One thing you may need to prepare for as a holiday home owner is the prospect of having little ones around. While you can forego this by simply not allowing guests to bring children below a certain age, this will restrict your customer base – and if you’re the only holiday home in the area that can offer a baby-friendly property, you could potentially cash in on the very important market of new parents.
There are a number of simple products to take into consideration if you are letting guests bring their babies and toddlers to your holiday home. Safety gates prevent little ones from clambering up and down stairs; cordless phones reduce choking hazards and ensure guests don’t have to leave their children to answer the phone; corner and edge bumpers on sharp surfaces near the floor help to prevent accidents and outlet covers prevent toddlers from playing with electrical sockets.
Make sure potentially dangerous household substances such as bleach and medicines are safely locked away or stored in a high cupboard, and put hook-and-eye latches on doors to stop toddlers exploring rooms that haven’t been given the baby-proofing treatment. Any cots you provide should conform to British Standard BSEN716 for safety, and should have narrow gaps between the bars to prevent its occupant from getting trapped.
Also consider the potential dangers that any surrounding areas can pose. For example, an enclosed garden is ideal for young ones to enjoy themselves in, so make sure that there are no places they can escape through. Also be wary of any areas of open water, or harder surfaces such as stone that may be found under long grass or other features in the garden.
It’s usually best to have most of your baby-proofing equipment on standby so you can quickly go round to a property and install it when needed, rather than having it there all the time where it might be off-putting to guests without children. Ask guests to let you know if they’re planning to bring toddlers on holiday and you’ll be able to make the preparations before they arrive. If you can’t be there to take them through your efforts in person, leave some documentation on the safety features you’ve installed for them to read.