footy pajamas

Kelsie - posted on 07/25/2010 ( 26 moms have responded )

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I was wondering if it was considered child abuse to put your child in footy pajamas without socks my son usually sleeps in a diaper but i was wondering because i've heard a lot of yes's and no's so i was just wondering if you could let me know though as soon as possible i've tried googling it and everything

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hehehe 'pulling your leg' heheheheheheee



Seriously...... putting your child in footie pajamas is not child abuse. Leaving your child in a hot car is child abuse. Leaving the children home alone so you can go out drinking is child abuse. Biting, slapping, hitting and throwing a child are all considered child abuse. Keeping your children in a filthy home can be considered child abuse. Not feeding your child is considered child abuse.



Footie PJ's are not child abuse....with or without the socks.



Now you mentioned the string getting wrapped around his foot..... I am not familiar with a string on any footies...... but I don't let my boy wear clothes that HAVE strings on them, Like hoodie shirts with a string or a windbreaker with a string in the hat part.... the cords could cause an injury. But I still haven't ever seen a string on the footie of a set of pj's. If he did get a string around his foot it's not the same as a string around his NECK.













http://www.childwelfare.gov/pubs/factshe...



Recognizing Child Abuse



The following signs may signal the presence of child abuse or neglect.



The Child:



* Shows sudden changes in behavior or school performance

* Has not received help for physical or medical problems brought to the parents' attention

* Has learning problems (or difficulty concentrating) that cannot be attributed to specific physical or psychological causes

* Is always watchful, as though preparing for something bad to happen

* Lacks adult supervision

* Is overly compliant, passive, or withdrawn

* Comes to school or other activities early, stays late, and does not want to go home



The Parent:



* Shows little concern for the child

* Denies the existence of—or blames the child for—the child's problems in school or at home

* Asks teachers or other caregivers to use harsh physical discipline if the child misbehaves

* Sees the child as entirely bad, worthless, or burdensome

* Demands a level of physical or academic performance the child cannot achieve

* Looks primarily to the child for care, attention, and satisfaction of emotional needs



The Parent and Child:



* Rarely touch or look at each other

* Consider their relationship entirely negative

* State that they do not like each other





Types of Abuse



The following are some signs often associated with particular types of child abuse and neglect: physical abuse, neglect, sexual abuse, and emotional abuse. It is important to note, however, that these types of abuse are more typically found in combination than alone. A physically abused child, for example, is often emotionally abused as well, and a sexually abused child also may be neglected.





Signs of Physical Abuse



Consider the possibility of physical abuse when the child:



* Has unexplained burns, bites, bruises, broken bones, or black eyes

* Has fading bruises or other marks noticeable after an absence from school

* Seems frightened of the parents and protests or cries when it is time to go home

* Shrinks at the approach of adults

* Reports injury by a parent or another adult caregiver



Consider the possibility of physical abuse when the parent or other adult caregiver:



* Offers conflicting, unconvincing, or no explanation for the child's injury

* Describes the child as "evil," or in some other very negative way

* Uses harsh physical discipline with the child

* Has a history of abuse as a child





Signs of Neglect



Consider the possibility of neglect when the child:



* Is frequently absent from school

* Begs or steals food or money

* Lacks needed medical or dental care, immunizations, or glasses

* Is consistently dirty and has severe body odor

* Lacks sufficient clothing for the weather

* Abuses alcohol or other drugs

* States that there is no one at home to provide care



Consider the possibility of neglect when the parent or other adult caregiver:



* Appears to be indifferent to the child

* Seems apathetic or depressed

* Behaves irrationally or in a bizarre manner

* Is abusing alcohol or other drugs





Signs of Sexual Abuse



Consider the possibility of sexual abuse when the child:



* Has difficulty walking or sitting

* Suddenly refuses to change for gym or to participate in physical activities

* Reports nightmares or bedwetting

* Experiences a sudden change in appetite

* Demonstrates bizarre, sophisticated, or unusual sexual knowledge or behavior

* Becomes pregnant or contracts a venereal disease, particularly if under age 14

* Runs away

* Reports sexual abuse by a parent or another adult caregiver



Consider the possibility of sexual abuse when the parent or other adult caregiver:



* Is unduly protective of the child or severely limits the child's contact with other children, especially of the opposite sex

* Is secretive and isolated

* Is jealous or controlling with family members





Signs of Emotional Maltreatment



Consider the possibility of emotional maltreatment when the child:



* Shows extremes in behavior, such as overly compliant or demanding behavior, extreme passivity, or aggression

* Is either inappropriately adult (parenting other children, for example) or inappropriately infantile (frequently rocking or head-banging, for example)

* Is delayed in physical or emotional development

* Has attempted suicide

* Reports a lack of attachment to the parent



Consider the possibility of emotional maltreatment when the parent or other adult caregiver:



* Constantly blames, belittles, or berates the child

* Is unconcerned about the child and refuses to consider offers of help for the child's problems

* Overtly rejects the child

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Natalie - posted on 08/08/2010

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we still use footy pjs on our 3 year old, I have heard of the seem strings getting wrapped around toes before but just check them when you wash them and clip any you see, personally I believe questions like this are what these parenting fourms are for and that it makes you a great mom for taking the time to seek out the truth out of concern for your child

Lacey - posted on 08/07/2010

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If footy PJ's were abusive I don't think they would sell them, first of all. If you are putting him in them to make him uncomfortable I guess that's a form of abuse, but if he needs them or you feel he needs them, that is what they're there for! I love footy PJ's for my son, I love them for myself!

Louise - posted on 08/05/2010

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God if that's child abuse I'm in big trouble. My 15 month hates blankets so I layer his clothes up. Up until 13 months he wore onsies and now pyjamas with no socks a he just pulls them off! In the winter I then put one of the fleece sleep suits with the zip up the front. I use it instead of blankets. I did want to try the baby sleeping bags but as he moves a lot in his sleep I was afraid he'd get tangled in it!



The most important thing is your child is comfortable. Not too hot or too cold! If you're worried about strings just check the feet before you put it on or buy ones with safetoes. Mothercare is where i got them as it actually happened with my first son one night whn he was at my parents and luckily my mom stripped his to change his nappy as he screamed with a dirty nappy and spotted it. He was 2! It's all about being vigilant.

Angela - posted on 08/05/2010

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My mom put my son down in just his diaper for the first time the other day; he woke up, took it off, and stood up in the bed and peed! Seriously, if it were considered "child abuse" to put a child in footie pj's without socks, they wouldn't sell them in the first place. I've never even heard of putting socks on a kid in footie pj's! My son sleeps in them every night - we've got Siberian Huskies, so we keep the house pretty cool. He needs something covering his feet, but he takes the socks right off.

Amanda - posted on 08/03/2010

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I would think that if it was considered child abuse, store would not carry them, and companies would not make them. Footie PJs are great for babies that kick off their blankets in winter. I always check for thread after that first "just bought" wash... never had a problem.

Jenifer - posted on 08/03/2010

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Socks could have loose strings in them too, & get tangled around their feet....just pay attention to their clothes. When babies are smaller, Drs don't want blankets on them, for fear of sufficating; hence footy pjs. My daughter sleeps in her diaper all the time when it's warm out.

Melanie - posted on 08/03/2010

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i had my daughter in footie PJ's when I took her down south (lived in the tropics at them time and took her honme to visit family in winter) A friend of my mums when she saw my daughter in the PJs asked me if I had socks on her as well, i replyd no but was wondering if i should to help keep her warm she said no dont cause the sock could get a loose thred and wrap around her foot, Footir PJs shouldnt get any loose threds but socks can get them fairly easy.

Tara - posted on 08/02/2010

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i never sleep my kids or myself in socks as we are all hot bodies and the feet are our bodys natural way of regulating our body heat as well as our head which is why u shouldnt sleep bubs with beanies on as they can over heat. if sumthign sounds wrong when ur being told what u "should" be doing with ur kids then it usually is, dont question yourself so much on the little things im sure ur doing a wonderful job!

Rachel - posted on 08/01/2010

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I don't think it is! I never put socks on her when she is sleeping... Or most of the day unless we are out with shoes on or it is cold. My daughter always sleeps in sleepers with feet or shorts and t-shirt.

Bernadette - posted on 08/01/2010

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I am confused as to how it possibly could be? If it is the elastic you are worried about, I've found that most socks are tighter so wouldn't wearing both be worse? The only time I've ever put both on my daughter is when it's very cold

Danielle - posted on 07/31/2010

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I don't see how it could be. I quit putting footie pajamas on my daughter when she started to walk because we live in a apt. with all hard wood floors and she was falling alot. I don't put socks on her because she just takes them off. We were just latting her sleep in a diaper but not any more because she's learned to take it off.

Samantha Thayer - posted on 07/31/2010

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If you are concerned about the elastic I would only look for the ones that have it half way around the ankle .. which i think a lot do.. But really, I wouldn't lose any sleep over it

Rachael - posted on 07/30/2010

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abuse, I do not think so, but it is not recommended to dress a child in any clothing that has a string or cord on it that is longer than 4 inches with the thought being such a string can pose a strangulation hazard. my advice (though I have never seed footie PJs with strings) would be if the strings are longer than a few inches to snip them. also a word of advise to all the moms who put their baby to bed in just a diaper... watch out, we had a poop finger painting event when my son woke up from a nap and figured out how to open the tabs on his diaper and decided that his poo looked like a fun artistic medium. we stick to onsies and shorts/tshirts now. =)

Heidi - posted on 07/30/2010

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are you serious? abuse? I do not hardly think so. Is this a seriuos post?? humm I think not.

Lori - posted on 07/29/2010

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If footie pajamas were really that "dangerous" they would stop selling them. To call it child abuse is insane! In the colder weather my son slept in in them all the time and never w/ socks. However in the summer he sleeps barefoot because it keeps him cooler.

Jessie - posted on 07/29/2010

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i dont see how that is considered child abuse. In the winter i put my child is the one piece pjs and dont put socks on her. I dont know anyone who does

Stina - posted on 07/29/2010

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My mom taught me to sleep without socks b/c "It let's your feet breath... better for them." Whether it's bad for your feet to sleep with socks on, I don't know, but I take my children's socks off when putting them into pj's of the footie and the non-footie variety. Have never had an issue with thread's wrapping around their toes (although I have heard of this happening). And I have never heard of it being considered child abuse to put a child into footy pj's without socks.

Joanna - posted on 07/29/2010

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I still put my son in footie pajamas with no socks. I see what they are saying regarding the strings around the toes. But all you have to do is check them every once in a while to make sure the seams aren't too frayed. Whomever said it was child abuse doesn't know what child abuse is if they think clothing your child is abuse. The doctors told me dress them as you dress yourselves plus one layer if it's cold. One layer of pajamas (whether it's footie pj's or t-shirt and shorts) and no blanket I feel is perfectly fine. And if it's hot, just a daiper. My son takes plenty of naps that way! You are fine. And don't worry yourself over the little things. If you know you are doing your best to do what's right, then you are doing a great job, mom!!!

Michelle - posted on 07/29/2010

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I would think not. When my husband and me brought our son home from the hospital, they told us to dress him as we would dress ourselves.

Kelsie - posted on 07/27/2010

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well somebody said that it was child abuse cuz if one of the strings from the foot part of the pj's gets tangled around their foot you could get in trouble or something

Danielle - posted on 07/26/2010

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My son sleeps in his diaper all the time. He sweats a lot in his sleep. That's gotta be way more uncomfortable than sleeping in just a diaper.

Anna - posted on 07/25/2010

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I'm sorry Kelsie, I don't really understand the question.
Why would what a child sleeps in be abuse? Are you worried about them getting cold?

Andrea - posted on 07/25/2010

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my son sleeps in shorts and t-shirt, just nappy/diaper if its hot, we dont have air conditioning i might add and in the winter all in ones, so if this is child abuse i think most of us are guilty....do what feels right after all we are mothers and most of us are good at it!!!!

Tracianne - posted on 07/25/2010

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my son sleeps either in an all in 1 or when its warm he sleeps in short and tshirt pyjamas. he dont have socks on unless its cold

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