Going For Those TV Cords? - My Family Travels

Take our advice and travel safer, with these easy-to-follow babyproofing steps.

Keeping Baby safe when you’re on the go can be a challenge for new parents. Especially with recent surveys showing many hotels offer guests out-of-date or poorly maintained cribs, parents must be extra cautious when using second-hand or aged infant equipment which may not meet current safety standards.

But new parenthood doesn’t have to be a non-stop worry. With a little common sense, and the following tips, you can easily childproof a hotel room or relative’s house. Remember to always:

  • Carry your own nightlight and bathtub drain cover.
  • Carry rubber bands and masking tape to latch cabinets, minibars and microwaves closed.
  • Carry plastic covers for room and bathroom outlets, or request them from Housekeeping.
  • Remove small objects, such as pens, remote controls, toothpicks, loose change and matchbooks from all counter tops.
  • Remove plastic bags from all garbage pails.
  • Push furniture with sharp edges up against a wall.
  • Use rolled up blankets rather than pillows to create bumpers in a borrowed crib.
  • Closely monitor water temperature and pressure in the sink and bathtub.
  • Be extra cautious around swimming pools.

For additional safety advice and current safe equipment standards, contact the National Resource Center on Health and Safety in Child Care (800/598-KIDS)or the Healthy Child Care America project (888/227-5409).

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