The Parent-Teacher-Child Connection: Hotels vs. Toddlers - The Hidden Dangers

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Hotels vs. Toddlers - The Hidden Dangers

It's vacation time!  Here are some tips to make sure your littlest visitor stays safe throughout your trip:
1.      Keep an eye on your kids the whole time.
2.      Teach little people to fingers away from elevator doors.
3.      Move furniture away from windows that can open.
4.      Ask the front desk if they have a kid-safety kit with outlet covers.  Better yet, bring your own!
5.      If your room has a mini-bar, ask the hotel staff to remove the alcohol. Or store them on a high shelf until you leave.
6.      Tie up dangling drapery cords.
7.      Inspect the safety of the TV, wall units, and any other furniture that can fall over if a little person climbs or pulls on it.
8.      If the hotel uses glass beverage holders, substitute them for plastic.
9.      Check the temperature of the water before putting your toddler in the bath.  Many hotels set their water heaters higher than most homeowners with toddlers. 
10.  If you use the hotel crib, check for modern safety regulations:
a.       No more than 2 3/8 inches (about the width of a soda can) between crib slats unless you get a porta-crib.
b.      No missing, loose, broken or improperly installed hardware.
c.       A firm, tight-fitting mattress
11.  If you have older children, allow kids over six to sleep alone on the top bunk.
12.  Finally, if your hotel room has a balcony, never leave your children out there unattended, even when you leave briefly for a bathroom visit.

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