First time sleeping over at grandparents house

Filed under: Toddlers Preschoolers, Relatives, Activities: Babies, Feeding & Sleeping

Now that my inlaws live nearby, we're contemplating a sleepover with Grandma and Grandpa. Bean has asked several times to sleep over--he loves their new house, with it's nooks and crannies and music boxes. But the thing is, I'm not sure if he actually understands that when he goes there to sleep over we won't actually be there for him to come into bed with in the middle of the night as he is apt to do.

How do you go about preparing a preschooler (if he is a preschooler and not in fact still a toddler,) for a sleep over at Grandma and Grandpa's house. My mother in law suggested that my husband and I spend the night there as well the first time he sleeps over, but think that will just confuse him further. I'm not sure I can handle the thought of him waking up bewildered and sad in the middle of the night, crying out "Snuggle me, mama!" only to discover we're no where to be found.

Do your kids sleep over at their grandparent's house? When did they start? How did you prepare them?

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AdviceMama Says:
Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.