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Sleeping Bags for Boys

Updated on March 27, 2011

Find the Right Sleeping Bag for Your Boy

Most boys will want a sleeping bag at some point in their lives, whether for sleepovers at a friend's house or for camping. It's important to find the right sleeping bag, as they are not all made the same. Some bags are perfect for sleepovers, but won't work very well for them if you take them on a camping trip. Some will be wonderful for summer camping trips, but won't work very well if you take them camping during the winter.

This page will help you make the right decision when picking out a sleeping bag for your boy. Find out the differences between bags so you can pick out the right bag for your boy.

This Disney Cars Sleeping Bag is great for children (up to age 9) when they go to their friends house or camp out in the living room, but won't really keep them warm when camping.

Transformers sleeping bag available at Amazon.com
Transformers sleeping bag available at Amazon.com

What Should You Look for in a Sleeping Bag?

The biggest thing that you need to be aware of when you buy a sleeping bag is that you should find a sleeping bag that is warm enough. If your boy needs a sleeping bag for a friend's house, the bag doesn't really have to be that warm. If you want to take the bag camping, you'll probably want a warmer bag. Summer bags work well for during the summer, but even then, if your boy will be sleeping in shorts and a t-shirt, he might get cold in a summer bag if it gets too cold. I spent a very cold night in a summer bag at the beach at the end of June one summer. I was freezing, and it was miserable. It's better to buy a little warmer than you think you need, you can always unzip the bag a little if it gets too cold.

You also want to get a bag that is about the right length for your boy. You could get a full-sized bag that your boy can grow into and have as an adult, but if you buy a smaller bag, it will be easier for his body heat to warm, since there will be less empty air space in the bag. You can visit my page on what to look for in a sleeping bag for more information.

Indoor Only Bags

These bags won't protect your boy much from the cold, and should only be used indoors.

Cars EZ Bed Air Mattress

Disney Cars EZ Bed Air Mattress
Disney Cars EZ Bed Air Mattress

EZ Bed air mattress sleeping bags are wonderful to use at home or at a friend's house, but they're not great to take camping. My daughter used one instead of a bed at home for a while when we had just moved into our new home. They don't even have a temperature rating. They might work if you're camping in Hawaii, but they're not great for most camping situations.

 

Toy Story Indoor Bag

Disney Toy Story Slumber Duffle Bag
Disney Toy Story Slumber Duffle Bag

This is another great sleeping bag for indoor use. My little boy loves Toy Story, Woody, and Buzz Lightyear, and if your boy is like mine, they would probably really like this bag. Get them a warmer bag if you're going to take them camping though.

 

Disney Cars Sleeping Bag

Disney Cars Nap Roll Sleeping Mat and Pillow Set
Disney Cars Nap Roll Sleeping Mat and Pillow Set

In addition to Toy Story, my little boy likes Disney Cars; in fact, he has a Disney Cars sleeping bag (although his is a summer bag). This one comes with its own pillow. You can also use these on road trips; they work well in hotels.

 

Summer Sleeping Bags

These bags are nice in the summer, but won't keep your child warm in colder weather.

Coleman Rimstone Sleeping Bag

Coleman Rimstone Sleeping Bag
Coleman Rimstone Sleeping Bag

This bag will keep most boys warm in temperatures down to 40ºF. This bag will work for boys up to 5'11" tall. Special features of this bag include a zipper that won't snag as easily as most, and a QuickCord system that allows you to roll up the bag without tying it down.

 

45 Degree Sleeping Bag

Eureka!  Kids Minnow 45-Degree Sleeping Bag
Eureka! Kids Minnow 45-Degree Sleeping Bag

This bag is rated at 45 degrees, which is great for most summer nights. It also comes with a stash pocket inside and a stuff sack to store the bag in.

 

Catnap Sleeping Bag

Coleman Boys Catnap Sleeping Bag
Coleman Boys Catnap Sleeping Bag

This bag is rated at 50ºF, which will keep most boys warm on summer nights. However, if it's a cold summer night, the temperature might dip below this temperature. The night I spent on the beach was in the summer, and I was freezing. If your child is particularly sensitive to cold, you might want to choose a warmer bag (with a lower temperature rating).

 

Cold Weather Bags

These bags will keep your boy warmer on colder nights, although perhaps not in the middle of winter in the snow.

Grasshopper Sleeping Bag

Eureka!  Kids Grasshopper 30-Degree Sleeping Bag
Eureka! Kids Grasshopper 30-Degree Sleeping Bag

This bag is rated at 30ºF, which is great for even warmer winter nights. The mummy construction helps keep the bag closer to the body, which helps keep the bag warmer.

 

Wentzel Mummy Sleeping Bag

Wenzel 2008 Windy Pass 0-Degree Mummy Sleeping Bag (Black/Red)
Wenzel 2008 Windy Pass 0-Degree Mummy Sleeping Bag (Black/Red)

This bag is rated at 0ºF, so it will keep boys warm in almost every camping situation. It comes with a stuff sack.

 

Kelty Junior Sleeping Bag

Kelty Extender Junior Youth 30-Degree Sleeping Bag (True Blue)
Kelty Extender Junior Youth 30-Degree Sleeping Bag (True Blue)

This youth sleeping bag is rated at 30ºF, so it will be good for most camping situations. It has an expandable foot section so it will grow with your child.

 
15 Degree Sleeping Bag
15 Degree Sleeping Bag

How to Keep Warm on a Cold Night

Let's say that you buy your sleeping bag and the temperature drops a little bit lower than you expected it to. Please don't buy an indoor bag to sleep outdoors with. Still, you can buy a summer bag and run into an unexpected drop in temperature (I found out the hard way when I spent a miserable summer night on a colder than expected beach). How can you stay warm if your sleeping bag just isn't cutting it?

  • Put warmer clothes on. Even if it was warm during the day and you and your boy were wearing swimsuits and shorts all day, the nights can get cold. Put on some sweats or warm clothes if you get cold, and forgo the t-shirts and shorts at night.

  • Put on a hat. You might not have one if you're camping in the summer, but if you have one, put it on. You lose a lot of body heat through your head.

  • Put socks on. Plenty of body heat escapes through your feet too. A nice, warm pair of socks will help you keep warm.

The best way to prevent being cold is to buy a bag that's warm enough in the first place. If you get cold really easily, you will want a warmer bag, trust me. After that cold night on the beach, I realized that I needed a warmer bag; I sleep under six blankets during the winter. My daughter needs a sleeping bag, but she doesn't get cold as easily as I do. I plan on taking my kids camping this summer. Rather than buy two sleeping bags, I'm getting a warmer bag for myself and giving my daughter my bag.

More Popular Boys Sleeping Bags

Coleman Big Game Big and Tall Sleeping Bag, Olive, 6-Feet 5-Inch
Coleman Big Game Big and Tall Sleeping Bag, Olive, 6-Feet 5-Inch

For really cold weather -- has a -5ºF temperature rating!

 

A Video Guide to Choosing a Sleeping Bag

What kind of a camper are you? Is your idea of "roughing it" a stay at the Motel 6 rather than the Hilton? Do you sleep in a trailer, tent, or underneath the stars? What kind of sleeping bag do you use? You do have to be a member of Squidoo to comment, but you can join Squidoo for free.

What Kind of Camping Do You Do With Your Boy?

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      mfoot4u 5 years ago

      There are some great looking sleeping bags here makes for an attractive lens.

      Thanks.

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      termit_bronx 6 years ago

      I haven't been on camping for years. Here in Slovenia this isn't very popular, but it's an interesting idea. I would lensroll your lens with mine about Kelty Sleeping Bags, but Squidoo doesn't have this feature anymore.