Today’s question: how many times do you wear your pajamas before they go into the laundry?
Growing up, PJs were worn a handful of times before making their way to the hamper. In the morning, mom taught us to tuck them behind a pillow when we made our beds.
Fast forward to having babies of my own, and I very quickly got into the habit of feeding them their first bottle (and, as they got older, breakfast) while still in their jammies. They spit up a ton as infants, so it seemed silly to ruin the day’s outfit that early in the morning. We’d do bottle or breakfast and get changed afterwards. Needless to say, those got messy and went straight to the laundry basket. A second wearing was not even an option.
Even now, the habit has stuck. The kids get dressed before breakfast, but the night’s pajamas go right into the hampers. Even I seldom wear the same pajamas twice anymore – maybe a remnant of the pregnancy and postpartum days when I would get night sweats – I just really prefer fresh clothes out of the drawer. (Or, if we’re being totally honest, out of the other basket with the clean, folded clothes that haven’t been put away yet. Keepin’ it real, people.)
I hadn’t really given this pattern much thought, but my mom ALWAYS comments on it when she spends time with my kids. She can’t believe how many sets of pajamas my kids have (ok, it’s a lot…), or that they won’t wear the same ones twice in a row. While I recognize this as being different than the way we did things at her house, I’m not sure I see it as being quite so noteworthy.
So, dear Internet friends, sound off. How do PJs work in your house? One night and into the wash they go? Or wear ’em until the end of the week and they can almost stand on their own?