It is certainly not uncommon for your kid’s friends to host a plethora of sleepovers over the summer. It is the perfect time for them to relax and be able to play and have fun without worrying about school the next day. But if this is your kid’s first sleepover, you may need to help prepare them for what to expect. And prepare yourself for your little one growing up!

Talking About Sleepovers

If your child is a little apprehensive or anxious about their first sleepover, it may be due to them not really knowing what to expect. Make sure to talk to them about sleepovers to begin with, and see how they feel about the process. Gauge how they react to see if they seem comfortable with the idea or that they should wait for a little bit before going on their first. Make sure you do not push any sleepovers onto your children, and do not fret if they have not been over to a friend’s house when they were young. It is perfectly normal and acceptable to not go on a sleepover until they are a teen! 

Each child is different and will react to staying the night somewhere else differently. Some children are not phased at all, and could go as early as first grade. Some children feel more uncomfortable being away from home, and may not want to go on one until they are a young teen. All of these are acceptable and should be adhered to, no matter how much you want your kid to go out and spend the night. To help ease their anxiety, you can always be the first house to hold a sleepover; this way, it can help your child feel a little more at ease since it is their friends coming over to what they know. You can even have them spend the night at a relative’s house, and see how they do. This is a slightly less unknown situation for them since they know everyone there. 

Preparing For Sleepovers

If your child is ready to take the dive, make sure they have everything they need. Have them help you pack up the necessary supplies they will need, like shoes, PJs, an extra set of underwear for any accidents, toothbrush, some snacks, and anything else. If they have any dietary restrictions or your child may wet the bed, it is a good idea to reach out to the parents hosting. Letting them know ahead of time can help deter any embarrassment should an accident occur. With these guidelines in tow, you and your child will be set up for success with their first sleepover!

Katie Kyzivat