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Maybe you've got your own whole house full of childproof locks, baby gates, and outlet covers. But when you're traveling to new places, you won't have the same set-up. However, you might not have to do as much work as you think. Try these simple steps to baby proofing your hotel accommodations.
Many parents decide to travel to their destination by plane. Some infants and toddlers just can't handle the long car rides, and the travel itinerary includes faraway places. If you'll be doing some plane travel with your infant in tow, there are some safety measures you can take.
It's a done deal. You've made the decision to make the six-hour drive across two state lines to get to Grandma's house for the holidays. Getting there with calm nerves is one thing, but getting there safely is another. We've put together some road trip safety rules for traveling with baby.
Rule #1 – Always put your infant in a child safety seat in the backseat. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), it's the safest place.
Rule #2 – Keep your infant in a rear facing infant car seat or convertible until s/he is at least 20 pounds and one year old. After one year, or after your baby hits the 20 pound marker, you can use a forward facing convertible car seat.
Rules #3 – If you have a two-seater car – take heed: the force of an airbag can cause serious injuries or kill children and infants. If you do have the option to turn your airbag off in the passenger seat where your infant will be, do so. It's the safest alternative to suffering the extreme force of an airbag, should it deploy.
Rule #4 – Never, ever take your child out of her car seat while driving. Infants and young children may cry and scream while you're driving in the car seat. Do not remove your child from the one piece of protection that could save his/her life should you get into a car crash. If she's tired, likely she'll fall asleep in the next several minutes. If she's hungry, pull the car over and feed her. At the risk or repeating ourselves, whatever the problem, you can always stop the car at a safe location and attend to your little one.
Rule #5 – Before you hit the road, remember to check that the car seat is attached properly to the car and that your child is harnessed in securely. Remember these rules of thumb:
You're blissfully dreaming of taking a break from the daily doldrums of cleaning spit-up from the high chair, and sailing to warmer waters on the long awaited cruise. But wait. Before you start packing your bags, make sure you have your emergency checklist updated. In a true emergency, you won't want to spend precious time locating essential information. Here's an emergency checklist to keep things calm:
Emergency numbers – Create a list of emergency contacts. This includes your family doctor and medical contacts while away from home.
Insurance information – Have a record of your insurance carrier, medical record number, and insurance contact information. It's also a good idea to find out what you're covered for and where if you're outside of your local coverage area.
Prescriptions –Make sure you have enough to last throughout the trip or a feasible plan to get more medication if you need it.
Baby Proofing – Whether you're actually embarking on a cruise or braving the outdoors, check the accommodations of your destination ahead of time. Think about what items you need to bring to make baby proof your stay.
Immunizations – Check with your public health authorities on recommended immunizations if you're traveling abroad. Find out if any vaccines are appropriate for you or your infant.
Helpful Hint: Don't forget to include emergency contact information for mom, dad and siblings as well. Parents need to be in good health too!
You can create a laminated reference card with emergency numbers and your insurance information as well, including your medical record number and contact information. Pack the reference card in your travel first aid kit and then keep a second set of information with you. Make a separate card or put it on your PDA.
Regardless of whether you're traveling on the road for a weekend out of town or taking a plane to an exotic locale, you should practice baby travel safety by putting together a first aid kit. A first aid kit should have all the basics you need in a pinch, should you need to deal with mishaps or illness. It's always better to be prepared than to scramble around for the things you need if your child falls ill or needs medical attention. A fun way to package everything up is in a child's lunch box. Get trial sizes whenever you can to eliminate bulk.
You've got good intentions. You mean to make travel as safe as possible, but you're really not sure where to look. Well, we've got that covered for you. Whether you need information on health concerns, first aid, or international travel, these resources are all great places to find out about travel safety.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Find out everything from how long you can store breast milk to how you can prevent diarrhea in young children and infants. Worried about health issues relating to a specific destination? You can find that here as well.
Transportation Security Administration
For information on getting through the screening process, what you can and can't bring on the plane, as well as information specific to packing baby food, formula, and breast milk, check out the Transportation Security Administration Website.
U.S. Consular Affairs
If you're concerned about travel safety abroad, legal issues pertaining to traveling out of the country with children, finding American doctors in a foreign country, or figuring out who to contact in the event of an emergency, you can find all of the information here.
American Academy of Pediatrics – The American Academy of Pediatrics issues guidelines on car seat safety, plane travel, and sun protection. We've included a few links that you'll find useful for home and during your travels.
Whether you're traveling on a weekend road trip out of town or taking a plane to an exotic locale, have a travel first aid kit on hand you can throw in your suitcase. A first aid kit should have all the basics you need in a pinch, should you need to deal with mishaps or illness. It's always better to be prepared than to scramble around for the things you need if your child falls ill or needs medical attention.
Our suggestion? Package everything up in a child's lunch box – it's fun, easy to spot, and completely self-contained. Get trial sizes whenever you can to eliminate bulk. Here's a list of the basics for your travel first aid kit:
Helpful Hint #2: To save space, buy a box of Pedialyte freezer pops. They don't come frozen, so you can pack a few 2.1 oz. packages into your first aid kit.
Traveling with an infant or toddler means you'll be encountering a great deal of environmental changes and possible travel-related risks. However, if you take the right precautions, there's no reason why your journey shouldn't be injury and illness free. We've gathered some advice on keeping you and your baby healthy.
It's not always easy leaving your infant in the care of someone else. Especially when you're traveling, you want to make sure you're leaving your baby in the best hands. Childcare can come in the form of agency supplied nannies, baby-sitters for hire, or childcare programs at resorts and hotels. If you have a nanny you can bring along on your trip, great. But for everyone else who needs childcare, we've put together some things you should consider when contemplating childcare away from home.