Traveling with a baby can be a scary experience. You may wonder how they will react to the change in schedule and scenery. However, many don’t consider the importance of babyproofing the hotel room, especially when they have mobile youngsters. Your room should be as safe as your home during your stay, so be sure you do not forget to take the proper precautions to keeping your baby from danger.
1. Request a crib for your room when you make your reservation. Most hotel chains will be able to provide this free of charge. This will keep your little one safe at night, especially if they are at the crawling stage.
2. Keep your hotel room doors locked at all times. This includes the latch at the top of the door. Also, check the sliding door for the balcony or patio and ensure it stays completely shut and locked. A slightly open sliding door can be harmful to little exploring fingers. Make sure the bathroom door stays shut as well.
3. Pack outlet covers from home. Place them in any open outlets as soon as you arrive to your hotel room. If there is something that will be unplugged regularly (hair dryer, for example) put a cover in it until you are ready to use it again rather than leaving the dryer plugged in all the time.
4. Check the tops of surfaces and remove anything that can be pulled off. The nightstand can provide lots of hazards, such as a telephone, telephone book, or alarm clock. Put these things in higher places where your baby cannot reach them during your stay.
5. Inspect the furniture in your room. It is likely your crawling or just learning to walk baby will hold onto these items for support. They may even want to climb on them. Don’t hesitate to request assistance if you find a wobbly chair or table.
6. If the room has a curtain with a cord, tie it up or tape it to the wall while staying in your hotel room. These cords are very hazardous to little ones, as they can become wrapped up or chocked with it.
Babyproofing your hotel room when traveling isn’t too difficult. Just think about what your baby’s behavior and do all you can to prevent falls, choking, and other injuries. The entire process shouldn’t take more than 30 minutes once you have arrived at your hotel, and that time is completely worth it to ensure your little one is safe.
Do you have any tips on how to baby proof your hotel room?