You’re going on vacation, visiting family, or maybe even a work trip and it’s your baby's first time in a hotel. This can sound stressful and daunting, especially if you are going it alone. But believe it or not, there are plenty of ways to keep your baby comfortable in a hotel room.
What You Need To Know Before You Go
Do a little research on your hotel and what they have available for babies. Many hotels offer bassinets or pack n plays for the baby to sleep in. Call ahead of time and they will usually set it up for you before you arrive.
Aim for apartment-style hotels if possible. A kitchen and separate sleeping spaces can be a lifesaver. Airbnb’s are the perfect option for families with infants as you can get an entire home or apartment for a similar cost to a hotel.
If you are going to be washing baby bottles and warming up formula then try and find a room that has running water. Pack some laundry detergent in a 3oz travel container so you can bring it with you on the plane. You should also carry several cleaning cloths, a bottle scrubbing brush, and a labeled wet bag to hold used cloths until you can get them washed.
If you need boiling water to sterilize bottles and don’t have a stove or a kettle, many hotels will bring a kettle to your room for free. Alternatively, it never hurts to ring the front desk or the room service department and ask for a quote on cleaning a set of bottles. Fancier hotels usually clean the baby’s bottles for you - but they cannot always guarantee sterilization.
Hotel Tricks For Baby’s
It’s important to make the hotel as home-like as possible. This can help the baby stick to their routine and be a happy little traveling partner.
Many hotels still have a tub shower, but more and more are moving to a stand-alone shower. If this is the case where you’re staying, don’t worry. Amazon and many other retailers sell inflatable baby bathtubs that you can set up at the bottom of the shower. Ordering it on Amazon to the front desk the day before you arrive can be a great trick if you don’t want to lug it around with you. Just let the hotel know ahead of time.
Stick To Their Schedule
When sleeping in a hotel try your best to stick to your child’s regular sleep schedule. Bring their favorite toy and blanket, and if possible, put them to bed at the same time as usual. If you’re traveling overseas try and adjust their sleep schedule for the new time zone. The first day might be difficult while they adjust, but you’ll thank yourself later.
There are blackout blinds you can buy that are easy ‘peel and stick’ style. They don’t damage the walls or windows and are easy to put up and take down. Having blackout blinds can be a lifesaver if you’ve traveled to a different country and/or time zone and need the baby to sleep.
Baby In The Bathroom (Seriously!)
If you’re in an Airbnb or apartment that allows for you and the baby to have separate spaces, that’s ideal. But if you are going to be in a standard hotel room you might need to get a bit creative. Many a traveling parent has turned a large closet or even a bathroom into a makeshift nursery. Add a white noise machine and the baby can feel like they are back home in their dark nursery. While not ideal, it’s a great option that allows the baby, and you, to get some rest.
Diaper Bag Essentials
When packing your diaper bag for any type of trip it’s important to only bring the essentials. Rethink some of the more bulky items that you usually carry around with you and make sure to do a dump and clean before the trip getting your diaper bag perfectly organized.
My number one must-have item is a baby changing mat! It’s important that you are able to comfortably change your baby’s diaper in the trunk of the car, on the grass at the park, in the airport, or on the sand at the beach. If a baby sits in their wet diaper for too long this risks a nasty diaper rash. Our Yuuma vegan leather changing mats fit nicely into a diaper bag and make changing diapers on the go way less stressful.
A no-brainer. If you are going to be at a hotel or an Airbnb for a while consider ordering diapers and other baby essentials to your accommodations. This can be great especially if you’re flying so you don’t have to worry about packing extra diapers, wipes, etc. But it is better to have too many than too few.
Where there is a diaper, there must be wipes! Have some in your diaper bag, the car, your husband’s bag, wherever. They come in handy for more than just changing diapers. Wipe up spills, dirty hands, and any little messes along the way.
Diaper Cream & Powder
The last thing you need while traveling is for the baby to get a diaper rash. This can cause them a lot of discomfort and make traveling a pure nightmare. Brings lots of baby powder and baby cream to keep their diaper area as happy as can be!
Bibs have a multitude of functions, including catching drool, keeping clothes clean, and if they have a pocket like our vegan leather bibs, a place for snacks! This gives your baby some independence and helps keep them busy when in the car, or while sitting in a restaurant.
When traveling in the car or the plane, a baby needs snacks. This can help keep them distracted while you go through airport security. It also keeps their hands and mind occupied while on a long road trip or plane ride. This is why we love our Yuuma baby bib so much as you can fill the pocket up with baby snacks and let them have at it. Freeing up your hands to worry about everything else going on around you.
Yuuma, Perfect For Travel
If you’re planning a trip and want to be as comfortable as possible, get all three of our Yuuma vegan leather baby essentials:
Our Yuuma diaper bag and baby accessories are made for the modern mother. They come in different colors allowing every mom to match it to her personality or wardrobe. A perfect mixture of beauty and functionality.