Choosing children's nightwear

In New Zealand we have a product safety standard for children’s nightwear. The requirements in the standard are designed to help reduce the risk of children being injured if their nightwear catches fire.

In 2016 a change was made to the labelling requirements for children’s nightwear.

This is a guide to help you choose your child's nightwear.

What to look for

  • Check the label on nightwear. As you will read below, the white label means the garment fabric has a lower fire hazard risk and/or is snug fitting. This means the design of the garment is close-fitting to reduce the risk of it catching fire, it does not mean that the fabric is fire proof, the fabric can still burn if exposed to a heat source. 
  • Buy pyjamas that fit your child rather than buying a size too big to make them last. A loose fit can be a fire risk
  • If making nightwear for your child choose a pattern that has a close-fitting design, ‘ski’ pyjamas are a warm and safe option.


Safety labelling

There are two labels for children’s nightwear, one white and the other red.  The label chosen is dependent on the design of the item and the type of fabric it is made from.

red label childrens pjs 2018

Red label

This means that the garment is made of a higher fire risk fabric. The label states “WARNING HIGH FIRE DANGER KEEP AWAY FROM HEAT AND FLAME” Make sure that nightwear with this label fits children snugly to reduce the risk of it catching fire.

The risk of fire is reduced if the garments are close to the child rather than flapping and billowing out.

If you must use garments with a red label, use them in summer rather than winter, as they are less likely to catch fire from a heater or fireplace.

White labelwhite label childrens pjs 2018

This means that the garment is a lower fire risk. It is either made of a fabric that burns more slowly, or is designed to be worn snug-fitting to reduce the risk of the garment catching fire.


Buying garments with the white label is a safer option. Remember that the white label doesn’t mean there’s no fire danger.

Metre from the heater

Remember, “low fire hazard’ doesn’t mean “NO fire hazard”
Never let your child get too close to a stove, heater or fire

Always keep anything that could catch fire at least a metre from the heater
Put a safety guard, attached to the wall, around your heater or fire.

Remember fabric can ignite without physical contact with a naked flame heat source.

For more information about product safety standards for children's nightwear - see here

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