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Childproofing your hotel room – 5 Top Tips

So we just had a funny (ish) hotel incident.  My two-year old ran into one of the bedrooms, shut the door behind her and couldn’t get out again!  We soon realised the door knob was faulty and we were going to have to seek help.  Luckily our two-year old remained amazingly calm (the over dramatic 4-year-old who wasn’t locked in a room was running around shrieking) and we found a gap in the bottom of the door to feed her a muesli bar and send through an iPhone!  

Passing Sky iphone under door

The Manager appeared, looked perplexed at the situation and disappeared.  About ten minutes later we heard our 2-year-old chattering away and realised she was talking to the Manager who had climbed through an open window and saved the day!  The moral of the story is, no matter what amount of childproofing you do, there are still some things that can go unproofed.  That said, here are 5 things you can do:

  1. Phone your hotel in advance of your trip.  Some super family friendly hotels actually provide socket covers, table edge bumpers etc.
  2. If you are obsessed with babyproofing, bring what would make you feel comfortable from a corner protector to a blind cord wind-up.  If you are in the US, you can even buy a Travel Childproofing Kit containing amongst other things, a sliding door lock and a door knob cover.  
    Travel-Tot Childproofing KitWhilst this is a nice idea, for many of us the extent of our babyproofing will probably mean remembering to pack the baby monitor (don’t forget all the extra parts!)
  3. As soon as you get into your hotel room, assess for immediate danger (I sound like a spy).  I always go towards balcony doors to make sure they’re locked and also move any furniture away from the balcony edge.
  4. This might sound loony but actually get down on your hands and knees and have a quick look what’s in your toddler’s reach.  Can they pull down a kettle cord? Eat shampoo?
  5. Curtain cords can be a serious danger so make sure you do a once over on all the curtains in the room and try to put them out of reach. Never position the travel cot near a hanging curtain cord.

 

For more tips, check out this great article 

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  1. Jennifer Saranow Schultz (aka Hint Mama)

    Great tips, and I need to remember to check the curtains going forward:) Here are a few more travel childproofing tips to add to the list, tricks a professional childproofer shared with me on my new site of hints to help make parenting easier and cheaper:
    http://hintmama.com/2013/11/22/todays-hint-5-travel-childproofing-tips-from-a-professional-childproofer/

  2. Wendy at Tots

    It makes a lot of difference to know that when you are on holiday you can relax… we make sure everyone of our properties has an essential kit for make mums & dad’s holiday easy!

    1. Nicola

      That’s brilliant to know Wendy!

  3. 21st Century Mummy (@Mummytweets)

    Some good tips. Although I don’t do a thorough child-proofing when we go away, I always do a quick check around the hotel room (and even at friends’ places) for potential hazards, especially balcony doors/windows as my two year old is a climber.

  4. Chasing the Donkey

    5 of the best tips I have read this week. I am always so worried about hotel rooms when we travel. And kit is awesome!

    1. Nicola

      thanks 🙂

  5. Mrs ATWWAH

    Hotel stays have definitely changed since having a child. The first thing I used to do was check out the mini bar and the bed 🙂

    Now, it’s all about finding hazards before Master ATWWAH does. I’m obsessed with balconies.

    I love that you sent your two year old an iphone through the gap in the door, brilliant. And at first when you said you heard her chatting I thought you meant to someone she had called on the phone. Very advanced 🙂

    1. Nicola

      haha, no it was quite funny when she started taking pictures of the manager climbing through the window with the iPhone!

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