Miss A has been bugging me all year to have a sleepover. She eventually had her first sleepover in the Summer just after her eight birthday with one friend (I wasn’t brave enough to have more on the first time).. That sleepover went really well so after more nagging from Miss A we have recently hosted another sleepover (again with one friend). I think we’ve been quite lucky with the two friends we have invited, however I have learnt quite a lot and I am now armed with a few tips for hosting a stress free sleepover for the next time I am nagged.
Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind any of Miss A’s friends coming around to play etc, I just prefer to be able to plan these things as we cram so much into the precious two days that are the weekend, and a sleepover in the middle of this can cause mayhem to the weekend, and the week beyond.
Girls moods can change in an instant, especially when they are filled full of sugar and they get tired. Be prepared for this BEFORE you begin the sleepover and make sure you as a parent get a good night’s sleep the night before the sleepover happens so you are ready.
How many children will attend the sleepover? I’ll be honest and say I’m not brave enough to have more than one over at a time at the moment. We had comments from our neighbours (who we get on with very well) that they could hear Miss A during her last sleepover. I dread to think what may have happened if there had been three or four girls present.
Stress Free Sleepover Tip number One
Warn your neighbours there may be noise, especially if your houses are connected.
Stress Free Sleepover Tip number Two
I hope you don’t mind mess, because your house WILL NOT look the same the next morning. There is absolutely no point in tidying it up until the guests have gone home. Confine the mess to the bedroom. I found it easier to allow drinks in contained bottles in the bedroom (non fizzy variety), and sweets in packets. At eight years old the girls are responsible enough to not make a mess on the carpet with food and drinks.
Stress Free Sleepover Tip number Three
Do you allow your child to wear makeup? If not set these rules before the sleepover to prevent the guest from bringing theirs if they have different rules at home. Your child may end up looking quite a fright if you’re not prepared for it. Keep all nail varnish OUT of the bedroom. I made sure it was only used in the dining room which has a wood floor and wipe clean table cloth on the table.
Stress Free Sleepover Tip number Four
What time is bed time? The first sleepover Miss A had we didn’t worry about what time the girls went to sleep thinking they would crash out by around midnight. Think again! By 1am, we had to intervene, and the same thing happened this time. Set found rules for bedtimes / TV times and noise levels for after a certain time.
Stress Free Sleepover Tip number Five
What do your guests like to eat? It’s a good idea to get your child to discuss food options with your guests before the sleepover day. We usually let Miss A choose a pizza or something similar for dinner as it’s quick and easy for them to fill up on and less risk of way too many sweets on an empty stomach. Check for allergies before buying treats and limit the amount the children can have. There would be nothing worse than having to clean up vomit due to over indulging.
Have you braved sleepovers at your home yet? How did you get on?