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Best kids' pyjamas: cute and cosy pjs for babies and toddlers

Searching for kids’ pyjamas that are comfy, cosy and cute as a button? Mumsnetters have you covered - check out our roundup of the best kids’ PJs, as recommended by parents.

By Poppy O'Neill | Last updated Nov 7, 2022

Girl wearing pyjamas

Making sure your little ones are as comfy and cosy as possible will mean bedtimes go that much more smoothly. Picking PJs that your kids will want to wear makes a huge difference too - it’s one less battle to contend with.

Finding the right pyjamas can be tricky. How well any piece of clothing fares after regular spins in the washing machine can be a bit of a gamble, but with PJs, the stakes are higher. Staying soft, stretchy and stain-free is a must if they’re going to stand the test of time. 

So which jammies to go for? We’ve turned to the wisdom of the Mumsnet Talk forums to find top tips from real parents. 

Here are the best kids’ pyjamas to buy in 2021.

1. Best overall kids’ pyjamas: Boden Snug Pyjamas

Boden kids pyjamas

Price: From £34 | Buy now from Boden

"They wash and wash and wash and really last and are not syntheticky" - niminypiminy

"The boden ones are very good, I have very skinny children so prefer the long john tight fitting ones but I always buy a size bigger, most people buy 2 sizes bigger in this style. My children have clean pjs everyday and I always tumble dry" - miche8

"Another one here for Boden. I have two boys and they love these. Wash great, still in perfect nick for hand me downs" - woopsidaisy

Boden PJs have a bit of a cult following among Mumsnetters. Cute patterns, great quality and super-soft brushed cotton inside make them head and shoulders above the rest. 

At £34 for a pack of two, it’s a good idea to size up in order to get the maximum amount of wear out of these adorable pyjamas. Once your child’s outgrown them, their hand-me-down potential is huge.  

Key specs

  • Material: Cotton
  • Size range: 3-14 years

2. Best budget kids’ pyjamas: Sainsbury’s Snuggle Fit Pyjamas

Sainsbury's kids' pyjamas

Price: From £10 | Buy now from Sainsbury’s

"TBH - the very best value we've had have been Sainsbury’s! The ones they do at the moment - 2 pairs about £10, Boden-style, size up one size as quite short, but pretty good quality, wash very well without fade" - ChateauRouge

"Get all my ones from Sainsburys! Love their PJ's for the kids! Wash well and last until grown out of" - LittleHarrysMum

With packs of two starting at £10, Sainsbury’s pyjamas are a snip. We love the bright, bold patterns that let you mix and match. 

These jammies come up small so it’s best to size up. They’re not as stretchy or thick as their pricier alternatives, but if you’re looking for basic pyjamas that do the job, Sainsbury’s is a good bet. 

Key specs

  • Material: Cotton
  • Size range: 18 months - 12 years

3. Best warm kids’ pyjamas: Hatley Long Sleeve Pyjamas

Hatley kids' pyjamas

Price: £17 | Buy now from Amazon

"They are very good quality. I buy matching PJs every year from them. They seem to be true to size, I have a skinny 9yo and always buy his age, if they fit 2 years, bonus" - HerRoyalNotness

For a cosy, snuggly fit, we love these 100% cotton pyjamas by Hatley. The cotton’s nice and thick and the cuffs are stretchy for added warmth. They wash well and keep their colour and softness, but it’s worth buying a size up as reviewers say these run small. 

Known for their tasteful, colourful patterns, Hatley pyjamas come in myriad designs to suit every taste, and we think this checked style is just perfect for winter nights.  

Key specs

  • Material: Cotton
  • Size range: 2 - 10 years

4. Best kids’ pyjamas for winter: Next Snuggle Pyjamas

Next Snuggle PJs

Price: £25 (3-pack) | Buy now from Next

"Next Snuggle Fit are fab. Best pj's I've bought ds" - Orangebird69

"Next snuggle fit here too. Wash well and tumble dry well. Handed down to second DC now! Make sure and check they are 100% cotton as occasionally some are a polycotton mix which isn't as breathable and goes bobbly" - Cakescakescakes

Long john-style PJs are certainly the pyjama shape of the moment, but this colourful three pack from Next stands out from the crowd. Mumsnetters love them because they wash well, the colours stay bright and the fabric remains soft even after multiple washes every week. 

Packs of three start at £23 and with such cute character designs, kids will want bedtime to come early. This pack features dinosaurs, rabbits and unicorns and Next has a really impressive range of prints and patterns, from bright camo to London buses, and tasteful stripes to tie dye designs. 

Key specs

  • Material: Cotton
  • Size range: 9 months - 12 years

5. Best kids’ pyjamas for summer: Cyberjammies Minijammies

Cyberjammies pyjamas

Price: £10 | Buy now from Amazon

Made from a lovely fine cotton and modal blend, Cyberjammies’ Minijammies are our top pick for a cool night’s sleep. If the popular ‘snuggle fit’ stretchy fabric doesn’t suit your child, Cyberjammies have some lovely styles and prints that are perfect for summer.  

Featuring a button-down top and short sleeves, Cyberjammies prides itself on creating the softest, most comfortable pyjamas possible. 

Key specs

  • Material: Cotton and modal
  • Size range: 2-9 years

6. Best traditional kids’ pyjamas: White Company Gingham Pyjamas

The White Company gingham pyjamas

Price: £28 | Buy now from The White Company

"White company ones last v well - have done 2 dcs and still look good. I find the old fashioned button up flannel ones last longer. sizes are quite generous" - urbanewarrior

"We've got White Company pjs here and love them. The legs are a lovely brushed cotton and we have 'mix and matched' with a lovely soft long sleeved T. So should be good for summer and winter" - bristolcities

If you’re into Christmas Eve pyjamas, these are a serious contender this year. Featuring neat white piping and made from the softest twice-brushed cotton flannel, these gingham jammies by The White Company are gorgeously old school. 

Mumsnetters love The White Company PJs because they’re soft, roomy and great quality, plus they last and last. At £28 a pair these are among the priciest on our list, but the quality really is a cut above. 

Key specs

  • Material: Cotton
  • Size range: 1-12 years

7. Best cotton kids’ pyjamas: Carter’s Cotton Pyjama Set

Carters kids' pyjamas

Price: £26 (3-pack) | Buy now from Amazon

"Have a look on Carter's - love their stuff" - WorriedMouse

This three pack of 100% cotton mix and match PJs from Carter’s offers great value and cute designs. We like the mix of short and long sleeved tops, making them suitable for both warm and cool nights. 

Featuring an eclectic range of patterns and designs for around £20 a pack, these pyjamas offer great value. However, reviewers recommend sizing up for a comfortable fit, and the applique top might be a bit itchy inside if your child has sensitive skin. 

Key specs

  • Material: Cotton
  • Size range: 6 months - 8 years

8. Best fleece kids’ pyjamas: CityComfort Fleece Pyjamas

CityComfort pyjamas

Price: £11 | Buy now from Amazon

Cool enough for teens and warm enough for lazy winter weekends, these cosy fleece pyjamas by City Comfort are a great buy. Featuring a hood and a kangaroo pocket for ultimate cosiness, they’re brilliant as loungewear. 

Reviewers say these pyjamas are perhaps too cosy for sleeping in, unless your kids get very cold at night. The waist and cuffs of the trousers are elasticated for an extra-comfy fit, and they come in black, grey and a camouflage print. 

Key specs

  • Material: Not stated
  • Size range: 7-14 years

9. Best kids’ onesie pyjamas: Frugi Zennor All-in-One

Frugi kids pyjamas

Price: £28 | Buy now from Frugi

"My favourites would be Frugi (expensive but will easily last though 3 children, unbelievable quality)" - WhereTheWildThingsWere

"I second Frugi. Love the quality, the price is worth it bearing in mind but they’re  easy to wash, can be tumbled, don't shrink, lovely & soft. I sound like an advert, but this is the one brand of clothing that has never let us down. To save money I sometimes buy the next size up in the sale, but if you see the PJs, buy quickly as they tend to sell out fast (with good reason - they're fab)" - KarenHL

For camping or just snuggling up, you can’t get cosier than this onesie by Frugi. Made from organic cotton rib designed to be gentle against sensitive skin, this is some serious cute bedtime attire. 

Mumsnetters are evangelical about Frugi, and we’re really impressed by the quality. They’ve thought of everything - a long zip pull to make the onesie easy to do up, a little chin guard to stop the zip from scratching and even a printed label so there’s no itchy fabric label to snip off. 

Key specs

  • Material: Cotton
  • Size range: 18 months - 10 years

10. Best kids’ nightie: Petit Bateau Cotton Nightdress

Petit Bateau nightdress

Price: £12 | Buy now from Amazon

"Petit Bateau make some brilliant ones but hard to get hold of in the UK" - FrenchKissUnderMistletoeGirl

Sweet, airy and classic, we love this simple nightie by Petit Bateau. Nighties and nightshirts are less common nowadays, but we reckon they’re due a revival. If you have a child that’s a nightie-wearer, Petit Bateau has plenty of adorable designs for summer or winter. 

Featuring pink spots and a pair of dancing apples, this is the perfect nightdress to keep kids cool and comfortable at night. 

Key specs

  • Material: Cotton
  • Size range: 2-8 years

How to buy the best kids’ pyjamas 

Wise Mumsnetters size up when it comes to PJs. This gives a comfortable fit plus plenty of growing room to get the most out of a pair of jammies. The popular snuggle fit style you’ll find in most shops features elasticated cuffs, which mean more wear without having to worry about kids tripping over the hems.  

Go for the best quality you can, as these will last the longest, and splash out on a multipack for the best value. 

What’s the best material for kids’ pyjamas?

Cotton jersey is easy to care for plus it offers stretch, softness and durability. 

How often should kids’ pyjamas be washed?

This subject creates a lot of discussion on the Mumsnet forums, but the answer is down to you. Some kids are sweatier at night than others, plus there’s the question of nappies, pull-ups and accidents. If your children eat their breakfast in their jammies, that’s another reason they may not make it to a second night’s wear. 

Some Mumsnetters wash PJ bottoms more regularly than tops, and if you’re not fussed about matching sets this could be the way forward. 

What are the best kids’ pyjamas to buy? 

We think the Boden kids’ pyjamas are the best because of their cuteness, quality and hand-me-down potential.

How we chose our recommendations 

Because we know that there’s nothing like a real recommendation from a real parent, we first headed to the Mumsnet forums to find out which pyjamas discerning Mumsnet users had bought for their children. We compiled a list of the children’s pyjamas they recommended for being comfortable and good quality.

We then did some research across the wider web, looking at which children’s pyjamas had won accolades or been featured in ‘best buy’ lists across websites and print media, and what customer reviews said about them.

Having collated all that information, we picked the PJs for kids we thought would make the best buys.

Why you should trust us 

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