (the ones that look like undershirts with snap buttons in the diaper area) and then wrapping your child in a swaddle or a wearable blanket for warmth makes for quicker diaper changes.

If your baby doesn’t like to be swaddled, or you live in a colder climate, you can also dress baby in gowns when they’re newborns. These open at the bottom, so you can just pull the gown up, change the diaper and you’re done. No zippers or snaps.

When should you switch to pajamas? If your baby is moving more, rolling over or breaking out of their swaddle, it’s time to put them in some jammies.

What about flame-resistant warnings on baby pajamas?

The warnings found on children’s pajamas are a bit scary, but here’s the deal: children’s pajamas are required by law either to be treated with fire-retardant chemicals or to be tight fitting. Because the flame-resistant chemicals used on pajamas have been linked to increased hyperactivity and lowered IQ in children, we recommend buying only untreated, tight-fitting pajamas.

How to choose baby pajamas

There are a few things to consider when shopping for baby jammies:

  1. Fit. The most important thing when shopping for baby pajamas is to make sure there are no hoods or loose-fitting tops that could pose a suffocation hazard. And, as noted above, the pajamas should have a snug fit.
  2. Weather. Blankets in the crib are a big no-no because they could ride up over your baby’s face. Instead, opt for thicker pajamas, wearable blankets or sleep sacks to keep your baby warm and safe. During warmer seasons, dress your little one in lighter pajamas so they don’t get overheated. If baby is flushed or sweaty, they need fewer layers.
  3. Closure style. Baby pajamas come in lots of different styles, including one-pieces with snaps/buttons, zippers or magnets, two-piece separates and gowns with openings at the feet. When considering any set of PJs, you’ll want to think about how you’ll access baby’s diaper for those middle-of-the-night changes and what’s quickest and easiest to deal with when you’re sleep-deprived at 2 a.m.

Ready to shop? We rounded up the best baby PJ-makers for you.

Organic Goodness

Known for their organic products for almost every part of your life, Burt’s Bees brings organic goodness to their baby clothing. And these PJs are no exception. Soft, comfortable and breathable, these one-piece pajamas have attached feet to keep toes warm and non-skid bottoms to keep new walkers from slipping. Add in the zipper for easy nighttime changes (who has time to deal with buttons?), and it’s easy to see why these PJs are a favorite among Babylist parents.

Additional Specs
Size Range Newborn through 6-9 months

Easy Access

A gown is a great addition to baby’s nighttime wardrobe, especially during those first few months when you want something super quick and easy for frequent diaper changes. Babies can sometimes need multiple changes in the middle of the night, and zipping or buttoning footie pajamas can get old when you’re running on four hours of sleep. Since gowns are open at the bottom, you can just slip the fabric up over baby’s legs and bottom, change the diaper, then slip the fabric back down. Easy peasy.

Additional Specs
Size Range Newborn through 3 months

Quick-Closing

If you worry about catching your baby with a zipper, but snaps drive you crazy, then say hello to magnetic closures. These modal fabric footie pajamas feature magnets that are safe and easy to pull apart and put back together. Just line up the first pair and the rest snap into place like magic (2 a.m. you will be very thankful).

Additional Specs
Size Range Newborn through 6-9 months

For Warm and Secure Feet

If you love the ease of gowns but aren’t sure they’ll keep your baby’s feet warm enough, the Bundler Gown from Kyte Baby has an extra flap at the bottom to keep tiny toes warm and secure. And don’t worry, the flap doesn’t add much extra work for diaper changes—just one quick snap and baby’s legs are free.

Additional Specs
Size Range Newborn through 0-3 months

Pants Optional

A two-piece PJ set might be more your baby’s speed if you live somewhere with variable weather within the same season. Warmer weather might call for just a shirt and diaper, but put baby in both the shirt and the pants when the weather gets colder. The soft, lightweight fabric is a plus, too; made sustainably from Austrian beechwood trees, the fabric is easy to fall in love with, so definitely check out Solly Baby’s other options like their gowns and swaddle blankets.

Additional Specs
Size Range 0-3 months

Buttery Soft

Although these one-piece sleepers are on the pricier side, many parents say they are worth it just for the feel of the fabric alone. The 100% organic combed-cotton jammies come prewashed and stay soft for years to come, so they make for great hand-me-downs. Hanna Anderson also makes footed jammies, as well as matching sets for the whole family.

Additional Specs
Size Range Newborn through 3 yrs

For Extra Warmth

When it’s cold outside, nothing beats a microfleece sleep sack for safely keeping your baby warm and cozy. And, it unzips from the bottom to give you easy access for diaper changes and to keep baby’s upper half warm. There’s also a lightweight, cotton muslin version for warmer weather.

Additional Specs
Size Range Small (10 to 18 lbs) and Medium (16 to 24 lbs)
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