These have become popular among parents for their ease of use and convince. Unfortunately, the cute little packages and bright swirl-like colors can make them look like candy to a small child, and so these have emerged as a significant poisoning hazard. One study found poison control centers received hundreds of calls pertaining to single use laundry detergent packets within a 20 day period. A more recent analysis found 4,865 such poisonings among children under five in the first half of 2013, and rates continue to increase. (Ng, 3013) So be sure to keep them out of reach, or if your child is old enough, explain what is actually inside them.
Many parents put their kids to bed in baggy sweats. But according to Angela Mickalide, director of research and programs for Safe Kids Worldwide “The biggest risk with loose fitting pajamas is that they can easily catch fire.” (Parenting, January 2012, p 27) Your best bet is to go with specialized sleepware for kids, which must be either tight fitting or flame retardant according to CPSC guidelines.