Concept Photo/shutterstock Scan pictures of the rooms on the hotel’s website for potential dangers before you book, suggests child safety expert Debra Holtzman, author of The Safe Baby. One thing to look at? The television. Unless a flat-screen TV is mounted on the wall, it could be easy for kids to knock the device over and hurt themselves. “If it’s older, make sure it’s all the way on [its surface] and pushed all the way back,” says Holtzman. If you’re stuck with an unstable flat-screen, ask the front desk to take it out for the night. You might want to keep the TV away regardless—science just found out too much TV can increase kids’ risk of diabetes.
kikovic/shutterstock Since December 2012, it’s been illegal for hotels to offer drop-side cribs, which don’t meet federal safety standards. Still, if you need to borrow one, double check that it’s stable before you let your child in, and don’t be afraid to speak up if the hotel is still offering an outdated—and unsafe—model. Don’t miss this other sleeping mistake some new parents make.