Pajama shopping for your little bundle of joy can be an overwhelming experience for any new parent. And while it doesn't have to be complicated, there are a few considerations to keep in mind before you hit the stores. Some of these considerations may even save you money in the long run.
Types of Baby Pajamas
When choosing the right PJs, consider your baby's size, typical nighttime needs, and sleeping environment.
Baby Onesies or Bodysuits
Onesies are one-piece outfits that cover the baby from shoulder to bum, close between the baby's legs, leave the legs bare, and have long or short sleeves. These garments fit snugly, are ideal for warmer climates, are comfortable for babies, and are convenient for middle-of-the-night diaper changes. Look for standard cotton onesies that are breathable, and opt for long sleeves to provide extra warmth.
- Plain, white, 100% cotton bodysuits by Carter's are the perfect simple pajama outfit for baby boys or girls and cost only about $20 for a 7-pack.
- At under $20, these Hanes Baby Pure Comfort Organic Long Sleeve Bodysuits are great for bedtime because the fabric helps prevent overheating, and the snaps at the crotch make late-night diaper changes quick and easy.
Baby Sleep Sacks, Sleep Bags, or Wearable Blankets
Baby sleep sacks, also known as sleep bags and wearable blankets, are a great alternative to giving baby a blanket for cover and can have thick straps or long sleeves. These one-piece pajama outfits go on like a dress but are closed all around the legs so little ones stay covered in chilly weather. Baby sleep sacks are best for families on a budget because the baby has lots of room to grow in the loose sack. Look for sleep sacks with simple but safe closures and medium-weight fabrics.
- Keep baby cozy in a 2-Piece Set of Hudson Baby Long Sleeve Fleece Sleeping Bag with long sleeves and a wide range of pattern styles for under $25.
- Featuring an inverted zipper so the pull is not near the baby's face, the HALO SleepSack Wearable Blanket is 100% cotton, sleeveless, and comes in a variety of colors with an average price of $29 each.
Baby Sleep Gowns
Sleep gowns are one-piece garments with long sleeves and are usually gathered at the bottom to encourage the baby to keep her legs covered while still making it possible for her to kick her legs out. Sleep gowns are great for younger babies in 0-6 month sizes, work great in mild climates, and are the best option for quick and quiet nighttime diaper changes. Choose gowns that are long enough to cover her legs with a little room to spare.
- At just under $15 for a two-pack, these Gerber Baby Girl's Organic Lap Shoulder Gowns are made from 100% organic cotton and feature sweet springtime patterns.
- Touched by Nature's 100% organic cotton Moon Gowns have an adorable moon theme for bedtime and come in a 3-pack for under $20. Other patterns, like safari themes featuring elephants and rhinos, are also available.
Baby Footie Sleepers
Sometimes called sleepers, footie pajamas, or even coveralls, footie sleepers are one-piece garments with long sleeves and full pants that also cover the baby's feet. These are great for cold weather and colder climates because they keep the baby completely covered, even without a blanket. Look for sleepers with a safe zipper closure because they'll be easier to get off and on than ones that snap all the way up the baby's front.
- Touched by Nature Organic Cotton Sleep 'N Plays work great in cool temperatures and are the ultimate in versatile baby clothing because they're great for day and night, and a 3-pack is under $30.
- Keep baby extra warm in chilly temperatures with Hudson Baby 2-Pack Football Fleece Sleep and Play Footies featuring a zipper safety tab for only $18.
Baby Footless Sleepers
Also called rompers, coveralls, or jumpsuits, footless sleepers are one-piece garments with either short or long sleeves and full pants. Parents of long babies can try footless sleepers to keep their babies covered comfortably. If you're traveling, footless sleepers are great because they are comfortable in warm or cool weather and layer well if needed. Look for a footless sleeper that's easy to get on and makes diaper changes simple.
Two-Piece Baby Sleep Sets
Most suitable for older babies, two-piece sleep sets are more like traditional children's pajamas with a separate top and pants. They're great for quick bottom-only changes at night due to super wet diapers or babies with special needs, like those who might have medical devices you need easy access to. Make sure the pajamas are not loose and baggy to keep the baby safe.
Baby Pajama Safety Tips
The American Academy of Pediatrics issued a statement of their recommendations for creating a safe sleeping environment for babies. This statement includes great information that can help you choose the right pajamas to keep your baby safe and comfortable.
- Babies under 12 months should always sleep on their backs, so avoid goods or decorative elements on the back of the pajamas.
- Babies shouldn't have blankets in their beds, so wearable blankets can help keep them warm instead.
- Only dress your baby in one more layer of pajamas than you're wearing.
- Don't use swaddlers with babies who can roll over on their own.
- Pajamas should be tight-fitting but not restrictive.
Where to Shop for Baby Pajamas
Any infant retailer or department store will carry a wide selection of infant pajamas. If you have specific fabrics or cuts in mind, it might be easier to shop online for the exact type of pajamas you're looking for. It's best that you familiarize yourself with a particular brand before shopping online so you are better acquainted with their particular sizing.
- Large retail store baby departments, such as Walmart's baby section, are invaluable resources for budget-conscious parents looking for infant pajamas.
- Carter's is one of the most recognizable names in baby clothing, and their online store includes a wide variety of baby pajama options.
- A huge name in baby and kids' clothing, The Children's Place features mostly fun holiday pajamas and trendy designs for babies.
- If you love organic baby products and cute patterns, Hanna Andersson is a reliable retailer known for its soft, comfortable, and Swedish-inspired designs.
- Buy Buy Baby carries a wide selection of baby clothes as well as other baby needs like strollers, cribs, car seats and more.
Pajamas for a Good Night's Sleep
Choosing the right pajamas for your baby and his sleeping environment can mean the difference between a good night's sleep or tossing and turning for both you and your baby. Look for good quality pajamas made from safe, breathable fabrics and provide a fairly snug fit for nighttime safety.