Now that we have done a number of trips with a baby in tow, I have come to realise that there are some things to consider when booking a hotel with a baby that we might not have thought of before. In fact, travelling with a baby changes the way you think about everything — from what to pack to researching top tips for flying with a baby.
Here are my suggestions for things to consider when booking a hotel with a baby.
Whether your baby is a newborn or a toddler, they will need feeding. For the first six months, I breastfed my daughter which made feeding time simple. Milk was on-demand and there was no washing or sterilising to be done, which really helped our first big adventure to Costa Rica run smoothly.
By the time we got to Sri Lanka at nine months old, things were a bit more complicated. We used the sink to sterilise bottles, which made me wish I’d booked a hotel with two sinks in the bathroom. We were weaning at the time so buffets in the hotels were great for choice, but the timings were not always convenient. At one hotel, dinner didn’t start until 8:30 p.m. which was far too late for baby! So two things to consider are the number of sinks and meal times.
Baby Isla is great with water, which we were super-grateful for when we were forced to introduce her to showers at only four months old. Most hotels don’t have baths so if this is something you want, it is important to check before you book your hotel. Note that baby + shampoo + water = very slippery! Showering your little one may require a team effort.
Hotels are not always steriliser-friendly. As I mentioned before, you may have to sacrifice your sink. For this purpose, we have been known to lug around a bucket on longer trips. I also recommend the portable dummy sterilisers.
After dragging a travel cot around for four weeks only to realise a few days in that baby Isla wouldn’t sleep in it, we have long given up on cots and have chosen to co-sleep instead. This is not for everybody though, so either buy yourself a travel cot or make sure the hotel has one that you can use. It is also important to consider the size of the room, as sometimes it can be a struggle to squeeze the cot in!
Doors, Windows, and Balconies
On my recent trip to Nepal, the bathroom door didn’t shut properly. This resulted in her favourite teddy (or should I say ‘Slothy’ from Costa Rica) being put into the loo. It is especially important once your baby is moving around to make sure that the locks on the doors and windows work properly and that the balcony is safe. You can request a change of room on arrival if there are any problems.
Here are my top tips. If you have any more, I’d love to hear them!