It can be a confusing decision to make when you’re choosing items for your young kids to sleep in or on while camping. Some choose to have kids sleep in full sized sleeping bags and some have kids sleep with parents in a double bag. Others bring blankets and sheets to sleep with and sleep on top of the sleeping bags for cushion.
There is a school of thought that when children sleep in a child sized sleeping bag they stay warmer, easier. That is because they have less space to warm with their body heat once they snuggle up inside. Which ever option we decide to use for our kids we mainly want them to be comfortable and warm while not getting tangled up or kicking off the covers at night.
One thing that is universal is the desire for whatever you choose to be camping friendly. Make sure the sleeping bags are water repellent and filled with the proper level of insulation for the season in which you are camping. You’ll want a lighter one for summer camping and a heavier one for Fall.
It helps if they are pliable because sleeping bags take quite a bit of abuse. They will be rolled up and stuffed into all kinds of tight spaces over the years as you bring them on your camping trips. You’ll lay them out and sit on them, cover chairs that are wet from morning dew. The zippers will be used a thousand times during their life span so check those when you buy. Also, make sure the seams are well stitched because you know how giggling kids can kick once you get them all tucked into their sleeping bags for the night.
Most of all, bring an extra or two. Camping kids have a way of making friends and bringing them back to the campsite to visit. You’ll find yourself pulling out the extra sleeping bags for a multitude of reasons so tucking a couple in the trunk can be to your advantage.