Hotels.com provides new moms with tips for taking your infant on the
TORONTO, July 9, 2013 /CNW/ - It's not just wedding season, its baby
season too! With the recent birth of North, Kim's little lady, and our
beloved Duchess Kate about to pop, it won't be long before these
jet-setting ladies are back on the road. Inspired by these famous
babies, Hotels.com® has partnered with The Nesting Place to share travel tips for other new mommies looking to rack up some
"No new parent wants to leave the side of their little ones, but
travelling with an infant brings on a whole new set of challenges and
requirements," says Amanda Spakowski, birth doula and founder of The
Nesting Place. "Babies may be small, but they can be high maintenance,
so planning ahead and creating a checklist of must-have items can help
lighten the load and allow for a stress-free trip."
Plan feeding time during take-off and landing which will help ease ear
Add removable window shades for your car windows to protect your baby
from the sun.
Make sure to use a rear-facing car seat for safety.
When at the hotel
Pack diaper rash cream, bags for dirty diapers, enough diapers for the
trip and infant acetaminophen* for relieving pain and fever - if your
baby is teething consider bringing teething gel.
Book a crib when making your room reservation - or remember to bring
your own travel Pack 'n Play.
When out and about
Bring hats and SPF 30 sunscreen or higher - if your baby is under six
months remember to keep them entirely out of the sun and refrain from
If you aren't breastfeeding, bring formula and add cooled boiled water
Bring a plastic bib for your baby - it'll save you a change of clothes
in case of spills.
If you'd like a night out without your little one and your hotel doesn't
offer babysitting, consider using a service like Nannies on Call which provides 24/7 child caring services across Canada.
Bring a bag containing a few of your baby's favourite toys to keep them
happy and distracted, as well as a blanket for park visits.
It's important to keep your baby on the same sleep schedule, so when on
the go consider using white noise to help them ease into a deeper
sleep. A Sleep Sheep or other sound machine is a great tool to pack!
Where to stay?
Being a new mom is tiring and you deserve some pampering, but besides
the fact that you've earned it, taking your baby away before he or she
walks is actually ideal since they're portable. Hotels.com shares some baby-friendly hotels and chains below to help make your
travel planning easier:
How they help? Partners with Babies Travel Lite so you can order whatever you need in advance (diapers, wipes, formula,
etc.) to avoid excess baggage fees. You can get supplies based on how
many days you're travelling and they'll be waiting in your room upon
arrival. If you're planning a visit to Toronto, the Hyatt Regency is a great option within walking distance of many of the city's
2. Ritz Hotels
How they help? Many of the properties are part of a Protecting Our Little Ones (POLO) program which provides safety items for your room such as outlet
covers, a tub spout cover and first aid kit.
The Ritz Carlton, Cancun takes it a step further with their three Itzy Bitzy Baby Rooms which include a crib, changing table, miniature hangers, light up
telephone and a "shh, baby sleeping" sign for the door.
3. Marriott Hotels
How they help? In Canada and the U.S., Marriott offers the Tots Travel Too program, which provides travel cribs, tub toys, safety equipment and
nightlights, toiletries and disposable bibs. If you're heading to the
west coast, the Residence Inn in Vancouver has you covered.
4. Loews Hotels
How they help? With their Loews Loves Little Kids program, they cater to families bringing their little ones with toys
and special menus. The Hotel Le Concorde in Quebec has a kid's closet full of baby blankets, books, car seats and a baby
5. Hard Rock Chicago
How they help? If you're heading to the windy city this hotel is a good option with
their Nursing Mother's Amenity program that provides hospital grade breast pumps and accessories. It
also features helpful in-room amenities for breastfeeding mothers such
as microwaves, mini-refrigerators, ice packs for transportation and
mini cooler bags.
There's no need to wait for baby to start walking before planning your
next trip! There are many options for new parents to help make
travelling with your tot easy and the Hotels.com website is a great
resource to use when searching for the perfect family-friendly hotel.
*Be sure to speak with your doctor about the correct dosage for your
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