Before your stay
Reserve the big room! I know it probably costs a bit more, but we found that having a bigger room was a life saver. We asked for a King Study (title probably varies from hotel to hotel), which got us a King size bed and a couch/chair area. Baby boy’s pack n’ play fit nicely somewhere in the extra 8 feet or so. That way he wasn’t on top of us when we were all sleeping (we are used to sleeping in separate rooms).
Pack a bag essential for the room. If you are on a long trip, with a short stop on the way in a hotel, pack a carry-on that has enough clothes, toiletries, etc. for one night. It saves lugging the big suitcase up to the room!
Ask for a refrigerator. Many rooms do not have one, but the desk will bring one to you if you ask ahead of time.
During your stay
Ask for more towels. I don’t know what happened but we were always running out of towels and washcloths. I guess there was always something wet to dry up!
Use a noise machine or phone app. There are lots of weird noises at hotels, and everyone knows that waking the baby is the last thing you want to do. I use the relax and sleep app on my cell phone for “white noise”. That way baby boy won’t hear the hallway noises.
Hang the do-not-disturb sign. Don’t forget! ”Maid Service” is not what you want waking up your baby from an important morning nap!
Bring a baby monitor. When you have only one room in a hotel, there isn’t much to do after 8:00 (or whenever baby’s bed time is) except go down to the lobby. If your monitor’s signal reaches all the way down there, at least you can hang out and talk in a voice other than a whisper.
Things to do in the hotel lobby:
- go swimming
- play cards
- guess the life details of other guests
- watch TV on your tablet
- fill up on complimentary coffee
- As you check out
Ask for a late check out. Many hotels if you ask far enough in advance will give you a check out of 1:00ish. That was perfect because then baby boy could get a good morning nap in (because he often missed his afternoon nap in the car) and be well rested. Happy baby = happy parents.