Staying in a hotel with a baby puts a completely new spin on things. Pete and I used to get out of the room early and spend the day soaking up the sights of the city. With a young baby we found that we preferred to spend a lot more time in the hotel room. The morning always comes quickly with a young baby, and it’s lovely to spend a lazy morning playing with Daniel and getting ready.
We found that in the early months (0-3 months), Daniel would easily sleep through a dinner , and he was up so frequently, it didn’t really matter where we were – he slept well in the pram, we just took him along. But as we tried to develop a sleep routine, and as Daniel became more aware of his surroundings, he no longer slept easily when we were out in the evenings. This meant that we would be back at the hotel at around 7 or 8 pm to give Daniel his dinner feed and put him to bed. All of a sudden we were spending a lot more time in the hotel room.
Another consideration was what to use for Daniel’s bed. We were really excited to find the Koo-di Bassinette. It was super light, very compact and Daniel enjoys sleeping in it. When I was researching the item, many people felt the bottom wasn’t padded enough, but this didn’t seem to concern me or Daniel. Most people mentioned putting a towel down on the floor and placing the Koo-di on top of it, which is what I thought we would do if we needed to. We brought a blanket to use as a bed sheet, but on later trips we found wrapping the mattress in a pillow case worked better and it took up less room in our luggage.
We also bring a few elements from home to make his bed familiar. Daniel has a blanket with a lion’s head on one corner (actually we have two, that way he always has one even when one is in the wash) that he sleeps with, he also likes to have a muslin nearby and he often throws it over his head, and we use a Cloud B Sleep Sheep that is great for muffling the noises we’re making in the room while he’s trying to sleep. We got this as a baby shower gift (and we love it), but any white noise will accomplish the same goal. I’ve heard you can get apps for your phone (but I’d hate to be without my phone while baby is sleeping – it’s the only time I get anything done).
When we go to places that provide a cot, we have used those and we haven’t brought the Koo-di with us. It surprised us that Daniel slept well in one of these at 6 weeks of age and again at 3 months old. I think it was really Pete and myself who had separation anxiety with Daniel sleeping so far away.
Daniel was late to roll over and he didn’t move much as he slept, we used the Koo-di on our trip home at Christmas when Daniel was 6 months old. But now that he is 8 months old he has outgrown the Koo-di and we will need to find a new solution for his bed when we’re travelling. To be continued…
Do you have older children and have already solved the sleeping conundrum? Or, did you come up with an alternative solution? If so, consider being a guest blogger and telling us about it.