If your family is gearing up to go camping with kids this summer, finding the right kids sleeping bags will help your whole family sleep soundly. As we mentioned in our last gear review on double sleeping bags, sleep is a critical component for a good day on the trail. Whether you are headed to a campsite or the backcountry, a good sleeping bag can help little ones stay warm and cozy all night. To help you find the right one, our families tested out four different kids sleeping bags. Here’s what we found.

Sized to Fit

Nemo Equipment Punk Kids Sleeping Bag

Pros: Snuggly feeling, temperature rated to 20°F, adjustable size

Review and photos by Jessica Featherstone.

My three year old, Sky, and I headed out on a cold night in Wisconsin to test out the Punk sleeping bag ($99.95). To be honest, I was a bit worried as Sky normally crawls into bed to sleep with me and it was supposed to be 28°F at the lowest point. Sky enjoyed this sleeping bag so much she stayed in it the whole time and about an hour after she woke up in the morning. I enjoyed the fact that the sleeping bag stayed put even though she normally rolls around all night. (Thanks, pad sleeve!)

When Sky did wake up and want to be soothed in the night, I was concerned about her getting cold. The Punk has a zipper that opens both ways so I can sneak my hand in for late night hand holding without exposing her to the cold. The cinch was another big feature for us. I was able to cinch the bag and stuff the excess fabric back into the bag. Sky is a 2T right now so she doesn’t fit the whole bag, but that’s not a big deal with their cinch system that allows the bag to be three sizes. Nemo recommends this sleeping bag for ages 4-8 and Sky is right at the threshold at 3.5 years of age. With the cinch system, I know she can use this bag for years to come.

Sky loved the soft opening with their FuzzTech fleece fabric and the folding draft collar. I didn’t think Sky would be into this bag because it’s green, but she really loved the leaf pattern. At 2 lbs., 13 oz, it’s lightweight enough that it doesn’t make a huge difference in my bag. This kids sleeping bag doesn’t compress down much, but that didn’t phase me as the bonuses outweighed its size. This is one bag to grow with your little ones for years.

Simple and effective kids sleeping bag

Kelty Woobie 30

Pros: Lower price point, no cords

Review and photos by Jessica Featherstone.

Kelty makes a great line of different-sized sleeping bags for kids to meet their ages and stages. Backpacker Mag recently gave an Editors Choice award to their Tru.Comfort Kids 35. The Woobie 30 ($64.95) is an excellent starter bag for your little ones. It has zippers on both sides, making it easier for kids and adults to get little ones out (especially for those kids who want to do it themselves). This does come in two colors for littles: blue/orange and pink/purple.

Since the panel has two zippers, it flips down easily and Sky enjoyed wriggling around the bag. The hood is elastic so no cords near your child’s head. Kelty definitely geared this toward the toddler/preschooler age with only two zippers and no cords. The bag is designed for kids 4′ and under. This doesn’t have a pad sleeve, so if you have a child who is a more active sleeper, you’ll want to make accommodations for that. We just put Sky between our sleeping pads and the tent wall. This bag doesn’t size down, so I did add clothing at the bottom of the bag to fill it up a bit.

The bag can be compressed in a compression sack and weighs around most adult bags at 2 lbs., 4 oz. It’s not a down sleeping bag, so it doesn’t compress very small, but it was still very manageable in my Deuter pack. While this kids sleeping bag does go down to 30°F, we’ve had successful trips in high 20’s with this bag. Remember each child is unique, and Sky did fine with just a set of wool pajamas and a hat. Kelty backs this bag with their lifetime warranty. If their bags are built to the same standards as their tents, we will have this for years to come in great condition. (I’ve used one of their tents for over five years with kids and dogs!) This is a bag that you can pass down to smaller campers as older children outgrow it.

Size Matters

Big Agnes Duster 15

Pros: Only need one bag for preschool to middle school

Review and photos by Jessica Featherstone.

The Duster ($109.95) has a number of loops and hooks along the top, back and sides of the bag to fit your child where they are right now. The biggest feature of this bag is the hook and loop system. As I started to prep the bag for Sky, it was relatively easy to figure out how the loops attached to plastic hooks both on the bottom and the sides. It did take me a night to realize there are side hook/loop sets. So not only can this shorten, it also tightens in to keep your little ones very snug.

I do suggest using a pad that is insulated since there is a section on the back that isn’t stuffed. Almost all of the bag is padded except for this small rectangular section under the back. Since Big Agnes says this can go up to teen age, I decided to try getting in the bag as well. It was a bit tight on my 5’3″ frame and I was snug in the shoulder area, but it was definitely doable. Since this bag is designed to grow with a child, it doesn’t compress as small as some of the other brands and weighs a bit more at 2 lbs., 14 oz. It does compress down to normal adult sleeping bag size.

The Duster also has an integrated half-pad sleeve, so it’s perfect for those wigglers. My child tends to creep off her mat, so she needs something that won’t allow her to creep down. The Duster does have a cord around the head that can snug down to keep little heads quite warm. This is one kids sleeping bag that can really go from tot to teen comfortably!

Lightweight and versatile kids sleeping bag

The Milk & Honey Company Outdoor Baby Snap Sack®

Pros: Worry-free warmth for the sleepy wiggler

Review and photos by Vong Hamilton.

I couldn’t tell you how many times in 11 years I would be wide awake in bed wondering if my kids were warm enough. Did they kick their blanket off and are freezing? Should I get up and check on them? The worry increases even more when we’re camping on cool evenings and I’m constantly getting up to cover the kids. Then there’s the babe in the Pack N Play who is too young for blankets … are the layers of clothing sufficient? But The Milk & Honey Company Outdoor Baby Snap Sack® ($195-$225) is just the answer to help ease those concerns.

This sleeping bag is so versatile, it’ll grow with your kiddo from 3 months to 3T – although my skinny 5-year-old can still wear it – but there’s also a big-kid version of the Snap Sack for older kids (3T-6 years old). Snaps at the shoulders and under the armpits can be adjusted to fit the size of the child, and the drawstring at the bottom can be cinched and tied to keep toes warm on cold evenings. The two-way zipper system unzips at the bottom for quick diaper changes or can be pulled up and tied at the waist to let little legs run around while still maintaining upper-body warmth.

Another pro for our family specifically is that my 2-year-old has a sensitivity toward fleece so we always worry about how to keep him warm on cold winter evenings. So the Snap Sack has become an everyday item to keep him warm and something he can’t kick away during all the squirming – wherever he goes, his blanket goes!

The Snap Sack has 800-fill power DownTek™, making it super-lightweight at only 8 oz. (older bag weighs 11 oz.), and it stuffs easily back into its pouch.

What are your favorite kids sleeping bags? Leave a comment below!

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Disclaimer: Hike it Baby was provided with free product for this round up and honest review. All thoughts, opinions, and photos are Hike it Baby’s own and not influenced by any company or its affiliates. Comments provided by Hike it Baby staff are their own and reflect their own love for their sleeping bags.

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