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As a busy mom, I look forward to taking a time out at a hotel. The pillows are fluffier, and the mattress is firmer than the one in my bedroom. I also don’t worry about washing when I wrap a fresh towel around my body after every long, steamy shower. And the best part of the trip–room service and housekeeping. Although I easily transition to my home away from home, my daughter doesn’t. She tosses and turns in the hotel’s crib, and crawls into my bed. And she sheds tears when I can’t find her favorite cartoon charters on the television.


Hotel Survival Guide for Toddlers

So after a few sleepovers, I learned a few lessons. Here are some tips to travel with toddlers.

Bring Friends

On every trip away from home, I bring along a few of my daughter’s friends. The stuffed animals and dolls keep her company in the car and the room. She even has multiples of her prized Pillow Pet a.k.a. Pink Pillow. In case we leave one behind, we won’t experience a meltdown in the car! The pillows are spread out!

Lighten Up

Have you ever stayed in a hotel room where the blinds are so thick you wouldn’t realize the sun came up if you didn’t set your alarm clock? My daughter isn’t afraid of the dark at home, but a pitch black environment is pretty scary in an unfamiliar place. I toss a small plug in night light in the suitcase to ward away potential boogie monsters.

Pack a Security Blanket

My little one won’t go to sleep without her orange and pink polka dot blanket. Since birth, she has cuddled up with the security blankie, which surprisingly is still in tact.

Download DVDs (1)

My daughter is addicted to Disney, Nick Jr. and Sprout. Everyday, we watch an animated episode before bedtime. To continue our routine, I download Daniel, Dora, Cailou and Peppa onto my iPad. I also bring along a book for story time.

Spray Disinfectant

After watching way too many investigative reports about how hotels rarely wash bedspreads or wipe off remote controls, I spray a disinfectant throughout the room. I definitely don’t want someone to get sick on vacation!

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About The Author

Vlog Mom/DFTM Creator

Not long ago, Heather Hopson hosted a television show in the Cayman Islands. Today, she's back home writing a different kind of story as a new mom. In her 15 years working as a professional journalist, this by far is her best assignment! Growing up, she dreamed of becoming Oprah Winfrey. She was the features editor for her school’s newspaper and a teen talk show host for her city’s most popular radio station. She went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Michigan State University. After graduation, she worked as a television producer and reporter at CBS, NBC and Fox affiliates throughout the U.S. Instead of heading to Chicago to join Ms. Winfrey on her set, she bought a plane ticket to the Cayman Islands instead. She arrived five days before a category five hurricane! She lived in paradise for seven years, hosted an award-winning television show and traveled the globe with a government delegation. She also served on the board of directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters and spearheaded a Send a Kid to Camp campaign. Then, she relocated to Washington, D.C. to obtain a teaching certification and instruct 8th grade reading at a high needs middle school. She later returned to her hometown of Pittsburgh, PA to raise her daughter Caitlynn, now 4-years-old. During her 10-month-stint as a stay-at-home mom, Caitlynn inspired her to create this blog, and Diary of a First Time Mom was born on Mother’s Day 2012. Two years later, she expanded the family to include 20+ writers. Currently, Heather serves as the communications director at Allies for Children. In addition, she is the owner of Motor Mouth Multimedia, which ranked #49 in Startup Nation’s Home-Based 100 Competition sponsored by Discover Card and Sam’s Club. Recently, The Pittsburgh Foundation and The Heinz Endowments selected Heather to receive an Emerging Black Artist award to develop Diary of a First Time Mom.

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