Tell the Truth: Do You Trust Hotel Babysitting Services?

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August 30, 2011

I know it seems counter-intuitive, but I always start thinking about vacations at the end of summer. Perhaps it’s because I like sneaking that last trip in to extend the season a little longer or maybe it’s my way of prepping for the craziness that is the holidays in my family. Either way, I’ve been researching quick getaways for the last few nights.

Problem is, I occasionally suffer from parent paranoia and as a result I just can’t see myself vacationing without my daughter. I could definitely use a break, but I just don’t think I’d actually enjoy a vacation if my daughter was so far away.

There’s an obvious solution, of course. Choose a hotel that has babysitting services.You know those hotels that boast a playroom or special kids’ suite with “trained” staff to watch your kids between certain hours? Seems like the perfect amenity for busy moms traveling with kids, right? In theory, I think it’s an awesome idea.


But truthfully, I would never, ever, leave my daughter with a hotel-provided babysitter. The thought alone gives me the shivers. A complete and total stranger watching my child in a foreign place? It seems like the setup for a horror movie that doesn’t end well. Maybe Natalee Holloway and the latest Aruba disappearance case have put me even more on edge–if that’s even possible–but I just don’t think I could ever let a stranger supervise my child while I was on vacation.

And yet, tons of hotels offer these services for moms which must mean someone is using them. But who? Have you ever used a hotel-provided babysitter or left your child in a hotel’s playroom? Do you trust hotel babysitting services? Weigh in in the comments.

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