Sleep Tight: From Daytime Jams to Sleep Jammies

One of the most versatile ways for kids to wear New Jammies in the warmer months is to don them during the day in the park, poolside or at neighborhood BBQs. Then mix and match at nighttime for a cool, comfortable sleep.

“New Jammies’ signature 100% organic cotton fabric is breathable and keeps kids cool in the summer heat and warm at night,” says New Jammies CEO and founder Nicole Ludlow.

“The fun part is to mix and match the short sets, pants and long-sleeved shirts for several different color and print combinations on vacation or out and about having a good time, day into night.”

A cute look for girls in the summer is to add brightly colored tutus and comfy sandals to our Lobsters collection. Or incorporate pastel tutus into an outfit with our pretty Ballerina Slippers or Mermaid Bubbles prints.

The Lobsters and Whales collections come with 100% organic cotton summer roll hats, too. The fun summertime New Jammies headwear designs provide a coordinated look at the beach or in town, especially with our Classic Stripes and nautical-themed collections, to help protect babies’ sensitive skin from the sun’s harmful UV rays.

Boys are typically fairly easy to dress, especially in the summer, so our shorts sets with bold stripes and colorful prints really come in handy when packing for the day, weekend, or a week of well-derserved vacation.

“So many of our collections offer options for mixing and matching, and for going from day to night, if the boys manage to stay clear of mud!” says Nicole, who has two young boys of her own.

The organic Classic Stripe in blue and white is a great option for bold and colorful day-to-night wear for boys or girls, and the Pirate Skull Stripes and Sailboats n’Waves pajamas and short sets are perfect to switch up from afternoon into evening. Especially for hanging around the water at the lake or ocean, and for summer vacations involving pirate ships, sunset cruises or floating on the river.

In celebration of summer, New Jammies has a few of these versatile outdoor and sleep time looks in our sale section of our online store.

Enjoy great sale prices on our Sharks PJ Shorts Set and Ottoman Flowers PJ Shorts Set, as well as the Pirate Skull Stripes and Sly Fox PJ Shorts Set, for a wonderful summer playing in the sun and sleeping under the stars.

Here’s to a summer to remember!

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New Jammies was born as an environmentally responsible company offering 100% certified organic cotton and flame retardant-free children’s pajamas. Learn more at newjammies.com.

Play Right: Celebrate National Wilderness Month Outdoors

ColoradoBoyAs New Jammies welcomes the change of seasons, National Wilderness Month is the perfect time for families to get outside and explore.

The Federal Facilities of Environmental Stewardship suggests celebrating America’s wilderness in September, and throughout Autumn, by visiting the nation’s wilderness areas and learning about the issues facing these pristine environments. In his Presidential Proclamation of National Wilderness Month in September, President Barack Obama, agreed.

“I invite all Americans to visit and enjoy our wilderness areas, to learn about their vast history, and to aid in the protection of our precious national treasures,” he proclaimed.

The country’s vast wilderness areas provide acres-upon-acres of natural playground for kids and parents to hike, fish, camp, boat, birdwatch, sightsee, and numerous other ways to enjoy the Great Outdoors. The country’s preserved spaces were protected 52 years ago when the Wilderness Act was passed, marking the beginning of an era when Americans were empowered by Congress to propose protection of special wild places, watersheds, wildlife habitat and outstanding recreational opportunities such as hunting, fishing, camping and hiking.

“The law immediately set aside approximately nine million acres of U.S. national forests as wilderness, defining the highest level of protection, uses and enjoyment of these federal lands,” said the Wilderness Society, founded in 1935 to advocate for protection of America’s roadless wild places.

“Today the National Wilderness Preservation System encompasses nearly 110 million acres of wild country in 44 states and includes lands in national parks, forests, wildlife refuges and Bureau of Land Management areas.”

In 2014, when the Wilderness Act celebrated 50 years, Wilderness Society President Jamie Williams expressed the importance of protection of our wilderness areas.

“Today we need wilderness more than ever,” Williams said. “In an urban nation, we need a place to get away, to enjoy and restore ourselves. The people who wrote the Wilderness Act called it an essential human need, and that’s why they wrote the Wilderness Act – to protect wild places for all of us, and for our quality of life. There’s one constant since the Wilderness Act was passed – people want to protect more of our wild places, which define us as a nation. They are our American legacy, something we can leave to future generations.”

New JammiesOutdoor gear company REI offers its tips on camping in the wilderness with the younger set, providing the opportunity for priceless family memories for New Jammies kids. To start, REI says to prepare for outdoor overnight trips by practicing camping at home.

“If your kids are outdoor newbies, pitch a tent in the backyard or even inside your home. Let them hang out in it and sleep in it so they become comfortable with a new sleeping environment,” said the company, which donates percentages of its sales to conservation efforts.

“Take a trial run: Before your overnighter, try a family day outing at a close-to-home park. Spend a half-day or so at a lakeshore or park and see how your kids react to the experience. Take notes: Write down reminders for future trips: ‘Pack more sunscreen.’ ‘Bring long pants.’ ‘Leave bongos home.'”

REI also suggests these fun items to bring along on camping trips with kids:

• Paddleball set
• Marshmallow launcher
• Animal-shaped flashlights
• Kits, discs and flying toys — REI’s faves include glowing, multicolor LED flying discs and Djubi balls
• Low-tech fun with a boot-around plastic ball that doubles as an ice cream maker
• Water toys to cool off
• Foot bags
• Educational games, including “Pass the Pigs” and “Why Knot?”

Most of all, New Jammies hopes kids get outside and have fun in the beauty and wonderment of the nation’s beloved wilderness areas as the leaves change.

New Jammies was born as an environmentally responsible company offering 100% certified organic cotton and flame retardant-free children’s pajamas. New Jammies are WRAP certified for socially responsible manufacturing practices, created in GOTS certified knit, print, and dye facilities, and made of OE100 100% certified organic cotton. Learn more at newjammies.com.

Play Right: Fun Summer Vacation Hotspots for Kids

imageFilled with sunshine and fun, there’s nothing like summer vacation to build lasting memories for New Jammies kids and their families. Kids can take a break from homework and parents can relax with some well-deserved vacation time with these ideas for memory-making summer vacations.

• If budget is a factor in your summer vacation planning, look no further than the Travel Channel’s Cheap Summer Vacations list to plan a budget-friendly get-away. Topping the list is Family Camp at Medomak Camp in Rockland, Maine. At this all-inclusive vacation destination, parents get in on the fun of summer camp, as the flat tuition fee covers activities and all meals in a gourmet mess hall, including a lobster feast. “Morning activities for the kids include archery or arts and crafts while adults practice yoga, get a massage or even join the kids for some craft time. In the afternoon, everyone heads to the lake for swimming, kayaking, sculling or sailing,” says the Travel Channel. “Come nightfall, the whole family can set off on a scavenger hunt or play softball or ultimate Frisbee. Bring your own musical instrument for the evening campfire. Just leave your hair dryer at home — the accommodations are comfy, but rustic, and there’s no need for primping anyway.”

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Mesa Verde National Park

• Family camping can be a way for families to enjoy all that nature has to offer and take in the freedoms of the open road and wilderness. The useful website camping.com is dedicated to providing camping and RVing tips, trips and information, and has several RV camping trip planners available no matter what part of the USA the family will visit. For fans of the Old West, the Four Corners Road Trip is one regional route that allows families to see four states — Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona and Utah — and breathtaking views and landscapes perfect for hiking and exploring. “This region is filled with parks, fascinating history and stunning geological features,” says the site. “RV enthusiasts can travel northwest from the beautiful Mesa Verde National Park into Utah and Arches National Park. Along this journey travelers will learn about the history and geology of the region.” Enjoy sleeping under the stars, s’mores by the campfire, and an educational look at life in the desert from our country’s ancestors’ point of view.

image• The West Coast of the U.S. not only provide scenic camping opportunities, but the beautiful coastal region is also great for a baseball park-themed vacation to celebrate America’s favorite game. At ballparksofbaseball.com, parents can plan vacations around nationwide summer baseball schedules, breaking the games down by region with the helpful MLB Road Trip Guide. The Left Coast Tour takes family vacationers to five ballparks from Seattle to San Diego over eight days. Take in the old-fashioned culture of eating ballpark hot dogs and peanuts and singing along to “Take Me Out to the Ballgame.” See the sites of the San Francisco Bay, Los Angeles, San Diego and Seattle cityscapes at the end of June while rooting on the boys of summer.

• If beachside is where the family prefers a little R&R for the week, Florida is the sunny state to visit in the summertime. On the state’s Gulf side, Captiva and Sanibel Island is a great kid-friendly location to collect sand buckets full of seashells by the seashore. Make sure to visit the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge for an educational experience for the kids. Another kid-friendly location in the St. Petersburg/Clearwater area, home to Fort De Soto Park which was voted Best Family Beach in the Country by Parents Magazine. Amenities include a sandbar that makes a natural kiddie pool for new swimmers, calm surf, lifeguards, an historic fort, camping, fishing, recreation, canoe and nature trails and a dog park. Check out visitflorida.com to plan a sunny vacation perfect for the entire family.

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imageBugs ‘n Butterflies!

Summer is here and kids can enjoy the magic of Mother Nature by learning about bugs and butterflies when they play outside or head to camp. Keep your kiddos comfy in our 100% organic cotton pajamas on warm summer days and nights. It’s a bug’s life in these fun prints! We love playing outdoors, so much so we wrote this blog about it. Read all about it here!

Through June 8, take 15% off our Bug’s Life and Butterfly Magic collections. Use code: BNB2015