When you’re home, you’ve got everything, from hypoallergenic diapers and baby wipes to the diaper changing pad, properly organized to make sure you can take care of your child with complete ease.
However, when it’s time to hit the road, things can no longer remain the same. This is especially true when you’re flying. Although you reach the destination with bare minimum luggage, you’re either confined to your hotel room or staying in a completely different time zone, or both!
Such challenges can make it difficult for you to enjoy your hotel stay with your baby, so much so that you might start wondering whether you should be taking the trip.
In this article, we’ve put together a few tips to help you ensure that you have an amazing time at the hotel with your kids. So, let’s get started!
Mimic the Baby’s Bedroom
Matching your hotel room with your baby’s sleeping area can make your kid feel comfortable while helping them fall asleep peacefully in the new space. For this, make sure you carry a white-noise machine with you (it is not only sturdy, but also compact in size) or simply download a couple of soothing lullabies.
Usually, hotel rooms have blackout curtains. If yours doesn’t, ask the hotel to provide you one and use it to block the outside light from entering the room.
Arrange for a Crib
If your baby is used to sleeping in a crib or different bed, ensure that you’re asking your hotel to provide you with an additional bed. Do check if they charge extra for the crib or bed (in most cases, they do!); if you have to pay, it’s best to purchase one and ship it to the room beforehand.
All this could be a little daunting, so it’s better to book rooms in hotels that already have an extra space for kids.
Consider Booking a Suite
Spending most of your time in the hotel bathroom while your baby sleeps peacefully in the main room would be the last thing you’d want on a vacation.
To prevent such a situation, make sure you’re booking a suite that has a different room where the door can be closed. This way, you get to enjoy your hotel stay without having to worry about waking up your baby.
However, if you are traveling with your entire family/friends, you can spend good time with them once your kid goes to sleep.
Hire a Babysitter
Traveling to new places and exploring them with your baby can be a little frustrating, especially because you’ll have to return for naps and their bedtime. But you can eliminate this issue by hiring a babysitter.
While finding a babysitter can be a bit overwhelming, there are a few hotels that have already vetted this service – enabling you to go for dinners, watch shows, or spend some time in the hotel dining room. Just remember, a lot of hotels may have a set time frame for a babysitter; so make your plans accordingly.
Book an Undisturbed Hotel Room
Contact the hotel beforehand to check if you can get a room with no one staying next to you or whether you can switch to a private wing after reaching the hotel. You should also ensure that your room is nowhere near the elevator – the constant opening and closing of it can be very noisy!
While ensuring your hotel stay is comfortable for your baby, don’t forget to carry the essentials like natural disposable swim diapers, extra clothes, toys and stuffies, and a cordless monitor.