Kids & Teens Sleeping Bags
All kids love spending the night snuggled up in sleeping bags. Whether they're camping outside or having a slumber party, there's just something special about having your own bag to curl up in. Get your kids the sleeping bags they'll love, and give them the fun they deserve.How do you wash kids sleeping bags?
- Close all zippers and seal all Velcro tabs. This will prevent rips and tears in your sleeping bag while it is in the washing machine. If your sleeping bag is especially dirty or if you plan on hand-washing, first soak it in warm water mixed with a mild soap. You can do this in the machine or in a large tub. Push your sleeping bag deep into the water to make sure it is fully soaked through.
- Use a large, front-loading washing machine for the best cleaning results. If you don't have this style at home, use one at your local laundromat.
- Wash your sleeping bag in warm water. Use a gentle detergent. Do not use bleach. If you must hand-wash your kids sleeping bag, first soak it for 1-4 hours, and then rinse repeatedly, squeezing out the dirty water. Allow your sleeping bag to be spun in the washing machine or squeeze out all of the excess water by hand.
- Dry your sleeping bag on low heat. Too much heat can melt plastic and cause permanent damage to your sleeping bag. If necessary, you can air-dry your sleeping bag by laying it out on towels or across two drying racks. Don't let your sleeping bag lay in direct sunlight for too long, as this can damage the synthetic materials.
It's important that your child gets the perfect sleeping bag for his or her nights out under the stars. Before making that purchase, consider these factors:
- Temperature: Choose a kids sleeping bag that will be warm enough for wherever your child is going. It's very important to have a bag that's designed to be warm enough for the occasion, especially for children. Kids can always unzip a sleeping bag that's too hot, while they may not be able to add another layer if it's not warm enough, so err on the side of heavier, warmer kids sleeping bags.
- Insulation: Decide whether you want down or synthetic filling for your sleeping bag. If you plan to sleep in potentially moist or rainy conditions, synthetic is usually a better choice.
- Weight: Will your child be carrying their sleeping bag for any distance? If so, look for a more lightweight kids sleeping bag.
- Extra features: Consider kids sleeping bags with extra safety zippers to protect small fingers; or a hooded sleeping bag, to protect little heads from cold nighttime air.
- Appearance: Don't underestimate the importance of what your sleeping bag looks like, especially if it's for a teenager. When possible, let your kids help decide what their sleeping bag will look like.