What age is it ok for an overnight?

Ala Ala - posted on 03/01/2010 ( 4 moms have responded )

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My daughter is 5yrs old and is begging to be allowed to sleepover at a cousin's house. i trust this family and are very close to them, but they live about an hour away. should i allow her to go?

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Faith - posted on 03/08/2010

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I would say go for it, its family and it doesn't get any better than this for a first time sleep over. BUT if you are still feeling uneasy about her being able to stay the night you could talk to your family. See if they would mind you and her coming over for the first sleepover. Sounds a lil complicated, but its much easier than a 1 hour drive to their house.
Best of luck either way =)

Annie - posted on 03/07/2010

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I'd let her. My daughter is almost 5 and has been going to spend the night with my sis-in-law and her kids about once every 2 or 3 months for the past year, 45 minutes away. Our main concern was that once we left she would decide she didn't want to stay and we'd have to drive another hour and a half round trip to pick her up, but we explained to her that if she decided she wanted to stay, she had to stay at least until the morning, and we didn't end up having any problems.
If you trust the family I don't see why she shouldn't be allowed to go. Good luck! And enjoy a night to yourself!

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My sons are 4 and 3... they've spent the night, weekend, and week with their grandma who lives 2 hours away. They've also spent the weekend at their grandpa's house - also two hours away. I have no worries when they are with their grandma but I do tend to worry when they are with their grandpa. Yes, I have some trust issues with him, but so far everything has gone fine. I probably wouldn't let them stay over at anyone's house that I didnt know or trust. My four year old is potty trained so if he wanted to spend the night over with one of his cousins (who is close to) I'd let him. He will be starting kindergarten this year and I know he'll have new friends, but I probably won't let him sleep over until I meet the parents and get to know them. It definitely depends on the child though.. don't do anything that doesn't feel right. Always trust your gut.

Medic - posted on 03/01/2010

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That is all up to you, my son is three and a half and he has gone to family friends houses since he was an infant. Now at three he begs to go to his godmothers house and to some of our other family friends houses and I let him.....by all means let him got terrorize someone else for a weekend.

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