4 cheap ways to easily childproof your vacation
By Aimee Heckel
You’ve plugged and barricaded every outlet in your house. Your doorknobs are all wearing plastic covers, your cabinets all but padlocked shut. The breakables are put away (at least for the next 16 years), and you have to hurdle over baby gates to walk from the kitchen to the bathroom.
But what if — brace for it — you and your child must leave. Your. House. The dangers abound!
Let’s face it; there’s no time in your life that you’re going to need a vacation more than as a new parent. But whether you’re staying at a hotel or grammy’s house, chances are, wherever you go won’t be baby safe.
Here are some tips for childproofing your vacation:
1. Remind your hosts that you’ve got a kid, and ask them what and where your little tot will need to be kept out of. Chances are, they know their space better than you will, and will know about the pin cushion stored in the bottom drawer in the bathroom.
2. Keep things zipped up or on the desk. All kinds of crazy stuff is rolling around in your suitcase: belts (choking hazards), phone chargers, medications. A suitcase puts all of the potential dangers in one square box. This can be bad if you leave it on the ground unzipped. (Even zipped, with some kids.) It’s best to put suitcases up high or in a closed closet.
Remind ladies to keep their purses hung up or on the table, to prevent any accidental Tylenol/gum/penny overdoses.
3. Take note of bookshelves, lamps or things your kid could pull over. Push a chair, table or zipped-up suitcase in front of these things as much as possible.
4. Get the Childproofing Safety Kit from Travel Tot, just under $40 on Amazon.com. This kit comes stocked with quick-and-easy, temporary childproofing items, like cabinet locks, doorknob locks, outlet covers, foam corner guards — even Band-Aids and a special door hanger that says, “Shhh, Travel-Tot sleeping.”
None of the items will damage the furniture in your hotel room and can be quickly applied in just a few minutes, the website says.
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