7 Tips for Staying in a Hotel With a Baby

7 Tips for Staying in a Hotel With a Baby

So you’re staying in a hotel with your baby. Maybe it’s for a night or maybe it’s just for a week. No matter the duration, your sleep and keeping baby in their routine are extremely important. I wanted to share the tips that we have learned over the last 9 months with Oakley (keep in mind we have taken her to Hawaii, Alaska, Nashville three times, a wedding in Ohio, Ft. Lauderdale, Dallas twice, Put In Bay to fish, Indiana to visit friends, etc)- when I say we have learned some helpful tips and tricks- I mean it!

My 7 Tips

  • Match Your Home
  • Use a Monitor
    • If you aren’t going to a hotel, I highly recommend bringing an easy 2 way monitor to set up (in case you use one at home that runs on WiFi). It’s never a guarantee to have good internet when you travel so we always just bring a very simple monitor 
  • Time Zone Tips
    • I always plan flights around naps and bedtimes. The biggest time zone difference Oakley has been through is 5 hours to Hawaii when she was 6 months old and 4 hours when she was 9 months old. I do my absolute best to keep her on her regular schedule, so if bedtime is at 6pm, I have her go down at 6pm in our new time zone. It usually takes a day for her to adjust but pushing bedtimes and naps to keep everything as consistent as it is at home- the better they will adjust!
  • Ask About a Fridge and Microwave
    • If we are going to hotel, I always call ahead for at least a fridge and microwave for baby food
  • Call Hotel for Crib or Pack and Play
    • Most hotels have the option to use their crib or pack and play while you are there. If you are driving and have the room, I recommend just bringing your own. Sometimes it can take some time to get it up to your room. Luckily we have never had any issues with getting a crib or pack and play when we fly but the peace of mind knowing you have it is worth packing it.
  • Bathroom Baby
    • Babies sleep best in the pitch black. If you are in a hotel room, keeping the hotel room black once the baby falls asleep isn’t always the easiest thing. Most hotels, if you call ahead of time, will book you in a larger room if you ask to accommodate getting the crib in the bathroom. This allows you to still work, watch TV, etc while the baby sleeps
  • Consider a Suite
    • While this isn’t always an option, traveling with a baby does increase the need for additional space in a hotel room

I hope these tips help with any travel you have scheduled for you and baby! Full disclosure- I do make a small commission on the links listed above. I prefer to keep my blog ad free and support through shopping my links helps me do just that! Also, all commissions earned go directly into Oakley’s college fund!

 

 

Hiking with A Baby

Hiking with A Baby

Some of the best memories I made in Alaska were when Oakley was strapped to my chest and we are hiking near waterfalls, a lake, through a forest, etc. It was truly some of the most amazing moments in my life and I hope these tips and tricks can help you if you plan to travel and hike with a baby or if you are an outdoor family and like to spend time outside at home! Having a baby doesn’t have to mean you stop doing the things you love- it just means you have to accommodate a few extra things for your fun trips!

Carriers

I bought a backpack carrier that I tested prior to leaving for Alaska and absolutely loved it. I felt my center of gravity was much better when she was on back compared to when she was on my chest. The only negative to the carrier is that it is quite bulky so I did not take it with us on our trip to Alaska. You definitely could bring this carrier on a plane but I would recommend using it as your way to get baby around in the airport and then gate checking it for each flight. It has a stand as well so I can get in and out of it without assistance. The backpack also comes with a canopy shade to keep baby out of the sun

For our Alaska trip, I ended up bring my front facing chest carrier for Oakley. I was able to pack it in my checked bag and it was perfect for all of our hikes- some were up to 3 miles roundtrip!

Other Items

Depending on how long you are hiking for, your packing list will vary drastically. I packed 1 diaper for every hour we were gone, a backup outfit, wipes, sunscreen, her sunhat (that she refused to keep on), water, and snacks for her. If you are planning on a long hike, it is always recommended to have a first aid kit as well in case something were to ever happen. I also recommend to never hike alone and if you do, please carry a back up satellite phone with an SOS option on it in case of extreme emergencies!

If you would like to read about the baby friendly hikes we did on our last Alaskan trip, please visit this blog

Baby Led Weaning

Baby Led Weaning

Oakley is almost 8 months old and I have been receiving a ton of questions on how we are feeding her now! If you follow me on Instagram (@sarah_bowmar), you have probably witnessed her in her high chair either eating steak, sweet potatoes, yogurt, etc! If you aren’t following me on Instagram- you probably should, babies eating is the cutest thing ever.

Before we dive further into the blog, I wanted to mention that I am not an expert when it comes to baby led weaning, but I will share the resources I have been learning from. If you have questions or concerns, please always direct them to your child’s doctor!

What Is Baby Led Weaning

In short, it’s skipping purees and going straight to “real” food for babies. You can also do this even if you have been feeding purees, you can really start at any time as long as baby is old enough to sit in a high chair and eat food (usually around 6 months). Why? I personally don’t like the idea of all the heavy metals that are in store bought purees. I do have some appliances to make my own but so far- she has been loving the solids! My goal is to have her try 100 foods before she turns 1. It’s also been proven that the sooner they can start on the 8 top allergen foods, the less likely they will develop an allergy to it over time. Again, if you have concerns over allergies- please consult with your child’s doctor.

Resources

The best book I read on BLW (baby led weaning), is linked HERE. It is a great ready on the why, how, and when! I also love that it gives a ton of food ideas and how to cut them based on how old baby is and their ability to grab- who knew there were two types of grips! I also love the book because it discusses allergens, differences in gagging and choking, how to prep food, etc. It also has pictures on how the different foods should look based on the above age differences. I highly recommend reading this book before starting BLW- it gave us such amazing peace of mind.

Speaking of choking, I think it’s vital that all parents and caregivers know how to handle a choking child, even if you aren’t doing BLW. The choking and CPR course we did is linked here, and you can use code sarahbowmar10 for 10% off.

There are also a ton of amazing BLW Instagram accounts, I recommend going to the search feature of the app and simply searching BLW or baby led weaning. I will say that I refer to the above book 95% of the time and Instagram 5% of the time.

We started Oakley on solids, as stated. She has never consumed a store bought puree. So far, her favorite foods include eggs, steak, yogurt, avocado, peanut butter, and strawberries! It has made life so much easier when we go out to eat because she eats what we eat- we just cut it differently for her. There’s no need to have to worry about bringing something special for her from home! I also have a BLW highlight on my Instagram if you would like to follow along on our journey! Oakley still gets majority of her calories from formula but she is eating more and more solid food at each meal!

The Stuff

Bibs– who knew I would be so obsessed with silicone bibs? These have been a game changer as you don’t have to do a ton of laundry! They also don’t get crusty or sticky like regular cotton or cloth bibs!

Spoons– I am actually obsessed with these spoons. We have tried a few brands but this design, for the stage she is in right now, are beyond amazing!

High Chair– this is definitely a pricey item but it was her big Christmas gift this year! I also love the aesthetics of it and it can be converted to a normal chart when she no longer needs the tray

Meals– I cannot talk about these pre-made meals enough. They are extremely convenient and right now we are getting 2 meals out of each packet. They have the most unique ingredients and I don’t have to worry about trying to come up with a ton of different foods for her to try. I also love that everything is pre-cut to the perfect size for her!

Suction Bowls– I never would have imagined being so blown away with suction bowls- seriously, what genius came up with these??

I hope this blog was helpful in compiling all of the resources I used to feel comfortable with this method of feeding!