Whether your family loves camping in the wilderness or a well populated campground, you will want to invest in a high-quality sleeping bag for your child if you’re taking them along. You want to pick a bag that is appropriate for your child’s age and height because it’ll help keep them snug and warm during your chillier camping excursions. The good news is that many of them can adjust and grow with your child, and since they’re smaller than full size sleeping bags, they’re often more affordable, too.
It’s important to note that some sleeping bags will hold up against colder temperatures than others, so unless you live in a warm climate, you should pay close attention to the temperature ratings provided. As for the style of sleeping bag, this will depend largely on your child’s preference. Some children prefer the added snugness of a mummy-style whereas other children might be irritated and sleep better in a rectangular-style bag.
A child’s sleeping bag is worth the investment because it’ll help your child have a solid night’s sleep which means you’ll have a better chance of getting a solid night’s sleep too!
- 1. Coleman Blue Bandit Kids Sleeping Bag
- 2. Kelty Big Dipper
- 3. Kelty Woobie 30 Degree Kids Sleeping Bag
- 4. Coleman Illumi-Bug Youth Sleeping Bag
- 5. Lucky Bums Compact Lightweight Muir
- 6. TETON Sports Celsius Junior
- 7. Apex Mini Patterned Sleeping Bag
- 8. Lucky Bums Youth Explorer
- 9. Big Agnes Duster
- 10. Melissa and Doug Augie Alligator
- Final Thoughts
1. Coleman Blue Bandit Kids Sleeping Bag
Material: This Coleman Kids 30 Degree sleeping bag is made with Coleman’s lightweight Coletherm polyester insulation, beneficial for heat retention for keeping your child warm.
Temperature Rating: 30°F
Size: 66 x 26 inches, 3 lbs
Price: $39.99 (via Coleman)
This mummy-style sleeping bag is perfect for children 6 years and older who are up to 5 feet tall. It’s a great low-cost option if you’re concerned about your child outgrowing the bag within a year or two, and it comes with a limited 5 year warranty so you’ll get at least a few good years of use out of it, if not more. It’s also available in a pink/purple colorway called Snug Bug. The version pictured above is called Blue Bandit.
2. Kelty Big Dipper
Material: The Big Dipper is filled with Kelty’s exclusive CloudLoft synthetic fill insulation designed to trap heat and keep children warm, even when it’s chilly outside. The shell and liner are made with Polyester Taffeta.
Temperature Rating: 30°F
Size: 69 x 28 inches, 3 lbs
Price: $79.95 (via Kelty)
This high-quality sleeping bag comes in four cute designs that your child will love and has a fully insulated extension found at the bottom of the bag that adds up to 12” to its length. This is great for ensuring you get more bang for your buck from more years of usage. When your child is smaller, they can use that extra area to keep socks, toiletries, or any other personal items close at hand. With the fun designs and colors, this sleeping bag definitely feels like it was made for a kid.
3. Kelty Woobie 30 Degree Kids Sleeping Bag
Material: Similar to the Big Dipper 30, the Woobie 30 is filled with CloudLoft synthetic fill insulation.
Temperature Rating: 30°F
Size: 54 x 25 inches, 2.25 lbs
Price: $64.95 (via Kelty)
If you’re looking for an appropriate sleeping bag for your toddler, this is the bag you want! It offers adorable designs like the Big Dipper, except in a much more appropriate size for smaller folks.
It has two zippers that meet near the neck area, and a hooded section to really help your child to get all cozy in a little bundle of warmth and security. Kelty describes it as “a womb in the wild.” It weights just over two pounds, so it’s not a huge burden to your pack if you’re hiking somewhere and really roughing it, which is a very welcome feature if you’re already going to be carrying a toddler.
4. Coleman Illumi-Bug Youth Sleeping Bag
Material: The Coleman Illumi-Bug is made from 100% Polyester with Coleman’s plush Comfort Cuff lining surrounding the opening of the bag.
Temperature Rating: 45°F
Size: 66 x 26 inches, 2 pounds
Price: $39.99 USD (via Coleman)
Your child will get a kick out of the glow-in-the-dark design on this sleeping bag, it’s so fun to see the cute illustrations emerge as the sun goes down! The Comfort Cuff lining adds an additional level of comfort that you won’t find with all sleeping bags – and let’s face it – when you’re camping with kids, an extra layer of comfort for them is going to make the trip easier on you, right?
The zipper is easy for small hands to maneuver. This is a relatively simple, classic sleeping bag that’s very clearly meant for little ones due to the aforementioned design decisions that make it unique, fun, and something that most kids will love.
5. Lucky Bums Compact Lightweight Muir
Material: The outer shell is constructed out of coated polyester and the bag is filled with a soft Hollow Fiber filling that is described as being breathable and soft.
Temperature Rating: 40°F
Size: 64 x 27 inches, 2.2 lbs
Price: $39.99 (via Lucky Bums)
This envelope style sleeping bag is a great choice for late spring and summer camping excursions. It comes in a variety of colors, so you will find something to suit your child’s interests and it has a draft collar to help keep them a bit warmer. It packs down to about 13×7, and weights just over two pounds so it’s not too heavy for a kid to carry in their own pack, or to add to yours.
6. TETON Sports Celsius Junior
Material: The shell is made from Taffeta fabric and lined with 100% Brushed Poly Flannel. The bag is filled with SuperLoft Elite Hollow Fiber for an extra comfy, fluffy experience.
Temperature Rating: 20°F
Size: 66 x 26 inches, 2.65lbs
Price: $43.99 (via Teton Sports)
With the 40°F temperature rating, it’s perfect if your family loves camping in early Spring or Fall, it stays cozy when things start to get a little bit chillier, but might feel a bit too warm for the middle of a hot summer. It has a comfy fleece lining that will help keep your little one bundled up and comfortable, even if you’re sleeping in a tent. There are only few different colors to choose from, but Teton does offer configurations with the zipper on the left or the right, so that’s a nice plus!
7. Apex Mini Patterned Sleeping Bag
Material: This lightweight sleeping bag is made from 100% Polyester, a fabric that is perfect for children because of its durability and resistance to water.
Temperature Rating: Between 40°F to 50°F
Size: 63 x 26 inches
Price: $59.99 (via Mountain Warehouse)
This mid-price option is applauded by parents and children for its softness, vibrant colors, and non-snag zipper – and I’ve got to agree with them! It’s a great choice for warmer temperatures found in late Spring and Summer. Mountain Warehouse ships this sleeping bag from Canada, which may be more practical for some of you, but not ideal for others. Also, keep an eye out for sales on the Mountain Warehouse website, as they seem to clear out stock during the off-season.
8. Lucky Bums Youth Explorer
Material: This is a high-quality sleeping bag with a polyester shell and hollow-fiber filling, designed to keep your child comfortable and warm up to 30 degrees Fahrenheit.
Temperature Rating: 30°F
Size: 74 x 30 inches, 4 lbs
Price: $64.99 (via Lucky Bums)
This particular bag weights in heavier than the other lightweight Lucky Bums one we featured at number 5 because it’s larger and warmer. Depending on when your child will be using it, you’ll want to choose accordingly. If they’re camping in the spring and fall, opt for something warming. In the summer, something a bit cooler will be much appreciated, since they can always toss on a hoodie if it gets a little chilly, but waking up in a sweaty tent is never nice.
This is one of the longest options on the list making it perfect for your preteen child. It’s also about twice the weight of some of the lighter youth sleeping bags we’ve featured, so that’s something else to keep in mind if this is for a backpacking trip where every pound counts.
9. Big Agnes Duster
Material: The liner is made from rip-resistant Polyester and filled with M4 synthetic insulation making it appropriate for colder temperatures.
Temperature Rating: 15°F
Size: This sleeping bag has built-in adjustability, so it will suit children ranging from 4’5” to 5’6” in height
Price: $109.95 (via Big Agnes)
Don’t let the hefty price tag scare you – the built-in ability to adjust the sizes allows it to grow with your child without being too big at first, so you won’t have to worry about buying a new sleeping bag every couple of years. Additionally, it is the only sleeping bag on the list that is suitable for weather reaching 15 degrees Fahrenheit, so you won’t have to worry about your child getting too cold at the beginning and end of the camping season.
This is a high-end bag, and you can definitely tell the difference. It’s nice that they make it easy to adjust, otherwise it might be hard to justify the value for something that’s going to be outgrown after just one or two camping trips (If you’re a family that only gets out once or twice each season). This bag clips onto a sleeping pad for extra comfort, and ensures that whoever is sleeping on it won’t roll off in the middle of the night.
10. Melissa and Doug Augie Alligator
Material: This adorable sleeping bag is made from 100% Polyester and filled with high-quality Polyester Fill.
Temperature Rating: Not meant for the cold at all
Size: 68 x 36 inches
Price: $29.99 USD (via Walmart)
Although this sleeping bag isn’t designed to withstand cold weather, it is a great option for warm Summer nights or indoor sleepovers. I think the alligator design is adorable, and most kids that see it agree! I love that it might encourage new ideas for imaginative play when your child isn’t sleeping, too. It’s fun to have around, and is sure to be a hit at your child’s next sleepover party!
Choosing the right sleeping bag for kids can be the difference between a comfortable night sleep away from their own bed, or a sleepless night for everyone. Carefully consider the size, the temperature rating and any additional features that may or may not be important to you. The prices can vary quite a bit, so it really comes down to what you need and how much you want to spend for it. I’ve done my best to curate a selection of high-quality options for any budget that your kids will love!