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If you’re looking for PJ’s for your kids, this guide has you covered. I like to shop around from different stores for this: in part to get a good price; in part to pick from many different styles, and in part because pajamas are a seasonal item and go out of stock more suddenly than you might think. Different stores tend to stock at slightly different times, so shopping around is definitely to your advantage. All the stores shown here stock summer and winter sleepwear in the respective seasons.
OK, here we go – these are my top favorite places that I recommend:
The best places for kids pajamas
PJ Place, as its name suggests, specializes in pajamas. It has pajamas for babies, toddlers and teenagers. Sizes start at size 0-3 months and go all the way up to size 16. They also have men's and women's PJ's, as well as family matching pajamas. This is a newer brand than the others on this page - it's owned by The Children's Place so it's very reputable and reliable.
The Children’s Place
The Children’s Place is a great place for children’s pajamas because they have a great variety to pick from, a wide range of sizes, and nice low pricing. I have to say that I don’t always like all their designs as much as those of other stores; I have no issues with their pricing though. I’ve found that The Children’s Place sleepwear is often cheaper than that of major discount retailers if your child is size 6 or above.
Carter’s has a good range of pajamas for boys and for girls. Their pricing tends to be higher than that of The Children’s Place; that can be at least partially offset by their occasional pre-made sets of pajamas (e.g. two sets of pajamas) which come with a significant discount.
OshKosh B’gosh has some of the cutest pajamas out there! Pricing is actually quite similar to Carter’s. It’s definitely worth checking them out – especially if you’re looking for something from this iconic brand that your child can be proud to wear at Pajama Day at school. You can find the OshKosh B’gosh boy’s pajamas here, and their collection of girl’s sleepwear here.
Although prices can vary quite a lot between different PJ's at Gymboree, they have cute designs and they're your best option for seasonal styles of pajamas, besides just Christmas PJ's. You can take a look at their girls pajamas here and their boys ones here.
Pajama buying tips: making sure you get the most for your money
Material – cotton versus polyester
The material will be on the item description and I always check the material when shopping online. There is no hard-and-fast rule to which is better, but the materials do have very different properties so make sure you know what you’re buying.
For laundry purposes, cotton will take longer to dry but won’t attract lint. The snug-fit style of pajamas are usually cotton. If you want fleece pajamas for a cozier winter feel, you’ll have to opt for polyester, which comes with more of a lint/static issue.
There are so many different styles, and this is true for both genders. In our family we tend to prefer the snug-fit cotton pajamas because the tops can serve double duty as undershirts since they are so snug-fitting.
However, if your child goes to school or preschool, you should be certain to have at least one pair of really cute, modest PJ’s in case of Pajama Day at school, or for sleepovers. For example, long snug-fit cotton pajama pants just aren’t so modest in public for a boy. I know this because I have 2 boys who wear this style. It’s fine around the house but we always have a pair of loose-fit fleece pajamas for school Pajama Days. Likewise, if your daughter prefers nightgowns, that’s fine but make sure that at least one of these is modest enough for Pajama Day or if not, get her a pair of pajamas. Pajama Day or sleepovers don’t sound like a big deal clothing-wise – but it really is a big issue for your child if they don’t have nightwear they’re comfortable wearing around their classmates.
Read reviews and size guides if unsure. If between sizes, the snug-fitting style of cotton pajamas are best bought one size up from what your child usually wears. However, only you can know for sure what is best.