Originally Posted by erinwestpoet
I called Carter's and they said they do not use any flame retardant chemicals on their sleepwear (or other clothing). Just thought I'd put that out there.
There's some controversy as I understand it, about the Carter's company and their official claim about this. They may not add
any flame retardent chems to polyester PJs but in the US, all non-snug-fitting children's PJs are required to be made from pre-treated flame retardant fibers above size 12 months. And for the polyester/fleece sleepwear, the fibers themselves have been pre-treated before the garment is made. So I wouldn't trust it unless it's 100% cotton or a wool/cotton blend, and states it has not been treated thus is meant to be worn snug-fitting, in terms of designated sleepwear 12 months and up.
The type of polyester used for these pajamas must, according to regulations, be flame retardant, and it's my understanding that any company which uses polyester (including fleece) material specifically for sleepwear, must use a blend that is made of fibers that are treated. Carter's may very well not add
any chemicals to their PJs, but that doesn't mean the type of polyester they're using isn't already treated. (It's like those "free & clear" detergents stating there's no "added" dyes. Yeah, well they already have dyes in them to brighten fabric, so just because they're claiming not to add any more is misleading at best.)
The whole thing is right confusing, and for us the bottom line has been avoid all non-natural, non-snug-fitting sleepwear. Oh, and now they're starting to treat some cotton PJs too (LL Bean is one company now doing this), so be sure to check ahead of time if you're wanting to avoid all chemicals.
So I'm not opposed to polyester playwear but when it comes to sleepwear, we just don't do it if there's a chance it's made of the type of polyester that's treated.
Here's a link that might explain it better: http://www.thegreenguide.com/doc/ask/pajamas