5 Tips for Choosing the Right Baby Pajamas for Your Child

by Mother Huddle Staff
5 Tips for Choosing the Right Baby Pajamas for Your Child

If there is a little baby in your life, then you know that he or she does a lot of sleeping.

As a result, it’s likely that you are spending more time thinking about baby pajamas than you ever have before, and you may not know where to start for your little boy or girl.

You want to choose pajamas that are cute, comfortable, and most of all, safe, but there are so many options from which to choose. How can you decide and make the right choice?

If you’re looking for some guidance when seeking baby pajamas for your little one, you came to the right place. In this informative post, we’ll walk you through everything you need to know to choose the perfect jammies for your baby boy or baby girl.

Types of Baby Pajamas

First of all, you need to know that there are several different general styles of baby pajamas. All work well; the type you choose is really simply dependent on you and your baby’s preferences. Also, the type you choose also depends on time of year, as some types of pajamas are warmer than others.


One of the most common styles of baby pajamas is the onesie. These outfits cover the baby’s body from the shoulder to the bottom. They snap open and closed between the baby’s legs, which will allow you to change the baby’s clothes without taking the pajamas off. They are available in short-sleeved, long-sleeved, and sleeveless versions.


Sleepsacks give your baby plenty of space to move and stretch. The top portion of this type of pajamas is like a shirt, but the bottom is a bag that snaps at the bottom that will cover the baby’s legs. To change the diaper, you undo the snaps and you have complete access. These are great for cooler weather as the baby’s legs are covered completely.

Baby Footie Pajamas

If you wish to put pant legs on your baby, you might like baby footie pajamas best. These have built in socks attached to the legs so you won’t have to worry about keeping your baby’s feet warm with separate socks or booties. These often snap open and closed along the inseam so parents can change the baby’s diaper as needed.

Footless Baby Pajamas

Footless baby pajamas are like baby footie pajamas but without the feet portion. Some babies love to touch and play with their feet and this type of baby pajamas will give them the opportunity to do so. You can add socks and booties if the weather is cool.

How to Choose Baby Pajamas for Your Baby

Any of the above types of pajamas can work for any baby and parent; it just depends on what you both like and prefer. However, there are other factors that you should also consider when choosing pajamas for your baby.


The fabric your baby’s pajamas is made from is an important thing to think about when purchasing new nighttime outfits. Many pajamas for babies are made out of synthetic materials like polyester, but as a full-grown adult you know that natural fibers are almost always more comfortable than synthetics. Looks for cotton and wool clothing for your baby if comfort is a concern.


Baby pajamas should be tight to the body for the most part. Any loose baby clothing has potential to come off and become a smothering or choking hazard. With this in mind, baby pajamas should have a snug fit all around the body.

However, you don’t want baby pajamas to be too tight, either. Your baby should not feel restricted and should be able to move his or her arms and legs freely. Be sure to size up your baby’s pajamas as he or she grows.

Your Baby’s Age

Although you can use any of the above types of baby pajamas with any baby, your baby’s pajamas should grow with him or her. Sleepsacks are best for little ones who aren’t scooting around much yet; footless pajamas are great for kids who are starting to take their brave first steps. Footie pajamas are great for crawlers.


Remember, you don’t want your baby to be too cold or to get overheated. He or she will not sleep well in either case. Instead, use the rule of thumb that says you should only dress your baby in one more layer than you’re wearing to bed. That should be enough for all temperatures. Babies do generally run colder than adults, but not by that much.

In the winter, if you’re wearing flannel, consider flannel baby pajamas. The rest of the year, your baby will most likely be happiest in simple cotton just like you.


Most of all, you want your baby’s pajamas to be simple. It’s tempting to want to dress your child in elaborate outfits that are also very cute, but you’ll learn quickly that the simpler the clothing, the better.

You want to be able to take your baby’s pajamas off quickly to change a diaper, and you want him or her to be warm or cool enough. You don’t want there to be anything raised or uncomfortable on the back because babies should be sleeping on their backs at all times.

Keep your choices simple and you and your baby will both be happy.

Happy Baby Pajamas Shopping

Now that you know a bit more about baby pajamas, you can shop with confidence and choose pajamas that will be easy for you to get on and off and that will be comfortable and safe for your baby. There are many options out there, but armed with this knowledge and combined with trial and error, you’ll soon find the perfect pajamas for your baby and both of you can get a great night’s sleep. Good luck!

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