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Whether you’re planning an epic family backpacking adventure along the Appalachian Trail or something a lot more simple, like a sleepover in the spare bedroom or a backyard adventure, your kids are going to need sleeping bags at some point. Rest assured, they’ve come a long way in both comfort and construction since the old-school stuck-zipper, faded Cabbage Patch Kid, and quilted-plaid monstrosities our parents shoved into the way back of the family station wagons.
Today’s kids’ sleeping bags come in a range of technologically advanced fabrics and styles. Some of them have built-in pillows and hoods, which help make packing more streamlined. Many are lightweight and also roll up or fold down into tiny compact carrying bags that fit easily in the backseat of compact cars as well as behind the third-row seating of the bigger SUVs.
Best Kid’s Sleeping Bags in 2020
Best Overall Sleeping Bag: Lands' End Kids Sleeping Bag With Pillow
Best Affordable Sleeping Bag: Coleman Plum Fun 45 Youth Sleeping Bag
Best Lightweight Sleeping Bag: Kelty Try Comfort Kids 35
Best Sleeping Bag for Camping: L.L. Bean Deluxe Flannel-Lined Camp Bag 30
Best Sleeping Bag for a Pajama Party: Disney Frozen Elsa Sleeping Bag
Best Inflatable Sleeping Bag: Readybed JR
Best Hooded Sleeping Bag: REI Co-Op Kindercone 25 Sleeping Bag
Best Disney Sleeping Bag: Jay Franco Disney Mickey Mouse 3-Piece Slumber Set
What to Consider When Buying a Kids’ Sleeping Bag
When picking a sleeping bag for a younger child, the character options, animal shapes and whimsical tails are a great way to ease them into the idea of sleeping somewhere other than their own bed. Parents who have been camping with their kids for years tend to agree that letting them play with and sleep on a sleeping bag for a few weeks before a trip is a great way to transition them into travel sleep. It comes in equally handy for sleepovers at Grandma’s house, where you might not need one with tons of insulation and waterproofing.
But if you’re really ready to tackle the great outdoors, you’ll want to invest in a kids camping sleeping bag that has multiple fabrics and kids down sleeping bags to keep them warm, dry and comfortable no matter the weather while camping. Some can be worn by a child while walking around (super-important for late-night trips to the latrine) yet others inflate with air and are basically a bed.
Sure, the hundreds of styles and options and brands out there can seem overwhelming, but we’ve broken it down to make picking the best kids sleeping bag for your needs a breeze.
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