Where to Buy Cotton Nightgown for Kids

Updated on April 24, 2012
W.A. asks from Fremont, CA
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Hi mamas,

Where can you buy cotton nightgowns for kids at a reasonable price?
My daughter loves wearing dresses but she has sensitive skin. I have been checking all the store like jc penny, Carter's etc but there are all polyester. No cotton nightgown. The only place I found so far is at etsy and it's pretty expensive. Anyone has any ideas?


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answers from Washington DC on

Nowadays sleepwear for children has to be flame retardant, which means itchy scratchy polyester.
My MIL made a few for my girls, I also found them at Belk's and Macy's.
And as one mom suggested Hannah Anderson, maybe Land's End, some of the high end catalog stores. You might try Sears, they sell Land's End.

My kids slept in my husband's t-shirts, too.

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answers from Los Angeles on

Not cheap, but excellent quality that will last her for years, I would check at www.hannaandersson.com or Hanna Andersson stores.

Years ago I had a neighbor make my daughter several from a simple pattern, so that's an option as well if you or someone you know sews.

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answers from San Francisco on

I actually don't think anyone is allowed to sell cotton nightgowns, by Federal Regulation. Back in the 70s, I think, some children burned in their PJs and died so they made a law about children's sleepwear. I just googled it and found the rules:

The sleepwear (sizes 9 months to child's 14) has to either be flame resistant (poly) OR tight-fitting (which can be cotton). So we go the tight-fitting route in order to wear cotton. The "tight fitting" ones look like leggings and a long-sleeved tee. Or for summer they look like bike shorts and a short-sleeved tee. And when my daughter is really wanting a nightgown, it's got to be poly, because should a fire break out, the looseness makes it easier to catch fire and the air between the PJ and skin actually causes the fire to grow rather than extinguish.

Here's a website that explains it as well:

And here:

And here:

Bummer, because I love the look of cotton nightgowns. But I get the need for the precaution. I remember being young and hearing about some burned kids in cotton nightgowns, so it's stuck in my head.

Hope that helps!

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answers from New York on

Carters makes cotton ones too. Check Gap, Gymboree, Children's Place, of course Hanna (but expensive!) ect. Say NO to polyester.


answers from Lynchburg on

Hi C-

I took the opportunity to 're fresh' my sewing skills when I had kiddos. I had a hard time, particularly with my girls finding reasonable priced dresses that 'looked' like little girl dresses...and not 'cocktail' dresses...lol

For the boys, I made cute little vest and pants outfits for special occasions and family pictures MUCH more inexpensively than what I could find in stores.

It really might be worth it to learn to sew...I had (and still have) a blast with it!

Best Luck!



answers from San Francisco on

It might be hard to find cotten pjs at this time of year. Have you tried your local thrift store?



answers from San Francisco on

I would try Hanna Andersson, Lands End, Old Navy, perhaps Children's Place.



answers from Washington DC on


Ask the owner what materials she uses. She is VERY helpful and upfront if her items won't be right for your child. I've also been happy with the quality of everything we've bought from her.



answers from Modesto on

Try upper end stores like Hanna Andersson, Janie and Jack, Childrens Place, LLBean, and specialty stores (google childrens designer clothing). However I know that childrens PJ's need to be treated with fire retardant and this is usually done with polyester or poly blends. Any fabric store will have very simple patterns if you want to make them yourself with cotton fabric that you choose. Good luck!


answers from Jacksonville on

Land's End usually has some. Also, check out LLBean.


answers from Kansas City on

i think it would be super simple to sew some, just a thought.

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