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Trying to read labels on baby pajamas feels like reading a map. Sometimes the directions are clear, and sometimes we just scratch our heads. When the health of a baby is at risk, how can we know for certain if the garment is fire resistant?
The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) regulations require children’s sleepwear sizes 9 months to size 14 be made of flame-retardant fabric or to fit snugly.
Here’s the scoop thanks to ConsumerReports.org:
- In order for pajamas to be considered flame retardant the fabric, trim and seams must not ignite easily, and after exposure to an open flame for 3 seconds it must self-extinguish – even after 50 washings.
- Not all fabric is chemically treated in order to be fire resistant. Polyester that passes flammability tests is not treated.
- The Federal Hazardous Substances Act requires that the flame retardant chemical used be non-toxic, but neither the Act nor the CPSC endorses a particular chemical or require manufacturers to state which chemical is used on their label.
- The estimates are that only 1% of sleepwear on the US market is chemically treated to be fire retardant, and the brominated flame retardant (PBDE) that are considered to contaminate the environment and be absorbed in the body are not used in baby pajamas.
So. . . How Do I Know If the Baby Pajamas are Treated or Not?
There are parents that want fire retardant pajamas for their baby’s safety, and there are parents who are concerned about putting chemicals in children’s clothing. Both parents want to know for sure if the garment is treated or not.
Here’s how to know if baby pajamas are flame retardant according to essortment.com:
- Pajamas labeled “Wear snug-fitting, not flame-resistant” are made of untreated cotton and considered non-flammable when worn snug enough to not trap air between the cloth and the body – if the oxygen can flow, it is considered flammable.
- Some companies are manufacturing baby sleepers with the tag “not intended for sleepwear” because the fabric hasn’t been treated.
- If the tag says “flame resistant” it meets the CPSC requirements without being treated.
- If the label says “flame retardant” it means the clothing has been treated in order to meet the CPSC requirements.
- Babies under the age of 9 months are not considered active enough to be at risk of touching a heat source or open flame, so pajamas under the 9 month size are not treated with a chemical to be flame retardant unless it specifically says that it has been treated.
Please be sure to buy the correct size – purchase baby sleepers by weight rather than size for proper fit. If you need assistance, we have a baby pajama size guide for your reference.
The first half of this video shows you how fire retardant fabric is manufactured, and includes a demonstration of how it self-extinguishes.