Ready, set…you’re on vacation!
Unfortunately, this will not impress your very busy toddler in the least. For his safety and your sanity, dedicate 30 minutes to baby proofing your hotel room as soon as you arrive. Here’s how:
Put a Childproofing Kit to Work
Some hotels and cruise lines provide childproofing kits on request, so ask when you make your reservation. If not, bring your own travel childproofing kit, which may include removable outlet covers, cabinet locks, and corner protectors. Then use them.
Put Hazards Out of Reach
Move dangerous items (including coffeepots, hair dryers, toiletries, drinking glasses, and dry cleaning bags) out of reach.
Attend Windows and Doors
Pull furniture away from windows. Make sure the windows and doors have sturdy locks (balcony doors especially).
Beware Coffee Tables
If the room includes a sharp-edged coffee table, either cover the edges with edge protectors or hand towels (you can tie or tape them on), or ask that the table be removed.
Tie up Loose Blind Cords
Dangling cords are a big strangulation hazard. Pipe cleaners are a great way to tie them up and get them out of reach.
Inspect the Room at Your Child’s Level
Get down on your hands and knees and look for hazards such as pest poisons, peeling paint, or small items at your child’s eye level.
Plug Open Outlets
Cover exposed electrical outlets with outlet plugs.
Bring a Gate or Confiner
Ensure the Crib Meets Safety Standards
If you’re using a hotel crib, inspect it carefully for loose hardware, insufficient mattress supports, or an outdated drop-side design. While The Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) requires hotels to provide cribs that meet current federal standards, it’s up to parents to verify it for themselves. Ask the hotel about its procedures when you make your reservation, or bring a portable crib along instead.
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