Baby Proofing Your Vacation Spot
You're about to embark on your first vacation with your little one. What fun! With no pressing matters to attend to, you can relax and enjoy your baby in a way you can't at home. You'll have plenty of time to share those picture books your child loves and spend quality time together learning about the new places you're traveling to. But one important concern follows you wherever you go: your baby's safety. Here are some tips for making sure your vacation spot is safe for your child.
Start thinking safety when you make the reservations. Ask for a room that opens to an interior corridor or garden. You don't want your little one darting out the door and into a parking lot. If staying in a vacation villa or condo, be sure to request one with no stairs or sleeping loft. Make sure the crib the facility provides meets modern safety standards. Ask if they have any childproofing items on site, so you'll know what you have to bring from home.
Collect the childproofing items you'll need. Think about what you've done at home to protect your baby or toddler. Do something similar wherever you go, even if it's just to Grandma's house. Just like you pack diapers, make sure to bring along outlet covers, furniture corner guards, a sliding door lock, and finger pinch guards. It's usually little things we forget that can do the most harm.
View the space at toddler level. As soon as you get there, get down on your hands and knees and take a look around. Check for small objects on the floor, such as hairpins, staples or pills that the vacuum cleaner might have missed. (Make sure your own medications or vitamin pills are packed in plastic storage containers that baby can't open and placed on the top shelf of the closet.) Move breakable items out of baby's reach and preferably out of sight. Tape down the cords of the TV, lamps, coffee maker, and other appliances so your child doesn't get tangled up in them
Move furniture. Move furniture away from windows and balcony railings. If your tiny balcony has a lot of furniture, ask management to remove some of it for the duration of your stay. Position a coffee table or other furniture with sharp corners out of the central space and block access to it. If it can't be moved, tape washcloths to the sharp corners. Stabilize unstable furniture by pushing it up against a wall or a more stable piece of furniture.
Make sure doors are kept closed. The doors to the bathroom and the balcony should be closed at all times and operable only by an adult. Locks are available for sliding patio doors that make it impossible for a little one to open them.
The Lakeside Collection features a variety of products to help you achieve a soothing space to call your own. Enjoy the peace and quiet of a bedroom set up exactly the way you like it, so you can enjoy some much needed rest and relaxation.