Wearing Underwear to Bed: A Parental Controversy?

Sometimes they prefer to wear underwear on their heads.

Just when I thought I had been sucked into every possible parenting conversation, I got caught up in a discussion that was surprisingly engaging.

The question was, “Do your kids wear underwear to bed?”

I learned that it’s a divided community indeed when it comes to this question. The most compelling argument on the no side was that you gotta let the bits breathe at night. Let the air get in there and let it all hang out and be FREE.

The yes side’s most compelling argument was that if kids are wearing underwear to bed, then the pajamas don’t need to get washed every day.

I examined how we operate in my house:

The boy children in our family all wear boxer shorts and wear them to bed. Big brother has done this for a long time, so the little brothers do it so they’re like the big guy.

I have always encouraged the girls NOT to wear undies to bed, just as my mother encouraged me and my sisters not to. We are of the “let the bits breathe” camp.

However, I must note – there is absolutely NO way pajamas get washed every day. That didn’t even occur to me until I read the comments from the “Yes to undies” side. Our laundry situation is ridiculous enough without adding several pairs of PJs into the mix. Is this wrong? Am I raising a crew of dirty children because they don’t get fresh PJs every night?

So – apparently everyone has an opinion on this issue. What’s yours? Free to be or tightie whities?

Julie Cole

Author: Julie Cole

Julie Cole is the co-founding vice-president of award-winning children’s label manufacturer Mabel’s Labels. She has helped her company bring their product to a worldwide market, gain media recognition and win countless entrepreneur awards. Cole is a regular television contributor, an influential and syndicated blogger and a mother of six. Follow her on twitter @juliecole and Instagram @cole.julie

5 thoughts

  1. I’m on the side of undies to bed! My family always did, and so do we. Keeps the sheets cleaner for those children who don’t like to wear pjs, and keeps the pjs cleaner for those children who do wear pjs! We usually wear our pajamas for 2-3 nights straight, so wearing them without undies would be rather…fragrant?
    Besides..if you wear cotton underwear, can’t your “bits” breathe anyhow?

  2. I am in the middle of this debate! If my kids want to wear undies, they do! If they don’t want to, they don’t! However, I do enforce the wearing of undies with my daughter on the days she wears a nightgown. She sleeps like a gymnast doing a floor routine and no body needs to see that!!!!

  3. I’m in the wearing undies category. Keeps pj’s cleaner, sheets cleaner, and yes…..the bits can breathe with cotton underpants….oh and if you decide to kick off the sheets, or sleep like a gymnast as Kerri’s child does….then it’s not so ‘okward’. It also keeps a good routine when sleepovers occur and they may prefer to wear undies to provide modesty but will feel weird because it’s not the norm.

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