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When do others switch from regular crib bedding-sheet only,
spreading blankets on top-to regular sheets and blankets? My 20-
month old tends to kick off blankets when she is flipping over,
and she ends up in all sorts of odd positions, frequently on top
of her blankets. It's getting a little more difficult to find
footed sleepers in her size, which seems to be the solution for
now, but I wonder if it could help if she had blankets tucked
into the side of the crib. Or would that make it worse? And
what are favorite places for footed pj's (I checked the
archives,and it seems like Lands End is a favorite, but there
MUST be someplace cheaper out there)? What's the deal with
companies selling only footless pj's once you get to size 2?
Didn't we all have footed pj's till we were about 8?
Kmart in Pinole has good footed PJs for about $5.99, and I think
they go up to at least 2T or 3T, maybe bigger.
The Children's Place has nice, very inexpensive footed pjs for the cooler months. I
don't know if they carry them for warmer weather. I know they go up to at least a
4T. With our daughter, I do tuck in a blanket at the foot of her toddler bed.
get up a couple of times a night anyway (for myself), I tend to pop in on her and pull
the blanket on her. Having it tucked in at the foot seems to help somewhat without
driving her crazy (like tucking it in all around would do).
Regarding footed PJs, I've seen them at the Carter's outlets
in very large sizes. My 3 1/2 year old still wears them and I
hope will continue to wear them, as she, too, kicks off the
blankets every night. If you don't want to travel to an outlet,
we found GAP footed PJs on ebay (new with tags) for a good
To answer your question about sleepers, it is the wrong season
for footed sleepers in the stores. Starting in August, you
will see footed sleepers starting to come back into the
stores. They will be everywhere: mervyn's, target, sears,
penny's, etc. Meanwhile, you might be able to find them at used
As far as the bedding, I think that once you are past the
concern for SIDS, you can do what you think will be comfy for
We have the same issue with our toddler tossing and turning in
his crib and ending up outside of his blanket, but he doesn't
seem to get cold like I would.
Baby Gap has cotton footed sleepers in sizes up to 5T. They
often have some on sale, particularly out-of-season prints (we
got him some cute snowman ones in April, for example). But we
also use unfooted sleepers along with socks--have you considered
that option? We also put an undershirt under the sleeper for
I hear you. My daughter is 17 months and tosses around and moves
to the point that a blanket is useless. So I've been on a
mission to find footed sleepers in size 2T in varying weights
for summer and winter. I've searched the internet and just about
every store in the Bay Area. I've had the best success with
Children's Place. They have both summer and winter weight
varieties up to 3T and you can get 3 sleepers for $24. I've
also found some Carters sleepers at Sears (hit or miss though)
in 2T - sold as a long sleeve shirt that snaps onto footed
pajama bottoms. Lastly - this website has been reliable
http://www.kidsurplus.com/index.html. I like their footed gerber
I'm looking for 100% cotton (or terry) long-sleeved, footed "rompers" (?)
for my 13 month old and I can't find them anywhere! Does anyone know of
a store in the Bay Area or in cyberspace that carries them? Thanks! Laurel
Do you mean "sleepers" If you're looking for 100% cotton, footed
sleepers or "play ware" you should go to Cotton & Co. on College or their
store in Lafayette.
If you want 100% cotton footed sleepers - I always get them at BabyGap. You
can also go
to Baby Gap on-line at
or try Hanna Anderson at
Try Biobottoms Catalog. I have bought some 100% cotton footed rompers from
them in the past. Personally, I don't like them much, because 1) the kid
grows out of them too soon, and 2) my child slid around a lot on the slick
cotton bottoms; I always had to put shoes on her for better traction. But
they certainly are warm and cozy!
Hope they [Biobottoms] still have some [long sleeve footed rompers] for you.
There is also a company, called "Melissa's _____________" (forgot the
full name--something like Kid's Consignments, perhaps?), that does kid's
remainders. One of the big companies that they do is Biobottoms.
Periodically, they will have a huge sale up at the Marin Civic Center--that
huge round building along 101. They sell the Biobottoms at about 30 to
75% off catalog prices. That's where I got hers a couple years ago--I think
they were 12.99 for a 30-month size, which fit her from about 18mos to
about 2 1/4. The best deal I got there was her "Fairytale Coat", which I got
for $17.99 (they are normally around $50.00!). I'm afraid I don't know when
the next one might be, but you might call information and see if they have
a number listed to call. And if they have a Biobottoms sale anywhere other
than Marin (south of there), I'd love to know. I live in San Leandro, and
it's a long drive to get up there. I first heard about the sale on KCBS,
so you might keep an ear out there.
the natural baby catalog has "footed creepers", 100% cotton for $13.95 sizes
3-24 mos. comes in prints and solids (item #169510)
natural baby catalog: 1 800 388 BABY call for a catalog or to order
i've never checked the website but it's listed as: kidstuff.com
also try ecobaby catalog, they have "footies" in 3,6,12,18 and 24 mos.
organic 100% cotton, iten #PIM508 for $29.95.
or footed playsuits up to size 4t for $27.95. ( more for rainbow print).
ecobaby has lots and lots of 100% cotton stuff including just footed bottoms.
haven't checked this website either, but it's www.ecobaby.com
we've ordered from both sites and have been happy with the quality of the
Two-piece Longsleave Pajamas
Does anyone know where I can buy a two-piece, long sleeve, long pants,
size 3 or 4 pyjama for under $20 at this point in time? My daughter just
potty-trained herself for the night and I need to get another two-piece
pyjama, because she independently pees at night and goes back to sleep
without our involvement. I only see the short summer versions in the
stores and our place does not get hot enough for that. Mailorder seems
to be $30 and up. Maybe I'm spoiled with Costco prices, but I don't think
I need to pay this much.
For inexpensive (new) Sara's Prints pajamas, there's an outlet in San
Leandro. (This is also on the ucbparents website under "slippers".)
I was in a child's consignment store this morning and they had new, long
sleeved cotton pajamas. They had a variety of colors and sizes in both 2 and
1 piece styles. I think they were either $12 or $17 a pair. The store is
called Cracker Jack. They are just off Piedmont Ave near 40th. Walking
distance from Kaiser hospital.
I went to Kmart or Wallmart and got leggings for around $3.00 a piece.
This took care of the bottom part. For the top I use t-shirts.
I just discovered an on-line catalog company called www.bluefly.com. They
have Sara's Prints pajamas in different sizes for children at a discount. I
saw a couple different patterns of long-sleeve types that were about $17. I
haven't ordered from them before, so I can't give you information about
their delivery times, but they offer a 90-day money-back guarantee (less
I've seen new long-sleeved pajamas at Darla's in El Cerrito recently but
don't recall if they have small sizes that you're looking for.
My most recent CostCo magazine gave a listing of when various products
would hit their shelves. The winter clothes should show up in June or
July. Don't know if you can wait that long, though! But at least you
don't have to wait till Fall!
Try Target. They sell long underwear that also serves well as pj's. Approx
$8.00 a set.
Look for "Sara's Prints" (I think they're called) at stores that also
sell used clothing -- Tiddly Winks on Gilman for sure, and I think
Lauren's Closet on College. Not under $20, but about $22-23. I also
pick up long underwear whenever I find them (I buy them used); waffle-weave
at night is never too hot in our part of town. My kid also sleeps willingly
in soft t-shirts and sweatpants.
I'm pretty sure that anything labeled "pajamas" has to be treated with
fire-retardant, and it's not that easy to find all-cotton ones. But places
like Old Navy and the various cotton clothing places (see ads in East Bay
Express and elsewhere) have large selections of mix-n-match cotton tops
and leggings which work great as PJs.
Carter's used to make long "underwear" which looked suspicously like
pajamas to me. I bought them at Mervyn's. The reason it's hard to find
all cotton pajamas is that the law very recently changed: Pajamas had to be
made of flame retardent material, now the law is if they are loose
fitting they have to be made of flame retardent material, but if they
are "close fitting" (too small) than they can be made of all cotton.
for more information than you are interested in about the CPSC position
That being said, many vendors sell all cotton pajamas as long under
wear and tell you it is not intended as sleepwear.
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