My daughter is turning 7 in January and wants a sleepover party. Is 7 too young for this?
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Emily - posted on 12/24/2008
My daughter went to her first slumber party this year. She will be turning 7 January 6th and is going to have one for her party as well. The one she went to had a lot of activities and movies at bedtime. I am planning on doing similar things for her party.
Terri - posted on 02/28/2012
My daughter is turning 8 and wants a sleepover party. We do not allow sleepovers but have scheduled a "mock" pajama party for her and 12 of her girlfriends. Everyone must come in their jammies at 6:00 and go home at 9:00. The girls will be making thier own mini pizza and ice cream sundaes. The living room wiil be covered in blankets and pillow where they will watch a 30 min.3D show and then either a craft or a party game after that. She is super excited about it!
Buffy - posted on 12/29/2008
Thanks for the input. I plan on calling the three girl's moms to ask if they can come before the actual invites go out but thanks for reminding me that in this day and age, it is not unheard of for people to eliminate sleepovers all together. I'm still up in the air about the whole thing but she has her heart set on a sleepover and honestly, it's cheaper than some of the other alternatives. She is the oldest cousin with the next closest three years younger otherwise I would make it a cousin sleepover...
I think three girls will be good. One was on her soccer team, one has come to her last birthday party and Charlee to hers, and the third one is the one I don't really have any knowledge of...Maybe I can influence her choices more...
I plan on waiting a week or so to make any decisions so keep the ideas coming. Thanks!
Shelly - posted on 12/26/2008
My daughter had a sleep over for her 3rd birthday. It was great. besides you dont what her going to her first sleep over at maybe 10 She will get into trouble with peer pressure much easier then when she doesnt know what to expect and what is normal or not. 7 is a great age for innocent fun
Rosalind - posted on 12/24/2008
I don't think so.. I think it is a good age for a sleepover party. We had one for my niece when she turned 6 and we made it into a pamper party. We rented a hotel suite and created little stations for the girls. One for hair, a mini facial, get your nails and toes painted etc. We had one of those portable foot soakers for the girls pedicures. We also gave them fake money so they could pay for their services. They absolutely loved it.
Holly - posted on 12/24/2008
We don't allow sleep overs. Today's world is too uncertain. We do late nights. Where it's fun and games until a certain hour and then everyone goes home to their own beds. I think the older the kids get, sleep overs should be banned all together. We do make exceptions for cousins.
Christina - posted on 12/24/2008
For my daughters 7th we did a sleepover and it was great! I had everyone come dressed up as movie stars that way everyone is already done the dressup thing at there own house and not at mine:) and when they arrived we did a red carpet (it was a movie party) we had dinner with every one still dressed up then did a jammas change for cake and presents. We had about ten girls and when they went to change I put the sleepingbags down so no arguments about who sleeps where. then we watched movies untill 11oclock when it was lights out no more getting up. it was amazing no fights and really wasnt that hard when planned like this good luck with your party
Sherilyn - posted on 12/24/2008
I think that 7 is a good age for her to have a sleepover! Both my kids have had sleepovers and they love it jsut make sure that you have lots to keep them busy or they don't sleep well but then again did we ever when we had sleep overs?
Carol - posted on 12/24/2008
My daughter and her friend (both 6) have done sleepovers with each other. All I can say is, think small! 3 friends would be the max I would consider for sleeping over. 1 is easy, 2 is tough because they can easily exclude the 3rd person. 3 is probably good to feel like a party.
Tish - posted on 12/24/2008
I actually slept over and helped the parents on our first sleepover. She was 8 and didn't mind my being there at all. This was helped by the fact that I knew the mother enough to offer! At 10, we still don't sleepover somewhere unless I know everyone and have all the info on what is going to go on....a little protective, maybe. I would rather err on the side of caution. :) Good luck
Wendy - posted on 12/23/2008
Rule at our house sorry no kids allowed to go elsewhere for sleepovers without Mom or Dad. Too many untrust worthy people, we would always feel guilty if our kids were abused by someone they trusted. Just something to keep in mind when inviting other kids over or when your kids are asked to attend a sleepover.
Chrissy - posted on 12/23/2008
Not to young at all. My daughter is also 7 and she has attended and had several sleepovers. You will need to have ready games and projects to keep them busy, esp. if there will be several girls at one time.
Our last sleepover we hosted (hasn't been one since) ended up with my daughter getting all her friends (4 total with her) into a bathroom (I was occupied with the 15 month old changing a diaper) and she proceeded to hang from the towel rack, hence putting a HUGE hole in the wall. Yes we made her pay for it also, she knows better. So be prepared.
It will be fun though, fun for her and you if you plan it just right. Good Luck!
Buffy - posted on 12/23/2008
Thanks for all your help so far. It's good that some of you reminded me to invite even number of girls as I intended to limit her guests to two and we would have had an odd number. I was mostly wondering how many would be asking to be driven home at midnight! We live in the country so we haven't had any of her schoolmates over yet but I think we can manage a few girls. I appreciate the help!
Jen - posted on 12/23/2008
I think it depends on the kids. It will probably be fine if they have already been to your house for a playdate before. I would be hesitant to invite someone over for the first time.
I would underestimate how many you can handle. Six little girls doesn't sound so bad in broad daylight, but when they are wide awake at midnight that's a LOT. Also, don't make it too long. Make sure the pickup time the next morning is clear or you might be feeding lunch to the darlings.
Make sure you have things for them to do, but be flexible if they just want to play. Nail polish and hair rollers (or braids) are good "drop back and punt" time fillers.
Good luck and have fun.
(PS Make sure you don't have 3 girls total! That is a recipe for disaster! Invite one or three, but not two.)
Meredith - posted on 12/23/2008
I don't think so, BUT keep it small. Like 2 or at the most 3. And you'll need to check with their moms to find out if the other ones have had sleepovers or not. My three (now 12, 10 and 7) were spending the night with Grandma and Aunts and Uncles at an early age (2 and 3), so sleepovers were easy for them. But some other kids aren't so easy to spend the night. Be ready! My 10 year old had a sleepover party and we had to deliver a 10 year old child home because she wanted her own bed - poor kid. But she had fun until it was time to sleep. Hope that helps.
Penee - posted on 12/23/2008
7 is the perfect age to get started. Do you know the parents of this friend? Does your daughter speak nicely about the friends that will be there during the sleep over? Talk to your daughter (even though she is young) get a vibe from the parents that will be there... if you dont like it - don't let her go! If you good with all of it then rest assured and enjoy a night alone with your hubby! Good Luck.
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