Post # 1
My thread title is a little tongue in cheek, forgive me! I’m making arrangements for a babysitting suite in the hotel that is next door to my reception venue. I have one suite and one regular room reserved for this purpose. We have 10 kids of babysittable age (all 7 and under) coming to our wedding. I plan to have 2 or 3 babysitters set up in the hotel (with some kid-friendly food, movies, toys, etc.) and parents would have the option to take their kids to the babysitting room either before the reception starts or at some point during the reception (or the kids can stay at the reception if they’re having fun). When I asked the parents coming if they would be interested in utilizing this service, they all enthusiastically responded “yes.”
The reason I’m going to these lengths instead of letting the parents make their own arrangements is this is a DW and all these folks are traveling to the wedding, so I want to be accommodating. There’s no space in the reception venue itself for a kids’ room so the hotel next door is the best option available.
My FI thinks all the kids can be in the one suite, which is a large but not huge room with 2 double beds in the bedroom area and a separate (but not completely walled off) living/kitchenette area with a sofa bed, coffee table, small dining table and kitchen area. I have my doubts about that. The children include an infant and a couple of 1 year olds who will presumably be sleeping much of the time, and we’ll make sure there are the appropriate no. of cribs/pack n plays, but I’m wondering if they need to be in a completely different room from the older kids. I’d love to not have to pay for both rooms but is it reasonable to have up to 10 small kids and 2-3 babysitters in one hotel suite for a few hours?
Post # 3
Do you have a picture of the room? Even just a floorplan type one? That might help.
I think you should be fine (have you seen how many kids they cram into classrooms these days?), but it’d be easier to tell if you had a visual.
Post # 4
I applaud you for thinking of your guests with small children. One thing to keep in mind…..if you are hiring the baby sitter and this is a DW…how are you vetting the sitters? And are you liable if (god forbid) something happens to one of the kids?
I think one room is enough, and I would not go and buy cribs/play packs for the infants. I think it is nice that you are providing a separate area for the kids, but the parents *should* be prepared for thier kids…i.e. if they have an infant that they plan on dropping off in the room, then they should also be bringing whatever furniture the infant will be sleeping in. Presumably they would need it for their own hotel room – seems like with a little coordination, they could just bring down the play pack before the reception starts.
That being said….buying little goodie bags for the kids = good idea!
Post # 5
@mepayne: Do you have a picture of the room?
Here are some guest photos I found of the suite to give you an idea:
@Rock Hugger One thing to keep in mind…..if you are hiring the baby sitter and this is a DW…how are you vetting the sitters?
Good question. I’ve worried about this. I’m going to use an agency that is recommended by a lot of the nice hotels in the area. They are bonded/licensed/background checked and I have read positive reviews of the service on TripAdvisor. I figured it’s up to the parents to decide if they’re comfortable with the situation and I sent them all a note about the option and told them the name of the agency, and to my surprise they all said they would love to use it. It’s definitely not mandatory, and I don’t actually know that all ten kids will end up in the suite, but I obv. want to make sure there’s room for them.
We’ll have the hotel put a crib in the room for the infant and then probably have the parents of the 1 year olds bring their pack n plays or whatever they need to the room earlier in the day.
Post # 6
I think just the suite would be fine. Maybe ask parents to bring a favorite movie and/or board game, then you’ll have lots of entertainment for the older kids, and at least one thing each of them will enjoy.
Post # 7
I think one suite would be fine, but I think you should ask the babysitters to “introduce” the kids to the suite and give the ground rules, like take them on a little tour as they arrive and show them that this is the “quiet bedtime room” and this is the “jump around and act like kids” room.
Post # 8
2 baby sitters for 10 kids will be fine.
I’m a nanny and I used to teach day care.
Post # 9
I think there wll be enough room. It’s not like they’re going to be sleeping there, right?!
Post # 10
Thanks everyone! This is one instance where I’d be happy for FI to be the one who’s right.