If you're headed on a trip with a little one in your arms and some new parent worries in your head, take heart! This list from experts on how to baby-proof any standard hotel room should allow you to rest easy.
There must be a bevy of new parents over at the USC School of Medicine, either that or the residing renowned American pediatrician, child development specialist and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics are just the kind and sympathetic sort.
According to Beta.Canada.com, they recently released a list of 10 valuable and incredibly helpful steps that every parent and especially new parent should tale to baby-proof their hotel room or vacation rental share. Just in time for summer!
Now, this first one might sound silly but better silly than sorry. The experts recommend that you imitate your baby. If your baby can crawl, then crawl around and all fours to find things like sharp items (loose staples, bobby pins, coins, etc.) and anything else that could be a choking hazard.
If the baby will be on the sofa or loveseat, it's recommended to look inside the sofa and chair cushions for lost objects that baby might reach for and try to swallow. Bring electrical tape from home or blank stoppers to cover up any electrical outlets that baby might be able to reach from the floor.
Be sure to test all furniture as soon as you get to your destination to make sure that your baby or toddler can not pull it over or that it can not topple over easily. If it does, make provisions at once.
Look for any dangling cords such as curtain pulls and hide them away from your baby or toddler's reach. Carry a pouch of cotton balls and medical tape with you to easily cover any sharp covers or hard metal or brick or otherwise blunt edges that might hurt the baby.
Locate smoke alarms and fire extinguishers as soon as you arrive and develop an exit strategy or two in case of a fire or other emergency. Check out the names, phone numbers, addresses and even reviews (if you like) of nearest pediatricians to your resort or hotel in case of emergency and keep that info handy.
What travel tips for travelling with baby do you like best? Add yours to the comments! Bon voyage!