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I'm just trying to figure out the best arrangement for sleeping during spring break while we are taking a road trip to the U.S. (We live in Canada)<br><br>
We are going to see friends about 8 hours away, so are driving 4 hours one day, then staying a night in a hotel, then will drive the rest of the way there and spend a few nights with friends. We will do the same thing on the way back. Hopefully DS will sleep through most of the drive and we can make stops on the way if need be.<br><br>
Currently DS sleeps on a futon mattress in his room, and I sleep with him for most of the night. We have tried sleeping with all 3 of us in the bed but DP is a super heavy sleeper so I'm not comfortable with DS being between us. DS tends to roll a LOT so if there isn't much room then he will roll into the wall over and over, waking up each time. So he was just waking up too much, and it works much better for him to be in a different room that I can go to when he needs me.<br><br>
Hotel beds are never up against a wall...so that concerns me. DS is sure to roll off, he doesn't lay still for more than an hour at night, and like I said I don't want him in between DP and I. I guess we could push the furniture around, although I'm not sure how happy the staff would be about that!<br><br>
Should we bring the playpen? I can't imagine trying to get him to sleep in there, though. I guess we will need it for naps anyways.<br>
At our friend's house, there is a double bed in their spare room. So again, not sure where we are all going to sleep.<br><br>
Ideas anyone? What have you done while in a hotel?<br><br>
Thanks,<br>
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Hey we've been known to pull one mattress off the box spring and put it on the floor. Check and see if your hotel does roll a ways too. Again with mattress on the floor. We have also nursed a little kiddo down and laid them on the floor on what my dh refers to as a "camp bed" made with bedspreads and a sheet on top. Between the beds your little one can't go far. If there is space under the bed for rolling under, just wedge that extra blanket from the front desk you know you'll have to get. We now do this with four kiddos, no problem. They are now old enough to call room service and make their own beds, whew. Just tell me how to get them to shut off the idiot box????
 

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We've always kept DS between us in the super big king-sized hotel mattresses. For nap times away from home after he was 6 months and crawling, I put a blanket on the floor to create a cushion and had DS sleep there. Someone once told me that they'd have their older babies sleep in the closet with the door open. I don't know how they padded the floor. You know how many times hotels do not have a closed closet, but just three walls. It sounds a bit harsh as I write it, but could be cozy. A camping mattress pad or even the pack and play pad on the floor could work.<br><br>
Have a great trip.<br><br>
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At the hotel you can ask for a room w/2 double beds instead of one king. Usually there is a chair or two that we bring over to the edge of one bed and then prop some pillows up against those to make a pretty sturdy "bedrail".<br><br>
At your friends house, you might just be more comfortable sleeping on the floor w/ you son and giving the bed to DP. Can you handle the floor for a few nights?
 

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We travel a lot. When ds was tiny we bought a portable bed rail at ToysRUs ($25CAD) and it's been my best friend ever since. I've even used it in a berth on the train. It folds small enough to fit in a suitcase and is very light.
 

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Thanks!<br><br>
All good ideas. I have a feeling we will have to try a few things to see what works.<br><br>
I could likely handle sleeping on the floor, since DS's mattress is just a thing futon mattress on the floor and that's where I sleep the majority of the time now. I'm thinking now that maybe I will build him a "camp bed" (thanks Mrs.Cheerful Face!) on the floor of wherever we are, that way I won't have to worry that he will fall off of anything, and I can still lay beside him when he wakes.<br><br>
I also like the idea of the portable bed rail. I may need one this summer anyways, for when we go to MIL and FIL's cabin.<br><br>
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I should have asked this...how am I going to get him to nap with us in the same room the whole time?<br><br>
I think we are all going to get a lot of daytime sleep and/or reading/knitting in!<br><br>
It will be tough to keep quiet for 2 hours though.<br><br>
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If you wanted too...You could still get a king bed..and sleep in it sideways...with the baby next to the headboard. It's long enough both ways to go either way. I think that is what I would do. As far as napping...you could also do naps in the carseat?!? That at least would allow you to do some *sight seeing* of sorts.<br><br>
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Thanks kaspirant, he will likely end up having some naps while we drive around.<br><br>
Last year at this time we went on a shorter road trip, and he (6 weeks old at the time) slept through all of our meals out! lol...That won't be happening this time!<br><br>
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<div style="font-style:italic;">I should have asked this...how am I going to get him to nap with us in the same room the whole time?<br><br>
I think we are all going to get a lot of daytime sleep and/or reading/knitting in!<br><br>
It will be tough to keep quiet for 2 hours though.<br><br>
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We always try to get hotel rooms with a balcony, and then we hang out there while DD naps in the room.
 

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Okay, I don't get much time to read for pleasure anymore. So when we travel I go to the library and get a couple of books on tape that I've been wanting to read and I bring a set of headphones and player along, same with older kiddos to keep "em quiet. Works like a charm, every time! We're getting ready to go again this Wednesday and already I've got my list ready, now if the library will open after this horrible storm I'll be all set?
 

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In a king bed there would be enough room for your DH then a few pillows, then the baby, then you. That would keep him from squishing the baby. But I actually like the idea of sleeping sideways better!<br><br>
At your friends' house, if DH is willing to sleep on the floor or on a couch, you and DS can sleep in the bed with it pushed up to the wall.<br><br>
Where does ds nap at home? Could you set up the bed at your friends' house with pillows and stuff so he doesn't roll off? Then you wouldn't have to bother with the playpen. We just did some visiting and many of dd's naps happened on my lap in the living room while talking with family.
 
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