Tots in Hotels: Ten Things To Do
When I was pregnant, I always pictured my baby to look just like me. So did my husband. His playful wish was always for the baby to resemble me, and act like him. But of course, we got the exact opposite.
And like mother like daughter, my tiny 2-year-old, does not want to live at home. She’d rather live out of a hotel, forever.
Here are the top ten things I recommend anyone to do when staying at a hotel with a toddler.
1. Upon entering, disinfect everything with disinfectant wipes. All surfaces, remote controls, light switches, door handles, head boards and etc.
2. Scan the room and floor for anything small and dangerous that a toddler may pick up. IE) pins, pills, loose cords…
3. Bring with you, electrical outlet covers to child proof the room. I thought of this after the fact.
4. Think about bringing your own pillow/pillow cover and sheets as most hotels use harsh laundry detergents that may cause a reaction to your toddler’s skin. Poor Els reacted.
5. Bring a big blanket to create a floor play space for your tot. This was genius. And very cozy.
6. Pack LOTS of snacks, water and individually packaged milk. Seriously, I paid 40 dollars for 2 hard-boiled eggs and a bowl of berries.
7. Bring OLD and NEW books. As well as old and new toys to play with. They appreciate both, and appreciate a little piece of home.
8. Bring a couple of arts and crafts or activities to keep your toddler happy and busy. This was a lifesaver. Check out this post for the activities I planned and brought with us.
9. Arrange a babysitter! (If possible.) You deserve a night out!
10. PLAN BUSY DAYS OUT. Ahead of time. And don’t forget to plan around naps.
Also, if you are planning on co-sleeping, make sure you request a king size bed. Otherwise call ahead of time to make special sleeping accommodations for your baby.
We had such a good time during our weekend hotel stay. Els loved it so much, she cried practically the whole way home. I said, ‘Why are you crying? Don’t you want to go home?’ And she said, ‘Nooo! The hotel is better!’
Of course it is. Door men opening doors for you. Concierge at your service. Food brought up to you on wheeling carts with flowers and mini Ketchup bottles. Enormous cushy beds. Cushy beds made. New toys to rent at the front desk. All the attention on you and you and you and you. Why wouldn’t it be better? She’s got it all figured out already.