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To Grandmother’s House We Go

Baby in high chair ready for the holidays

Over the river, through the woods, down the highway and off on a plane we go. Holiday travel season is here and it’s an extra special one for me because it’s my baby’s first Thanksgiving. Not only are we travelling to Grandma’s house, but we’re off to aunts’, uncles’ and cousins’ houses as well – at least I don’t have to do the cooking this year.

  • Everyone is excited to meet our new 8-month-old baby girl, Ruby. With all the excitement building, I made a list of five safety-related tips to keep in mind when travelling with little ones this holiday season.
  • In the Car. Bulky coats and car seats don’t mix. Now that it’s cold outside, I cover my baby with a thick blanket to keep her warm, after she’s strapped securely into her seat. Bulky winter clothes and coats can keep a car seat from doing its job.
  • In the Kitchen. Keep hot food out of the reach of little hands. The kitchen is guaranteed to be busy, no matter whose house you’re in. Some relatives may not be used to having babies in their kitchens or at the dining tables. Ask relatives to hold off on tablecloths or placemats where the baby can reach and pull hot things down. Also, be sure that pot handles and other dishes aren’t close to the edge of the counter or table where they can be pulled down by our curious little ones.
  • By the Fireplace. Double check screens for the fireplace. We don’t have a fireplace in our home, but most of our relatives do. If there’s a fireplace in the home, make sure it’s protected by a sturdy screen. Remember that glass screens can take a long time to cool down. Keep the little ones away from this area.
  • Wherever the medicine is stored. Keep medicine up and away. Kids get into medication in all sorts of places, like in purses and nightstands. In fact, in 67% of medicine-related cases, the medicine was within reach of a child, such as in a purse, left on a counter or dresser, or found on the ground. The best way to avoid any potential problems is to keep all medicine up high and away from the kids. Don’t forget about things we might not consider “medicine,” like diaper cream, vitamins or eye drops.
  • In the room where you sleep. Plan for safe sleep and more. Maybe your holiday travel plans mean you’ll be spending the night somewhere. Some of us are fine with crashing on the couch, but make sure your baby has a safe place to sleep. While you’re at it, it’s a great time to check that grandma’s house has a working carbon monoxide detector and smoke alarm.

Now that all of that is out of the way, bring on the turkey! I hope you have a safe and warm Thanksgiving.