It’s the smell of a fresh cooked meal and hanging out with friends and family that excites all of us in anticipation of the holidays! Many of us travel to family and friend’s homes to enjoy these delicious eats. The last thing that we need on our plates is to have our child or grandchild injured during the holidays.

Check your car seat before hopping in the car.
Many of us travel via car or plane to get to our loved one’s homes. Watch out for small kids and distracted drivers in parking lots that are busier than usual during the holidays. Car seats can be recalled, expired or installed incorrectly – so now is a great time to check.  Safe Kids has some great tips to check for all those dangers.
If you are flying, take your car seat with you and use it on the plane.
The label on the restraint of the car seat should read: “This restraint is certified for use in motor vehicles and aircraft.” Check the seat size, too.  A car seat wider than 16 inches can’t fit properly in a coach seat.
Pack a bag full of toys and delicious treats.
We all know the struggle of having a child in a car or airplane who is bored and grumpy. Since 2009 all toys have to meet a mandatory toy standard. Have some games prepared such as “I Spy with My Little Eye”.
Once you have arrived at your destination…
If possible, bring your own safety tested portable crib for a safe sleeping arrangement. If this is not an option, ask about the crib that your child will be sleeping in. Ensure that the crib meets safety requirements set by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Make sure that none of the crib’s slats are loose, missing, or cracked; and remove all excess blankets, pillows or materials, remember that bare is best when it comes to baby’s safe sleep.
Water Safety is key
Check for secured fence surrounding any pools or water features and appoint a watcher whenever children are around water.
Are the old toys at grandmas safe for your kid to use?
There’s nothing better than pulling out your old toys for your child to play with while visiting Grandma. Be sure to keep in mind that these objects may pose a danger to your child such as lead poisoning or choking hazards. Have your child wash their hands as soon as they are done playing with older toys that may contain lead particles. In addition, watch for small parts on toys that could be choking hazards.

A few extra safety steps will ensure we all enjoy holiday fun.