Recreational vehicles (R.V.’s) have all sorts of hazards and obstacles in them that can be potentially dangerous for the safety and the well-being of a baby.
There might be stairs in order to enter and exit the R.V., cupboard doors hiding appliances and other kitchen tools, drawers with sharp objects, small spaces that your baby could get a hand, foot, or their entire self stuck inside of and the list could keep going.
Not to mention, R.V.’s are smaller than the space you would have at a stationary house. So, it can feel like a baby is encroaching or is just plain taking up all of the available space. Since there is not much space to go around.
So, whether you are traveling in an R.V short-term or more long-term or planning on living in an R.V. full-time when you have a baby with you, it is necessary to ensure that they will stay safe and you will still have space to live in.
Here are two of the most important tips for living in an R.V. with a baby.
2 Important Tips to Living in an R.V. with a Baby
1. Evaluate the Space
The first step when living in an R.V. with a baby is to evaluate the space you will be living in.
Take notes on all of the potential hazards. So that you will be able to resolve them or completely get rid of them.
Figure out where you can place all of the vital items your baby needs to survive, be comfortable, and be happy (and will also make you happy.) You need to see how you can utilize the space you have available to the fullest extent.
2. Remove Hazards or Make Them Safer
Now, if your baby is not quite mobile yet or is brand-new, this tip might not feel applicable. Since your baby isn’t rolling around or crawling and could get in possible danger.
But, if you will be living in your R.V. when your baby starts to become more mobile, it is important that you have identified the dangers and made a plan, so when your baby gets to this stage you know exactly how to make it safe. So, in essence, this tip is still for you.
Below are some hazards you might encounter in your R.V. and some possible solutions.
Stairs are necessary for an R.V. But they are steep and it would be easy for your baby to crawl and fall inside of them. You can cover them with pillows and blankets, but there are problems with that.
First of all, you have to remove them every time you need to leave. Plus, your baby will still want to crawl over there and the pillows and blankets won’t really cover the hole. But it can work in a pinch.
A solid solution is to cut a piece of board that can slide into place. Then your baby can crawl safely on top of the board and won’t fall into the hole because it is covered. If you need to leave, all you do is remove the board.
If the cupboard is up high and you have difficulty reaching it, then you don’t need to worry about making it safer. Since there is no way your baby can reach it.
But if the cupboards are down low, right at their eye level, then you need to get a childproof lock that you can put on the door.
There are locks that can be put on drawers as well, but they are usually made for larger drawers. If it isn’t possible to put some kind of lock inside of the drawer, then you need to rethink where you put the items inside of the drawer.
Maybe you can put the items in a drawer out of reach. And in the drawer in reach, maybe you could put a few toys so that if your baby opens the drawer, they will be greeted with safe items that they can play with and chew on.
R.V.’s are notorious for having weird little spaces. Spaces that are big enough for your baby to slide a toy into and then adult fingers can’t get it back out. (Yep, speaking from experience.) These spaces can be so small that your baby can get stuck in some kind of fashion.
Sometimes these spaces are not accessible to your baby. But when they are, you can block them with something. A small rolled-up blanket or towel. Just make sure they are big enough, you won’t lose them under the space.
With some adjustments and tweaks, your R.V. space will be safe and functional for you and your baby to live in.