In about 3 weeks, my family and i will be traveling from Washington to Disneyland in California. We have contemplated hotels that we will stay at who are family friendly. As much as we want a nice clean hotel, we also don’t want the service desk calling up because our youngest is crying. So to hear that the Marriott Hotel chain is now offering a program called Tots Travel Too, really reassures us that our family is welcomed.
They are offering families, free travel cribs with COVERPLAY, a bath time squirt toy, outlet covers, night lights, baby shampoo, baby lotion, even bibs! Such small things but honestly how many times have you left the house to get to a destination and get so upset that you have to spend more money on things you have…at home. I remember the 1st time i walked into an Ikea and seen the breastfeeding bathrooms, the play areas, the food areas had bottle warmers and even baby food, and i thought , whoever their marketing person is should get a raise, because what a great concept. I am so much more likely to travel further to a family friendly place, then to go somewhere where i may get dirty looks because my little one is crying or my oldest wants to play.
In our travels we usually pack lots of snacks, drinks, crayons and DVDs. We drove from Italy to Germany to see Munich on Christmas, (by the way they offer Military Discounts!) and the scenery was just captivating. So for us, both our daughters were eyeballing castles, and grape vined hillsides. It made for great conversation for sure. When you tell tales of Kings, Queens, and princess’s, it makes it so much better to actually see a real castle.
I think my tip for your traveling would to get your littlest ones excited about where you are going. If you are going to a farm, maybe get them prepared for animals by using flash cards along the way and asking what sounds they make.
I really commend Marriott on this idea. I hope to see them on our trip in July!
Now here is a bit of information provided by Marriott , COVERPLAY and Resourceful Mommy Media:
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For parents traveling with little ones, Marriott has got you covered. Today, Marriott International, Inc. is introducing Tots Travel Too™, a program designed to make travel easier for families with young children, available at more than 2,500 Courtyard, Fairfield Inn & Suites, SpringHill Suites, Residence Inn and TownePlace Suites hotels in the continental U.S. and Canada.
The complimentary Tots Travel Too program provides guests, upon request, with a travel crib and laundered COVERPLAY® removable crib slipcover to ensure their “traveler-in-training” can rest comfortably. For a bit of bath time fun, a complimentary gift comes with the COVERPLAY, an animal squirtie toy. In addition, parents who have forgotten to pack their tot’s essentials can contact the front desk for complimentary items, including outlet covers, nightlights, baby shampoo, and baby lotion, plus disposable bibs will be available in the breakfast areas.
“As a parent with a child under three, I am definitely aware of all the planning and stress that can happen when traveling with toddlers,” said Peggy Fang Roe, Vice President, Global Brand Management, TownePlace Suites & Marriott Executive Apartments, Marriott International, Inc. “We’ve developed the Tots Travel Too program to meet the unique needs of families traveling with very young children. By helping reassure parents, the Tots Travel Too program helps them to relax, enjoy their trip and create long-lasting and happy memories with their families.”
As part of the Tots Travel Too program, COVERPLAY developed an exclusive slipcover design for Marriott that will be featured at Courtyard, Fairfield Inn & Suites, SpringHill Suites, Residence Inn and TownePlace Suites hotels, as well as available for purchase on www.shopmarriott.com.
As Marriott was developing its Tots Travel Too program, a few of its hotels began offering COVERPLAY slipcovers and it was receiving rave reviews from guests. Recognizing the great potential of the one-of-a-kind product for its guest traveling with small children, Marriott soon signed an agreement with COVERPLAY owners and business partners, Allison Costa and Amy Feldman, to offer their product at more than 2,500 hotels across the U.S. and Canada.
“As a mother of twin boys, I truly appreciate all that these five Marriott brands are doing to make travel easier for parents and their little ones,” said Allison Costa, founder and co-owner, COVERPLAY. “As a female small business owner, our new relationship with Marriott has also been instrumental in growing our small business.”
COVERPLAY is a proud member of the WBENC and owned and operated by Allison Costa and Amy Feldman. The company sells a line of over 20 different COVERPLAY slipcovers that fit easily over almost all standard size play yards on the market. The portable crib covers are machine washable and provide parents an easy way to protect their children from germs and keep play yards clean. COVERPLAY is all about making life easier for moms. For more information on COVERPLAY Slipcovers, visit http://www.coverplayard.com.
So what is your Tot Travel Tip?
One lucky reader will win a Tots Travel Too gift pack (retail value approximately $78).
(You can view more photos and an in depth description here)
Your tip will also be included on a Marriott site along with your name, and website/blog (if applicable).
Once the winners name is selected i will write a second post announcing the winner , and link to the winning tip posted on The Motherhood.
Entrants must leave a comment with a tip for travelling with tots/children.
(Please make sure you leave me your email and blog link)
Open to USA & Canada
Ends June 28th 2010
This is the ONLY entry.
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Over $2000 in prizes from @MarriottIntl and tips will be shared from The Motherhood Circle