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 Especially with recent surveys showing many hotels offer guests out-of-date or poorly maintained cribs, parents must be extra cautious when using second-hand or aged infant equipment which may not meet current safety standards.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).
This story was accurate when it was published. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question, and stay up to date with current events to ensure a safe and successful trip.