If you’re an expecting parent, shopping around for baby pajamas is likely an overwhelming process. With tons of style and material options, from zippers to snaps to gowns, it can be really hard to pin point what you’ll actually need for your new baby. Today, we’ll share with you some of our favorite baby pajamas and help make this parenting decision just a little bit easier.
Best Baby Pajamas
(Best for newborns — $$)
Why it’s great: These Burt’s Bees Footie Pajamas are the perfect basic pair of pajamas for any baby. They include foot covers, with grippy bottoms, and hand covers on the newborn to three-month sizes. Even newborns who are born in the warmer months are prone to getting cold easily and not every baby likes to be wrapped up in a swaddle, this makes footie pajamas a necessity for babies in their first few months of life.
Keep in mind: These pajamas offer a comfortable, loose fit, but they can run large so you may need to size down.
Good for: Keeping babies of all ages warm.
(Most breathable — $$)
Why it’s great: The Moon and Back Short Sleeve Rompers come in a 2-pack and offer a warm yet breathable design with loose fitting fabric and short sleeves. These pajamas are available in gender-neutral designs as well as some that are specific to little boys or girls. These rompers can easily transition from bedtime into play time as a comfortable option for day-to-day wear as well.
Keep in mind: These rompers offer a snap up design rather than a zipper.
Good for: Everyday wear, sleep, and play.
(Best for cool weather — $$)
Why it’s great: This two-pack of footie pajamas comes with matching hats to keep your baby extra warm, so they’re the perfect option for babies born during the cooler months of the year. Made with 100% organic cotton, these pajamas are a safe option for even the youngest of babies. Since these pajamas are designed without any zippers or snaps up front, they are a super comfortable option for tummy time.
Keep in mind: These pajamas only have snaps along the leg area, rather than going up the entire onesie.
Good for: Keeping young babies warm during cooler months.
(Best organic night gowns — $$)
Why it’s great: Some parents like to stock up on a few gowns for their little ones. This style of baby pajamas can serve as a more comfortable option than typical footie pajamas given the looser, flowy fit, yet the open style and length offer the same comfort as a swaddle. These Touched by Nature Gowns come in a three pack and are available in plenty of gender-neutral color options. Gown-style pajamas aren’t just comfortable for your little one but they’ll make late night diaper changes an absolute breeze.
Keep in mind: These gowns might shrink in the washing machine.
Good for: Providing comfort for babies who don’t like to be swaddled.
(Best toddler pajama set — $$$)
Why it’s great: The Owlivia Organic Cotton Pajama set is a great option for warmer weather because it comes in a short-sleeved, loose-fitting design. This two-piece set is made up of a short-sleeved shirt and a pair of sleep shorts and comes in a variety of colors and patterns. The sizing for these pajamas starts at 2T, so these definitely won’t be a fit for your baby until they’re well into toddlerhood. Some parents like to plan way ahead though and if that sounds like you, you may want to go ahead and stock up on some toddler-wear even while your baby is still young.
Keep in mind: Sizing begins at 2T, so these won’t fit a young baby.
Good for: Toddlers who need cool, loose pajamas for warmer nights.
(Best footless pajamas — $$)
Why it’s great: These footless, zip up pajamas are great for everyday wear. They offer the perfect amount of warmth, with long sleeves and a footless design so babies don’t get too warm. If you’re new to the mom life, then you will soon appreciate the convenience that comes with zip-up pajamas – it’s just so much easier than snapping up a bunch of snaps! These Owlivia pajamas are available in a 2-pack, making it easy to stock up and they’re made with 100% organic cotton.
Keep in mind: The newborn size does not come with hand covers.
Good for: Everyday wear for babies of all ages.
(Best summer pajamas — $$$)
Why it’s great: This AVAUMA pajama set offers a snug fit and is made with natural material that is safe for sensitive skin. A short-sleeved T-shirt and shorts make up this pajama set, offering the perfect cool design for babies who get hot at night or who live in a warmer climate. These pajamas are available in a wide variety of colors, so you can choose the best for your baby and even come in gender-neutral colors, for expecting parents who are planning ahead and don’t know their baby’s gender yet!
Keep in mind: Sizing begins at 6 months so these won’t be a good fit for newborns.
Good for: Keeping babies cool at night in warmer climates.
FAQs about Baby Pajamas
1. Do I need to get pajamas for my baby?
This is a great question. I think many new parents face the dilemma of having no idea of what they’ll actually need for their new baby. It is often recommended to swaddle new babies (AKA wrap them up in a blanket). When babies are swaddled, they usually just have a diaper on underneath the blanket. So, this may lead to you wondering if you really need to get pajamas for your newborn baby. The ultimate answer is a resounding yes, for a few reasons. Some babies won’t like to be swaddled and will continuously wiggle their way out of the blanket. For these babies, footie pajamas are the perfect way to forgo the swaddle altogether, while still keeping your baby warm and cozy at night. In addition to this, even if your baby loves being swaddled in the early days, they will eventually outgrow this phase, so it’s great to have some pajamas on hand.
2. What style of pajamas is best for babies?
There are several different pajama styles to choose from so it’s easy to get overwhelmed as a parent and not know which style to go with. We recommend definitely getting a pair of footie pajamas (even if you live in a warmer area) because newborns can easily get cold at night and it won’t be safe for them to sleep with any loose blankets until they’re older. It’s also good to get some cooler styles, such as footless pajamas or two-piece sets, and just test them out to see what works best for your baby. A warmer style will likely make the most sense in the first few months, then you may be able to dress them in something cooler as they get older.
3. Why buy organic baby pajamas?
Choosing organic materials for your young baby’s pajamas is always a great choice, especially because there are plenty of affordable options out there these days. Organic pajamas are often made with sustainable, natural materials rather than some non-organic options that might be made with synthetic materials. Synthetic materials may come into contact with harmful chemicals during the manufacturing process, and even in small amounts, these materials may be harmful to your young baby.
4. What does GOTS certified mean?
GOTS certified is a certification that ensures a given clothing item is produced using minimal bleach, dyes, and other harmful chemicals. You will likely come across this certification when shopping for organic baby pajamas. It always helps to look for this certification and other safety certifications to ensure that you are choosing the best and most natural option for your young baby.
5. Which material is best for baby pajamas?
There are plenty of great material options out there when it comes to shopping for baby pajamas. We recommend going for the most natural option you can find. Organic cotton is always an ideal choice for any baby since it is typically made sustainably and with minimal chemicals. Ultimately, this may vary depending on your baby’s unique needs. Some babies have sensitive skin and can’t tolerate certain materials, so in this circumstance you may need to look for a hypoallergenic option.
Shopping for a new baby can quickly cross over from exciting to overwhelming. Luckily, there are tons of affordable, high-quality options out there when it comes to picking out new pajamas for your little one. Honestly, pajamas are a staple item that every new parent should have on their registry. Don’t let all of the options overwhelm you! You can easily pick out a few of your favorite styles and see what your baby likes the most because you’ll definitely need more than one pair!