Going on holiday with a newborn baby can be stressful, so we’ve rounded up some top tips for choosing the right hotel to make the process a breeze…
Assess the noise
Perhaps the most obvious point on this list, you should find a hotel room that is quiet. If you’re staying in a city or a location with high footfall, ask at reception for a quiet room at the end of a corridor, or consider upgrading to be on the top floor. Doing so will mean that your baby will sleep right through, and you’ll have peace of mind.
- Check for flexibility of late checkout
Don’t let checkout time impact on your baby’s nap and feeding times. Ask at the hotel whether a late checkout is an option, as the last thing you want to do is wake up your baby because you have to be out of the room by 10 am. You should also check your credit card and bank account benefits, as many offer loyalty programmes that allow you to check out late and have your room upgraded to something more luxurious and comfortable.
- Find a room that has access to a kitchen
If you’re staying in a hotel with your baby, then you’ll need to feed them and nurse them throughout the evening. Ask for a room that has a fridge and a microwave if possible, but if not, you should look at staying in an apartment or in an establishment that is more flexible. On the Toprooms website, for example, a site that compiles the very best hotels by price and rating, you can find the best cheap guest houses in the destination of your visit. Such establishments are much more likely to cater to your bottle warming needs than a hotel.
- Get two beds
If you’re on holiday or you’re attending a family event, then ask for a twin room rather than a room with a king-sized bed, as that way, your partner will be able to sleep right through undisturbed while you nurse your baby. Having a room that has a separate annexe for babies is another option, but remember to bring your baby monitor to keep an eye on them.
- Bring your blankets and cot
Even the most luxurious hotels won’t be able to replicate the safe space you have created for your baby at home. Because of this, you should bring a collapsible cot and your baby’s favourite blanket and toys with you – so you’ll need a hotel that has the room to do this.
- Ask about room service
Hotel restaurants and cafes can be noisy places and may unsettle your baby. Ask to see whether or not your hotel offers room service, and check out the menu in advance to see if something tickles your fancy. That way, you’ll be able to stay warm and comfortable in your hotel room without having to venture out into the lobby or eating areas. Bliss!
Travelling and staying in a hotel with a baby may seem daunting, but these ticks and tricks will ensure both you and your newborn are comfortable and content. Enjoy your break!
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