Chemicals in baby’s sleepwear


How is it OK that kids pjs still have chemical fire retardants in them even after studies have come out suggesting that these chemicals could pose health risks? As the temperatures have dropped, I’ve been struggling with what to dress E in for warmth during the day as well as what to put her to bed in.

She was barely squeezing into two cute sleepers from The Children’s Place, so I went online earlier tonight to see if I could order a few more in bigger sizes. I was about to buy a few more in size 6-12 months when some info caught my eye that I thought it was weird enough to note in fine print that I decided to Google it:

  • Please note: for child’s safety, garment should fit snugly or be flame resistant. This garment is flame resistant.
I’d read before that pjs should be snug for babies and kids, but I’d always thought it was a suffocation/strangulation thing; I didn’t realize it had to do with fire hazard. Apparently, nearly all fleece clothing for kids has flame retardants of some sort and it’s only the snug-fitting, cotton stuff that is generally free from the chemicals.
We did some related research into flame retardants when we were buying Emilia’s crib mattress and ended up with a great mattress by Naturepedic that doesn’t treat with chemicals — I actually blogged about it because it was such a hassle to find, I thought others might find it helpful.
I don’t want to sound alarmist and am not overly worried about Emilia having worn the sleepers since they weren’t brand new (fire retardants actually wear off in the wash over time, which is a huge environmental problem actually) but this definitely caught me by surprise so I wanted to share.
Looks like I’ll be stocking up on Hanna Anderson organic cotton sleepers now!

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