Many first-time parents will tell you that the thought of traveling with their baby or toddler brings a great deal of stress—enough to make many simply scratch the idea of going anywhere.
However, those who have done it will be the first to say that you can and should travel with your child, as long as you take the necessary steps ahead of time. One of the most important (and easiest) precautions to take is to bring a portable, pressure-mounted gate with you. Their portability makes it simple to turn a hotel room or relative’s home into a child-proof environment.
While you can’t expect someone else to baby-proof their home for you, you can bring the safety with you. While in someone else’s home, use the gate to restrict access to the following rooms and areas:
- Kitchens: sharp utensils, hot ovens, and open dishwashers pose a serious threat
- Bathrooms: low cabinets, especially those with medicine in them, should always be off access
- Living rooms with fireplaces
- Home offices with wires, box cutters, scissors, etc.
- Staircases: between 1998 and 2008, 932,000 children under the age of five were taken to the hospital for injuries related to staircases*
While staying in a hotel, use gates to keep your children away from:
- Bathrooms: there may not be medicine or cleaning products, but they’re not always as sanitary as you’d think
- In-room kitchens with utensils, unstable cabinets, etc.
- Complimentary hotel amenities: lotions, soaps, shampoos, etc. could be hazardous to young children
Having a child doesn’t mean you have to stop your traveling or wait until they’re older; in fact, traveling with your kids can be very rewarding. Portable pressure-mounted gates provide the opportunity to go anywhere while having the peace of mind that your little ones are safe and protected. Bon baby voyage!