Guest Author - Claudine Williams
Are you traveling with young children? Hotels and resorts recognize the needs of families with kids and have special amenities just for you. Even more, these amenities go beyond simply having a childrenís plate at dinner time! So what can you expect? Here are some special family friendly services that some hotels and resorts now offer.
Cribs and High Chairs
Traveling with an infant is a lot easier when the hotel provides a crib in the room. This special furniture may not be available in all hotel locations, so you should make sure that your accommodation choice provides a bed and a high chair for your baby. If your hotel does provide baby furniture, make absolutely sure that you know how old the furniture is and whether is meets child safety standards. You donít want to show up empty-handed at the hotel, expecting usable furniture, only to find out-dated equipment that may pose a safety hazard for your child.
Jogging strollers are a great addition for your resort experience, and some resorts are thoughtful enough to have them on hand for guests. Of course, you must personally inspect the stroller and make sure that it is safe and sturdy before you place your child in one. Having a jogging stroller will allow you to enjoy good weather and get some exercise with your child in tow.
Some resorts equip families with radios to keep track of each other on the grounds. These gadgets are pretty handy, especially if your children will be involved in separate activities. You also wonít have to worry about using your cell phone minutes to call the kids. You might also find resorts and amusement parks that offer Radio Frequency Identification wristbands, which can track family members when you all go your separate ways, according to Rense.The chips use the same technology that is used to track pets, according to an article by Alorie Gilbert in CNET.
Many resorts offer clubs and activities for your kids, but you need to make certain that the program is fun and appropriate for your children. Find out exactly which activities are offered and inquire about the child-to-adult ratio. You should also inquire about the caretakerís qualifications and experience, especially if sports activities are offered. When planning your trip, ask your child if she would like to participate in the program. Kids don't like to feel as though they are being pushed off into a program without their knowledge or input. Make sure that the program director is aware of special needs and limitations specific to your child. Finally, donít forget to tell the director about allergies, phobias, or social skills related to kids.