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You may be wondering why we’re doing a roundup of the best pajamas for tweens. Who cares what kind of pajamas tweens wear, right? Well … they do. If you’ve already got a tween, or have one preparing to enter those befuddling tween years, you already know that they’re getting very particular about certain things — one of them being their style, because heaven forbid you put them in something that a child would wear. And yes, that even extends to pajamas.
Tweens — kids between 8-12 years old — are tricky little humans, caught in the space between little-kid and big-kid. One minute they’re huffing for you to stay out of their room; the next, they’re sheepishly asking if they can sleep in your bed. They want phones and later bedtimes, but also toys and snuggles. They’re growing, tastes changing and attitudes fluctuating, and it can be hard to keep up with their ever-evolving preferences. Should you treat them like a little kid or like a teen? It depends on the day. Parenting tweens is not for the faint of heart.
Luckily, we’ve made at least their sleepwear a no-brainer by rounding up the best pajamas for tweens: you know, those perfect pairs that are age-appropriate, but not babyish by any stretch of the imagination — definitely not the cartoon character prints and footies they seemed to be OK with wearing yesterday. Because they may still want to snuggle with their parents sometimes, but they sure don’t wanna look like a toddler while they do.
Calvin Klein Lilac Stripe 2-Piece Pajama Set
This breezy two-piece pajama set from Calvin Klein is the ideal balance for tweens: the purple ombre gives it an edgy feel, while the glittery heart and subtle ruffle detail keep it playful.
Satin PJ Set
The silky satin of this adorable shorts-and-button-up pajama set gives it a decidedly grownup feel. Plus, it’s available in over 30 colors and patterns to suit any tween’s taste!
Treasure & Bond Flannel Pajama Pants
No footie PJs here! This pair of cozy brushed-flannel PJ pants would look just as at-home on a grownup as it would on your tween. As a bonus, they’re from the Nordstrom-exclusive line Treasure & Bond — which donates 2.5% of net sales to organizations that work to empower youth.
Justice Button-Front Footless Pajamas
If there’s one brand that has the tween-girl demographic nailed, it’s Justice — and these pajamas are no exception. They’re soft and lightweight, and the hood, cinched waist, and trendy tie-dye pattern almost make them feel like something you could wear in public!
Lands’ End Short Sleeved Top & Jogger Bottom Pajama Set
These comfy and breathable pajamas strike the perfect balance: while they’re printed, the graphic isn’t little-kid cartoony, and the joggers are a style that all the cool kids are wearing these days.
Batgirl Boom Whak Whoom Tank Pajama Short Set
This shorts-and-tank pajama set is just like your tween: a smidge more sassy than sweet, but cute all the same. The fuchsia tank features the classic bat signal, and the shorts are printed with action words like “boom whak whoom” for a fun vibe.
Petite Plume Gingham Nightgown
This lightweight, soft and breezy nightgown has a vintage flair with its classic gingham patterns and understated ruffle detail.
Calvin Klein Two-Piece Pajama Set
These lounge-worthy PJs feature the classic Calvin Klein logo — not some kind of fire truck or dinosaur – for a truly big-kid feel.
Jessica Simpson Cheetah PJ Set
These pajamas from the Jessica Simpson collection are durable and plush — but the best part? The luxe and shiny cheetah print, of course!
Disney 2-Piece Pajama Shorts Set
OK, so these pajamas do technically have cartoon characters on them — but Disney is something you never outgrow. Plus, the subtle gray, classic stripes, and Minnie Mouse silhouettes are just the right amount of low-key, and those pink bows are the icing on the cake.
Little Sleepies Lemons Pajama Set
Made with Little Sleepies’ super-soft signature Lunaluxe Bamboo fabric, these lemon-printed PJs are vibrant and comfy … and in a design that even we would wear, TBH.
V. & Grin Fleece Pajamas
Made of lightweight fleece and available in ten different colors and patterns for any gender, these comfy-cozy PJs are perfect for the tween aesthetic.
GAP Buffalo Plaid PJ Set
This baseball-sleeve tee and buffalo plaid pants perfectly embody Gap’s signature all-American style — but even better, they’re super comfy to meet all your tween’s loafing and lounging needs.
Lucky Brand Loose-Fit Pajama Set
These super-soft and comfy pajamas from Lucky Brand carry an important message, especially for tweens who may be getting more and more prone to sass: Be Kind!
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