Top Tips for a Successful Children’s Sleepover – Guest Post

Does the word ‘sleepover’ fill you with fear? It needn’t scare you – sleepovers are an incredibly popular thing for kids to enjoy, and a great way for them to have fun with their friends away from the playground. If you’re just venturing into the world of sleepovers and you’re not sure where to start, take a look at these top tips that will help it go as smoothly as possible.

Provide plenty of food and drink

You’ll be amazed at how late some kids can stay awake at sleepovers. A combination of excitement and hyperactivity means that their body clocks can sometimes be thrown out of sync and you’re going to need a decent stash of food and drink to help keep their energy up.

While they will happily binge on chocolate and sweets, opt for some savoury options too. Order a takeaway, pop a pizza in the oven (maybe let them make their own?), or give them access to the fruit bowl. You never know, they may choose a bunch of grapes over candy! Or maybe not…

Make sure they have everything they need

If your youngster is heading elsewhere for a sleepover, make sure they have everything. If it’s their first time away from home, make it a little special for them. Buy them some new girl’s pyjamas from George at ASDA, as a treat, for example.

Don’t be too alarmed if they are a little homesick, either. It does happen, especially if they’re never spent a night away from home before. However, it’s good practice for the future – school trips and holidays with the grandparents will be a lot easier if they’ve already been away from you for a night or two beforehand.

Think wisely about who you invite

They may have one best friend at school that they’ve been nagging you to invite over, and that’s fine. However, if they want more than one friend, try and avoid inviting two and opt for three, instead. That way, nobody will feel left out and you’ll be less likely to have to deal with midnight squabbles.

Give them clear guidelines

You’ll have to be a bit lenient when it comes to sleepovers, because they’re not going to quieten down like they normally do. However, make sure that they don’t take advantage of your good nature by laying down some ground rules. They need to know that you are in charge, even if you do let them stay up a little later.

Rest up afterwards

Hosting a sleepover can be hard work! Not only will your kids be shattered from the late night, but you’ll feel exhausted and drained too. Don’t host a sleepover the night before a busy day – make sure the following day is a lazy one, so that you can recover!


Remember that it’s as daunting for the child as it is for you when it comes to their first sleepover. Stay calm and laidback and the whole thing will pass by without a single nightmare.

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  • Foz

    Must admit have never been to a sleepover as a child…and the thought of having one now for the girls does fill me with dread! I can just about cope with my two lol

  • I had loads of sleep overs when I was younger – but having a boy means I’ve never had to deal with them! A great bunch of tips!

  • Jenny Kearney

    Thankfully we’re a long way off sleepovers!

  • You Baby Me Mummy

    We have a long way to go before this stage, thankfully! x

  • AnnieMammasaurus

    I reckon we have a couple more years before sleepovers – I’m planning on taking everyone out for a long beach evening stroll before bedtime when it does happen though – using my old faithful friend fresh air!

  • Happy Homebird

    Great tips, some years, if ever for us 🙂 I never, ever had a sleepover – my mum wouldn’t let me!

  • mummyoftwo

    Some great tips! I am sure we will be venturing into the world of sleepovers in the not too distant future!

  • Globalmouse

    They definitely scare me. We haven’t ventured into the realm of sleepovers yet but will remember the tips when the time comes…thank you!

  • We’ve had a few sleepovers and they haven’t been too bad but then again, it’s only been one child at a time. Kaycee has asked if she can have more over but I’ve put it off for now as I’m not sure how I’ll deal with lots of girls not going to sleep till past midnight!

  • Zena’s Suitcase

    With 2 little girls one day they will want a sleep over. These are great tips!

  • Rachel Cooper

    Some great tips – my two are too young yet for sleepovers but I’m sure the day when they want one will come around quickly!

  • Fab tips – I don’t think I made sleepovers easy for my parents when I was a teen at least. x

  • spicers1976

    I haven’t been brave enough for a sleepover yet with 7yo, but I don’t think it will be long before we go ahead with it

  • I can’t wait for Wilf to have little sleep over’s with his pals! x