My youngest daughter is SO looking forward to going back to school so she can catch up with her friends, meet her new teachers, and get back to the fun activities that come with being in school. One her favorite activities is sleepovers, but it wasn’t always the case. I think all kids are different when it comes to when they are ready for sleepovers. My older daughter would probably have been ready for a sleepover at age 5 she was so independent. My youngest was definitely more of a late bloomer. So here’s a few tips on how you can prepare your child for their first sleepover.
1. Wait Until Your Child is Ready
Don’t push your child into a sleepover until he’s ready. You might try some trial runs with family members first – but don’t be surprised if your child has some apprehension. If your child backs out at the last minute, try not to make a big deal out of it. Be supportive, and give your child plenty of time to get used to the idea.
2. Pack Carefully
Make sure that your child has everything that they need for the sleepover. Bedtime rituals are especially important, so if your child has a favorite stuffed, animal, blanket, medications, etc., make sure to pack them and let the hosting parent know…if you forget this step, it’s a pretty sure bet you’ll get a call.
3. Try Not to Worry
First sleepovers can be hard on parents too. Make sure that you ask all the questions you need to be comfortable regarding supervision, including who will be watching and if you have lifestyle concerns (e.g, does the family have guns?) that you may have. These are not things that you want to be worrying about in the middle of the night.
4. Plan for Accidents
If your child is younger, they may suffer from nighttime bedwetting, which can make a sleepover an exercise in anxiety. No child wants to be embarrassed by bedwetting. The good news is that GoodNites® can come to the rescue. GoodNites® are the leading competitor in nighttime protection for children. They have zone protection, and can help take away the embarrassment that your child may feel about bedwetting – whether they are at home or at a sleepover! Unlike potty training, nighttime bedwetting is not something that kids can train out of. That’s why GoodNites® is great – it’s made especially for children ages 4-12 who experience nighttime bedwetting. They also have fun designs, so kids will love them!
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