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Vacation with Toddler Twins

August 18, 2007

Here’s a few tips if you’re going to share a hotel room with two 19 month olds:

1. DO get a room with two double beds. If you put two suitcases on the second bed with an extra sheet draped over them it creates a nice “privacy screen” between you and the babies. (If only I had thought of this on the 1st night instead of the 2nd….)

2. DON’T forget a bright enough night light or you’ll find yourself shopping for 15 watt light bulbs.

3. DO bring a baby monitor. It will come in handy when the babies go to bed at 8pm and you/hubby are still awake. (We requested a room in front of the pool and were able to sit out there after the kids were asleep. Our room was also right next to the game room where we could watch TV.)

4. DON’T put the pack n plays too close to the bed. The first night DH was out picking up a few things and I was in charge of getting the kids to bed. Earlier that day they had gone down for naps fairly easily because DH had climbed into bed and pretended to sleep. Foolishly thinking that would work a second time, I lay in bed with my back to the pack n plays. The crying continued. The crying got louder. The crying got closer. Closer?!?! OOOPS! Because the pack n play was up against the bed, my little daredevil R was able to use the bed to climb out. All of the sudden this hysterical baby is walking across the bed towards me.

5. DO make sure your hotel has cable. After the escape, I gave up on the whole “pretend to sleep” idea and watched the Discovery Health Channel’s program on a family with quintuplets plus one. It was followed by the story of a family with three sets of twins (no fertility drugs). It made me feel a lot better about my own two AND made the girls stop crying because they saw babies on TV.

Really, after we got over the first night things went pretty well. We did a full scale bedtime routine the second night (bath, song, story, etc) which helped a LOT. Plus, we were only sharing a hotel room for the first three nights and my anal retentive self packed everything from childproofing equipment, dish soap/drying rack to wash sippy cups each night and even directions to the nearest store that starts with T and ends with arget.

The best part of our vacation was staying with friends at their home in Baltimore. The kids had their own room, our hosts cooked breakfast each morning, and, the best, best, best, best part was that they BABYSAT for us one night. My long term goal is for more of my friends to move to vacation worthy locations and invite us to stay. Many of our friends have moved in the past few years but always to places that are just far enough away that we don’t get to see them regularly (ie-Harrisburg) but not far enough away to be a vacation (Wilmington, DE) or in the middle of nowhere (Hampstead, MD ). Anyone interested in moving to Florida? Aruba? California?

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Rachel permalink
    August 18, 2007 1:42 am

    I remember the first time we took the boys (they were just over a year) on vacation to stay with another couple at their beach house. We attempted to put the boys to sleep in a pack and play between the two twin beds. We spent the night playing juggle the baby. One would start screaming so I would bring him into my bed to nurse him back to sleep (we were desparate!) and let him stay in bed with me so I could doze off. Then the next one would wake up and DH would get in bed with the sleeping child and I would get in bed with the screaming child and nurse HIM until he fell back asleep. And then we would switch again as soon as the first one woke up again. It was a long night. 🙂

  2. Perky permalink
    August 18, 2007 2:51 am

    Ummm, yeah…. if no one has yet taken you up on the whole “move to Aruba” thing…… I’m game!!!!!

  3. mommy daisy permalink
    August 19, 2007 11:49 pm

    Thanks for the tips. Sounds like you had fun though. Sorry, I live in boring Ohio.

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