(2) Booking a regular hotel room with a baby

Make this mistake and you’ll find yourself tip-toeing around a dark room at 7pm or using the bathroom as a living room!  Much better to rent an apartment (there’s plenty of options on Airbnb these days) where babies can sleep calmly and you can be free to roam around like you would at home.  Or try a baby-friendly hotel which provides a sleep monitoring service leaving you free to enjoy the hotel facilities guilt free.