Strategies for "darkening" the portacrib at bedtime in a hotel
We spent a weekend out of town with our 5 month-old. At 2 or 3 months we could have stuck her in the Pack-n-Play and she would have slept. Now she's a very excited, very distractible 5 month old who had no interest in bedtime. So my husband got a great idea -- he pulled the heavy bedspread off the second bed and put it part way over the portable crib. It reminded me of how people put pet birds to bed, but our princess rolled over, put her thumb in her mouth and bum in the air and fell asleep! I think we will bring our own blanket with us since I've seen the "investigative reports" about the cleanliness of hotel blankets on the news too, but it really helped so we could hang out as a couple, and still have fun with baby the next day!
[Obviously this only works if your baby is in the full portacrib, not the high bassinet. Also, once baby's asleep, remove the blanket. -- Ed.]
This reminds me of a hack we used which I should have written up years ago! We were in the same boat during a trip -- baby wouldn't sleep in the portacrib because there was Too! Much! Fun! going on in the hotel room (Rael and me trying to read in bed...woo hoo.). We pulled the crib behind the room-darkening curtains so it was next to the window (it was dark outside) and our son went to sleep, if not right away, then much faster than he would have had we left him in plain sight. Once he was asleep we moved the crib back into the room.
Related: Lots of great kid-in-hotel-room hacks!