In addition to using the helpful devices in the Travel Childproofing Kit, below are a few basic steps you can take to make your home-away-from-home more safe and relaxing for everyone:
10 Toddler-Proofing Travel Tips!
- Get down on your hands and knees and explore the room from your toddler’s perspective; be sure to thoroughly check under beds and furniture for stray pills, buttons, pins, or other items that could pose a poisoning or choking hazard.
- Arrange furniture away from windows or doors to prevent accidental escapes or falls.
- Use guards to tie up electrical and blind cords which can pose a choking hazard to your little explorer.
- Secure low cabinet doors shut with pinch guards to reduce risk of injury.
- Ensure that all locks and latches on exterior doors are in working order and secure them to prevent unsupervised access to stairs, balconies, and terraces.
- If your little traveler is curious about the toilet, be sure to place a doorknob protector on the handle to prevent unsupervised access.
- Sanitize surfaces, door handles, faucets, remotes, phone handsets, light switches, and any other object from which your toddler could potentially contract germs with disinfecting wipes.
- Check water temperatures before you give your child a bath; the water may be hotter than what you are accustomed to at home and could pose a burn hazard.
- If your toddler is a restless sleeper or is new to sleeping in a “big bed,” you may want to pack a portable guard-rail, or move the bed against a wall and use a chair along the open side to prevent a fall.
- Finally, be sure to arrange the furniture in a way that allows for some play space; a room full of “no-nos” will result in a bored and irritated toddler, which will lead to a stressed and anxious parent!
Wishing you safe and happy travels!