Tip: "Start small," says Christine Bakter. "Try one night in a nearby hotel or plan an overnight at a friend's house before attempting a longer vacation. You may have to do this several times." It's also important to call ahead and request adjoining rooms or anything special you might need. In addition to taking along your child's familiar bedding and blankets, one mom even asks for extra bed padding, as her son has occasional overnight accidents. Requesting a room at the end of a floor helps ease any worries about noise pollution. It may also be worth the extra money to stay in a rental or condo so you can prepare your own food.