Best Baby Pajamas of 2021

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Baby and toddler pajamas so adorable you’ll wish they made adult sizes.

Have you yet to find the perfect pajamas for your little one? Or maybe you’re looking for a few more. No matter your situation, we’re here to help.

Pajamas are more than just sleepwear, they should be comfortable too. My kids even have “fancier-looking” pajamas for overnight trips or sleepovers at granny’s.

From one mom to another, let’s help you find the best pajamas for your baby.

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Product Image of the Burt's Bees Baby, Unisex Pajamas, Zip-Front Non-Slip Footed Sleeper Pjs, Organic...
Best Organic Baby Pajamas
Burt's Bees Baby-Organic
  • Flame retardant-free
  • Non-slip bee grip footies
  • Cribsie Award Winner for 'Snuggliest PJ's
Product Image of the Leveret Kids Birds Baby Girls Footed Pajamas Sleeper 100% Cotton (Size 12-18...
Best Footed Baby Pajamas
Leveret Baby Girls
  • Designed for safety
  • Natural, chemical free cotton
  • Grip material on the feet
Product Image of the Owlivia Organic Cotton Baby Boy Girl Zip Up Sleep N Play, Footless, Long Sleeve...
Best for Chunky Baby
Owlivia Footless
  • Handy neck-to-knee zipper
  • Ready-to-grow cuffs
  • Certified GOTS organic cotton
Product Image of the Simple Joys by Carter's Baby Girls 6-Piece Snug Fit Cotton Pajama Set,...
Best for Summer
Simple Joys by Carter's
  • Snug-fitting
  • Elasticized waistbands
  • Soft ribbed texture
Product Image of the Burt's Bees Baby unisex baby Pajamas, Zip-front Non-slip Footed Pjs, Organic...
Best Non-Slip Baby Pajamas
Burt's Bees Baby-Non-Slip
  • Snug fit
  • Breathable material
  • 100% organic, GOTS certified cotton
Product Image of the Little Me Unisex Baby 2 Piece Footie and Cap, Giraffe, Ivory, 3 Months
Best Unisex Baby Pajamas
Little Me Unisex
  • Zips from neck to feet
  • Has foldover wrist cuffs
  • Machine washable
Product Image of the Simple Joys by Carter's Baby 2-Pack Holiday Loose Fit Flame Resistant Fleece...
Best for Christmas
Simple Joys by Carter's
  • Ankle-to-chin zipper
  • Set of 2 gripper-foot pajamas
  • Fabrics free of chemical treatments
Product Image of the Gerber Baby Girls' 2-Pack Sleep 'N Play, elephants/flowers, 0-3 Months
Best Baby Girl Pajamas
Gerber Baby Sleep 'n Play
  • Pull on closure
  • 100% cotton
  • Safety neck tab over zipper pull
Product Image of the Gerber Baby Boys' 2-Pack Sleep 'N Play, safari, 0-3 Months
Best Baby Boy Pajamas
Gerber Baby Boys
  • Front zippers
  • Washing machine friendly
  • Cotton/ polyester diamond quilt
Product Image of the baby deedee Sleepsie Cotton Quilted Footie Pajama
Best Quilted Baby Pajamas
Baby Deedee
  • Non-skid soles
  • High quality YKK zippers
  • Breathable fabric

Are Baby Pajamas Necessary?

Two-piece pajamas might not be completely necessary until your baby is getting closer to the toddler age.

For newborns and infants, it’s a better choice to dress them in all-in-one pajamas for bedtime. If your baby moves around when asleep, loose clothing could ride up over their face and create an unsafe environment.

You can dress your baby in a wearable sleeping blanket over pajamas when it’s chilly. Again, this is safer as you should not need to cover them with loose blankets.

Use your own body as a guide: If you feel the need for a sweater or a blanket on the bed, chances are, your baby will need an extra layer (1).

Should the Pajamas Be Flame Resistant?

Once babies begin to move around, their pajamas should be fire safe. There are two types of fire-safe clothing — snug fit and flame-resistant. All sleepwear for older babies and children must be one or the other.

  • Snug-fitted: This sleepwear will have ribbed cuffs, and it will not be loose in any place.
  • Flame-resistant: This sleepwear is usually coated in a flame-retardant chemical. These should be able to either resist a flame or not catch fire at all (2).
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How to Choose Baby Pajamas

Material

Dressing babies in a breathable material is a good choice, particularly for sleeping. Something like a cotton blend is ideal, like polyester, bamboo, or spandex.

These are stretchy and soft — and gentle on a baby’s sensitive skin.

Size and Shape

One-piece pajamas with feet are a great option. However, if your baby is longer than average, they might outgrow it rather quickly.

I personally found that non-footed pajamas lasted longer. You could always put on a pair of socks or knitted booties if it’s too cold for bare feet.

Diaper Changes

Long zippers, snaps, or buttons down the legs are a must. If your baby needs a change, simply unfasten the pajama, and you’re good to go.


Best Pajamas for Babies & Toddlers of 2021

Here are our favorite pajamas for babies and toddlers.

1. Burt's Bees Baby - Organic Cotton Pajamas

Best Organic Baby Pajamas

Babies have sensitive skin — harsh or treated fabrics can irritate or even cause rashes. This Burt’s Bees pajama is made from certified cotton. The fabric is also highly breathable, to help your baby maintain a good body temperature.

Long zippers are a gift from heaven when you need to change your little one. In this pajama, the zipper runs all the way down the leg. Sleeves have wide cuffs and scratch mitts are incorporated on the newborn and 0-3 month sizes.

The PJ is footed, and there is elastic at the ankles to keep the footies in place.


2. Leveret Baby Girls Footed Pajamas

Best Footed Baby Pajamas

Separate socks or booties are cute. But if your baby pulls off everything you put on them, it can cause more trouble than it’s worth. This one-piece footed pajama can keep your baby warm and happy.

With a footed pajama, like this one, you won’t have to worry much about your precious peanut getting cold feet. The pajama is made from 100 percent cotton and has a snug fit. The feet have a non-slip grip finish for walking.

Tags can be a nuisance, and if you cut them off, you’re often left with harsh edges. In this pajama, however, the label is printed onto the fabric.


3. Owlivia Footless Sleep'n'Play

Best for Chunky Baby

For babies on the larger side, a footless pajama might be a better choice. My babies were chunky and tall, therefore, footed PJs were outgrown super quick.

This Owlivia one-piece is made from certified organic cotton fibers. This will keep your chunky monkey comfy, and is also gentle on the skin.

The zipper is long, allowing for quick and easy changes. There’s also a tab at the top to keep your baby safe from the hard edges of the zipper.

Sleeves and legs are cuffed, so it fits closely for safety reasons.


4. Simple Joys by Carter's Snug Fit Pajama Set

Best for Summer

Something lightweight and breathable is an excellent choice for warm summers.

In this packet, you will get something that should suit all summer evenings. There is a long-sleeved shirt, good for cooler nights, or air-conditioned rooms. You also get two T-shirts, a pair of shorts, and two long pants with ribbed cuffs.

These cotton pajamas are a snug-fit, although not flame-resistant.


5. Burt's Bees Baby - Non-Slip Pajama

Best Non-Slip Baby Pajamas

Footed PJs aren’t always ideal for babies learning to walk since they easily slip. But, at the bottom of the feet in this pajama, there’s a non-slip grip. Burt’s Bees calls it the “bee grip,” (you’ll see why), so it will help your baby stay upright as they move about.

The long zipper will help to get the snug-fit PJs on and off easily. The sleeves have ribbed cuffs to keep them from slipping over your baby’s hands, and smaller sizes have convertible mitts in the cuffs.


6. Little Me Unisex Footed Pajama

Best Unisex Baby Pajamas

Unisex clothing can be so charming. Not everyone is into princesses or trucks. Unisex clothing takes a more neutral approach, but that doesn’t necessarily mean boring.

This footed PJ is designed with a cute giraffe on the front. It’s a snug fit, so there are no flame-retardant chemicals to worry about.

The fabric is soft and warming cotton, with snaps that go from the neck to the foot. Your little bundle of joy will also get a matching hat to keep their head warm.


7. Simple Joys by Carter's Holiday Fleece Footed Pajamas

Best for Christmas

For Christmas, you might want something warm and cozy, as well as a cute seasonal design.

Simple Joys by Carter’s has made a holiday fleece pajama for babies and toddlers. It’s footed, with a neck-to-ankle zipper for easy changes.

Since it’s fleece, you should consider what your baby is wearing underneath to prevent overheating. Unless the room is cold, dressing your baby in thin layers underneath should be just fine.


8. Gerber Baby Sleep 'n Play

Best Baby Girl Pajamas

A little princess, of course, needs cute pajamas. This Gerber Sleep ‘n Play is made from pure cotton.

Late night changes have to be quick, and the long zipper on this pajama makes it easy. Ruffles elegantly hide the zipper, and there’s a protective tab at the top to prevent scratches.

You get two sleepsuits in this pack, with a choice of 10 color combos.


9. Gerber Baby Boys 2 Pack

Best Baby Boy Pajamas

If you are looking for something warm and snug for your little boy, this could be it. These pajamas are made from 100 percent cotton and the long zipper will make changes quicker.

There is also a safety tab at the top to prevent the zipper from scratching your baby. Two pajamas are included and you get to choose between a wide range of colors and prints.


10. baby deedee Cotton Quilted Pajama

Best Quilted Baby Pajamas

During the coldest months of winter, parents often resort to fleece to keep their baby warm. But it’s not always breathable though.

This quilted pajama is pure cotton and highly breathable to prevent overheating.

The zipper is long, and there’s a non-skid grip at the bottom of the feet to help your baby stay upright when walking.


11. Gerber Baby Girls' 4 Piece Pajama Set

Best Cheap Baby Pajamas

Cheap doesn’t always mean bad. Buying two pairs at once makes sense and is easier on the pocket.

Quality is not compromised in this set. It’s made from cotton, and the waistbands are pinch-free so they shouldn’t leave a mark.

The neckline is stretchy to make it easy to pull over your little one’s head. The set has a long-sleeved and a short-sleeved T-shirt, a pair of shorts, and a pair of long pants, with ribbed cuffs.


12. Carter's Boys' Glow-in-the-dark Halloween Pajamas

Best for Halloween

Let the Halloween fun commence with trick or treat time, and continue at home — no need to change for bedtime. Your little one will love to glow in the dark with these mummy PJs. Made from cotton, this set has a snug fit with a wide neckline for easy dressing.

If you’re not into mummies, there are skeleton and Frankenstein options as well. I just hope they don’t scare the wits out of you when they pay a midnight visit to your bedroom!


13. Carter's Boys' Cotton Pajamas

Best for Winter

For cold winter days and nights, your little one needs something warm to sleep in.

Cold air can sometimes slip through loose openings around ankles and wrists. This two-piece pajama set has ribbed cuffs to keep it all out, and it’s made from soft cotton.

Waistbands can be irritating for a child at times. In this pajama, the waistbands are wide and pinch-free. The pajama is also a snug fit for safety.

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