When you’re on vacation, staying at a hotel may seem like a joyous and exciting time for your children. They love being away from home, they love the big new beds, and they certainly love the indoor pool, arcade and vending machines.
But hotels can be a dangerous place for children if you don’t take the right precautions. In order to keep your child safe at a hotel, make sure to use the following tips.
Check the room
The minute you walk into the hotel room, make sure to do a thorough sweep and look for anything that can be potentially dangerous. Check for broken pieces of furniture or anything sharp that needs to be kept out of reach. If you’re traveling with small children, you may want to make sure that you bring plastic outlet plugs and cabinet locks to keep your child from sticking things in outlets or playing inside the furniture. Get down on your knees and take a look around from your child’s point of view. Tuck away any visible electric cords, move lamps and place anything heavy or dangerous out of reach.
Keep an eye on your children at all times
No matter if you’re in the hotel room or walking to the pool, never let your child out of your sight. They can easily get lost in the hotel or end up being snatched by a predator. Even if your child wants to check out the vending machine, make sure that you go with them. It may be a nuisance, but it will keep your child safe.
Bring a mobile crib
If you have a young child that sleeps in a crib, you’re better off investing in a Pack N Play or other mobile crib than you are trusting the ones provided by the hotel. With the rules of baby sleeping changing on a regular basis, some hotels may not have cribs that follow current regulations, or you may end up arriving and finding that the hotel is currently out of cribs. For these reasons, it’s always best to bring your own.
Use common pool safety
If you plan on visiting the pool while at the hotel, make sure that you use the same rules and precautions that you’d use at home. Make sure that your child has the right swimming equipment, and never let your child swim unattended. You should also make sure that your child understands the rules and knows where they can find hotel staff or a lifeguard if they are ever in trouble.
Teach your child to be wary of strangers
While there are hotel guests that are trying to be nice, there are creepy hotel guests that may have another agenda. For this reason, you need to make sure that your child does not talk to strangers. Teach your child to never share their name, phone number, address or any other personal information with people they don’t know. You should also have a password in place with your child. If a stranger tells your child that they are friends with you and that your child needs to leave with them, tell your child to ask for the password. If the person doesn’t know it, then your child knows not to leave. Although, if you keep an eye on your child at all times, this situation can be avoided at all costs.