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The 7 Best Sleeping Bags For Kids Reviewed – [2018]

Buying a sleeping bag for yourself is a challenge. But is it any easier to find the right bag when you’re shopping for the kids?

Finding the best sleeping bags for kids can be even more challenging in some ways. So in this article I’m going to try to outline some of the challenges you’ll run into.

With hundreds of nights of guiding backpacking trips, I know what separates good sleeping bags from terrible ones.

You’re about to learn what it takes to pick out a kids sleeping bag without having to make the mistakes I’ve made over the years.

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Quick Answer: The 7 Best Sleeping Bags For Kids

  1. Coleman Kids 30 Degree Sleeping Bag
  2. MalloMe Single Camping Sleeping Bag
  3. Kelty Woobie 30 Degree Kids Sleeping Bag
  4. Coleman Illumi-Bug 45 Youth Sleeping Bag
  5. All Season Young Adventurer Hooded Sleeping Bag
  6. Coleman Kids 50 Degree Sleeping Bag
  7. 3OWL Kids Sleeping Bag 3-Season

Here is a feature overview of my top 3 overall picks. Our guide and comparison table of the top rated kids sleeping bags will help you choose the right one.

Best Kids Sleeping Bags

 Coleman Kids Sleeping BagMalloMe Single Camping Sleeping BagKelty Woobie Kids Sleeping Bag
For Kids:Up to 5 ft. tall Up to 6 ft. tall 4 Feet, 6 Inches
Temperature Rating:+30 °F+20 °F+30 °F
Shell:PolyesterWaterproof Polyester Shell 66D Polyester Taffeta
Insulation:Coletherm® hollow polyesterPolyester fiber fillPolyester fiber fill

Kids Sleeping Bag Reviews

#1 Coleman Kids 30 Degree Sleeping Bag

Coleman Kids 30 Degree Sleeping Bag at a Glance:

  • 30 degree temperature rating
  • Mummy bag design
  • Synthetic insulation
  • For kids up to 5 ft. tall

Coleman is a name that’s been involved in outdoor gear for longer than I’ve been around. For that reason, as well as the warmth and versatility of this kids mummy bag, they’ve taken the top spot on our list today!

Remember, synthetic insulation is my top pick for kids bags. This mummy style bag is meant to be outdoors and can handle some tough camping situations.

Thanks to the smart choice of design and insulation this bag is at home in the living room, backyard, or campground.

Since it’s designed for sleepers up to 5 feet tall, this can easily be the only bag your child needs before they’re an adult. At that point they can upgrade to an adult bag and there’s no need to worry about getting a new bag every couple years.

It’s machine washable which is perfect with kids. They have a tendency to get things dirty and fancy bags that can’t be washed at home just won’t do.

Best For: Parents looking for the best sleeping bags for kids for all around use and outdoor camping!


#2 MalloMe Single Camping Sleeping Bag

MalloMe Single Camping Sleeping Bag at a Glance:

  • +20 °F Temperature rating
  • Waterproof outer shell material
  • Adults / Kids
  • Polyester construction

One of the strongest aspects of this bag is the hybrid mummy bag and square bag design. I like that it incorporates some of the best aspects of all various sleepings bags into one easy to use design.

While the product is advertised as waterproof outside I would be surprised to see it truly live up to that. Even among high end outdoor products, waterproof shells can be unreliable.

However, there’s really no reason you should be getting your sleeping bag soaked anyways!

If it does happen you’ll be able to keep sleeping if needed thanks to the polyester synthetic outer and insulation. These maintain warmth even in bad conditions.

This bag is designed for kids or adults. According to users even 6’7” sleepers can fit. So this makes a choice for older kids or extremely tall teens.

Your younger kids will probably just end up swimming in it, so find a smaller bag for them.

Best For: Taller kids looking for a very affordable mummy hybrid bag with room to wiggle.


#3 Kelty Woobie 30 Degree Kids Sleeping Bag

Kelty Woobie 30 Degree Kids Sleeping Bag

Kelty Woobie 30 Degree Kids Sleeping Bag at a Glance:

  • 30 degree temperature rating
  • Cloud loft insulation
  • 66D Polyester Taffeta shell
  • 4 Feet, 6 Inches maximum height

Kelty really nailed it with this bag in my view. It’s a solid mummy bag that’s got enough warmth for outdoor use in 3-season conditions in two colors that will appeal to any kid on your shopping list!

I like this bag a lot for the smaller size compared to some on our list. At a total height of 4.5’ the smaller kids will fit better in this bag than many other oversized youth bags. Of course, this comes with the drawback that they will also rapidly outgrow it.

At a total weight of just over 2 pounds, this bag is really quite light compared to many youth models. Despite the quality, this bag remains remarkably affordable and can make a great kids sleeping bag for a ton of situations.

Video: Overview of the Kelty Woobie Sleeping bag.

I really wouldn’t push the bag down to freezing, even though it’s rated for it. However I bet Kelty is pretty close in their rating because they’re a major sleeping bag manufacturer with a ton of experience.

Best For: Parents looking for the best kids sleeping bag for camping that is small enough for the younger kids on your list.


#4 Coleman Illumi-Bug 45 Youth Sleeping Bag

Coleman Illumi-Bug 45 Youth Sleeping Bag at a Glance:

  • 45 degree temperature rating
  • Synthetic insulation
  • ThermoTech insulation
  • 5’ 5” maximum height

While this coleman bag does feature many of the staples of a good outdoor sleeping bag, it’s meant for summer use only. It’s so darn affordable, however, that it’s hard to say no to a bag that just makes sense!

I will admit that I’m a fan of the Illumi yellow interior color, but not everyone will be. Most kids, however, can’t resist a good glow in the dark design like the pattern on this bag! It’s a small feature that most kids will really cherish.

There’s one aspect of this bag that you need to be careful with, though. It’s a 45 degree bag and it’s square cut. That means it won’t really be comfortable below about 55 degrees.

For that reason I’d keep this bag restricted to summer use only!

Best For: Parents looking for the best Coleman youth sleeping bag for light summer outdoor use.


#5 All Season Young Adventurer Hooded Sleeping Bag

All Season Young Adventurer Hooded KIds Sleeping Bag

All Season Young Adventurer Hooded Sleeping Bag at a Glance:

  • 5’ maximum height
  • 40 degree temperature rating
  • Ripstop polyester shell
  • Converts to queen size comforter

This one combines the roominess of a square bag with the warmth of a mummy bag. While it’s not the first bag we’ve seen to do this, it is remarkably affordable.

So what if the kids grow out of it? At least it didn’t cost you an arm and a leg!

Normally a 5’ maximum height would be a bad thing on a sleeping bag. Not so for kids bags, though! Plus, keeping the bag small means it’s lighter and less bulky when packing up for camping or overnights at the friend’s house.

While I certainly wouldn’t push the 40 degree rating on this bag, it’s probably going to be a comfortable summer time outdoor bag or an all year round indoor bag for sleepovers.

Like many of the kids bags on our list this one is offered in a roughly “male” and “female” color scheme. One of the colors should appeal to your camper-to-be!

I have to admit that I’m particularly fond of the compression sack that comes with it. For larger and bulky bags these are a handy way to make them disappear into the backpack or duffel bag without taking up too much space.

Best For: Children’s sleeping bags for camping that won’t break the bank and can pack down tiny!


#6 Coleman Kids 50 Degree Sleeping Bag

Coleman Coleman 50 Degree Kids Sleeping Bag

Coleman Coleman Kids 50 Degree Sleeping Bag at a Glance:

  • Summer time 50 degree temp rating
  • ThermoTech insulation
  • 5’ maximum height
  • Polyester Taffeta shell

Got a kid that just seems to rip and destroy every zipper known to man? Yeah, I used to be that kid.

This Coleman sleeping bag has a way to avoid that which will make everyone’s lives easier when you don’t have zipper repair to do all the time!

Let’s talk more about that zipper. Several of the bags on our list, like this one, feature a new zipper system called ZipPlow.

With these zippers, the zipper itself moves the fabric out of the way as you zip the bag closed. That means less time fiddling with zippers!

One fun kids feature that we haven’t seen much of is the glow in the dark interior pocket. Some of the bags on our list have glowing features, but it’s a fun touch that just doesn’t get done enough. Kids love these small fun features!

Be careful when choosing this bag though. While it’s cheap it’s also a very mild temperature bag. At 50 degrees it’s a warm summer only bag.

Best For: Parents looking for the best sleeping bag for sleepovers or warm summer nights and no stuck zippers! Whew.


#7 3OWL Kids Sleeping Bag 3-Season

3OWL 3-Season Kids Sleeping Bag at a Glance:

  • 40 degree temperature rating
  • Polyester synthetic insulation
  • 170T polyester shell
  • Draft tube along the neck

Looking for an all around mild temperature mummy bag made just for kids? If that sounds like you and you’d prefer to keep your dough in the wallet, this affordable mummy bag is an insane value sure to keep the kids happy.

Like any good mummy bag, this one features a few things to keep the heat in. The draft tube along the neck can be cinched down to keep the heat inside the bag.

This leaves an adjustable head space where just your face is poking out!

Of course the bag itself is meant to be used from 40-60 degrees so even the draft tube and mummy bag features won’t do you any good in extreme weather.

For the price, however, this makes a good choices for kids that are out enjoying some late spring, summer, and early fall weather!

Best For : An insanely affordable youth sleeping bag for summer time use.


Kids Sleeping Bag Comparison Table

Kids Sleeping Bag For KidsTemp RatingShellInsulationRating
Coleman Kids 30 Sleeping BagUp to 5 ft. tall +30 °FPolyesterColetherm® hollow polyester4.5 / 5.0
MalloMe Single Sleeping BagUp to 6 ft. tall +20 °FWaterproof Polyester Shell Polyester fiber fill4.8 / 5.0
Kelty Woobie Kids Sleeping Bag4 Feet, 6 Inches +30 °F66D Polyester Taffeta Polyester fiber fill 4.5 / 5.0
Coleman Illumi-Bug Sleeping Bag5 feet, 5 inches+45 °FPolyester TaffetaThermoTech insulation4.5 / 5.0
All Season Young Adventurer5 feet, 1 inch+32 °FRipstop polyester Polyester fiber fill4.4 / 5.0
Coleman Kids 50 Sleeping BagUp to 5 ft. tall +50 °FPolyesterThermoTech insulation4.2 / 5.0
3OWL Kids Sleeping BagUp to 5 ft. tall +40 °F170T polyesterPolyester fiber fill4.7 / 5.0

How to Choose the Best Sleeping Bag for Kids

Now let’s talk about the features that are important when choosing a kids sleeping bag. It’s easier than you think when we really break it down.

best kids sleeping bags

Growing Pains

Yeah, this has to be addressed. Kids have a tendency to grow right out of stuff and sleeping bags are no different. A good sleeping bag can be an expensive investment to just have your kids grow out of.

There are several options that we can consider. First, you can reuse the sleeping bags with siblings, or kids of friends. This is a good way to get more use out of an expensive sleeping bag!

Second, you can buy several sizes larger. If you do this right, you may only have to go through 2 sleeping bags or so, as your child grows.

It’s less ideal than a perfectly sized sleeping bag, but it’s a far better option than having them outgrow it every couple years!

It can be hard to buy or sell a used sleeping bag – people are just weird about that. However, if you feel comfortable with it this is a good option.

Just make sure you give it a good washing in a front loading washing machine before you use it!

Sleeping Bag Style

kids sleeping bagsWith kids sleeping bags there are two main styles still in use today. One of them is good for recreational use, the other is best for hiking and camping use.

Square sleeping bags  – are cut into rectangle shapes (oddly enough). These bags have no way to close around the neck and torso at the top and they have no head protection or warmth. They do, however, usually have the ability to unzip completely into a large flat comforter.

Mummy sleeping bags – are tightly cut to the body. They hug the human form closely and usually only partially unzip. They can be cinched around the neck and around the head to completely enclose everything but the face.

So which bag is right for you? It’s hard to say with certainty but let’s think of it this way…

What will you child likely be using the sleeping bag for? If they’re heading to Philmont for a hiking and backpacking experience then go with a mummy bag. If they’re heading over to sleep on a friend’s floor then use a square bag.

Square bags are cheaper and easier to use, plus they’re roomy and allow for wiggly sleepers. These bags are probably a better choice for any situation that’s not outdoor camping and hiking.

Choosing Insulation Materials

youth sleeping bags

So it’s time to buy that sleeping bag but you’re reading through the details and it say “cotton insulation”.

Is that good? Is it bad? Let’s find out what you can expect with different insulation materials!

Cotton – is largely regarded as the most technically inferior sleeping bag insulation. Why? It performs poorly when wet and is quite heavy and bulky. However, it’s cheap!

So long as you’re not taking the bag outdoors or into situations where it might get wet, cotton is a cheap and effective insulation. It can be quite a bit heavier than other insulations, though.

Synthetic insulation – can be a number of different materials. These are all man made fibers which have great properties.

Synthetic insulation is affordable compared to down insulation. It retains the majority of its insulation value when wet. It’s also lighter than cotton but not nearly as light as down. Synthetic insulation packs down much smaller than the comparable fill of cotton.

Down insulation – blows everything else out of the water – except one small problem. While it is lighter, more compressible, and more efficient than any other type it has a major drawback.

When down gets wet it becomes practically useless. The down feathers lose their loft and insulation value whenever they get saturated which can lead to dangerous hypothermia situations.

So… which insulation type is best for your kids’ sleeping bags? I would vote that either cotton or synthetic makes the most sense in 99% of situations.

For indoor bags that are used on overnight sleepovers I would go with cotton because it’s cheap and requires no special care.

For indoor or outdoor use synthetic insulation are also great. If you’re going camping or sending the kids off on a Scout trip this is the type of bag you want to get right here.

So, why not down if it’s so good?

Because kids are unlikely to take care of it well. If it’s not taken care of or if it gets wet, it’s a total waste. Plus it’s too expensive for most of us to afford when kids are likely to outgrow their bags in a few years anyways.

Temperature Rating

children's sleeping bags

This is a critical factor of sleeping bag choices. However, it might not actually matter when it comes to kids bags.

Gasp! Why?

Well let’s take on likely situation where kids use sleeping bags – on the floor of their friend’s living room. Kids love sleeping bags but rarely use them in extreme outdoor situations. When this is the case, that temperature rating just doesn’t really matter.

Of course, if you are choosing a sleeping bag for your kids that will be used outdoors or in extreme weather you’ll need to pay careful attention to temp ratings.

When it comes to reputable manufacturers, temperature ratings can usually be trusted. With cheap, off brand bags, however, I rarely take the temperature ratings at face value.

Why?

Well, because there’s no real industry standard that governs how temperature ratings are measured and tested. Each maker does them differently and it pays for them to “overrate” their own bags to make them seem better.

Whenever you choose a temperature rating for a sleeping bag there’s an easy way to know how warm you’ll need. I simply look up the average low temperature for the area and season I’ll be camping. Then choose a bag that, if I wear all my clothes, could survive a night at the record low.

That’s the bare minimum requirement and the best way to be sure you won’t put yourself in danger. When in doubt – go warmer.

Conclusion

Kids bags can be hard to figure out. They outgrow them, destroy them, and often have widely varying needs. However, once you narrow down how the bag will be used you’ll be able to tell which bag is about right for you!

On our list is a variety of sleeping bags for kids that vary in size, shape, and temperature rating. It’s up to you to determine exactly which one has the right balance of price and features for you.

Particularly if your kids are just using the sleeping bag for sleepovers it’s probably okay to save a buck or two on these bags.

For those seeking top quality bags for backpacking and hiking, however, you’ll need to pay close attention. Great quality sleeping bags for kids that are worthy of surviving in extreme weather can be hard to come by and difficult to choose!


I hope this guide was helpful for finding the best kids sleeping bag to fit your needs. If you want to comment or recommend a sleeping bag I didn’t include, please use my contact form to get in touch.

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Casey Fielder

I am an avid outdoorsman with experience in naturalist education, outside adventure education, ski instruction, and writing. In addition to my outdoor hobbies, I’m a huge fan of punk rock. I have launched several start-ups. (or business ventures) When exploring the backcountry, I usually carry less than 10 pounds of gear. Years of experience have taught me to pack light. I enjoy sharing my experiences of backcountry education teaching and guiding through writing.

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