Ensure your little one has a good night's sleep: kids' sleeping bags

Sleeping Bags Kids

Whether they’re at camp, in the garden or out in the mountains, they’ve got to stay toasty at night, so having a warm kids’ sleeping bag is a must. Keep on reading to find out what you need to consider before buying a kids’ sleeping bag.

Thermal output of kids' sleeping bags

As with adult sleeping bags, the first thing you should look at when buying a kids' sleeping bag is the insulation. When looking at kids’ sleeping bags, you’ll notice that there is no standardized specification for the temperature range, as is the case with adult sleeping bags. Sensitivity to cold/heat is affected by age, sex, weight and fatigue, and since children are still growing, these factors affect them more than they do adults.

Material of kids' sleeping bags

As with adult sleeping bags, you’ll need to choose which type of fill you want: down or synthetic. While down sleeping bags offer the best warmth-to-weight ratio, synthetic materials are substantially more weatherproof. If warmth, comfort, weight and a small pack size are more important, then you should opt for a down sleeping bag.

As already mentioned, kids’ sleeping bags made of synthetic materials are much more weather resistant. If you often go camping in humid areas (next to water) or go bivouacking without a tent and expect some rain, then you're better off choosing a sleeping bag with synthetic insulation. As for the outer, some special kid's sleeping bags are just as durable as the adult models. For example, nylon or a ripstop weave provide the optimal durability and prevent the loss of the down or fibrefill.

Features of kids' sleeping bags

What do kids' sleeping bag consist of? While the materials are the same as for adult sleeping bags, kids' sleeping bags differ in terms of their size and the interior. As with women's sleeping bags, kids' sleeping bags are a little softer on the inside and more insulated at the feet. Kids' sleeping bags are shorter than conventional sleeping bags, however some models are as long as 180 cm, so even shorter adults can use them (as with kids' backpacks). There are even some models that can be extended via their zip, and some have a separate foot box that can simply be zipped on to provide an additional 30 centimetres.

Should you stuff or roll the sleeping bag?

Stuffing is not only easier for kids, it’s also better for the material. Stuffing sleeping bags into the stuff sack avoids kinks and prevents the material from getting thinner.

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