Traveling With a Toddler

Traveling with a toddler this summer? Staying in a hotel? A few simple preparations will help make it a safe and worry-free trip.

First of all, call ahead. Some hotels and resorts will provide childproofing supplies.

If not, as soon as you arrive, babyproof the room as much as possible.

• Remove small objects (like the complimentary pen). Check around and under the bed for anything the cleaning crew might have missed.

• Check to make sure cords are out of reach—especially for things like table lamps and irons—just to eliminate the possibility of your toddler pulling them down on him.

• Bring some large outlet plugs to cover exposed outlets. A doorknob cover for the bathroom door is good (although it may not fit some hotel doorknobs). Or, a pressure gate would keep small ones out of the bathroom.

• Masking tape is a good all-purpose option in a pinch. You can tape a washcloth over sharp furniture corners, tape electrical cords or curtain cords out of reach, or even (carefully) tape drawers closed.

Be careful about what you leave in a suitcase or low drawers. Toiletries, medications, etc. should be put out of reach in the bathroom or on the closet shelf.

Don’t leave full suitcases on low benches or the folding stand that hotels sometimes provide—your toddler may be able to pull it down on herself.

If you have a hard-sided suitcase, it’s best to leave it latched—just to prevent little fingers from getting pinched.

Use the deadbolt on the door when you’re in the room. Hotel doors are made for easy and quick opening in an emergency, which means that a toddler who can reach the door handle will be able to open it.

A nightlight is a comfort item—to help your toddler feel more safe and secure if she wakes in the middle of the night.

For tips on packing for, and air travel with, young children check out havebabywilltravel.com.

Safe travels! And for more information about coming home to a safe and childproofed house, go to www.babybodyguards.com or email us at swohio@babybodyguards.com.