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Visiting Another Household Overnight
  • Check for access to stairways, balconies or decks, fireplaces, windows that open at the bottom, electrical outlets and lamp cords that can be pulled.

  • Check that medicines and cleaning products are stored out of reach.

  • Carry some strong rubber bands and loop them around cupboard knobs to keep your baby from opening them.

  • Carry a doorknob cover if your child has become fascinated with trying to open the door.

  • Cords to blinds should be out of reach.

  • Small items such as knick-knacks should be moved out of harms way.

  • Pet food, water dishes and litter boxes should be out of reach. Check Pet or Doggie Doors for potential hazards like stairs on the outside.

  • Check for house plants that are poisonous or that can be dangerous to your baby like Poinsettias. Many common house plants can make your baby very sick if the leaves are eaten.

  • Watch for sharp corners on furniture and glass tables where the glass is not attached to the base.

  • Check borrowed or old cribs for lose hardware or slats that are no more than 2 3/8 inches apart. Check to see if the mattress fits snugly into the frame. Make sure the sides are functional and secure. Be sure that the bedding fits snugly over the mattress. Look around where the crib is placed for hazards within your baby's reach.

  • If there are young children in the home watch for toys with small pieces.

  • Take a favorite blanket or a familiar crib item so your baby will be comfortable in new surroundings.

At Hotels and Resorts
  • Check the room for potential hazards like curtain cords, electrical outlets, lamp, hair dryer and coffee maker cords.

  • Be sure sliding glass doors are locked and can't be opened.

  • Check cribs for lose hardware or slats that are more than 2 3/8 inches apart. Check to see if the mattress fits snugly into the frame. Make sure the sides are functional and secure. Be sure that the bedding fits snugly over the mattress.

  • Look around where the crib is placed for hazards within your baby's reach. Do not use a crib that was manufactured before 1980.

  • Young infants can sleep comfortably in a dresser drawer that has been removed from the dresser and placed on the floor. In a pinch it can work fine.

  • Take a break. Most resorts have child care available so take a little time and enjoy each other without your baby. Have them take the baby out for a walk while you get a massage or enjoy the pool. You can also make plans for child care and go out to dinner after your baby is asleep for the night.

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