By Jen Wilson
The little boy that I babysit had a sleepover at our house last night. His parents needed a night out and instead of picking him up at some late hour, I offered for him to spend the night. It was my eldest daughter’s last day of school yesterday and she’d been begging for a sleepover with her friend, so I figured we might as well get all the sleepovers over with in one night. That friend has a little sister the same age as my five-year-old, and they wanted to have a sleepover, too. I have an eBook coming out this fall entitled How to Double Your Number of Kids in One Day.
It actually went quite well, except for the part where my one-year-old wanted to nurse all night long. I didn’t hear a peep from the other kids (besides a two-minute wake from the other toddler), though, so I’m going to go ahead and call that a win.
So, when one has twice the number of kids, where do they all sleep? Here are a couple ideas:
1. A playpen. I wrote before about how I could not live without our Pack ‘N Play, and one of the reasons is that it’s really handy to have when friends with kids come over, day or night. The PeaPod also works great.
2. A cot. When I was a kid, I thought a cot was the coolest thing ever. I was always excited if I slept over at someone’s house and got to sleep on one. The Regalo My Cot Portable Children’s Travel Cot ($40, amazon.ca) is perfect for sleepovers, outings, traveling, camping, day care, or lounging around the house.
3. An air mattress. We have a couple of these that we use for camping, but if you’re worried about a younger kid rolling off a regular air mattress and therefore spending the night on the floor, the AeroBed Sleep Tight Inflatable Bed for Kids (US$80, amazon.com) has it covered. It has a 4-inch-high surround safety cushion that helps kids stay on the bed.
We also have a bunk bed (the TROMSÖ, $270 from ikea.ca) that the girls often all pile on, but I usually prefer kids have their own sleeping space.
Do you allow your kids to have sleepovers? Where do you sleep the extra kids?
Jen Wilson is a married mother of three super-awesome children—two girls and a boy—who range in age from 1-11. She enjoys photography, organizing, reading, TV, and sarcasm. She drinks her coffee black and dreams of one day owning a dishwasher. You can also find her on her blog, Hey Mrs. Wilson, where she has been writing about life in Saskatchewan since 2004.
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