Dear family-friendly hotels and resorts -
Between work trips and fun trips, my family and I are fortunate to travel at least once a month. Traveling with toddlers is always an adventure, especially when it’s time to settle in for bedtime. And throughout all of our travels there is ONE amenity that we immediately look for when booking our hotel.
Bed Rail Success Stories
In our four years of traveling as a family of four, we’ve only stayed at TWO places that even had them. Ever. (Kudos to you Walt Disney World Resorts and also the Swan/Dolphin Hotels.)
The Swan and Dolphin Resort, adjacent to Disney World wins my love and affection. When I inquired about bed rails prior to our stay, then went above and beyond and had them installed before we even got in our room. And even more kudos to them because they had a rail for each side of the bed. Heaven sent!
Upon checking out, when I offered my thanks to the hotel representatives at the Swan and Dolphin, they were thrilled to know that something so small made such a huge impact on my family. Bed time for my entire family was easier!
Make Your Own Bed Rails
I’ll never forget the day I had to explain to a front desk clerk what bed rails even were, she couldn’t understand why I didn’t just want a crib instead. My girls are two and four-years old, a baby crib is not for us. As a parent to toddlers – I sleep better knowing my child isn’t going to fall out of the bed. And don’t we all just want mom to sleep better? Especially on vacation?
One of the most recent places we stayed at claimed to “cater to traveling families”, they even had bunk beds for kids – yet they didn’t own a set of bed rails. NONE. That’s when we decided to take matters into our own hands and used the room’s ironing board to make a bed rail. Worked perfectly.
At another resort on a recent trip, I moved the desk chair, the chaise lounge and an ottoman next to the bed to serve as a makeshift bed rail. Usually, we push a bed up against the wall, but not all beds can be moved which just adds to the dilemma.
My Plea to Hotels and Resorts
So, dearest hotels and resorts …. please take my plea to heart. Bed rails let toddlers sleep better, parents sleep better and it makes traveling feel a little more like being at home. Not to mention, that I don’t have to rearrange my hotel room just to get my kids to sleep.
Please. Please. PLEASE… buy a set of bed rails for your property. Even if it’s just one set – it could mean the world to a family that has been traveling all day.
And when you need a family to give your bed rails a try, shoot me an e-mail. We’d be happy to come visit you!
A mom that loves traveling with her toddlers and getting a good night’s sleep