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« on: October 27, 2005 08:09:22 AM »

I've seen on some fabrics "Not to be used for child sleepwear".  What is safe to use?


« Reply #1 on: October 27, 2005 08:18:10 AM »

In the US, the law requires that children's pajamas be made of fire-retardant fabric. When you see it marked "Not to be used for child sleepwear", that's the issue.  In house fires, it was not unusual for a child's pajamas to be extremely flammable and would cause injury or death.

Those fabrics are safe for other clothing. (Although Halloween costumes should also be fire retardant because there are often open flames around on Halloween and costumes are often loose and flowing.)

I might even use one of those fabrics for pajamas, but only for a child who lives in a non-smoking, safety conscious home.  Never for a nightgown because the flowing, billowing gown would be more likely to catch a spark. 

If you're making things to sell, don't even think of using these fabrics for pajamas. 


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« Reply #2 on: October 27, 2005 04:34:01 PM »

Yeah, that. ^^ They changed the regulations to include other fabrics now, but they still recommend that non-flame retardent fabrics be made closefitting, so they don't trail into the fire. A loosefitting cotton nightie will go up in flames, a snug cotton jammie will be harder to ignite.

For regular clothes, natural fibers are best, cause they breathe better, and are less prone to causing heat-rash, and scratchyness, etc.


« Reply #3 on: October 29, 2005 05:20:37 PM »

I ran across some flame-retardant flannel at Hancock's Fabrics last week, if you want/need something meant for children's sleepwear.  For most of my munchkin's clothes, I like cotton t-shirt knits for ease of wrangling - that kid is not easy to dress!   

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