My Baby Deedee package arrived just days before my youngest daughters 3rd birthday, so being the industrious woman that I am I gave her the Sleepkicker for her birthday. I wasn’t sure how pajamas were going to go over as a birthday present (she is normally a pretty thankful girl…but, you know, she’s 3) but she was SO excited. Her exact words were “This is comfy, cozy!”
I was pleased with the Sleepkicker as well as it appears to be well made and it’s one-size-fits-2T-to-4T style means it should fit Little C for a long time. What makes this item so “comfy, cozy” is due in part to it’s saggy baggy style and it’s soft fleece fabric. And although the saggy pants style may not be for eveyone as it can appear that there is too much fabric in the bottom area, I find it to be AAAAAdorable and it does not intefer with my little one’s movement or comfort. There is space to layer cotton jammies underneath and the snug but not too tight elastic cuffs on the ankles keep the pant legs secureley in place so there is no chance of tripping on pant legs. Also now that we have had a chance to wear and wash this a few times I am still impresed with the softness of the material and the the quality with which it was made. The seams, zipper, and elastic are all holding perfectly.
My 2 complaints are 1 – the lack of color choices. It comes in 3 color choices gray w/ pink trim, gray w/green trim, and blue w/green trim. We got the gray/pink combo as it was the one I thought would most appeal to my little girl. I’d love to see the Sleepkicker in a purple/pink combo as these are Little C’s favorite colors. The other items in their product selection have other color options so I think it’s just a matter of time before the Sleepkickers colors expand as well.
My 2nd complaint is not necessarily about the Sleepkicker itself but the laws surrounding children’s sleepwear which made the labeling on Deedee’s Sleepkicker somewhat confusing. The label reads that the Sleepkicker is fire resistant but is not treated with fire retardants. I emailed the company for clarification and very quickly recieved a response saying the the polyester fabric itself is fire resistant in and of itsself and is NOT treated with and fire retardant chemicals. I did some additonal research about sleepwear, because that’s just what I do (seriously, just ask my family about my excessive Googling habits) and found more information about the federal requirements that children’s sleepwear in the U.S meet certain criteria for resisting flames or be snug fitting. The jist of it all is that ANY sort of non-snug-fitting, fuzzy, commercially made pajamas have to be made of polyester (or similar fabric with innate flame resistance) or they have to be treated with chemicals. There are varying opinions on if these laws are necessary or actually harmful by requiring the use of chemicals on some fabrics and you can read a couple of articles on the topic here and here.
I myself usually opt for snug fitting cotton pajamas for my children but do let them have a pair or two “comfy, cozy” polyester jammies for cold winter nights here in the U.P. while I avoid anything that has been treated with flame retardant chemicals. I am glad this Sleepkicker does not fall into the treated category and that the company is open and willing to quickly answer customer questions. Also Baby DeeDee carries a whole line of baby/toddler blankets and sleepwear including cotton options.
Overall I am happy with this sleepwear and think it will get a lot of use before my duaghter grows out of it or wears it out. It is definitely a great option to have in the cold winter months (or cold spring months that we are having now) in Upper Michigan. We can keep the heat down but still know our little one is warm and not kicking off her blankets in the middle of the night.
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If you have any additional questions about the Sleepkicker I am glad to answer all I can or you can contact the company on their contact page .
Happy Tackling –