When you’re travelling with children, you have a lot more to think about than if you were travelling simply on your own, with friends, or with a partner. When you take a child out of their routine, i.e. into surroundings they’re not familiar with, they can either love it, or become a little grouchy. If you find your little one becoming the latter, then it’s important to think about how you’re going to settle them at night, and a big part of that is making sure you pick the right crib option for your baby.
You have a few options, and like most things in life, many of them have pros and cons. If you’re not sure which option to go for, here’s an argument for each.
If you’re thinking about allowing your baby to sleep in the same bed as you, then you need to weigh up the pros and cons. Firstly, the major advantage to allowing your baby to sleep with you is that you don’t need to transport a travel cot or other sleeping paraphilia, and also that your baby may settle better as a result, because they are beside you and will feel more at ease. On the other hand however, there are safety concerns to take into account here, because co-sleeping does have a risk of injury or illness, e.g. from accidentally leaning on baby in your sleep etc. Here’s some interesting thoughts on it from Ask Dr Sears. You probably won’t sleep as well as your baby does if you choose this option.
The major advantage of a travel crib is that you can familiarise your baby with the crib before you go away, perhaps allowing them to sleep in it for a couple of nights; this will mean they are familiar with the crib and are likely to settle better when you’re away. The disadvantage? You have to carry it and whilst many are streamlined and a little smaller than they ever used to be, they are still going to mean extra weight, when you probably already have enough to take with you in the first place.
Using a crib mattress only
Taking a roll up crib mattress for your baby to sleep on is another option (see some at travelcribreviews.com), and again, the major advantage is that it is easy to transport. The downside is that if your baby is a rather active sleeper, i.e. he or she rolls around a lot in their sleep, then you might find you spend half the time awake, keeping an eye on them, than you do actually getting any rest yourself. You don’t have control over how baby safe a hotel room is, so you need to take into this into account when choosing this option.
Finding a hotel with a crib
Selecting a hotel which has a crib in the room is probably going to sound like the ideal middle ground, because you don’t need to take the crib with you, and as a result you can travel a little lighter. This is true, however you don’t have time to familiarise your baby with the crib, so they may not settle so well, and secondly, not all hotels have cribs, so you might be a little more restricted in terms of where you can stay.
As you can see, all options have pros and cons – which will you choose?