Kids Camping Store's "What Kids Should Sleep In"


Kids and children sleeping when camping

Question #1 for parents taking kids camping is normally "what should I get for my child to sleep in?", and Kids Camping Store are here to help find the right solution for you, with our "IOU" method:

  • I - what your child should be IN
  • O - what your child should be ON
  • U - what your child should be UNDER

Please remember, this is general guidance as we can't account for the weather conditions of individual camping trips, or the needs of individual children.  

Babies (approx up to 1 year): Travel Cot

WHAT WHY
IN

 

Growbag or similar

and

The babygrow (or similar) that they wear at home, with a thin extra layer (eg a vest-babygrow) if its cold

Your baby will stay cocooned all night, with no cover to kick off

and

Thin breathable layers that your toddler is used to will give them a familiar and comfortable night's sleep.

ON Travel Cot, with a breathable mattress Lifted off the cold ground, the mesh sides to ensure your baby doesn't roll out, and surrounded by breathable material
UNDER Light breathable blanket Extra layers should be light and breathable


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Toddlers (approx 1-2 years old): Kids AirBed or MyFirst ReadyBed

WHAT WHY
IN The pyjamas (or similar) that they wear at home, with a thin extra layer (eg a vest) if its cold.

Thin breathable layers that your toddler is used to will give them a familiar and comfortable night's sleep.

ON

Kids AirBed

or

My First ReadyBed

Specialist kids air beds have raised sides so that your toddler stays in bed.

or

My First ReadyBeds have a thin sewn-in top sheet and inflated head-bumper to keep your toddler in bed all night.

UNDER

Kids Sleeping Bag (125cm)

or

Duvet from home and extra light breathable blankets

Kids sleeping bags are the right size to keep your little one consistently warm throughout their body

or

Extra layers should be light and breathable, and can be put on once the temperature has dropped.


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KCS top tip - foil sheets and foam squares can be added under your toddler's bed to increase insulation from the cold.  This is preferable to increasing their layers, which can cause overheating.

 

Kids Aged 3+: Kids AirBeds, Junior ReadyBeds or CleverBeds

WHAT WHY
IN The pyjamas (or similar) that they wear at home, with a thin extra layer (eg a vest) if its cold.

Thin breathable layers that your toddler is used to will give them a familiar and comfortable night's sleep.

ON

Kids AirBed

or

Junior  ReadyBed

or

CleverBed

Specialist kids air beds have raised sides so that your child stays in bed

or

Junior ReadyBeds are an air bed with a thin sewn-in top sheet to keep your child in bed all night.

or

CleverBeds are a self-inflating mattress with a thin sewn-in top sheet to keep your child in bed all night 

UNDER

Kids Sleeping Bag (165cm)

or

Duvet from home and extra light breathable blankets

Kids sleeping bags are the right size to keep your little one consistently warm throughout their body

or

Extra layers should be light and breathable, and can be put on once the temperature has dropped


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KCS top tip - foil sheets and foam squares can be added under your toddler's bed to increase insulation from the cold.  This is preferable to increasing their layers, which can cause overheating.

 

Kids Aged 4+: as "Kids Aged 3+" plus Bunk Beds!

WHAT WHY
IN The pyjamas (or similar) that they wear at home, with a thin extra layer (eg a vest) if its cold.

Thin breathable layers that your toddler is used to will give them a familiar and comfortable night's sleep.

ON

 

As "Kids Aged 3+

or

Bunk Beds

Bunk beds offer a fun and compact way for children to sleep when camping.

Children are well clear of the cold ground, and the design of the bunk beds encourages kids to stay in the bed.

 

UNDER

Kids Sleeping Bag

or

Duvet from home and extra light breathable blankets

Kids sleeping bags are the right size to keep your little one consistently warm throughout their body

or

Extra layers should be light and breathable, and can be put on once the temperature has dropped


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IMPORTANT NOTE

We hope that the above is of use, but please remember, the above guidance is generic, representing the personal views of Kids Camping Store and the author and editors of this article only.  Kids Camping Store can not cater for the weather conditions of individual camping trips, or the needs of individual children.  The above guidance is offered as a gesture of goodwill, and represents free advice with no inducement to purchase, and is generated annecdotally from the experience of parents taking kids camping.  In no way does advice provided by Kids Camping Store constitute professional, medical or expert  advice.  Kids Camping Store is not responsible for the safety or comfort of children when camping, and any subsequent impacts thereof.