Clothing for Toddlers

Evanna Huynh


  • Sleepwear Flammability- Flammability is a primary safety concern with children's sleepwear

  • Drawstrings- Neck-area drawstrings on children's clothing, such as those found on some jackets and hooded sweatshirts, are a hazard

  • Choking Hazards- Snaps, buttons, zipper heads, bows, rhinestones and other decorative appliques are all a concern. Small pieces are best avoided whenever possible on young children's clothing

  • Other Safety Issues- Shoelaces, ribbons and other dangling clothing attachments pose the same risks associated with drawstrings. Velcro is a safer alternative for securing shoes on toddlers


  • Temperature- Clothing can cause children to be uncomfortably warm or cool. Comfortable clothing will allow absorption so that body moisture can evaporate easily

  • Restriction- Children do not enjoy wearing clothing that restricts body movement

Growth Features

  • Kids can grow fast, so if you're deciding between something that might be too snug in a few weeks or a tad big for a little while, choose the larger size. You can always cuff sleeves and pant legs or temporarily nip in a waistband. Exception: Pajamas should fit snugly, as it's often more comfortable for little ones and safer in the event of fire.

Quality construction

  • Front openings or large neck openings
  • Simple fasteners—large buttons preferred
  • Zippers with large pull rings
  • Elastic waistline instead of belt or sash
  • Marks to identify front and back, right and left
  • Easy-to-use pockets

Self dressing

  • Easy on and off clothings