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Sleepover Part 1:
Survival guide

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Whether you’ve been invited to a sleepover party or are hosting your own, that initial moment of excitement can soon be replaced with dread… especially if you’re worried about being on your period or stressing about whether everyone will have a good time.

Girls have been having sleepovers or slumber parties for many years and with just a little bit of thought you can turn yours into the ultimate event everyone remembers.

Sleepover Tip #1

Make your sleepover invitations unique by designing them yourself; find a theme and use glitter and stickers to make them stand out.

Sleepover Tip #2

Decorate your room with homemade banners, fairy lights and extra cushions or bean bags if you have them…and don’t forget to leave space on the floor for games.

Sleepover Tip #3

Why not ask your guests to bring one item of food, such as popcorn, fun bars or marshmallows. And if you are allowed, ask if you can order a pizza in. Even better… one of your party games could be making your own pizzas!

Sleepover Tip #4

Brothers and sisters can often feel left out so why not ask your parents or the person who cares for you if they can stay with a relative or adult. This will make the night special for them too!

Sleepover Tip #5

Remember that your room is not Dr Who’s Tardis, so limit the amount of people you invite… 5 is a good number. If you’re worried about leaving someone out, explain that you are only allowed a small number of attendees and that you will organise something in the summer months for everyone to attend in your garden for example.

Sleepover Tip #6

If you’ve been invited to a sleepover and are worried about starting your period or being on your period, here are some tips.

  • If you feel uncomfortable using someone else’s rubbish bin, put a plastic bag or old PE kit in your overnight bag and simply wrap and place used pads or tampons in it. And don’t worry, people won’t notice if you take your overnight bag into the bathroom to get changed.
  • To avoid staining your bed clothes and bed linen, make sure you have some night time pads with you.
  • If your period has not yet arrived but you are anxious it may start when away from home, consider wearing a pant liner during your stay.
  • You may even like to take our Lil-Lets Teens starter pack with you. It contains everything you need for your period and because it looks like a cosmetic bag, no one will know what’s inside.

Sleepover Tip #7

It’s great to be organised but remember that sleepovers should be fun too. Don’t be upset if not everyone wants to take part in the games or you don’t have enough time to fit everything in.

Sleepover Tip #8

Sleepovers can easily get out of hand. So, why not put a poster on your bedroom door letting everyone know that it’s not a night for teasing or being unkind to people who are either there or who have not been invited. And, if you feel uncomfortable with any conversations or games on offer, tell someone; there really is nothing wrong with saying NO and most likely if you feel uncomfortable, someone else will too.

Watch out for the Sleepover blog part two where we will have share some great ideas and activities to do on the night.

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Hi guys, I’ve got a sleepover with my friends this weekend and I currently have my period. We are planning to go to a water park but I told them I might not be able to go because I have never used tampons. My friend said she uses tampons and that she would give me one to use, I’m worried it’s not going to fit as I’ve never put anything up there! Can anyone help?

Book lover

Thanks, this really helps, especially the last tip xoxo


tomorrow is my first sleepover and I haven't got my periods yet so I'm very anxious that I might get amy period while I'm away from home and I'm worried that that I might get a blood stain or a leak and someone will notice it what should I do because we are sleeping outside?


hi 26643 i posted ur question on the ask vicki page so please go to it she will answer in an hour!!!!


Hi! My best friend from my old school is having a birthday sleepover with our other best friend and three of their school friends! That I’ve never met before because I go to a different school to them all and my period is due on the day of the sleepover! I’m really worried because I’m really forgetful and I might forget my period is due and leak over the bed, my friends won’t care if I leak they’ll be really nice about it but I don’t want to be embarrassed in front of their friends! I also haven’t told my friends that I’ve gotten my period (it will be my 3rd) because I’ve always appeared to be less developed than them although I got my period first and I’m kinda anxious about it. I also have anxiety and I’m already worried about having a sleepover with three girls that I don’t know. Does anyone have any advice for me? Like whether I should tell my friends? Or any advice for having a sleepover on my period? Please reply! Thanks!

Pandas rule

Hi periodgirlgotquestions, don't worry about it, firstly, as it's only for one night, you could simply wrap pads in loo roll, or tissues, or you could bring a small plastic bag with you to put them in. No one will notice, and if anyone does, you could always bring the bag with you and say something like it has special cream for my foot in it or something! I hope this helps, and have a lovely sleepover!!


ok so i am having a sleepover with my bestfriends this friday and they are triplets. they have a brother that is my age and i am terrified that he might find my pad in the trash can or sees a blood stain before i do. WHAT SHOULD I DO!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!??!?!?!?!?!?!??!?!?!?!?


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