Birthday parties & sleepovers

Checklist: Is Your Child Ready for a Sleepover?

By Erica Patino

There are no hard-and-fast rules about when kids are ready for their first sleepover at a friend’s house. Sleepovers require kids to be comfortable staying away from home and to have social skills for getting along with others. Kids with learning and attention issues might have trouble socially, so it’s especially important to make sure they’re ready.

Some kids might be ready around age 5 or 6. And others might not be comfortable until later. It depends on your child’s emotional maturity and independence. This checklist can help you decide.

Signs Your Child Is Ready for a Sleepover

If your child isn’t quite ready, you might want to build a bit more independence first, such as having your child spend the night with a relative or neighbor a few times. Read more about why sleepovers are important.

About the Author

Portrait of Erica Patino

Erica Patino is an online writer and editor who specializes in health and wellness content.

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Portrait of Elizabeth Harstad

Elizabeth Harstad, M.D., M.P.H., is a developmental behavioral pediatrician at Boston Children’s Hospital.

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