Moving is challenging enough without having to chase a toddler through your sea of boxes. In addition to packing everything in a timely manner, you also have to keep an eye on your little one. MyBekins has helped families with toddlers all throughout the United States move locally or long distance. Through our experience, we have learned some useful tips to help parents manage their move while keeping their kids happy and safe.
1. Start Packing During Bedtime
Every parent knows that the best time to get tasks done quickly is when your child is fast asleep. While it may be tempting to take a breather after you have tucked your toddler in at night, you will thank yourself later for completing a bit of packing while you have a chunk of toddler-free time. It doesn’t have to be all work either. Listen to your favorite music, talk with your significant other, or make packing a competition on who can pack the most boxes by a particular time. Pack items that are fragile or need extra attention, as you will be able to focus on the task at hand. You will be surprised how much you can accomplish.
2. Avoid Large Stacks
Toddlers love to climb. A stack of boxes can look irresistible to a child, but can be incredibly dangerous. Make sure to put heavy boxes on the ground and don’t stack items with weight on top of them. Teach your toddler not to pull on the boxes and try to place them in a location that is not readily accessible.
3. Beware of Unanchored Furniture
When parents baby-proof their home, they are likely to anchor furniture to the walls way in advance of them being able to crawl or climb. However, during a move, that furniture may be unsecured and pose a large risk to your toddler. In fact, falling furniture sends 38,000 people per year to the hospital, more than half are children. Place all unsecured furniture in one area of your home. Close the door or install a tall climb-proof gate to prevent your child from entering the area. As soon as you move into your new home, anchor your furniture back to the wall.
4. Moving Day Parent’s Survival Kit
After you have packed all your items and scheduled your moving company, it is time to plan for moving day. The key to a smooth transition is proper preparation. Create your very own survival kit to have on hand. Include the following:
- One or two favorite toys
- One new toy
- Coloring books and crayons
- Pictures of your new city or home
- Snacks for your trip
Also include anything else specific to your child that you think would be helpful to keep them entertained on moving day. While it is difficult, moving with a toddler is not impossible.
If you need assistance packing, moving, or storing your home, just pick up the phone, and our expert movers will be there to help. Call myBekins at [phone] today or visit us online for a free quote.