The short & sweet: Most PJs contain damaging flame retardants. When possible, BUY ORGANIC TIGHT FITTING PAJAMAS LABELLED “NO FLAME RETARDANTS”!
(Our favorite brands: Honest & Burt’s Bees)
🛑Before reading mama, I’m not trying to add more to your plate as it is or add mom guilt. Just provide better options to help limit their exposure. Unfortunately, flame retardants are in many of our house hold items. Pajamas are the first layer on their skin that they wear for long periods of time and can absorb these chemicals.
So are flame retardants really in kids pajamas?
🤷🏽♀️Did you know the US and Canada require pajamas ages 9m to 14yrs to be flame retardant according to the CPSC- which means either a chemical flame retardants is used or clothing is “tight fitted.” (source)
In 1972, brominated tris was used which was later banned after learning it was absorbed through the skin and could DAMAGE YOUR DNA and CAUSE CANCER. YIKES! The replacements weren’t any better.
☣️PBDE is a class of fire retardants commonly used that affects HORMONES, the REPRODUCTIVE SYSTEM and EARLY DEVELOPMENT. It’s found in anything from your TV to your mattress. The danger is in the accumulation of so much exposure. Sadly, the levels in the US tests 10-100x higher than in Europe or Asia (source) (source) Studies show they can do great damage to our thyroid and cause cancer. (source)
Other known flame retardants used:
- Tetrabromobisphenol A (TBBPA)- a hormone disruptor and nuerotoxin, and
- Firemaster 550- a hormone disruptor, reproductive toxin and obesogen. (source)
What about other material?
Polyester PJs are “supposedly” flame retardant and don’t require chemicals like cotton PJs do BUT flame retardants are still regularly used in manufacturing to keep them from melting.
🏭Because this is in manufacturing, many clothing brands DON’T EVEN KNOW THE CHEMICALS the fabric is treated with. And multiple washes won’t change this.
And this doesn’t even include the chemicals that companies use to prevent the dyes from mold, mildew, and wrinkling.
The Really Bad:
THE ADDITIVES DON’T HAVE TO BE DISCLOSED NOR THE HEALTH IMPACTS 🤯
🙈How to avoid it? Buy Organic cotton tight fitting & “no flame retardants”
Ok but really? Why does this matter, it’s just pajamas?
Sadly it’s not…
🚙These toxic chemicals are in your crib mattresses, car seats, changing tables, nursing pillows, strollers, house furniture and more.
🧹Household dust is packed with flame retardant residue. The levels on your car are up to 20x more than your home.
So now you know! ✨P.S. Amazon often has some of these great brands on sale, especially the off-season holiday ones!
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