Pajamas without Flame Retardants

It is time for me to find some new pajamas for the girls. What makes this a bit harder is that I need to find pajamas without flame retardants. Why?

I have written about flame retardants in sleepwear before, back in 2008.  I’m very much concerned about the chemicals used to create flame retardancy and how they accumulate in the body and our environment. According to this great post from Jennifer at the Smart Mama, and posted on 5 Minutes for Mom:
“Chemicals used on pajamas or pajama fabrics include chlorinated and brominated flame retardants, inorganic flame retardants such as antimony oxides, and phosphate-based compounds. Chlorinated and brominated flame retardants are contaminating the environment and accumulating in the human body. For example, polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) have been linked to doing damage to the nervous and reproductive systems and impairing thyroid function. North Americans have the highest body burden of PBDEs in the world.”
So, it makes sense to avoid them. But what do you look for?  This label, specifically where it says, “Wear Snug Fitting:  Not Flame Resistant”:

My mom has found flame retardant free pajamas at Target. These are great, but I am happy to have found more choices listed below, including several that are organic. 
1. New Jammies are on sale NOW at Lullaby Organics. These are made from 100 percent organic cotton and made with eco-friendly dyes. Our friend Kathy at the Safe Mama approved them too.  A good bet!  I just ordered a pair and will let you know what I think soon. They also have Frugi organic cotton pjs on sale as well. 

2. Hanna’s Anderson has some super cute designs for their organic cotton long john pajamas. Right now the shorties are on sale.  
3. LLBean and Land’s End have some pjs that are snug fitting (look for that wording the the description) so they don’t have flame retardants.  But you can’t just order any pajamas here without closely scrutinizing the description, like the other two sites.

It’s worth mentioning that some experts say the flame retardancy is rated for up to 50 washes.  So second hand clothing and hand me downs have considerably less, or no, flame retardant chemicals.  Some companies are beginning to make fabrics that are flame retardant. The flame retardancy is actually in the fabric itself.  After researching this a bit, I found that the fabric contains some questionable chemicals.  It seems that looking for 100 percent cotton is the safest bet. 

Do you avoid flame retardants in kid’s pajamas?  What kind do you buy and like?

10 Responses to Pajamas without Flame Retardants

  1. Karen November 21, 2013 at 10:05 am #

    Hi…We are coming out with new pj;s that are non-flame resistance, they are 100% cotton jersey…You can see them @…They should be snug fitting and have tags on them that state this…After all of our evaluations we came to the fact that flame retardant is not safe for the little ones to wear.

  2. Mari April 2, 2014 at 12:10 pm #

    Regarding flannel Jammies, you can only buy tight-fitting pajamas without chemicals. It is illegal to sell children's pajamas that are not tight-fitting or flame retardant. If you want flannel, you will need to make them or have someone make them for you. I just made my sons matching flannel pajama bottoms. They love them! Of course, they have reasons for these laws, but I just make sure the smoke alarms are working. Most the time I sleep in the same room with them anyway. It's a choice you have to make.

  3. Paty October 19, 2014 at 11:31 am #

    Do you have any idea if PJ's from Burt's bees are flame retardant free only because they are 100% cotton does that mean it's chemical free?
    Thank you.

    Where do you recommend buying crib sheet, organic toys etc? Because I found some organic toys but then they are made of 100% organic cotton but the inside is polyester…

    • Katy October 20, 2014 at 9:19 pm #

      Hi Paty,

      I didn't know Burt's Bees made PJs. If they are 100 percent cotton and snug fitting (with a label that says– wear them snug fitting) then they do not have flame retardants. I love MightyNest for most household items and toys. They research everything for safety and environmental impact! Check them out.

      Best of luck!


  4. Leslie December 30, 2014 at 1:00 am #

    Hi all,
    Do women's PJs contain the flame retardant chemicals? I just got 2 sets for Xmas. One is Charter Club Intimates-100% cotton, the other is Spa by Charter Club-100% pima cotton. Both are made in China.


  5. Blake January 5, 2015 at 3:44 pm #

    I am looking for non-flame retardant spiderman pajamas and have had no luck.

  6. Jennifer February 24, 2015 at 10:35 am #

    Any pjs that are warmer? We've found lots of cotton ones that are snug fitting without chemicals added, but none that are plush or terry… thanks!

    • Katy March 8, 2015 at 10:12 pm #

      You could do second hand fleece footies. I know with many washings the flame retardants do come out. I hope this helps!

  7. Jennifer February 24, 2015 at 10:36 am #

    And / or…. any ideas for keeping little ones warm with cotton only? Rather not do a full body layering!

    • Katy March 8, 2015 at 10:11 pm #

      Hi Jennifer! We are a cotton PJ house here. Even in cold Vermont! Lots of layering and blankets. 🙂

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