Why Don’t They Make Kids PJs Like They Did In 1978? (And My Solution)

I have an almost four year old daughter and a 2 and a half year old son.  Each has a drawer full of pajamas containing one piece zip up footies as well as two piece pajama sets without feet.  I buy a lot of pajamas, because when I run out of clean ones I have to do laundry.  And I hate doing laundry.

Every time I open the pajama drawers I am reminded of why the children’s garment industry has failed me.  I have only 3 requirements for the perfect pjs, however, they don’t exist in my kids collection of sleep wear.  Indulge me and tell me if you agree.  And hark!  I have a solution to offer as well!  My 3 requirements are as follows:

1.  2 Piece Footies – I love putting the kids in footies for several reasons.  Warm piggies, traction during hard floor races, and cuteness are just a few.  My son also has some kind of monster living in his room that chews his socks off of his feet every night and stashes them in weird places.  Footies are sock monster kryptonite.  My kids also love footies and ask to wear them.

The problem I have with footies is that they are anti-potty training.  There is no way my nearly 4 year old can get them off and back on by herself (even the zipped kind) for a potty visit.  Given the fact that she wants to do everything on her own, without assistance, one piece footies just end up annoying us both simultaneously (much like Caillou — wait, that’s just me).  I have looked for 2 piece footies online at length, and while there are a few to be found in infant sizes, they are scarce in toddler and up sizes.

1978 PJs

(1978) Yes, I am the little one on the right of questionable gender. You’ll just have to trust me that these pajamas were 2 piece footies, I swear!  If we could get them in 1978, why can’t I find them now? Photo By: LINDA LEE

2.  Organic – Once I found out that cotton is the most massive pesticide hog out of all crops, I decided to make more of an effort to buy organic cotton when possible.  I like that it tells a better environmental story and I just feel better about my kids being wrapped in it for 10+ hours a day.

Liana Organic

Photo By: SUSAN MACCARELLI of peckedtodeathbychickens.com

3.  Made in the USA – While you can certainly find all sorts of offending tags in the clothes my kids wear, ideally I want to find things that are made in the USA.  I don’t care if I have to pay a little extra, but most of the time I can’t even find that choice.

Rocco Made in usa

Photo By: SUSAN MACCARELLI of peckedtodeathbychickens.com

When I hopped on Amazon to find 2 piece footies that were also organic and made in the USA, I figured my biggest problem would be choosing colors (an exercise that typically takes me the time span of 2 Nashville‘s and a Scandal because most of my impulse buys are done while catching up on DVR viewing and I like to see all my options).  I found that not only were there no color choices, there were NO choices.  As someone who thinks everything in the universe should be available to me on Amazon, I was baffled and stymied (stymied is frustrating in practice, but fun to talk about later.  stymied).

So fast forward to my husband and I deciding to make our own kids pajamas!  Yes, it takes us 16 hours to change the Boy’s diaper and 2 years to power wash the deck, but we decided to design and manufacture our own line of 2 piece kids footies in a matter of minutes.  We are going to go with basic colors to start because we like the idea of easy mix and match and have spoken to a fashion guru in San Francisco who will be helping us along in the process of design, material sourcing and production.  My Own Two Footies!

MOTF Collage

Currently we are spreading the word.  If you are a fan of our idea, check out our launch page where you can leave your email address so that we can keep you updated and let you know when they are available to be purchased.  You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

I’d love to hear any and all feedback in the comments or shoot us an email at contact@myowntwofooties.com.  


  1. Wow! Good for you guys! Whilst my children are far past the age of needing footie pajamas (or even wanting me to choose their pajamas), you have a great idea. Best of luck!

  2. What an awesome idea! I’m obsessed with footed pajamas too. We’re still at the stage where we can easily get them in The Wee Monkey’s size but I know were on a clock. Great to know that we’ll have options. Cheers.

  3. This is totally brilliant! I stopping using one piece zip ups for my kids very early on because it’s hard to change diapers in them too, and forget getting to the potty on time. I’m super impressed that you and your husband are making this happen! Love the name too 🙂

  4. Awesome!!! I am so impressed that you and your husband have taken this into your own hands. I agree – footies rock, but with little ones pj’s need to be potty-training friendly. I would be all over these!

  5. My 9-almost-10-year-old loves footed pajamas, and hates having to get almost fully naked in the dead of winter to go to the bathroom, so keep older kids in mind when you start your line! 🙂

    • Susan Maccarelli

      That’s a great point and something we are hearing a lot, so we are definitely considering that. Thank you!

    • Susan Maccarelli

      heehee – true. my pjs are a metaphor for something i’m sure! good to hear from you maura!

  6. Hahaha that’s so awesome -that’s true that almost all clothing now comes from China or Vietnam – somewhere other than here. Let me know when you start making these I have a large family with tons of kiddies 😛 Have a great one Susan! -Iva

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