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How Do I Choose the Best Boys' Pajamas?

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Buying pajamas, especially children's pajamas with their bright colors and cute characters, can be a lot of fun. Before you spend your money on the cutest, brightest pair, take a few tips into consideration. As with any type of clothing, consider the comfort, durability, style, safety and size of the pajamas before you spend your hard-earned cash. Unlike girls, who are more inclined toward frilly or fanciful pajamas, boys seem to prefer comfort over style. It's best to choose pajamas with very simple styles and boyish colors.

Firstly, consider the safety of the garment. In some countries, including the United States, children's sleepwear must meet flammability standards. Where these regulations exist, all types of children's pajamas up to a certain size must be resistant to flames and must self-extinguish if on fire. In other countries, these standards are voluntary.

Drawstrings and buttons are extremely hazardous for toddler pajamas, because they pose a strangulation and choking hazard. For very little boys, select pajamas with elastic bands, plastic zippers or snaps. Toddler pajamas usually sport are footed pajamas, or "footies." Footed pajamas are convenient for keeping tiny toes warm, but skip the styles with the slippery plastic soles.

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Next, select from the most comfortable types of boys' pajamas. Boys love comfortable clothing, so select boys' pajamas that fit and feel cushy. Cotton fabric is one of the softest and most breathable pajama materials. It is lightweight and perfect for sleeping in warm weather. Flannel pajamas, a thicker weave of cotton, will keep the child toasty warm during colder months.

Nylon is very durable and easy to wash but can be scratchy and stifling. Boys tend to dislike elastic bindings or roped drawstrings, which feel restrictive and uncomfortable. Instead, look for boys' pajamas with snaps or buttons that provide sufficient closure without the tight constriction of rubber fetters or ropes. Avoid overly commodious pajamas with flaps, or the boy might snag or tear them as he moves.

Age matters when choosing boys' pajamas, too. Young boys and preteen boys seem to prefer pajamas with cartoon superheroes and bright colors. Older boys might desire the more mature style found in men's pajamas, such as vibrant flannel patterns. Pajamas with sports themes are popular with many boys of any age.

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