Hotel Rooms & Babies
We went away last weekend for a work commitment and a friend’s kids birthday.
My work thing went really well, which is always a good thing.
Our friend’s kids birthday also went well, which is also always a good thing. In fact, we showed up (with their permission) in the morning long before the birthday party actually started. It gave us a great chance to visit and for Baby MPB to play with the other kids and explore new toys and a new space, which he always loves to do.
But, here’s what had me thinking all weekend, and still has me thinking today. How do people stay in hotel rooms with young children? We’ve done it before, when Baby MPB was born we were in a hotel room for a few weeks, we managed to make that work. And we went away for a long weekend a few months ago, and we had 2 bedrooms and a full kitchen, and that didn’t go particularly well thanks to the appearance of new teeth. This time, we had a standard hotel room – 2 queen beds and a mini-fridge. Of course, we brought the pack n’ play for Baby MPB.
So, what do parents do at 7pm when they are trying to get a small child to go to sleep? Baby MPB is not used to us being in his room at night – so it seemed as though in his mind the hotel room set-up meant it was play time. In fact, one night he played for 2 hours in his pack n’ play, rather then sleeping like he normally does. All the while Mr. MPB and I sat quietly in the dark reading news and playing games on our phones – not the most riveting of evenings we’ve ever had.
How do other parents do this? In the future should we just pay for a larger hotel rooms with an extra bedroom to separate Baby MPB from us? (Of course this is an option, but an option that means spending more money which we really didn’t want to do). Or is this just the new way of staying in hotels for the foreseeable future?
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