One of the most exciting feelings for a child is when they get an invitation to a friend’s sleepover. Sleepovers are a brilliant bonding exercise for children and if your child isn’t the only one invited on the sleepover, they will make some new friends too.
Sleepover packing can get a bit stressful, as you don’t want anything to get forgotten when your child stays over at a friend’s house. The easiest way to make sure that you’ve got everything that you will need to take with you is to create a simple checklist.
Creating a checklist is the best way to make sure you have everything that you want to pack, and you’ll be less likely to forget any of those essential items that you will miss, especially if it is your first time away from home.
It is also so much fun for a child to make their own list for a sleepover, it gets them super excited as they’re going on a little adventure to their friends house for the night, where they are going to have bundles of fun, it will also be a special moment when you will see their little faces light up with excitement when they get hold of a pen and paper and start creating their list.
Things To Pack For Your Child When They’re Going To A Sleepover:
1. Sleeping Bag
When your child is heading to a friend’s sleepover you need to make sure that they take a sleeping bag with them. The house that your child is staying at may not have anything in place for your child to sleep on to sleep on, so packing a sleeping back is a top priority just in case there isn’t one provided at their friends house. Brining a sleeping bag to a sleepover is going to give them comfort if they end up sleeping on the floor at a slumber party. Having a sleeping bag keeps them warm if it gets chilly at night.
Pyjamas are a must – pack item for a child to have when going to a friend’s sleepover. Choose their favourite pyjamas, as it will instantly make them feel comfortable and happy wearing their favourite pyjamas, when they are away from home for the night.
3. Change of Clothes
If you are going to pick your child up the following day, then they will need a change of clothes for the next day. Make sure to add it for your child’s sleepover, it is also a good idea to add their favourite outfit. While there is a possibility that your child might not require this as they might wear the clothes they came wearing, it is still important. Children often make messes or have accidents, so it’s always good to have clothes for the next day. You don’t want your child to feel bad in such situations. A change of clothes will help them overcome such issues without much worry.
4. Favorite snacks
Children can be picky eaters, and if they go to their friends house and there isn’t a great selection of food that they like to eat, they will get hungry, which could affect their mood. It is always a good idea, to pack a few little favorite treats into their bag.
5. Favorite Blankets
You want your child to feel comfortable while they are at their friend’s place. Packing your child’s favorite blanket is important to give them the security they need and will give them an instant feeling of comfort. Since they will be away from you, they might need something to make them feel safe or comfortable. Kids feel a sense of comfort from their blankets, so packing a blanket is always a great item to pack your child one when they go for a sleepover. If it gets cold during the night and they don’t want to wake any of their friends up, they will feel at ease that they know they have a blanket in their bag, that they can use to get warm during the night.
6. Toothbrush and Toothpaste
Your Toothbrush and own toothpaste are a must – pack item for every time your child has to go for a sleepover. Things like this, will instantly boost your child’s confidence when they are staying over at a friend’s house for the night. There is no denying how important this is. To ensure the oral health of your child, you must make sure to pack their toothbrush and their favorite toothpaste as well. You want to make sure that you pack these items for your child, as they are particular used to using them everyday.
When your child goes to a friend’s house, there is likely to be a selection of toys for everyone to play with. If your child has a favorite toy that they always want to play with, or if it’s a cuddly toy that helps them sleep at night, it’s a good idea to pack this in their bag, so if they choose to play with it then they can. When a child has their own toys with them it makes them feel comfortable, especially when they are away from home.
A pillow is a must-have to take to any sleepover. It will help your child have a good night’s sleep, they will also feel a sense of home when they use it. Their friend’s house might have already supplied pillows for all of the guests, but if your child likes an extra pillow when they go to bed, it is always good to pack it in their bag just in case.
A hairbrush is an easy item that you might forget to pack in a bag, however, it’s an item that your child is used to using every day. This personal item is one that you won’t want your child sharing with anyone else.
It is likely that when your child wakes up, they will have bed head, and they will instantly not want their friends seeing their messy and knotted hair. So by just popping a hairbrush in their bag will fill them with confidence.
10. Telephone Numbers
Telephone numbers are essential to give to your child when they are going to a friend’s sleepover. You want to know that your child is safe and just in case of any issues that might occur, your child will know they can contact you or any other relative, or if they want to simply call you to say goodnight.
Each of the items on this list is essential for you to pack for your child. As they go for a fun sleepover with their friends, make things comfortable and easy for them so that they can enjoy.