With the promise of UK holidays and overnight stays within reach, there’s never been a better time to get the kids kitted out with the essentials needed for an adventure. For children, nothing quite beats the appeal of a night under the stars, or even just a night in the spare room at grandma and grandad’s, as long as sleeping bags are concerned.
From toddlers to teens, the thought of spending the night cosy in a sleeping bag never seems to lose its appeal, so it pays to find one to suit their needs.
One of the main things to consider when shopping for children’s sleeping bags is what they are going to be used for. If you’re looking for something the kids can take with them to sleepovers with friends or overnight school trips, you want something easily portable and with a light filling, making it suited to the indoors.
If you’re already planning that long-awaited family camping trip, you need to look for a sleeping bag that is thick enough and padded enough to keep little campers warm and comfortable under canvas, whatever weather the British summertime throws your way.
Most sleeping bags will have a season or comfort rating to indicate what kind of temperature it’s designed to be used in. The season rating is a handy guide to what time of year the sleeping bag is intended for, whether it’s up to the job of keeping your child warm when camping outdoors in cold weather, or whether it’s better suited for warmer summer nights.
The comfort rating gives an idea of the temperature range you can use it in, to make sure your child stays warm and comfortable.
Age is an important factor when choosing the right sleeping bag for your child. Many sleeping bags – including a couple in our selection – are designed specifically for toddlers and preschoolers, taking into consideration their size and safety requirements.
Some junior sleeping bags are perfect for younger kids, but teenagers may need something larger, potentially an adult-size sleeping bag, to get the most use out of it. For this reason, we’ve focused on sleeping bags suited from toddler age to young teens.
Other things to keep in mind are weight and size (in particular when packed away). No one wants to be lugging heavy and bulky sleeping bags around on a camping trip, especially when that someone will more than likely end up being you, so lightweight, compact options are what you’re looking for here.
For sleepovers or occasional school trips, it’s not such a deal-breaker if the sleeping bag takes up a bit more room, or doesn’t pack down so small, though carry handles are always a bonus.
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