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Let’s talk about hotel stay. Free breakfast every morning AND I don’t have to keep an entire house clean? Sign me up for that! Now add a 3 year old and 3 month old to the mix. I was thrilled to find out my husband’s promotion required him to travel and stay in Nebraska for a few months. Since I’m a stay at home momma, I was ready to tag along for the ride! New scenery, different weather– a completely different environment for me. But, of course, that came with dealing with hotel living. How was I going to make living in a hotel comfortable for my 3 year old and 3 month old? Almost everyone I knew called me “brave” for even considering it, but I was ready for our little adventure.
Third week in Nebraska and I must say, it is going great. I thought hotel living was going to be a little unbearable, but it’s great so far. Other than the long walk from the vehicle up to the room (which isn’t very long, I was just use to our garage) it is going really well!
Traveling with toddlers and babies is challenging. We don’t have a lot of room to work with here, but enough to make it enjoyable. One thing that is very important is making the hotel stay feel like home as much as possible.
That being said, here are a few tips and things we brought that have helped us make this experience fun.
Safety – Always latch the door whenever you walk in the room. Make it a habit. You just never know if your curious toddler might want to go running back outside to ride the elevator or “alligator” as my toddler calls it. Children are mesmerized with hotels, so the curiosity to go exploring will be there.
BOB Double Stroller – In my case, I NEED a double stroller, but here is a link to a single Bob stroller that I’ve heard great reviews about as well. I cannot do without my Bob stroller, it is the BEST. It’s great for jogging or simply running errands. The seats are nicely padded and comfortable for babies that are 8 weeks old and up. Both my babies have fallen asleep while we’re out jogging. We’ve used it countless times since we’ve been here.
Graco Pack ‘N Play – We love having our baby in the same room as us. When our baby was a newborn, we loved using the bassinet. I love that the pack n’ play grows with your baby. When your baby outgrows napper and changer, it easily converts to a full-sized play-yard. It’s portable and includes a travel bag. I love the music bar, it has soothing sounds that help my little one fall asleep easily. My favorite part is that it comes with built in shelves to store diapers, wipes, or other late night necessities.
Lunch Box – The first thing I did when we arrived was look for parks in the area. We love being outdoors and just had to take advantage of the beautiful weather here. We came prepared with a lunch box for picnics. This Disney Tsum Tsum lunch box has an insulated interior with a holding strap. Great for packing up a picnic and heading out.
George Foreman – I am not a huge fan of eating out. Especially after just having a baby, I try to watch what I eat. Bringing the George Foreman has been a life saver. The sloped nonstick grill allows you to cook without oil while fat and grease drain off. You can cook up a healthy meal in minutes. Burgers, chicken, fish, panini sandwiches, grilled cheese sandwiches… the list is endless! Cleaning is a breeze. After you’re done using the grill disconnect it. Wait a few minutes, then layer a few lightly damp paper towels on the grill plates and close the grill. When you’re ready to clean it, use mild soap and water to wipe off the remaining residue.
Lysol Wipes – Yup, Lysol wipes! Let’s be real, housekeeping can only clean so much! If you’re nuts like me, you have wipes in your vehicle and hand sanitizer in your diaper bag! You know, just your typical mom trying to block any germs from touching their little one. Okay, I’m not that extreme, but wiping down remote controls, light switches, thermostat, door knobs, and bathroom handles is a must.
Lorena Canals Rug – I promise I’m not a germ freak, but packing the rug has been incredibly helpful! I was honestly able to fold it up and pack it in its original bag to bring with us. It was crucial we bring it because of tummy time for my little one and playtime for my toddler. Not only is it eco-friendly, it’s 100% machine washable! You can read more details about it here.
DockATot – Great for lounging, playtime, resting, and as a changing station for both my little ones. Made of breathable material and machine washable. The bumpers allow my little one feel nice and snug, helping him ease into nap time. Find out more about the DockATot here.
Books – A few books we packed include Super Sticker Activity Book, 5-Minute Princess Stories, Sesame Street Alphabet Educational Workbook , Sesame Street Numbers Educational Workbook, Crayola Frozen Color Wonder, and If I Could Keep You Little. Majority of these are activity books, filled with puzzles, mazes, and fun things your little one will enjoy doing.
Organic Happy Baby Wrap – I love the fact that I can have my baby close to me and still be able to things with my toddler. Bringing a wrap was definitely a must and I just love the Happy Wrap. It is lightweight, comfortable, and very breathable. You can read more details about it here
Get out! We didn’t want to stay stuck in a room 24/7 so I found tons of things to do in the area. Find out what’s around and go out exploring! We became regulars at a near by museum. Free entrance and fun activities for Madisyn. Most cities have a website with a list of things to do in the area.
Hotel stay with a toddler and baby is extremely fun, you just have to be prepared to entertain a little. Hopefully, my tips will help you get through vacationing with little ones a little easier. Vacationing is all about making memories, so make the best of your trip. If you have any tips when it comes to traveling with toddler or babies, leave a comment!