A dressing gown is as close as you can get to a warm cosy hug, so making sure you choose the right snuggle companion is important.
But choice is wide when it comes to the kid category; of course, in theory, all dressing gowns do the same thing… keep you warm and cosy.
But clever design features like nifty poppers, and stitched-in waist belts will help keep robes on the body and not on the floor, while older kids may embrace plainer designs for lounging around the house.
All the dressing gowns we reviewed are machine washable and hard wearing as believe it or not while it’s often a slog getting your child to layer up, a dressing gown will get plenty of use over the course of a year.
Generally speaking, it’s wise to size up – bearing in mind they’re often worn over pyjamas.
We put them to the test in terms of softness on skin, child likeability (we’re looking at you fun animal hoods), price, and gave extra points for child-friendly features.
We also handed additional kudos for those using organic materials.
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Elephant, rabbit, fox or bear, your little one won’t need any convincing to layer up in Belgian brand Trixie’s range of bathrobes. Our four-year-old tester is a huge fox fan so choosing her character of choice was simple and we were all very happy with the outcome. Great quality, it’s made from 100 per cent organic terry cotton, the tie belt is stitched in which is super handy for younger ones and the poppers keep it in position.
While at £43 it may be a more lavish choice, thanks to the towelling fabric it’s more than just something to cosying up in around the house, it’s a great additional layer at the beach or wraparound post swim making it a multipurpose product. Plus, Trixie only uses organic cotton and keeps manufacturing as planet friendly as possible so it’s money well spent.
Hatley pink leopard print fleece dressing gown
Leopard print isn’t only huge in adult fashion, kids go catty for it too. Family-run company Hatley is known for stylish designs, playful colours and motifs, and you’ll find all of these things in its sleepwear range too.
This dressing gown is one of the softest we tested with a lovely tactile fleece material. Practically speaking there’s a detachable tie belt at the waist, two front pockets and a hood to get extra snuggly.
Liewood lily bathrobe cat terracotta
Available in three sizes; one to two years, three to four years and five to six years, this bathrobe for little cat fanatics is simply adorable. Made from 100 per cent organic cotton terry it’s beautifully made, and we love the cute little ears and embroidery face on the hood – which inspires plenty of imaginative play. There’s two front pockets and a waist tie, but we really liked the popper fastenings which kept it firmly on the child (even those of a particularly wriggly nature!).
Copenhagen-based brand Liewood offers family products with a real focus on Scandinavian design, but they also care for the environment and only use organic cottons and colourings, which gets a huge thumbs up from us.
Ecru fairy print robe
Available from nine months to eight years, Next has a wonderful selection of sleepwear to see you from those first precious nights through to tween, teen and beyond and all rather purse friendly. The pretty fairy print is quite an unusual design choice for the high street giant, but we love its magical look, heightened by the cute ears on the hood. It’s wonderfully soft and quite a thick material so perfect for snuggly cooler nights – and for the ultimate cosy night in there’s matching slippers and lounge set available too.
Bunny towelling dressing gown
For the under fives this classic towelling bathrobe looks super sweet while keeping them nice and cosy with its 100 per cent cotton composition. There’s something so endearing about a simple white dressing gown on a small child, and because this is a towelling fabric it’s great for a post-bath snuggle.
There’s a handy single popper at the top to stop it from slipping, and the waist tie is fixed at the back too, and the ears on top of the hood look charming flopping down. There’s also the option to personalise for an additional £5, to make this one bespoke bunny!
Cotton towelling bath robe gown
It’s not an easy task finding a plain towelling dressing gown for older kids, so our 11-year-old tester was delighted to give this towelling bath robe from M&S a whirl.
With a wide lapel collar, she looked spa-day ready and felt grown up in this bright white robe. It’s a great fit and gentle on the skin thanks to the 100 per cent cotton composition. Available in size 1 to 16 years.
Personalised grey mouse towelling robe
A brand made famous after Prince George wore one of its personalised robes when meeting Barack Obama back in 2016, parents and children alike go wild for My 1st Years personalised dressing gowns, and after testing this robe out it’s easy to see why. Our two-year-old tester looked cute as a button all snuggled up with the adorable mouse hood resting on top of her head, complete with ears pointing out. Personalisation is free and embroidered in a lovely cursive font, but we are also impressed with how absorbent yet soft the towelling cotton is.
Kids’ fleece robe
As kids get older and into that tween phase it’s not so easy to find appropriate dressing gowns, with many having funky patterns or prints, the difficulty is that they’re also not big enough to take on an adult sized gown. Bridging the “gap”, pun intended, is this kids’ fleece robe.
In a dark night blue colour it’s a gender-neutral choice, and parents will be pleased that it costs less than £15. The fleece gown is soft on the skin and not too thick and stuffy, plus there’s a hood, two pockets and tie belt. We tried the size up which fits well, but could benefit from a little longer length.
The verdict: Kids’ dressing gowns
The Trixie bathrobe performs on comfort, practicality, style and even on sustainability – our four-year-old tester even wants to wear it to school. If you’re looking for baby’s first dressing gown, make it a special one like My 1st Years’s personalised grey mouse towelling robe – we love the embroidered personalisation.
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