The 10 Best Kids' Pajamas That Are Soft and Durable

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Inspire a great night’s sleep with kids’ pajamas that are comfy, cozy, and well-fitting. Pajamas should be soft, durable, and stretchy for easy movement. Expect to swap out your child’s pajamas based on sizing, seasonality, and personal preference. 

Most kids’ pajamas will have a label reminding parents that the garments should fit snugly to avoid the risk of them catching on fire. Avoid any pajamas that have loose ribbons, decorations, or other ornamentation that could fall off and be a choking or strangulation hazard.

Find the right pajamas for your lifestyle, needs, and budget with these picks.

Best Family Matching: Posh Peanut Family Matching

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Posh Peanut Family Matching

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Posh Peanut makes it super easy, and stylish, to put together matching family pajama looks. The loungewear is all made from soft viscose bamboo fabric, so it’s light, comfy, and breathable. Choose from men’s loungewear, women’s sets and robes, and lots of baby options including onesies, rompers, and more.

Along with family matching, there are “Mom & Daughter” and “Mom & Son” options. Besides the lush fabric, what sets Posh Peanut apart are the patterns: they’re sophisticated, stylish, and truly unique.

Best Big Kids: Hanna Andersson Pajamas

Hanna Andersson Pajamas

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Made for sleep and play, these jammies are the jam. Your big kid will love wearing the extra soft organic cotton two-piece sets. Touted as “hand-me-down quality,” they’ll last and last and last. Even the pickiest big kid will find a pattern they like from the more than a dozen gender-neutral styles.

Sizing runs from 3 to 6 months all the way up to 12 years old, so if family matching is your goal, it’s easy to achieve.

Best Footed: Primary Zip Footie

Primary Zip Footie

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Primary sells the best basics and their zip footie is no exception. Made of organic cotton, the colorful onesies come in sizes from newborn up to 24 months and then sizes 2 to 5. The zip closure is easy (especially for tired parents) and the snap top ensures the zipper stays zipped!

Sizes 9 to 12 months and up all have non-skid soles on the feet bottoms. Parent reviewers love the wide range of colors and the long-lasting quality of these pajamas. They look just as good after tons of action in the laundry.

Best Nightgown: Allmeingeld Princess Nightgowns

Allmeingeld Princess Nightgowns

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If an oversized t-shirt isn’t cutting it for a nightgown, try this understated option. Made of soft cotton, the nightgown has a wide round collar, so it’s easy for little ones to put on and off themselves.

Flutter sleeves and a knee-length hem make the style comfy and easy to wear all night long. Reviewers praise the quality and say the gown fits true to size, with sizing ranging from 2/3 T all the way up to 13/14.

Best Splurge: Maisonette Petite Plume Gingham Pajamas

Maisonette Petite Plume Gingham Pajamas

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For a thoughtful gift or holiday splurge, these sophisticated and timeless pajamas look adorable and are so comfy. The two-piece gingham set is accented with white piping and finished with pearl buttons. Sizing runs from 6 to 12 months all the way up to 14 years old, so any child on your list can be whisked off to dreamland in this set.

For an extra-special touch of sophistication, monogramming is available (but will take a few extra days to ship, and makes the order non-returnable).

Best for Warm Weather: Clover Monstera Short Set

Clover Monstera Short Set

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Designed for sleep and play, these gender-neutral short sets are so comfy and cute, your kiddo may never want to take them off. Made of a viscose/spandex blend, the fabric is silky smooth and has a light feel on the skin, so even the most active kid will stay cool. Crafted with comfort in mind, the set has a scratch-free printed label, double snaps on the shirt shoulder, and a knit elastic waistband on the shorts.

Sizing ranges from 12/18 months up to 5/6 T and the prints like eggs and bacon, monstera leaves, and more are truly adorable. As an added plus, the company offers free shipping and returns.

Best for Toddlers: Old Navy Unisex 4-Piece Set

Old Navy Unisex 4-Piece Set

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Getting a toddler to commit to a pajama style two nights in a row can be nearly impossible. Here lies the genius of this four-piece set, since it comes with a long-sleeve and short-sleeve shirt, shorts, and pants, allowing a super versatile mix and match!

The soft, fine gauge ribbed cotton is breathable, comfy, and soft for a good night’s sleep. If your toddler is beginning to potty train, the two-piece set is ideal for quick bathroom runs and easy access. Highly rated, this affordable set runs all the way up to size 6.

Best for Infants: Carter’s Two Pack Infant Sleeper Gowns

Carter’s Two Pack Infant Sleeper Gowns

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Tired parents should embrace the sleeper gowns for infant pajamas. Made from silky soft cotton, these gowns are a snap to put on and designed with a cinched hem at the bottom, so it’s super easy to accomplish the late-night diaper change.

Simply pull up the gown, change the diaper, and pull it back down. No snaps, zippers, or buttons for tired eyes to find. Available in a wide variety of patterns and colors, this two-pack will become a new parent’s go-to pajama choice.

Best Adaptive: Cat & Jack Adaptive Kids Abdominal Access Pajama Jumpsuit

Cat & Jack Adaptive Kids Abdominal Access Pajama Jumpsuit

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Target’s Cat & Jack Adaptive line does a wonderful job of creating comfortable and functional clothes for all kids. These pajamas are no exception. The one-piece jumpsuit looks just like other onesies but includes a full-length zipper for easy on and off and two discreet slits at the torso to provide convenient abdominal access when needed.

Lightweight, soft, and affordable, this line brings adaptive clothing to all who need it, with sizing from size 4 up to size 16. Parents also appreciate that this onesie can be worn backward to prevent “escape artist” kids from removing their pajamas at inappropriate times.

Best for Cold Weather: Leveret Kids Flannel Pajamas

Leveret Kids Flannel Pajamas

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Soft, comfortable, and lightweight, these flannel pajamas will keep kids warm and cozy in the cold weather. Perfect for every day and cute enough for holiday photo shoots, the two-piece sets are unisex and come in a wide range of plaid and solid patterns.

Sizing runs from size 2 up to 14, so your whole crew can stay warm and cozy.

Final Verdict

If you’re looking for one-of-a-kind designs and the chance to match with your little one, Posh Peanut is soft, comfy, and offers pajamas with wow-worthy patterns. For everyday styles that won’t break the bank and can please even the pickiest of kids, parents can’t go wrong with either Hanna Andersson Pajamas or the choices from Old Navy.

What to Look for in Pajamas for Kids

Sizing

Pajamas should have a fit that falls between snugly secure and breathable. If the PJs are too tight, your child can feel overly restricted, making it difficult to sleep comfortably. On the other hand, if their pajamas are too loose, they can get tangled up while tossing and turning at night and also pose a burn risk.

Since sizing can vary by brand, use a sizing chart based on measurements instead of age to find the best fit for your little one. 

Safety

The Consumer Product Safety Commission requires children's sleepwear to be flame-resistant and self-extinguishing for sizes ranging from 9 months old to 14 in order to prevent burning accidents. To meet this standard, brands can treat children's pajamas with flame-retardant chemicals (which has become less common) or they can create PJs that fit snugly and are made of natural flame-resistant fabrics like polyester.

Whether you opt for treated or non-treated pajamas, the best practice is to ensure that PJs fit on the tighter end and avoid substituting daytime clothing for pajamas.

Quality

Since they are worn so much, pajamas should be able to hold up to lots of trips through the washing machine and dryer. Well-made pajamas will not fall apart, shrink, or pill, even after lots of wear and tear.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How often can your child wear pajamas before washing them?

    The American Cleaning Institute recommends washing pajamas after wearing them three to four times. If you bathe your child every night, you may be able to go a little longer.

  • How many pairs of pajamas do kids need?

    The number of pajamas your kids need depends on how often you wash them and often they are worn. Usually, three to four pairs are enough to rotate throughout the week for sleeping and lounging, or less if you wash them every day.

  • Can kids be allergic to flame retardant pajamas?

    Allergic reactions to flame-retardant materials added to clothing are very rare. Most allergies or sensitivities are related to the use of different dyes in the material, or inadequate detergent removal during the laundering process.

Why Trust Verywell Family

Maya Polton is a former marketing manager and current freelance writer who covers food, home, and parenting. She's also the mom of a 9-year-old son, 6-year-old son, and 2-year old daughter. Her kids’ pajama transition has always been newborn sleep gowns, infant zippered onesies, toddler mix and match sets, and then giant old t-shirts. She's all for easy dressing. She's never gotten all five members of her family in matching PJs, but there’s still hope.

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