Safe Sleepwear

Keep your kids cozy and safe

Children’s sleepwear sold in Canada must meet strict flammability requirements that improve safety. That said, clothes that comply are still not fireproof. As well, most children’s day clothes are not required by law to meet the flammability requirements for children’s sleepwear.

What makes safe sleepwear?

Loose-fitting sleepwear (e.g., nightgowns, baby-doll pyjamas) must be made from polyester, nylon or a polyester/nylon blend. They are more likely to catch fire than tight fitting sleepwear and should be made of slow burning fabrics. Tight-fitting sleepwear (e.g., sleepers or polo pyjamas) may be made from cotton or cotton blends and are less likely to catch fire that pj’s or nightgowns with flowing skirts, wide sleeves and ruffles.

  • Dress children in actual sleepwear when putting them to bed, instead of T-shirts or other day clothes. Most day clothes do not meet flammability requirements for sleepwear.
  • Remove any drawstrings or cords from their sleeping clothes. Make sure belts, ties and sashes on your children’s bathrobes are stitched firmly to the back Children can strangle on any type of cord that can be removed from their clothing.
  • 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 right away. Threads can wrap around baby’s arms, legs or neck and can cause injury.
  • Teach your children about the dangers of fire. Tell them to “STOP, DROP and ROLL”, if their clothing catches fire.


For more information: http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/cps-spc/child-enfant/index-eng.php

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