For many parents, getting babies and young children out the door for a quick shopping trip can prove to be quite the challenge. Diapers, bottles, snacks, toys – the list of outing “essentials” seems endless, even for an afternoon of errands. Given the circumstances, it’s not surprising that families planning vacations may struggle when choosing which items to pack, whether travelling by plane or car. It’s even less surprising that large, space-consuming items, such as high chairs or playards, oftentimes must be left off the list.
Unlike common household items such as beds, televisions and refrigerators, childcare equipment isn’t a furniture category we typically utilize during our day-to-day lives, especially non-parents. As a result, it’s not uncommon for hotels and resorts to overlook these items as facility necessities. However, by providing childcare equipment, your hospitality establishment can easily relieve some of the stress that families encounter while travelling.
Parents will often call ahead to ask which amenities are provided for infants and toddlers. Your hotel’s assurance that all of their needs will be met could be the difference in losing them to a competitor or securing their business for current and future trips.
There is also an assumption that cribs are the only childcare equipment hotels are expected to offer traveling families, but commonly overlooked amenities like high chairs and playards can make an extended stay much more comfortable for your child-toting guests.
High Chairs Are More Than a Restaurant Necessity
Although hotels with in-house restaurants are more likely to have high chairs specifically for the use of restaurant patrons, it should be the norm that all hotels – with or without on-site restaurants – have high chairs available for the benefit of their guests.
Consider all the families that walk through your doors each day. Without high chairs, many of those already-exhausted parents will be struggling to easily feed their energetic, ever-wiggling little ones. If the parents’ plight isn’t enough to justify a large purchase like hotel-wide high chairs, also consider the mess these families will leave behind, requiring extra cleanup for housekeeping staff and possibly the need to replace stained fabrics or furniture.
If aesthetics is your concern, Foundations offers stackable high chairs in visually-appealing antique cherry and natural wood finishes. Whether or not your high chair inventory is easily hidden away in storage, the subtle, yet modern design won’t intrude on the overall décor of your establishment.
Other benefits of a Foundations wooden high chair include a dual action buckle for security, rounded edges for safety, and a durable finish that won’t easily wear after frequent washes and sanitary wipe-downs.
Playards Will Be a Welcome Surprise for Travelling Parents
Even if you have parents covered when it’s time for visiting babies to sleep and eat, any parent will tell you that it’s nearly impossible to watch and entertain young children every minute of the day.
Cribs and high chairs are excellent guest amenities, but travel yards can offer a safe place for infants to play or nap throughout their stay while their parents are eating, cleaning up or simply using the restroom.
One significant benefit of a child playard is that it can be conveniently folded and stored in the included carrying bag. By providing playards to guests, your hotel or resort can give parents the freedom and opportunity to enjoy the grounds or surrounding areas without being restricted to their rooms.
Foundation’s offers The SnugFresh® Travel Yards, with covers that can be washed between each use for excellent cleanliness or The Sleep ‘N Store®, which is well equipped and attractively priced for a great value. With cleanliness, every detail matters, especially to new parents. Foundations offers SnugFresh® Travel Yard Ribbons as that extra measure to clearly indicate the play yard is fresh and clean.
As parents and their children have come to expect a lot when travelling, many hotels have worked to improve their child-friendly amenities, and essential childcare equipment is a great place to start. Offering only cribs can leave your hotel unprepared to accommodate the unique needs of traveling guests. On the other hand, providing a full range of childcare amenities can make patrons feel more at home during their stay.
Foundations is your total solution for accommodating children in hotels.™ As the world leader in hotel cribs, our relentless commitment to safety, innovation and quality has made Foundations the brand you can rely on. Contact Us or call 877-716-2757 to learn more about our products, including both high chairs and travel yards for hospitality.