Here are a few things to think about (and plan for) when moving with a toddler.
Most of us keep medications, cleansers and sharp objects put away, far away, from children’s reach. Moving these items creates a potential hazard. Mostly because they are available. When packing these items, secure them immediately in a taped shut box. Then store them out of toddler view, up on a table or in the garage. Those items that are needed for packing (box cutters, scissors, tape with serrated cutting edge) should be stored high away from little hands who will be drawn to them like moths to a flame. Also, watch those last minute cleaning sessions with harmful cleansers.
Lamps, light bulbs, shelving and disassembled furniture are all hazards to a toddle who will want to touch and pick up anything new in their line of vision. Keeping these items in room with a closed door if possible. More accidents happen when children climb on or pull down on themselves items that are not secured.
One thing to keep in mind is that moving is stressful for children as well. New is not necessarily welcomed when it is surroundings. Making the new home as familiar as possible can make the move less stressful for both you and them.
Their Stuff First
The last box on the truck and the first box off should be your child’s toys. Their room/ area should be the first set up with their familiar furniture and bedding. While it may be tempting to transition from crib to bed in a move, this could prove traumatic to a toddler.
Travel With the Crew
Of familiar lovies, that is. If you child has a group of toys they prefer to play with, keep them in the car with you. What may make for a crowded car ride from across town or across the country, could prove to save your sanity. If bunny, Buzz and Elmo are current favorites, they need to be in the car!
Toddlers are resilient creatures and while the moments can be trying, the overall transition usually is easy. Keeping your sanity with a move just requires a little planning. Now if only the movers themselves were so easy to manage!