Kids Sleeping Bag

There’s no better feeling than waking up from your snuggly sleeping bag and taking your first breath full of crisp morning air. Can you guess where we are going with this? Camping holidays are one of the best family holidays to embark on but you need to make sure before you set off on your wild journey that you have all your camping essentials. In this article, we are going to be looking through the best kids sleeping bags that you can take with you on all your family camping trips.

Vango Atlas Junior

If you are looking for a good value sleeping bag to try out camping then the Vango Atlas Junior is a great choice. Vango’s entry level Atlas range are made from polyester with a single layer fill to keep prices down. The Junior version is 150cm in length so it suitable for kids up to 145cm in size.

Sleeping bag Info:

  • Scouts Association Recommended – officially tested & endorsed  by the Scouts Association in the UK
  • 2 Season Rating – with a comfort rating of 10 degrees this bag is recommended for use in the UK summer
  • Polair® Lining – super soft polyester based lining that is also easy to clean when needed
  • Carry Stuff Sack – supplied to store your sleeping bag when it is not being used and packs down to just 37 x 21cm
  • Elasicated Hood – no drawcords are used around the hood for added safety
  • Max User 145cm – this sleeping bag can be used for children up to 145cm in size

Price

£19.99 (Sleepingbagstore.com)

Highlander Shark Kids

Generally most patterned childrens’ sleeping bags are poorly made and very thin really only made for sleepovers. However, the Highlander Shark Kids Sleeping Bag have not only designed this bag to look great, but also perform in cold weather too. This kids sleeping bag comes in a selection of styles too from ladybirds to pandas and turtles too!

Sleeping bag Info:

  • 2 Season Rating – The bag is made from 190T polyester which is entry level but the shark design has been applied by heat transfer which means it won’t scratch off or crack like cheaper applications.
  • Matching Rucksack Carry Bag – lets the kids carry their own sleeping bag to the pitch
  • Insulated Zip Baffle – stops cold draughts coming in through the zipper
  • Brushed Polyester Inner – with a cotton like feel for comfort

Price

£34.95 (Amazon.co.uk)

Baby Mori Sleeping bag for babies & toddlers – 2.5 tog

Although a little more expensive than others, The Independent ranked the Baby Mori Sleeping Bag the highest out of all the others that were tested. Mori’s organic sleeping bag comes with a whole host of clever features, making it well worth the money.

Sleeping bag Info:

  • Two-way zip: useful for in the middle of the night as it has poppers to adjust the overall length.
  • Suitable babies weighing just 4kg – 2 years of age.
  • Opening for a pushchair belt. Great for little ones who are prone to falling asleep in their buggy. You can slide them straight into the crib when you get home. Hurrah!
  • Personalisation: It comes in five neutral shades and can also be personalised with your little one’s initials, making this super snuggly number an excellent gift.

Price

£69.50 (Babymori.com) Save 10% on your first order!

Mamas & Papas 1.0 tog baby sleeping bag

Part of Mamas & Papas bestselling “welcome to the world” collection, this all-white lightweight sleeping bag is perfect for babies in their early months of life & camping!

Sleeping bag Info:

  • Made from soft but durable cotton jersey which washes well.
  • Practical zips – Zip starts from under the baby’s left armpit and loops right the way around the bottom of the bag for easy nappy changes.
  • Multiple poppers around the neck and underarms ensure a perfect fit from 0-6 months, making this a brilliant all-rounder for the early months.

Price

£29 (Mamasandpapas.com, Amazon.co.uk & Boots.com)

The Little Green Sheep organic baby sleeping bag, 2.5 tog

If you’re looking for a natural, organic cotton sleeping bag, look no further than The Little Green Sheep. This brand is committed to ethical living and make their clothing from a unique blend of organic linen and cotton. It’s soft enough to be snuggled next to your baby’s skin, and we think this delicate rice print is just gorgeous. It’s available in sizes 0-6 and 6-18 months, in 1 tog and 2.5 tog.

Sleeping bag Info:

  • 2.5 Tog for all year round
  • For standard room temperatures of 16-20 degrees C (61-68 degrees F)
  • Unique luxury organic linen and cotton blend
  • Under-arm poppers for correct sizing
  • Side zip fastening for easy changes

Price

£39.95 (Littlegreensheep.com)

Halfords Junior Sleeping Bag

If you are looking for a budget kids sleeping bag that does the trick, then consider the Halfords Junior Sleeping Bag. Halfords are offering a camping bundle of x2 junior sleeping bags and a camping mat for just £37!

Sleeping bag Info:

  • Mummy shape sleeping bag for kids
  • Suitable for late spring to the early autumn
  • Shoulder baffle for increased warmth
  • Ridged hood and a 2-way anti snag zip
  • Internal security pocket for storing valuables
  • Polyester shell and polycotton lining
  • Filling: Double layer 300 g/m2 with 60% siliconised hollowfibre, 40% monofibre insulation for increased warmth
  • Dimensions: 165cm x 70cm (HxW)
  • Season: 2 – 3
  • Weight: 1.2kg

Price

Price: £16 (Halfords.com)

FAQs

What age can a child sleep in a sleeping bag?

A regular sleeping bag is perfectly suitable for children aged 6 and above. Shorter length sleeping bags are recommended for children over 3 years of age. It is not recommended children below 3 years sleep in sleeping bags as they could suffocate. Instead, babies should have a baby sleeping bag which is like a wearable blanket. This will keep your baby a comfortable temperature through the night and your baby’s head will remain safely uncovered.

How do backpacking quilts work?

A backpacking quilt is unlike a sleeping bag in this way- most sleeping bags have a zipper that fully encloses its user from the foot of the bag towards the head. Depending on the type, you can unzip a sleeping bag most of the way, but often the bottom tapers down to a point, trapping your feet inside.

Why can’t I use adults sleeping bag for my child?

Since excess space in a bag is wasted which will create a loss of warmth. A kids’ sleeping bag is much shorter in length, helping to keep them insulated far better than if they were to sleep in an adult bag.

What are synthetic sleeping bags?

Synthetic sleeping bags use a synthetic form of insulation to help keep the colder air from reaching your body. Synthetic insulation is the most common form of insulation in sleeping bags. It is less expensive than down and will be able to hold around 50% of their insulating properties when wet. Synthetic insulation works the same as down by trapping in as much warm air as possible. Synthetic and down share the same temperature ratings however synthetic tends to weigh more and have a larger pack size.

How can I make my kids’ sleeping bag last?

Sleeping Bag Liners can prolong the life of your sleeping bag due to keeping the inside clean which means it has to be washed much less. A liner can also help to keep you warmer in colder climates or be used on its own in very hot climates. Liners are available in silk or cotton, a great little addition for any camper.

What is the warmest kids sleeping bag?

The Coleman Kids sleeping bag is 45° and is the best overall sleeping bag you can buy for warmth. Designed for kids up to 5 feet 5 inches tall, these mild-weather sleeping bags can keep your kiddo warm in temps as low as 45F. Say goodbye to those cold temperatures during the chillier nights of your camping holiday.

What is a tog?

TOG stands for Thermal Overall Grade and is a unit of measurement for insulation and warmth of sleepwear and bedding. Put simply, the lower the TOG rating the lighter the fabric. The higher the rating, the more padded and insulated it is for warmth.

What tog should I buy?

The higher the tog rating the higher the temperature.

  • Temperature of a room under 14 degrees: Use a 3.5 tog, with a cotton bodysuit and sleepsuit. It is unlikely you will ever use a tog of this thickness unless you are in a very cold climate.
  • Room temperature under 16 degrees: Use a 2.5 tog bag with a cotton bodysuit and sleepsuit.
  • Temperature of a room at 17-21 degrees: Use a 2.5 tog with a cotton bodysuit.
  • Room at 22 to 25 degrees: Use a lightweight 1.5 tog with a cotton bodysuit.
  • Room above 25 degrees: Use a 0.5 tog sheet or muslin bag and a short-sleeved bodysuit. These are ideal for very hot weather and summer holidays abroad

We hope you found some good deals and the perfect sleeping bag for you kids. Whether you need a camping bag for your next Summer Camping trip or your kid is having a sleepover with friends, there is a great selection of kids sizes, insulation qualities, and shapes so your child can be as comfortable as possible. Those outdoor nights won’t be so nippy after all!

Need some inspo for your next camping holiday? Check out our Dog-friendly Campsites in Cornwall blog, The Best Camping Holiday Parks and the Best Family Caravan Parks

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