Many of you will be travelling away from home this holiday season. Like me, your first concern is probably how to make sure everyone gets a good night’s sleep while on vacation! Getting my kids to sleep through the night at home was hard enough for the first few years, travelling upped my anxiety level just a bit more.
Whether you are staying at a hotel, renting a private vacation home or bunking in with grandma and grandpa….make sure baby’s bed meets the same standards for safety you use at home.
Here is a link from Health Canada that tells you what to look for when inspecting a crib http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/cps-spc/pubs/cons/cribs-lits_enfants-eng.php. As you can see from an Inspection of Hotel cribs in one city in the US http://www.hotelchatter.com/story/2006/7/14/133223/752/hotels/Hotel_Cribs_Can_Be_Child_Deathtraps, not everyone is as diligent in making sure their products meet current safety standards.
I would like to say that things have changed but after a recent (2008) stay at a hotel in Banff, I found a pack n play with a gaping hole in the mesh inside our room ready to be used.
As an owner of a Baby Equipment Rental company, I can tell you that the pressure to ensure our equipment meets and exceeds current safety standards is high. Operated by parents for parents, I would recommend the services of my counterparts in other cities across the world. But as with everything, double check for yourself before you put your baby to bed!