These are a few of my favorite infant pajama brands, broken into subcategories by style. See below for my thoughts on zip-up vs. button-up vs. pull-on PJs. (People have strong opinions on this subject for some reason.)
Pull-On Footie Pajamas
Button-Up Footie Pajamas
Zip-Up Footie Pajamas
Footless Pajamas (All Styles)
To Zip or Not to Zip
Some parents prefer zip-up or pull-on pajamas while others prefer button-ups.
I’m on Team Pull-Ons (the Solly Sleepers are my absolute favorites) or Team Buttons (L'ovedbaby or Kickee Pants), though each have their pros and cons…
Pull-on sleepers like those from Solly Baby make for easy and fast diaper changes (simply pull down the pants). The only downside is you’ll have to pull the top on over your newborn’s wobbly head, which requires a bit more confidence than some first time moms have at the outset. (The Solly sleepers can actually be pulled on from the feet, avoiding the over-the-head maneuver, but this is still more complicated than dressing a baby laying flat.)
Button-up pajamas take longer to put on and take off since you have to snap each button individually, but you avoid having to do an over-the-head maneuver. They also lay flatter than zip-up pajamas without awkwardly bunching on tiny babes, which is why I prefer them personally.
When choosing button-up pajamas, it’s important to choose ones that don’t have too many buttons. For example, these Kyte Baby PJs (left) have buttons on both of the legs and at the crotch, which is totally overkill and leads to inevitable button mismatches, whereas these L’ovedbaby jammies (right) have seven buttons total, which is totally sufficient and makes for an easier change.
Zip-up pajamas are much faster to put on and take off, but they tend to bunch awkwardly, especially on tiny newborns who don’t yet have much head and body control. I especially hate the way the zippers tend to balloon out at the chest and belly when baby sits in the car seat or bouncer.
To Footie or Not to Footie
Lastly, you must decide whether to choose footie pajamas or footless pajamas. I’m a big fan of footie PJs (even if they do leave a bit of fuzz between tiny toes), because they negate the need for socks. If your baby is under the 85th percentile in height, go for footies. If baby is a lot taller than average, I’d say skip footies so your PJs last a little longer.