I have a serious addiction to children’s pajamas. Carter’s 50% off sales? Wouldn’t dare miss one. Target holiday pajamas? I buy next year’s sizes on clearance. Monogrammed and appliqué PJs? A splurge, but I will admit that my kids have several. Newborn gowns? Slay me. There’s legitimately – much to my husband’s dismay – no shame in my pajama game.
I have not met a set of children’s pajamas I don’t like. Unless they’re made of polyester and then … enough said.
The phrase “there’s nothing sweeter than a freshly bathed baby in pajamas” is a cliche for a very, very good reason.
There’s just nothing on this Earth quite like the sweetness of a newborn in their cotton gown snuggled up on your chest. The pitter patter of footed PJs on wood floors is like music to the soul. And the sweet soft skin of a toddler belly poking out from beneath a two piece set is screaming for kisses.
I stock pile children’s pajamas as if there might be a nuclear winter. And you know what? I don’t regret it for one single second. Every last pair of those pajamas gets worn, and some of my favorite memories and photographs include them. The lazy Saturday walks to get coffee in pajamas, the late nights nursing my precious babies in their overpriced but ridiculously soft gowns and even Pajama Day at preschool are all pure magic to me.
Why I Suggest You Buy ALL The Children’s Pajamas
And if you, too, have a pajama problem then I encourage you to just buy all the pajamas while you can. Because tonight my 4.5 year old son said to me “Mommy, we can get rid of these PJs now.” Of course, I asked him “why?” and he explained that he didn’t really like them any more. I asked what he’d rather wear to bed and he said he would prefer a t-shirt and boxers.
Excuse me, young man? BOXERS?
My husband looked at me, sensing the imminent waterfall and bluntly said “I told you he wouldn’t want to wear them forever.” My son, ever so perceptive, then interjected “Mommy, I AM getting old.”
It was a true moment of motherhood clarity for me. Babies don’t keep, and neither do toddlers or preschoolers. I think my love affair with children’s pajamas is really as much about the pajamas (I mean, who can resist them?!) as it is about keeping my babies small.
But there are two truths in this world of ours :: there is no set of children’s pajamas that you will regret buying, and eventually your kids will grow out of every single pair.