We had our first opportunity to stay in a hotel with our infant twins over the holiday season. As with everything regarding twins, we found that getting tips from other twin families (especially our twins club) and planning were key to keeping the peace. The following are some of the things that worked well for us and helped us achieve our goal of not receiving any complaints from other guests.
Things to Ask the Hotel
– Request a microwave and refrigerator to be put in your room. The microwave is helpful for heating up water to warm bottles. The refrigerator is useful for your food. Unlike the days of going out to eat, you may be surprised how much you order in. Leftovers can be saved in the fridge.
– Get 2 double beds. We obviously prefer to sleep in a King bed, but if you have 2 beds you can use one of them as a surface for baby stuff and activities. We brought 2 command chairs along, and they sat on the second bed (with supervision, of course).
– If you’re traveling with family, get a room with family on either side. Our family is much more forgiving of twins screaming at 4am than some strangers might be. If you won’t be with family or friends, get a room at the end of the hallway or one with as few attached rooms as possible.
– Request extra plastic bags and frequent trash pickups. If you don’t have a diaper pail, it can get smelly. Housekeeping was happy to stop by a few times per day to grab our trash.
Extra Things to Bring
– Portable cribs: Most hotels have Pack n Play’s but our babies do not like them. Both boys are great sleepers, but for some reason they will not sleep in Pack n Play’s. My mom extensively researched the best portable cribs and these were the winner, hands down. They’re pricey, but worth every penny for us to get a good night sleep and not worry about keeping the entire hotel awake. Our babies had zero adjustment to sleeping in these. They didn’t miss their cribs one bit. Bonus: They fold up into a little bag, so they’re great for traveling…even on airplanes.
– Small basin: Having a small basin allowed us to wash bottles and other baby related things in the sink.
– Next time we will bring a travel drying rack.
– Dish soap: This is surprisingly hard to find in the hotel. A small travel size is perfect for washing baby bottles and toys.
– Extra outfits: Pack plenty of outfits. The hotel can usually do laundry, but it’s expensive and easily avoided.
– Pacifier clips: Nobody wants to be searching under hotel beds for pacifiers. We brought lots of clips, because they were also used to help us on our first flight with newborns.
With these little tricks, we survived our first hotel stay with the boys and didn’t keep anyone in the hotel awake at 4am (other than ourselves). Success!