How To Sleep In The Same Room With An Infant While Traveling
Traveling as a family is very new to us. As we go on each trip with Baby B we encounter new obstacles which we didn’t consider before leaving.
We were recently invited by the Delta Victoria Ocean Pointe Resort to come for the Victoria Day long weekend and check out their newly remodeled rooms. It’s a great hotel for kids because they offer lots of fun activities. Even at check-in they provided us with an activity booklet, appropriately titled ‘we love kids’. They provided us with a playpen for Baby B to sleep and even had a stroller to borrow if we needed it. But when we got to the room what we didn’t consider, was that for the first time since Baby B was an infant, we would be sleeping in the same room.
Baby B goes to bed at 7pm. At home, he goes in his room, we turn on the fan to create white noise, and close the door. It leaves us to do what we want since the fan drowns the house noise.
What were we going to do when Baby B went to sleep at 7pm and we couldn’t make any noise?
TV wasn’t an option because it was still too loud and it illuminated the room. So, we worked on our computers while enjoying a cold craft beer from the popular brewery close by. But as we walked around the room, whispered and made slight sounds, Baby B would stir. We needed white noise like we use at home.
In the room they provided a docking station for an iphone or ipod, which would have been perfect had I remembered our ipod with downloaded white noise. But thankfully, I did have my ipad which also had white noise downloaded on itunes. It worked perfect! The sound of the waves crashing on the beach was truly relaxing and we were able to get around the room without disturbing Baby B.
The Delta Victoria had an IHOME docking station but I suspect this isn’t standard for most hotels. If you travel with an infant who wakes easily at the sound of noise, we suggest you download white noise.
Your options are:
1) Download white noise to your computer, ipad, iphone or smart phone so you can play it while traveling
2) Download white noise to an ipod and buy a small speaker system to bring along on your travels
What is white noise?
It’s soft soothing sounds which help most babies sleep because it drowns out other noise and it’s similar to womb sounds. It can be waves crashing, the sound of rain, the sound of a fan, or sometimes a consistent low hum.
Do you use white noise to help your infant sleep?