hotel cribs

Elle - posted on 11/12/2009 ( 10 moms have responded )

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I am going on an overnight trip with my 2 month old soon. Should I use the hotel's crib or bring her pack n play and have her sleep in that?

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Cara - posted on 02/20/2013

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I am the owner of Paradise Baby Co on the island of Oahu, Hawaii. We are a baby equipment rental and serve the whole island including hotels, resorts, condos and private vacation rentals. If you were coming to Oahu I would have a beautiful high end bassinet for you to rent for $50 a week including free delivery and pick up. I am VERY up to date on all CPSC recalls and new 2012 standards that a lot of people dont even know about.. here is the low down for all you traveling moms... ...
Beginning June 28, 2011, all cribs manufactured and sold (including resale) must comply with new and improved federal safety standards. The new rules, which apply to full-size and non full-size cribs, prohibit the manufacture or sale of traditional drop-side rail cribs, strengthen crib slats and mattress supports, improve the quality of hardware and require more rigorous testing. The details of the rule are available on CPSC’s website The new rules apply to cribs currently in use at places of public accommodation (HOTELS). By December 28, 2012, these facilities must use only compliant cribs that meet the new federal safety standards. Now having said that I know that there are MANY hotels on Oahu that have not updated there inventory because we see a lot of the behind the scenes. We have seen that several of the larger chains on island have stopped offering cribs because they know use us to fulfill requests with our up to date beautiful wooden cribs. We are regularly getting phone calls from distressed moms that arrive to their $200 a night room only to find a funky old pack n play or a cold, tiny metal crib . Because baby equipment rentals is a relatively new industry I felt like I should be taking more time to help share this helpful service to more moms out there. While there are several national chains out there that provide baby equipment rentals there are some amazing independently owned services too across the states and abroad. Check out www.babytravelpros.com Hope I helped with this post!

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Anita - posted on 02/20/2013

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I would say to use a pack and play because you do not know the safety of the hotel crib. I hope this helps.

Katrina - posted on 11/13/2009

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I wouldn't do the lysol thing... think about the air your child would then be breathing. The tub: At 2 months I would say as long as she is on her back and you use like one blanket on top of everything tightly tuck then she should be fin b/c she's not rolling or anything. When I co-sleep in a hotel room I bring lot of blankets. I put on on the be and over my pillow and one to cover up with. Also, I NEVER lay them down on the comforter without a blanket. UGH! Lol

Echo - posted on 11/13/2009

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When my son was 10 months old we went to mexico everyone told me not to take my playpen for my son. I did anyways(airlines don't charge extra for car seats, strollers or play pens) and I'm glad I did the crib there was falling apart(we were at a 5 star resort) no way I would of trusted it for my son. Plus we could take the playpen to the beach and he could nap where ever we were.

Amy - posted on 11/13/2009

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I would suggest calling the hotel and asking if they do have crib or pack n play, from my experience most do, you just need to request it. The only down side is it may not be as comfortable as yours. I suggest to eather request extra blankets or bring a few with and wrap the crib or pack n play sleeping surface with the blankets, making sure they are all tucked under.

September - posted on 11/13/2009

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In my opinion I would take her pack n play. I would not trust a hotel crib with my 2 month old.

Elle - posted on 11/13/2009

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We do frequently cosleep but (maybe i have been too many tv shows showing germs with the blacklight) I worry about how clean hotel beds really are. I love the bath tub idea - my daughter is only 2 months old though- would the padding be too soft for her to sleep on? My mom said whenever she used a hotel crib she went out and bought some Lysol and a sheet - its pretty cheap, makes sure things are clean and no extra packing. Do hotels keep up on crib safety standards?

Katrina - posted on 11/13/2009

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I wouldn't use the crib, b/c you just never know. I co-sleep with my children so I would just have them sleep with me just the same. Some of my friends, that don't co-sleep, co-sleep when they are out of town. I love the tub idea as a makeshift crib. They can't fall out of it and you can make it real comfy blankets and towels.

Bethany - posted on 11/12/2009

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I would take her pack-n-play, I would wonder what kinds of germs and all had been in the crib and how clean it really is. I am always worried about my daughter getting sick especially with this H1N1 out and about. That is just me though, listen to your heart.

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Some hotels do not have cribs but if you are lucky and you know they do...and are comfortable with it, it does save you from packing one more item along. I have went on plenty of trips with my son and I did 2 different things. I either made him a bed on the floor...got lots of extra towels and at least one extra bedspread and made him a nice cushion-y bed on the floor or I either did the same thing...keep an open mind..in the bathtub! It may sound funny....or inhumane even...but it works!! If you can get past the thought of your child sleeping in the tub than it works. No risk of falling out. You of course have to make sure you make it nice and comfy with lots of blankets, etc. It does work however. You would be surprised how many people do in fact do this. My thinking is the less I have to pack the better off I am. It actually looks pretty comfy and cute once the little bed in tub is made. Good luck...hope that helps! :)

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