If you have kids, you’re going to find yourself hosting a sleepover at some point or another. Kids love having their friends around to stay, as it maximizes the opportunity for play and time spent together. Of course, if you’re going to host a sleepover, you’re going to need to make sure that you are fully prepared to care for multiple kids at once. Here are some top tips that can help you to be the best sleepover host possible.
Know the Parents
First, you need to make sure that you know the parents of invited attendees relatively well – and that they know you relatively well too. Chances are, sleepovers will switch from one parent hosting to another, so you may find that your kid is invited to a sleepover at their house soon enough. Allowing your kid to stay at someone else’s house is a tough decision for any parent to make and the better you know everyone involved, the easier it will be. Make sure that you have all of the kid’s necessary information before they are dropped off and their parents leave. This should include contact details for the parents, backup emergency contacts, their home address and any of the kid’s individual needs, such as allergies, intolerances, medicine and more.
Set the Room Up
You need to make sure that your kid’s room is ready for the sleepover to take place in. If sleepovers are going to be regular – perhaps with cousins or family friends – you may want to invest in bunk beds or triple bunk beds, so there’s always a highly comfortable option in place. If not, and they’re only going to be occasional, you may want to opt for an air mattress that can be blown up and deflated as and when required. These can be packed away when out of use. An electric pump is highly recommended to save time and effort if it’s a full-size single or double air mattress. Make sure there is plenty of comfortable bedding, including pillows and duvets. You may want to add a night light to the room, in case any kids are scared of the dark.
You may want to line up some activities for the kids to enjoy while they are around. This could range from games to setting a film up for them to watch. This will help to keep everyone occupied.
Food and Snacks
Of course, you’ll need to provide plenty of food and drinks. If the kids are around for meals, make sure you have enough for everyone. You should also make sure to routinely offer snacks and drinks. Some kids feel nervous asking for things in someone else’s house, so offering makes sure that nobody goes without.
Sleepovers are one of the highlights of many kids’ childhoods. Some of the advice outlined should help to make sure that you are the perfect host and that everyone has a great time!