Kids love a sleepover don’t they? It’s been so nice to see Bonnie and Charlie get back to a little normality over the past few months. I still remember sleepovers from my own childhood. I remember the relaxed ones and the ones with the strict parents. I remember the fun and the magic of it all.
Here are some of my sleepover essentials for kids.
Things have moved on a little from the days that I had sleepovers as a kid or went camping. We have so many amazing options to make things a little more comfortable. I was recently sent a lovely treat to review by The Fine Bedding Company, a sustainable bedding company with a long legacy of science and innovation. I am all about soft, comfy blankets, duvets, cosy loungewear (you get the idea) so I did a little happy dance when I opened the package. Much more joyful than a tax bill.
I was sent the new 3-in-1 Sleeping Bag which combines convenience, comfort and practicality. It can be used as a double sleeping bag or two single sleeping bags. We have not been on an ‘official’ camping trip yet but the sleeping bag has been a great sleepover essential. I find it super comfy and love lying in it with the kids when we read stories or watch a movie.
It makes a great luxury trampoline den. The kids loved hanging out in here and were so comfortable, they spent ages in their wee spot.
I often find that the comfier the bedding, the longer we all sleep.
Blow up beds
I remember camping back in 2010 and thinking ‘why on earth did we not pack a blow up bed’. I get that sleeping on the ground is meant to be really good for us, but let’s just say that it didn’t fill me with joy. It even hurt a little. I find that a blow up bed can make a huge difference to a home sleepover or camping trip. We also have a fold away pink sofa that you can see in the image above that works really well for home sleepovers.
A midnight feast
This is a given right? It doesn’t even have to be eaten at midnight but it’s nice to plan a few treats. Traditionally, a midnight feast should be eaten in secret and made by the kids. It’s good to have some things handy that they can sneak into their sleepover den, feeling super chuffed with themselves. Chocolate of some form was always my favourite mightnight feast. If you want something with less sugar than pretzals are often a hit and many are gluten free.
This will depend on the age of the kids. I find that pamper products to chill the kids out a little are usually a big hit. We love bath bombs, face masks and aromatherapy oils. A little lavender pillow spray is a winner, basically as much comfort as possible will hopefully = more sleep! It’s also handy to have spare toothbrushes for the times someone forgets but this is all starting to sound way too organised.
If you find sleepovers too much work or a bit overwhleming then why not ‘play sleepovers’. We do this a lot too and the kids love it. It’s especially nice after a really busy day. Sometimes I even get a nap in there too.
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