RVing with a little one might sound like a recipe for disaster. Once your baby discovers the powers of mobility, your little bundle of joy can quickly become a tiny terror. But it is completely possible to take your child RVing and still enjoy your travels at the same time. As one RV expert notes, “The only difference between a bull in a china shop and a toddler in a fifth wheel is your level of preparedness.” But how do you properly prepare your RV for the havoc that a little kiddo can wreak? Check out these tips and tricks for child-proofing your RV to find out!
Products For Preventing Injuries
You’ll find that a lot of the child-proofing products you use at home also work in your RV. Make the investment and buy a separate set for your RV, or transfer the products from your home to your RV before hitting the road.
Outlet Plug Covers - These inexpensive products stop your child from sticking their fingers or objects into electrical outlets, preventing harmful shocks.
Range Knob Covers - Place these over the knobs on your RV stove and oven to prevent your little ones from unknowingly turning on the appliance.
Oven Lock - Verify the specifications of the product to make sure it is compatible with your RV oven before purchasing to prevent your child from opening the hot oven.
Stove Guard - These ingenious contraptions will block your kiddos from reaching up for hot pots and pans, and it will prevent them from making contact with the burners too.
Finger Pinch Guard - You might lose some privacy by not being able to close your doors fully, but you may prevent some pinched pinkies in the process.
Foam Corner Guards or Edge Bumpers - Place these on sharp-edged dinettes, countertops, or entry steps. Pool noodles can be an inexpensive yet effective alternative.
Products For Improving Safety
The design of RVs can be subtly different from how things are laid out within your residential home. Investing in some of these after-market products can be helpful in creating a safer environment within your rig.
Pet Gates, Safety Gates, or Travel Gates - Use these to isolate your baby into a safe space or use them to block off areas, such as the entryway into your RV.
Wireless Door Alarm - Install these on your entry doors and they will alert you whenever your door opens so your child can’t escape without you noticing.
Cabinet Locks - Stop your child from creating a mess with your ingredients, or more importantly, prevent them from gaining access to cleaning products and sharp utensils.
Toilet Latch - Before your little camper stuffs their teddy bear down the toilet, install one of these handy-dandy latches to keep your black tank safe.
Bedrail Guards - You might be forced to put your baby to bed in one of your RV’s bunks. Install a bedrail to create a blockade that prevents them from falling.
Sun Shade - Use these in your tow vehicle or in your motorhome to block the bright light from beaming in and temporarily blinding your baby.
Tricks of the Parental Trade
- Get into the devious mindset of your curious child and try to find and predict hazards before they happen. And never, ever leave your little one unattended in the RV.
- Buy a traveling high chair to feed your baby safely without having to make modifications to your RV seating. Some traveling high chairs even mimic the look of traditional folding camp chairs so your little camper can blend right in with the outdoor lifestyle!
- Don’t leave luggage straps, window blind strings, or duffel bag cords hanging. These lines can pose a serious risk for strangulation if your child gets caught in them.
- Have night lights glowing within your RV after dark so your little kiddies don’t take a painful tumble during late-night treks to the toilet.
- In addition to having a bedrail guard, consider padding the floor below the bunk with cushions or pillows just in case they happen to thwart the bunk blockade.
- Designate your RV’s external hookup center as a “no play zone.” If you don’t think your little ones will comprehend or follow this rule, consider investing in a travel playpen to keep them contained as you enjoy the outdoors.
- Put netting over your bunk opening to “trap” your child inside and create an inescapable indoor play pen. For safety reasons, opt to install this netting on the bottom bunk as opposed to top bunks.
- Mount a plywood board onto your RV’s external ladder to stop your curious little ones from climbing up and onto the roof.
Are you a parent who has braved an RVing adventure with a baby or toddler? Let us know your tips and tricks for child-proofing your RV by leaving a comment!