When Liz was little, I made sure she wore pajamas at naptime and bedtime. I had different onesies she slept in and ones she wore when out and about. Since we call naptime and bed time “night-night” time at our house, these clothes were named night-night clothes.
And as for going clothes, the name came into existence sometime when the girls were little and I asked them to put clothes on and Lizzie asked, “What kind?” I must have said “going” and the name stuck.
As we have added more kids and more craziness to our house, one thing seems to remain the same: going clothes and night-night clothes. The kids have separate dressers and drawers just for night-night clothes. At night, I will tell them to go put on night-night clothes. Casey is now repeating the phrase when I tell him it is time to change and go to bed.
This difference in clothing has caused a few problems. The first problem is when mom says “go put on going clothes” and no one wants to go anywhere. They will procrastinate to the point that they drive me crazy, often running around the house with no close on at all!
Another problem is that they recognize my going and night-night clothes and if I change for some reason and do not take them to the car, Casey gets very upset that we are not going for a ride.
If I we are at grandma’s or Bubbe’s house and they tell the kids to put on pajamas, the kids either laugh and explain they are not called pajamas.
On the other hand, I love our little family tradition of the clothing names and every time a little voice asks what to put on “Going or night-night”, I smile and wouldn’t change it no matter how upset someone gets that mom put on her night-night clothes and it is not bed time!