Mom who ditched kids pyjamas slammed online, but is she actually a genius?

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Mom who ditched kids pajamas slammed online, but is it actually genius?
Mom who ditched kids pajamas slammed online, but is it actually genius?

Kids are grubby, it's a fact.

Well, mine are, anyway. They play outside, they love muddy puddles, they really get into the playdough and they spill when they eat.

I've been known to change them three times a day and the growing pile of laundry is exhausting.

For most of 2020, thanks to the wintery lockdown, they spent a lot of time in their comfy warm sleepwear, which made life a little easier for everyone.

And be honest, who didn't spend a day in their PJs at some point this year? We all learned a lot of new habits, I'm sure.

Also read: Ten lessons I'm holding on to when the lockdown ends   

But when I saw a mom post this idea on an international minimalist parenting group, I  was all ears. She suggested sleeping in day clothes, and ditching sleepwear altogether... 

Has anyone ditched pyjamas altogether?

I was going to buy new pyjamas for my kids, and I thought "wait, why don't they just sleep in their clothes for the next day?!"

They're thrilled at the idea and so am I!

Is this genius, or am I missing something?

Over a thousand comments later, it seems the general consensus is that sleeping in their clothes is disgusting, and children need pyjamas. 

Sounds gross 

One mom pointed out "You sweat and drool in your sleep. Kinda gross to keep them in the clothes they’re going to wear for the next day"  and another wrote "Sounds gross. Everyone sweats at night and then sending them to school in their wrinkly, sweaty clothes is just ick."  

"There is no way I would want to wear clothing the day after I had slept in it, let alone my children."

Oddly, some of these same parents admitted that their kids spend "all day" in their pyjamas, and then change into a clean set to go to back to bed.

Healthy habits

"Changing into sleep specific clothes is part of a healthy sleep routine. It triggers our brain that it is time for sleep," wrote one concerned parent, while another commented that she wouldn’t want her children to get into the habit of rolling out of bed in whatever they have on and going about their day.

"Once it’s a lifelong habit, it’s hard to just change it at that time," she wrote, "especially getting a teenager to do anything!" 

Ready to play

The original poster, who probably has a lot more time on her hands now, defended her parenting hack by explaining that wearing the same clothes for 24 hours is not unhygienic, "especially for prepubescent kids who are literally lying still and sleeping for 12 of those hours.

She explained that the kids bath in the evening, get into clean comfortable clothes and then go to bed. 

She also says she gave them the option of keeping pyjamas, but they were "thrilled to sleep in their clothes and not have to get dressed in the morning", and they love waking up ready to play. 

Not the worst idea though?

"I do this and love it!" confessed one parent in the group, adding "My son is two and all of his clothes are stretchy. We put him in his stretchy pants and his little shirt and that’s what he wears to school the next day."

"I don’t know how anyone could have an issue with wearing clean comfy clothes to bed that are simply not labeled 'pyjamas',"  said another wise mom.

As for my family, we love our pyjamas, but getting out of them in the morning makes them all that much more special, so I think we'll keep this habit for now...

What do you think? Are pyjamas cancelled, or here to stay? 

Read the follow up article here: Pyjama drama! Turns out South Africans love their sleepwear


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