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I need some okay.....alot of help!!!!

1. Any advice on the best/healthiest way to prep meals in the hotel? all we have is a microwave and mini fridge. My mother in law will make meals a couple times a week but I'll still need to do all lunches and 2-3 dinners a week.
2. Ive got to get ellie sleeping in a pack and play. Several reasons A. The state requires it. I have to sign a waiver agreeing to have her sleeping in our own crib, if anything happens or I refuse to sign it we forfeit all state assistance. B. The full size bed isn't large enough to sleep in with me, dh and her. For now she won't sleep unless shes in my arms or in her car seat so ive put her seat in the pack and play, she went to sleep easily and I'm hoping she'll get used to the pack and play and eventually be able to sleep without the car seat. I think the incline of the seat helps her sleep better anyways with the reflux.
Any other ideas to help her transition?
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GoodyBrook
by Silver Member on Nov. 25, 2012 at 12:42 AM
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We travel with our electric tea-kettle and our blender...  DH drinks coffee, so we also travel with the French Press, and we've been known to pack the electric skillet.  (It's so embarassing to open the trunk and have all of the kitchen equipment fall out!)

melindabelcher
by mel on Nov. 25, 2012 at 3:58 AM
Awesome guys!!
Thankyou so much. I'll definetly be putting the infant option in the pnp and I'll look for the extra mattress.
Love the crockpot idea! Especially those reynolds bags!!!! And storage makes more sense in ziploc. I know paper goods aren't very green but with no real place to wash dishes there isn't much of a choice.
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mommyofTC
by on Nov. 25, 2012 at 4:09 AM
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I am currently living in a hotel with my DH & two boys. It's rough but the crop pot is awesome! You can also get pre made meals (Walmart or Sam's club prepare fresh food daily and put it in the cold section). I also have an electric skillet (wash it in the tub). Also for tea they now have a "Lipton cold brew tea" you put cold water in you container put 2 tea bags in let soak to your desired taste, add sugar.
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turtle68
by Member on Nov. 25, 2012 at 4:32 AM
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 Ask MIL if she can roast some chickens to keep in the fridge...also ask her if she can cook a large pot of macaroni pasta, drain and tupperware it, both keep well....grab some cans of tuna or salmon some mayonaise and make pasta salad with chicken or tuna, canned corn kernels.  Deli meats and salad....Cup of soups ...put chicken and pasta in it. 

In those pack and plays...its big and airy, snuggling is the way to go....not a popular way to go but I would lay her on her tummy and rub and or tap her back /butt until she fell asleep and then gently flip her onto her back...or put two small pillows under a sheet (so that its safe )   All my kids slept in the pack and playpens and I loved them :-)

turtle68
by Member on Nov. 25, 2012 at 4:33 AM
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 you can also boil some eggs in the electric kettle.

lactatingloon
by Member on Nov. 25, 2012 at 11:26 AM
My ds will not sleep flat on his back so he sleeps in a nap nanny inside his crib It's like a foam baby recliner lol
melindabelcher
by mel on Nov. 25, 2012 at 11:35 AM
I've seen them. I was going to buy one when she was little but theyre so expensive


Quoting lactatingloon:

My ds will not sleep flat on his back so he sleeps in a nap nanny inside his crib It's like a foam baby recliner lol

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hapababies
by Silver Member on Nov. 25, 2012 at 8:50 PM
That is so awesome that you are in a place where you dd can crawl freely now :).
My 16 month old son doesn't sleep well without me either, he is a super cuddler. Plus he had bad reflux as an infant. Personally, I would sleep on the floor with him (with blankets between us and the floor). He also has a pnp and has never slept well in in it.
That is crazy that the state would have such a rule, something bad must have happened for that rule to be in existence.
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FrumpyMama
by Silver Member on Nov. 25, 2012 at 10:38 PM
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Get a microwave steamer, I have one and it's great for steaming veg in the micro. They also have micro rice cooker.  It's not going to be like on the stove, but it's at least an option. 

Put her in the P&P during the day a few times, if she has 'babies' put them in there with her. My dd will only sleep if she has her babies with her.  If you can make sure that the blanket or sheet in there is familier smelling. Sleep with it for a few nights so it smells like mommy, it might help if she smells mommy. 

Good Luck!

melindabelcher
by mel on Nov. 26, 2012 at 7:59 AM
I know. Shes unsure of it. She'll crawl for a minute but then gets nervous, she still prefers to be held. Shes getting fairly proficient at it. She also pulled to stand on saturday!
I may try sleeping on the floor it sounds uncomfortable. Lol.
Yah I'm guessing something happened previously. It's a stupid and frustrating rule. She did ok the first night in her car seat she only got up sixish times, but she wasnt having it last night so she was in my bed from 12-5


Quoting hapababies:

That is so awesome that you are in a place where you dd can crawl freely now :).
My 16 month old son doesn't sleep well without me either, he is a super cuddler. Plus he had bad reflux as an infant. Personally, I would sleep on the floor with him (with blankets between us and the floor). He also has a pnp and has never slept well in in it.

That is crazy that the state would have such a rule, something bad must have happened for that rule to be in existence.

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