Baby Sleeping in Hotel Room {Guest Post}

Hello, fellow Babywise moms! My
name is Allison and I am the mom of a 16-month-old girl named Charlotte. On the advice of a friend (and the Internet),
we read Secrets of the Baby Whisperer and Babywise when I was
pregnant and decided that they represented a great strategy for parenting.


I wanted to write a guest post to talk about traveling and sleep. For us and our daughter, sleep is paramount;
our number one goal when she was born was to prioritize sleep and teach good
sleep habits. And we have done
that! She is a phenomenal sleeper, but
there are, of course, certain conditions she requires. Those conditions are darkness and white noise. She pretty much only sleeps two places: her
nursery, and daycare. Again, that is by
design: we prioritize sleep and make sure that we are at home for nap time and
that bedtimes and wake times are consistent every day.


As a result, we haven’t traveled much with her. However, we like to travel. Moreover, and this was the cause of our
recent trip, we have family out of state whom we like to visit at
Christmas. Last year, my husband went to
see family and I stayed home with baby. 
(That was all part of our don’t-disrupt-the-sleep-schedule plan!)  This year, we all wanted to go, but I knew we
would need to be creative in order to make sure our happy, energetic maintained
her sleep schedule in order to maintain her happiness and energy!


So, this is a post about how a travel-with-a-baby-phobic Babywise Mom
created great sleep conditions on the road!


Issue #1:  Sleeping in the Hotel Room


I poked around online trying to read up on toddler sleep in hotels, and
most of what I read did not satisfy me. 
A lot of bloggers approached it with the attitude of, “Toddler sleep while
traveling is going to be really bad, just accept it.”  People suggested skipping naps, hoping for
short stroller naps, or bringing baby to bed with you. Nap skipping is not okay with me, and we have
never been a bed-sharing family. We knew
that we needed to carefully consider how to create good sleep conditions in a
hotel, so we hit the road armed with the following things:


Room darkening curtains. I took down the curtains from our daughter’s
nursery and packed them! (This gave me
an opportunity to wash the regular curtains that hang with them, so that was
good, too.)  FYI, our curtains are not
actually curtains. They are Roc-Lon room
darkening fabric from the fabric store, cut to fit her windows. It provides a MUCH darker room than regular

Masking tape



Pack and Play

Our usual white noise machine

Sleep sack

Charlotte’s usual blankets


is the bathroom hallway entrance 

with our room darkening curtain taped over it!

Yes, this was a lot to pack. But
again: sleep is our #1 priority! We
arrived at the hotel very late at night and of course Charlotte woke up on the
trip from car to room. She was pretty
happy laying on the hotel bed in her PJs while we arranged the sleep area.


Here’s what we did: we used the “hallway to the bathroom” area that had
the sink in it for her Pack and Play, hung a room darkening curtain over the
entrance, and set up her white noise machine on the counter. We used the masking tape to hang the room
darkening curtain. This was genius! She was visibly relieved to be in her Pack
and Play, in the dark, with the white noise running. It was like she felt at home. It did take her 10-15 minutes to go to sleep
that night, which is totally understandable: she had been sleeping in a car,
then dragged into a hotel and was awake for about 20 minutes, and was then told
to sleep in a new place!


is our Pack and Play situated 

in the bathroom hallway. 

To the left is the sink, and through the 

are the toilet and shower.

You can see
there is room to scoot by and 

use the restroom without disturbing our little

Once she was asleep, we could sneak past her Pack and Play to use the
restroom (the toilet and shower were in a separate room with a door – sweet!)  Because it was dark and her normal white
noise was playing, she did not wake up confused once during the night. We also thought she would be up at 6:00 AM
since we had traveled one time zone back and her normal wake time is 7:00
AM. Not so! She slept until we woke her up at
about 7:45. She actually slept through
both of us sneaking past her Pack and Play to use the restroom and shower, and
my husband going out to the lobby to get our morning coffee and tea. This is why we love white noise!


Our second night in the hotel, she went to bed at her usual time and
woke up at her usual time. It took her
the normal 10-15 minutes of playing to fall asleep at night. In short, it was perfect! Also, because she was in the bathroom hallway
with the curtain up and the white noise running, my husband and I felt like we
could operate normally in the room. 
After she went to sleep, we watched some Netflix shows on the iPad and
read in bed, just like we would normally do at home. It was nice not to have to tip toe around, or
worse, have a toddler in bed with us!


Next week, Allison will talk about how they did napping at grandma’s and napping in the car. 


What tips do you have for sharing a hotel room with a little one?


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