Best Sleeping Bags For Kids 2020

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Any idea what the fastest way to ruin a family adventure is?  COLD KIDS.
Yes, I’m 100% serious.  Cold kids are whiny, uncomfortable, and mostly just miserable to be around.  Especially if they’re cold while they’re trying to sleep at night.

I have a secret to share with you: my kids have never been cold in their sleeping bags.  Truly – NEVER (not even that time that we woke up to a very snow-covered tent and my husband and I were shivering like crazy)!

That’s because when they are all little, we invest in really nice sleeping bags for each of them (which are all nicer than the sleeping bags my husband and I use).  They all stay warm down to at least 15 degrees (since we camp in high altitude mountains a lot and it’s COLD), and I have NEVER had a kid wake up because they were cold…and we’ve been camping with our kids for over 12 years.

How to choose the best kid’s sleeping bag.

Not only does buying a good sleeping bag do the obvious job of keeping kids warm, but it also helps them to be happier – because warm kids sleep better, and well-rested kids are SO MUCH HAPPIER!

If you’re planning on some outdoor adventures this year, a good sleeping bag is one of the best gear investments that you can make.  Don’t worry though.  Unlike a good pair of hiking shoes that will set you back $60 and only last a year (if you’re lucky), a good sleeping bag is something that you can spend about $100 or less on, and your kids can get years of use out of (with some close to a decade) so it’s an investment that will be used year after year.  In fact, if you have several kids (like we do), a good sleeping bag can easily be passed down to younger siblings as well!

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Can kids sleep in an adult sleeping bag or do they need a kid-sized sleeping bag?

Yes, kids can absolutely sleep in an adult-sized sleeping bag, but kid-sized sleeping bags are important for a few reasons.  The first one is safety.  Most sleeping bags have a slippery feel to the inside of them and when you combine that with how much kids can wiggle during the night, it’s really easy for kids to end up in a tangle at the bottom of a huge adult sleeping bag.  This creates risks of suffocation, especially for younger kids.  The second reason that we use kid sleeping bags is that they keep kids warmer.  One of the major factors in how warm a sleeping bag keeps you at night is how well your body can heat up the air that’s trapped in the sleeping bag around you.  So while an adult might feel nice and toasty in a 30-degree sleeping bag, a child in that same sleeping bag could be freezing, which we talk about next.

Choosing the best fitting kids sleeping bag

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First of all, it’s important to remember that an adult sleeping bag really won’t work to keep a child warm.  A major factor in how warm a sleeping bag is, is how quickly your body heat can warm up the space around them.  So, put a toddler in an adult sleeping bag and they have almost no chance of warming that sleeping bag up before the heat escapes out the top and the air around them cools it down.  Kids sleeping bags are not only shorter, but they are also more narrow than an adult bag.

Tip: If you’ve got a kids sleeping bag that’s just a bit too long, take a strap or a belt and tie it just below where your kids’ feet go to make the bag shorter and easier to warm up. It won’t be as good as a kid-specific bag at keeping hem warm, but it will work in a pinch!

What type of insulation is best for kids sleeping bags?

There are two main types of insulation in sleeping bags – synthetic and down.  Synthetic insulation tends to resist water more and down gets soaked super easily.  Down insulated sleeping bags are also significantly more money than synthetic, and many of them cannot be washed.  For this review, we are sticking to synthetic insulation since it’s overall a better fit for kids.

What temperature rating does a kids sleeping bag need?

If you’re planning on sleeping outside, you should get a sleeping bag that has a temperature rating of 30 degrees or colder.  Those temperature ratings are fairly generous, and in my experience, a 30-degree bag usually just insulates to 40-45 degrees comfortably.  Sleeping bags that have a 40-degree rating or above are best used for camping in the backyard on a summer night or sleepovers.  In this guide, we only highlight sleeping bags that have temperature ratings of 30 or below.  Like I mentioned earlier, all of my kids sleep in sleeping bags that are rated to 15 degrees or below.

What is the best shape for a kids sleeping bag?

Sleeping bags come in 2 basic shapes.  Rectangular bags and contoured mummy bags.  Rectangular sleeping bags have a feel that is the most similar to a bed.  If you’re worried about how your child will adjust to sleeping in a sleeping bag, go for this style.  The disadvantage to a rectangular sleeping bag is that more heat can escape from the top since there is a bigger opening.

Mummy bags are designed to optimize heat retention and are typically more technical in their design.  These are a great option for colder weather camping.

Truthfully, some kids are really particular about the shape of their sleeping bag and other kids aren’t. If your child isn’t particular about the shape of their sleeping bag, I recommend a mummy bag.

Choosing the best kids sleeping bag weight and size?

There is a huge variety in the weight and size of a kid’s sleeping bag.  Does the weight of a kid’s sleeping bag really matter?  Some of them weigh close to 4 pounds while others are closer to 2.  Some sleeping bags pack up super small, while others would be impossible to fit into a backpack since they are so bulky.
If you think that you will ever go backpacking with your kids, choose a sleeping bag that packs up small and is lighter weight.  Trust me, there’s no way that your 8-year-old can schlep a bag up the trail that they can barely even carry.  If it’s smaller and lighter, there’s more of a chance that your child can carry all of their own gear!

Can babies sleep in sleeping bags while camping?

The answer to this is a resounding NO!  There is simply too much risk of suffocation to allow babies to sleep in a sleeping bag.  In our family, we usually put our babies an toddlers in a PeaPod to sleep while we camp and travel until they are about 2.5 or 3.  To keep them warm, we layer them with wool baselayers, socks, fleece footie pajamas, and winter hat.  On really cold nights, we put them in a snowsuit like this one, and after that we wrap them in blankets.  The PeaPod is always warmer than the rest of the tent (their body heat warms it up), and they are always quite toasty.  To learn more about camping with an infant, make sure to read all our infant camping tips here.

9 Best Kids Sleeping Bags for 2020

1. Big Agnes Duster Kids Sleeping Bag

One of the best features of the Big Agnes Duster sleeping bag is that it has an adjustable fit.  This allows the bag to grow with your little camper so they can use the same sleeping bag from the time that they are a toddler until they are a teen.  Some of the features of the Big Agnes duster that we really liked our the exterior hook and loop closures for easy width and length adjustment. The Duster also has a DWR finish for water resistance which does a great job of keep kids dry from both light rain and condensation within the tent. 

This sleeping bag is a mummy bag shape, which kids either tend to love or hate. If you’re familiar with Big Agnes, one of the best features of their sleeping bags is the pad sleeve, which the Duster has. It’s a sleeve on the bottom of the sleeping bag that a sleeping pad can go into so that your kids stay on their pad all night instead of sliding off of it!

Check prices on Big Agnes Duster sleeping bag HERE.

Big Agnes Duster Specifications:
Warmth:20 Degree temperature rating
Size: 8” X 12” compressed size
Weight: 2lb 4oz
Synthetic Insulation

2. Nemo Punk Kids Sleeping Bag

The Nemo Punk sleeping bag is another adjustable sleeping bag for kids that is very similar to the Big Agnes Duster.  It has a cinch system to adjust the length and also an integrated pad system, which is fantastic if you’ve got a wiggly little sleeper in the family. 

If your kids really like to be cozy or are particular about the fabrics that they sleep on, they will absolutely love the hood of this sleeping bag. It’s lined with “Teddy Bear Fleece” so that kids stay warm and cozy all night long.

Check prices n Nemo Punk sleeping bag HERE.

Nemo Punk Specifications: 
Warmth Rating: 20 Degree temperature rating 
Weight:  2lb 13oz
Size:  Compressed size 9.5 X 16 
Fits kids up to 5ft tall

3. Marmot Trestles 30 Kids’ Sleeping Bag

The Marmot Trestles Kids sleeping bag is a mummy bag specifically designed for kids under 5 feet tall. The Trestles construction offers warmth and extra loft on the top of the sleeping bag, and a plush blanket-like feel on the bottom. Since comfort and warmth were a priority when building this sleeping bag, it’s a great bag for kids who really want to be extra cozy, or who may have a hard time being out of their regular bed at night.

Check Prices on the Marmot Trestles Sleeping Bag HERE.

Marmot Trestles Specifications
Warmth Rating: 30 Degrees Warmth Rating
Weight: 2lbs 9 oz
Size: Stuffed Size 7.5″ X 17″

4. Kelty Kids Big Dipper Sleeping Bag

The Kelty kids Big Dipper 30 is another sleeping bag that will grow with your child.  The zipper at the bottom can lengthen or shorten the sleeping bag depending on the height of your child by up to a foot. To keep kids extra comfortable and avoid them getting tangled in a drawstring the mummy hood has elastic to help hug the child’s head and keep them warm and comfortable on colder nights.  This sleeping bag is designed for kids from about ages 5 to 12 and it fits kids up to five feet tall. 

Check prices on Kelty Big Dipper sleeping bag HERE.

Kelty Kids Big Dipper Specifications
Warmth Rating: 30 Degree temperature rating 
Weight: 3 lbs 
Size: 16”x10” Stuffed Size

5. Lucky Bums Youth Serenity II Sleeping Bag

The Lucky Bums Serenity II sleeping bag is a great sleeping bag for youth or taller kids. This sleeping bag fits kids until they are 5’8″, which is almost big enough to be an adult sleeping bag, but the narrow width make it ideal for youth and tall kids. The mummy hood is great for keeping you warm as this bag is temperature rated down to 25 degrees.

Check prices on the Lucky Bums Youth Serenity II sleeping bag HERE.

Lucky Bums Serenity II Specifications:
Warmth Rating: 25 Degree Warmth Rating
Weight: 3.6 lbs
Size: 14″X8″ stuffed, unrolled 74″X30″

6. Eureka Grasshopper Kids Sleeping Bag

The Eureka Grasshopper is a cozy mummy bag that’s designed to fit children up to 5 feet tall.  Inside you’ll find a storage pocket that’s perfect for storing a flashlight or small stuffed animal in.  We especially love that the Eureka Grasshopper comes with a limited lifetime warranty, which always seems to come in handy with kids.  

Check prices on Eureka Grasshopper sleeping bag HERE.

Eureka Grasshopper Specifications
Warmth Rating: 30 Degree Temperature Rating
Weight: 2lb 8 oz
Size:  9.5 inches X 16 inches in Stuff Sack
Limited Lifetime Warranty

7. Teton Sports Celsius Junior Kids Sleeping Bag

The Teton Sports Celsius Junior kids sleeping bag is specifically constructed for older kids.  The sleeping bag is a bit longer than most kids sleeping bags at 66 in long. The full-length zipper draft tube holds the warm air in so that kids stay warmer during the night, which is incredibly helpful.   There’s also a convenient pocket in the lining to store toys and flashlights (just make sure not to store snacks in the pocket and attract animals).

Check prices on Teton Sports Celsius Junior Sleeping Bag HERE.

Teton Sports Celsius Junior Specifications
Warmth Rating: 20 Degree temperature rating
Weight: 2.65 lbs 
Size: Stuffed size 14”x8” 
Synthetic insulation

8. Coleman Kids 30 Degree Sleeping Bag

The Coleman kid’s sleeping bag is has a lightweight design and is design for kids from 6 years and older up to five feet tall. This sleeping bag has a mummy-style design and it surrounds the child’s head to help keep them warm and give them individualized ventilation.  This Coleman sleeping bag comes with a 5-year limited warranty!

Check prices on Coleman Kids sleeping bag HERE.

Coleman Kids Sleeping Bag Specifications
Warmth Rating: 30 Degree temperature rating
Weight: 3lbs 
Size: Stuffed size 14”x9” 
Synthetic insulation

9. Wenzel Backyard Kids Sleeping Bag

The Wenzel backyard kid’s sleeping bag is rated down to 30 degrees and is designed for moderately cold nights.  The quilted construction helps this sleeping bag retain more heat, and the drawstring hood to helps keep kids extra warm on cooler nights.  This sleeping bag is a mummy bag.  

Check prices on Wenzel Backyard Sleeping Bag HERE.

Wenzel Backyard Kids Specifications
Warmth Rating: 30 Degree temperature rating
Weight: 2 lbs
Size: 66”x26”,  Stuffed Size: 15”x10” 
Material: 190T Polyester

2 thoughts on “Best Sleeping Bags For Kids 2020”

  1. I go camping with my family several times a year. The Marmot Trestles 30 sleeping bag is the best in my opinion. I advise you this from personal experience with this sleeping bag.

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