How do I share a hotel room with a preschooler? Pre-School Travel

Tips from moms and experts alike on how to share a hotel room with a preschooler.

Recreate Bedtime at Home

The hard part is putting him to bed when we’re in there—especially in plain sight. So we follow our normal routine:  we turn off the lights, turn the sound machine on, and then we pretend we’re going to sleep at the same time.

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Double Bed Switcheroo

Pre-schoolers get overly excited with staying at hotels. Everything is new and they are over-stimulated, making the bedtime process a bit trickier than at home. Try to have your pre-schooler fall asleep in bed with you. Once he is sleeping, gently slide out of his bed to get into yours. - Laura, Family Travel Blogger at Frugal For Luxury

Pre-schoolers get overly excited with staying at hotels. Everything is new and they are over-stimulated, making the bedtime process a bit trickier than at home. Try to have your pre-schooler fall asleep in bed with you. Once he is sleeping, gently slide out of his bed to get into yours. - Laura, Family Travel Blogger at Frugal For Luxury

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Co-Sleep

Co-sleep. Even if you don't do it at home. It is the only way anyone will sleep.

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Get Separate Rooms

Our boys are 2 and 3. We always try to book accommodations with a bedroom and a separate lounge room, if possible. That way, you can have a separate area so the kids can go to sleep early and parents can spend some alone time in the little living room.

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Get Double Beds or a Sleeper Sofa

I try to get a double bed room (with 2 queen beds)—kids in one, parents in the other. Another option is a room with a pull-out, so you can have a king bed for the parents and a sofa sleeper for the kids.

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Maintain Your Perspective

First step is having the right expectations. If you’re sharing a room chances are when your toddler is asleep, you won’t be watching tv loudly—but stick to the same bedtime routine. Sharing a hotel room with the entire family is tough, especially when we are used to having our own space. Understand that it is short term and will take being flexible—but will be worth it! - MegAnne Ford, Certified Parent Coach at Be Kind Coaching.

First step is having the right expectations. If you’re sharing a room chances are when your toddler is asleep, you won’t be watching tv loudly—but stick to the same bedtime routine. Sharing a hotel room with the entire family is tough, especially when we are used to having our own space. Understand that it is short term and will take being flexible—but will be worth it! - MegAnne Ford, Certified Parent Coach at Be Kind Coaching.

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