How to go about staying in a hotel room with a 3 (almost 4 year old) and a (just turned) 2 year old?

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Krista - posted on 01/31/2012

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I'm another one who highly advises getting a suite, if you can. If you've got one with two queen beds, perfect. The three year old can go in a bed, and the 2-year-old in a crib or playpen, and they can go to bed, while you and your husband hang out in the living room. My husband and I got a non-suite room once with our toddler, and it was a pain in the ass, because we didn't dare turn on the TV or even much in the way of lights after we put him to bed. Suites are much easier.

Elfrieda - posted on 01/31/2012

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Do your kids need to have privacy to sleep? Or are you worried about them falling out of bed? It might work to make a little "nest" between the bed and the wall. Put all the comforters from the beds under a blanket from home to make it soft but smell familiar, and your 2 year old should be okay. Or use the hotel's crib, or bring a playpen.



My son is an extremely light sleeper, and can't sleep unless all the conditions are right: dark but not completely black, a little white noise, nothing interesting to look at (aka his parents, tv, any sort of movement)



We went on a roadtrip when he was 15 months old and in hotels we paid a little extra and got the suite. That way he could go to bed as soon as we got there (in the darkened bedroom) and we could hang out in the tv room and take showers, etc. Then when we were ready to go to bed, we carried the crib (the hotel provides it for free or for $5) into the tv room. It worked well. I think it was usually about $20-30 extra.

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User - posted on 02/01/2012

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Thank you for all the kind suggestions. I will elaborate a little more...



Both of my kids have only slept in separate bedrooms (no matter where we go). My son sleeps in his toddler bed and my daughter would probably still sleep in a pack and play. I am afraid they will not get to sleep if we all sleep in the same room. They are very much so used to their privacy. We don't normally have the kids sleep with us in our bed at home. We do travel but we don't do hotels very often because, we normally travel to a relatives house or lake place which, is more accommodating. I just wanted to try a mini trip and see how it would goes. I was looking for any tips others have come across that has worked for them.



I do have noisemakers so, was a great recommendation. Also, some of the room configuration suggestions were awesome. Oh, and the 2 room suite a great thought too!



Thank you again and if you have other suggestions please feel free to let me know. I appreciate your time and suggestions.

Sherri - posted on 01/31/2012

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There are usually 2 queen beds just put the kids together in one bed or have one child sleep with dad and one with mom. It is no different than traveling anywhere else with kids.

Medic - posted on 01/31/2012

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Just like you would stay in a one room house......either put them in a bed or a playpen....I guess I am missing the point. My kids have stayed in a ton of hotels with no problem. They bring games and a few toys and just chill and watch tv. They are currently 5 and just turned 2 and have been doing things like that their whole lives.

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