We’ve all got our own version of a family tradition. Maybe you have a particular meal that you always prepare for your household on special occasions, or a favorite movie you love to watch with kids or grandkids? Our favorite way to kick off family time, however, involves slipping into something more comfortable all at once. That’s right, we’re talking about matching pajamas for the family! We’ve rounded up 11 pairs you can nab for National Family Pajama Day today that you’ll be cozying up in all season long.
Why wear matching family pajamas?
Any time your family does something to feel close and connected — such as donning a set of coordinating sleepwear — it has an impact. Dr. Susan Coady of Ohio State University, who has studied familial traditions extensively, told Geneology.com that traditions “are important because they provide stability, a sense of family history, and feelings of roots.”
She added: “They are built-in family time, especially in families with young children. Kids need a lot of time so the family traditions become especially important.” In short? Having a special tradition or ritual, like busting out the matching pjs can help your family strengthen its bond.
According to Dimitris Xygalatas, an anthropology professor who studies rituals at the University of Connecticut, such rituals become especially important for families that don’t get to see each other often.
“If your family only gets together once or twice a year, it needs to be significant — have more pageantry,” he suggested via the Associated Press in December 2018. “You need something that says this is a very special occasion. In a way, we’re compensating with a larger quantity of celebration for a lack of frequency.”
Besides — you can’t deny that everyone wearing matching pjs will make one heck of a family photo!
Getting Your Family on Board
Coady suggested treading lightly when introducing a new ritual to the household. “If people start new traditions, they should start out slowly with a simple kind of activity,” she told Geneology.com. “Then perhaps each year they can embellish it. It will become something that everyone looks forward to.”
You should also make sure that the adults in your group are on the same page when it comes to wearing matching pajamas to ensure the rest of your crew follows suit. After all, majority rules!
Whether matching pajamas are a longtime family tradition for you and your brood or merely one you want to start, we’ve got the perfect additions to your sleepwear closet. Keep scrolling through for Woman’s World’s top picks for the best year-round, character, and holiday matching family pj sets that you can stock up on early — before sizes sell out — around!
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Best Holiday Matching Family Pajamas
Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
Where to buy: From $18, Amazon
Become part of Santa's crew in these super festive Rudolph two-piece sleep sets that are sure to get you feeling merry and bright in no time. Made of polyester, they'll keep each and every one of you plenty warm on a cold winter's night. And, according to Amazon purchasers, they run fairly true to size, so you won't have to fiddle around with pesky sizing charts — we'll drink some eggnog to that!
PajamaGram Nordic Fleece Onesie
Where to buy: From $19.99, Amazon
When the dreaded winter rolls around, you'll be plenty prepared, thanks to this roomy PajamaGram onesie. Equipped with a hood, deep pockets for covering up cold hands, and wrist cuffs with thumb holes for an extra bit of comfort, these onesies are as cozy as they come. Kick back and luxuriate in the polyester microfleece of these matching pjs with your loved ones for the ultimate holiday experience.
Jammies For Your Families Reindeer Onesie
Where to buy: From $21.99 (Originally from $38), Kohl’s
Our favorite matching pj set, holiday or otherwise, comes in the form of this hooded reindeer microfleece onesie from Kohl's. They're footless, so you won't feel trapped within the mounds of soft fabric, and feature ribbed cuffs and an attached hood with reindeer antlers up top. Now, where did we put our jingle bells?
Burt's Bees Baby Festive Forest Matching Family PJ's
Where to buy: From $9.95, Burt's Bees Baby
Not only are these hand-drawn, tree-printed pajamas attractive and unique to each member of the family — the woman's set features a V-neck baseball tee, while baby's features a diagonal zip — they're made from all-organic cotton, ensuring your entire brood will be safe from irritation or overheating. There's also a matching bandana for your cat or dog.
Gnome Sweet Gnome
Where to buy: $28 to $80, Hanna Andersson
You'll be the cheeriest elves on the block in these precious gnome-printed long-john pj's from Hanna Andersson. "Best quality and most comfortable pajamas. Love the gnomes design," wrote one satisfied customer.
As another pointed out, their long-lasting wear also comes in handy when passing on more than tradition to younger family members: "The pj's last virtually forever and are passed down to other babies as my grand-daughter grows."
Best Character Matching Family Pajamas
Where to buy: From $21 (Originally from $42), Hanna Andersson
Channel Snoopy, Sally, and Charlie Brown with these Peanuts-themed pj's from Hanna Andersson. Beloved since the '50s, Charles M. Schulz's memorable characters come to life in these 100 percent organic cotton fabric jammies, which reviewers say are "so soft and comfortable." They've also got "hand-me-down" quality, which means they'll actually get brighter in the wash.
Jammies for Your Families Jolly Grinch
Where to buy: From $13.99 (Originally from $24), Kohl’s
The only thing amiss about these hilarious Grinch jammies will be the smile your family will be wearing instead of the iconic Christmas character's trademark scowl. With sleep shirt or pant options available, everyone will feel comfortable and cheery, and really, isn't that what the holidays are all about?
PajamaGram Mickey Mouse Pajamas
Where to buy: From $19.99, Amazon
There's a reason these PajamaGram two-piece top and bottom sets, which are emblazoned with the iconic mouse ears of Disney's Mickey and Minnie, are a No. 1 best-seller on Amazon. They're adorable, for starters, they're comfortable for all members of the family, and they're ultra-warm. Made with cotton and fleece, they're also lightweight, so you can wear them well beyond your family Christmas.
Best Year-Round Matching Family Pajamas
PajamaGram Striped and Polka Dot
Where to buy: From $14.99, Amazon
Who said matching pj's are just for the holiday season? This PajamaGram striped and polka dot set takes that idea and turns it on its head with a collection of navy printed jammies that are neutral enough for the whole family to wear year-round. Made of 100 percent cotton, they're plenty breathable for warmer months, and feature an elastic waistband for a just-right fit.
EV Summer Gray Striped
Where to buy: From $11.99 to $24.99, Target
These two-piece cotton pajamas allow you to express your individuality, since you can mix and match the tops or bottoms with other sleepwear pieces. Drawstring ties on the men and women's sets allow for added comfort and the classic gray hue can be pulled out of the closet in any given season.
Sleepyheads Polar Bear
Where to buy: From $9.99, Amazon
How cute are these polar bear pj's from Sleepyheads? Soft, stretchy, and supportive, with elastic bands at the waists and ribbed cuffs at the feet, these knit jersey and polyester finds are just the thing for snuggling up together on the couch or in front of a "roar"-ing fire.