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Kids’ Teepees and Tents: How to Choose the Best option?

Kids’ teepees have been right on trend for a while now, because children (and parents) love to play in them. Many different product categories exist in the play tent and teepee department. That's why we created this guide....

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As you probably know, teepees are extremely popular among children. Whether it be to play inside or outside, they are terrific in so many ways. A teepee not only provides your kids with a cozy place to play and hide, but you can also join them and read a story. When they have friends over for playtime, this will definitely be their preferred spot!

Even though teepees are incredibly popular, they are often confused with other play structures?

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Teepee Tent

Referred to as: tee pee, tipee, tp, tepee tent, wigwam, tipi tent or tent... teepees are the same in most part.

One of the significant differences lies in its shape though.

Girl reading in teepee


Most parents tend to confuse teepees with a playhouse. A kids’ playhouse is substantially different. They can either be used indoors or outdoors, but they tend to be very big. They are usually made of plastic and last for a very long time.

Home bed

Another common misconception is regarding beds. A teepee doesn't replace a bed in any way. It can be used for sleeping if you want to provide your children with a different type of sleeping environment but it can be used for other purposes as well.

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Now that you know more about teepees, where can you use them?

Most people tend to place teepees inside the house, either in the children's bedroom or the playroom. However, depending on the material they are made of, they can also be used outdoors. In fact, when you are thinking of creating a unique summer night for your kids, why not take their teepee outside and read them a story while watching the stars in the sky?

Are Teepee Tents a Good Choice for all Kids?

When you are looking for a play teepee for your kids, you are sure to find many different designs.

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Little girl teepee

Some teepee tents are specially designed for girls. These tend to include a lot of pinks and purples and offer plenty of space for their dolls. You can also find teepees with images of characters your daughter may be fond of.

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Boy teepee

Other teepees are designed with boys in mind. These tend to be available with blue tones, and they often feature a theme such as Indians and cowboys, among many others.

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Gender neutral

There are several gender-neutral teepee tents available on the market. These are perfect to be used in a playroom or a shared room. The absence of “girl” or “boy” features makes it easier to cater to any child’s aesthetic preferences.

Baby teepee

One of the questions that many parents have about teepee tents is if babies can use them and if it's safe for them. The answer is yes, in both cases. While there are specific baby teepees that you can buy, consider buying one that will suit a child who is a bit older. The reason is simple: if you buy a baby teepee, it may not fit your toddler in a couple of years because it may not be high enough.

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What Kind of Teepee Styles are There?

There are many different teepee styles that you can find. You can choose a more straightforward pattern and decorate it with your child, or select a teepee that suits your needs without having to change its features. The most popular teepee styles are:

Cowboy/Indian Style Teepee
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Cowboy/Indian Style Teepee

This tends to be one of the favorite teepee styles for boys. If you like the tribal theme with its bright colours, this is maybe an excellent choice for your boy.

Park Ranger Style Teepee

Suitable for both girls and boys, a park ranger style teepee is a great choice for both indoor and outdoor use. Besides, it can be a fun way to stimulate your children’s creativity as well as their sense of responsibility.

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Bohemian Style Teepee

This is the kind of teepee that tends to be preferred by girls. It usually comes in soft and pale tones; it’s also suitable for babies.

Modern Style Teepee
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Modern Style Teepee

There’s no shortage of modern teepees. With an abundance of patterns, the only difficulty that you will have is choosing the one that you like most!

Boy teepee with feather
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What Are Teepees Without Accessories?

Did you know that you can include a variety of accessories in your kid's teepee? You can even adapt them depending on the game they are playing.


One exciting idea is to imagine that you are camping in the forest. You can do it as a family; trust me, your kids aren't the only ones who will love the experience! For all-around fun, get the axe, cut some wood together, build a campfire, and roast some marshmallows! It’s sure to be an event to remember.

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If you have a baby or a toddler, their teepee can be a welcoming spot for their nap. Add some pillows for comfort, and give the teepee a finishing touch by decorating its top with stars. You can also use the teepee as a cozy little storytelling nook.

Star light in teepee with girl playing


String lights are also a fun accessory; your kids will love spending the night on their teepee. Surrounded by some pillows, a cozy blanket, and beautiful string lights, this will be the perfect dreamy environment.

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For the final touch, hang a garland from the top to the wall. There are so many shapes and colours available, choose the ones your kids like most and get creative!

As you can see, a teepee tent is a great product for kids

Teepees allows them to have an exclusive little place that they can share with you and their friends. With so many different styles, patterns, and accessories, it might be a bit challenging to choose the best teepee for your children. Your best bet? Enlist their help!

Julie is the loving mother who always finds ways to stimulate the minds of our children. Julie - My Sleepy Monkey co-founder
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