Looking to get in one last weekend hurrah before the weather gets too cold? We’re right there with you.
Planning a trip when you have a little one can be daunting — especially the first time, but with a little pre-planning, you’ll be a pro in no time. Cutting down your baby gear from everything at your disposal to only a few very small things is hard. But, with a little creativity, you can make your stay a little less challenging and a lot more enjoyable. From bringing versatile muslin blankets for babies to creating a designated spot for changing diapers, here are some tips and tricks that can help make a hotel stay away from home easier.
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A room with a kitchenette, or extra living area, is ideal when traveling with a baby. This type of room usually has a fridge, stove, and microwave, covering most of what you need if your little one is still dependent on milk or formula. You can also ask the front desk about a fridge or mini fridge if the room doesn’t come with one, noting that you need to store perishables for your baby.
Designate an Area for Changing Diapers
Having a clear space designated for changing diapers is a must. Whether it’s the bed, the desk, or even an area on the floor, pick a place that is easy to access. Bringing a pad meant for changing on the go is a good idea, but if you need to, you can also use a muslin swaddle. This will protect your little one from whatever surface you end up choosing for a changing area. Muslin swaddles are incredibly versatile and wash well, so consider bringing more than one on your trip.
Keep to Your Routine as Much as Possible
While it can be tempting to break your routine, keeping as close to your regular home routine as possible is best. Your baby is a creature of habit, meaning they will want to eat and nap at the same time every day, despite traveling or changing time zones. Consider bringing a white noise machine if your baby has trouble sleeping in new environments.
Focus on Packing the Essentials
Packing can be stressful, so only bring the essentials. If the hotel can provide a portable crib, consider leaving yours at home. Focus on things to entertain your baby, like books and toys. Be sure to also pack your baby’s favorite muslin blanket, burp cloths and bibs for feeding time, and a decent amount of snacks to keep your baby happy.
We hope these tips make your hotel stay a little easier! Safe travels!