By Fredrica Syren
San Diego, where we live, has been plagued with a heat wave with no end in sight, so the kids have been sleeping in very light clothes for the past month. But we spent last weekend in San Francisco, where the days were cooler and the nights very cold, so heavier sleepwear was needed. It made me think about how we take for granted that what our kids sleep in is safe from toxins and how deceptive that can be.
When my daughter was born almost six years ago, I would dress her in flame resistant pajamas with feet. I had no idea why a baby needs flame resistant clothes but, for a brand new mom with so many worries, at the time it seemed like a good idea. Little did I know that the toxins in her pajamas were the really bad element here and that I should have done my research. Unfortunately, most pajamas contain many chemical flame retardants that pose a major health risk to our kids as well as to the environment.
The majority of children’s pajamas are polyester, which most often is made from petroleum. The flame resistance is added during an extra step needed to counteract the flammable nature of these man-made fabrics. No matter how warm the pajamas are, they are legally required to be flame resistant. Now, imagine a child sleeping about 12-18 hours a day in this garment, with his/her tiny developing lungs breathing in these flame-resistant chemicals. It just seems like a very bad idea.
So what are the options for keeping your little ones warm at night without nasty chemicals? A snugly fitting pajama made from 100 percent organic cotton and made with eco-friendly dye is the best option, and can be found at so many different places. I’ve posted a few links to some online stores below.