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Host families with children

Families come in all shapes and sizes, and guests search for places that can accommodate them all – including the littlest little ones. It's extra-welcoming if you can offer special amenities or safety equipment and it makes your place more appealing to a wider audience. Here are some recommendations:

  • A working smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) detector on every floor, and in all sleeping areas
  • A travel cot with a fitted cot sheet, placed away from windows and blinds
  • Removable safety gates for stairs and, if you have a pool, a gate around it
  • Cordless window blinds
  • Secured storage for all household cleaning products, laundry detergents, medicine, and chemicals
  • Stoves, cookers, kettles, and other things with safety risks should have children's locks, or be placed out of reach of children
  • Mount flat panel TVs on walls or use low, stable pieces of furniture for heavier TVs
  • Use brackets, braces, or wall straps to secure unstable and top-heavy furniture to avoid toppling
  • Set water heaters at no higher than 49 degrees Celsius to avoid scalding

You can also review the following safety tips that apply to all guests, and not just to children.

Share that your place is kid-friendly

  1. Go to Listings and select the listing you want to change
  2. Click Booking settings and go to House rules
  3. Select that your listing is suitable for children and/or infants

Read 5 tips on how to make your listing family-friendly in the Resource Centre.

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