Children's sleepwear safety

Children's sleepwear sold in Canada must meet strict flammability requirements that improve safety. The flammability requirements for children's day clothes are not as strict, so it is important for children to wear sleepwear for bedtime.

What makes safe sleepwear?

Loose-fitting sleepwear (e.g., nightgowns, baby-doll pyjamas) made from polyester, nylon or a polyester/nylon blend is more likely to comply with flammability requirements. Tight-fitting sleepwear (e.g., sleepers or polo pyjamas) may be made from cotton or cotton blends.

  • Dress children in actual sleepwear when putting them to bed.
  • Make sure any belts, ties or sashes on children's robes are stitched firmly to the centre back of these products.
  • Check for loose buttons or other small parts that could become a choking hazard.
  • Check blankets and sleepers regularly for loose threads, and fix them immediately.
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