The summertime is all about traveling, whether it’s down the street to grandma’s house or thousands of miles away, the need to baby proof never stops. Whenever I am traveling and away from home, I dread the thought of needing to baby proof yet another space. My 16-month-old-daughter is as curious as they come these days and keeping her out of trouble can be a tedious job, but it certainly doesn’t stop me from hitting the road. In order to streamline the process and make life a little easier I’ve created a baby proofing checklist that I hope you find useful as well!
Baby Proofing Checklist
Before I do ANYTHING I scan the space, be it a hotel room, vacation house, or friend’s apartment. As a parent I aim to be prepared for any potential trouble making, which usually requires a quick check for the following:
- Breakable items on low tables i.e.: coffee tables, end tables, night stands
- Doors (leading down stairs or outside), balconies or decks
- Window (screens and locks)
- Window blinds
- Cleaning supplies
In baby proofing a home away from home, I look for temporary fixes and simple solutions, i.e.: locking doors and windows, and removing breakable items. Once I’ve peaked around, then I conduct the following baby proofing if necessary:
- Remove all table top vases and other breakable items within reach
- Move any sharp or dangerous kitchen items out of sight and reach
- Cover the outlets with plastic outlet covers (pack a few in your luggage)
- Check window screens and lock if necessary (especially if on a higher floor)
- Lock screen doors (if available) leading outside
- Wrap up loose blind cords (a piece of thick tape should work as a temporary fix)
- Remove all toxic cleaning supplies from under the sink and store out of sight for the duration of your trip
The best piece of advice I received regarding baby proofing is that the “proofing” is only designed to slow the process and a caregiver should always be one step behind. Baby proofing while on vacation may seem like a laborious task, but by using the baby proofing checklist above or creating one of your own can serve as a useful reminder of what to look for no matter the destination.
What is on your traveling baby proofing checklist?