Moving With A Toddler

Moving is stressful. Whether across town or across the country, there is nothing like uprooting your life to create some life stress. Want to raise that stress level up a notch (or 100)? Move with children. Especially toddlers. There is nothing as exhausting and rewarding as toddlers.And moving with one ( or more) can be very challenging.
Toddlers are curious little creatures. The world is their oyster and they want to explore! Moving is like a party for them. All the things they are unable to reach are for a short while, at least, in arms reach! On the floor! Conveniently grouped together! Childproofing becomes a battle plan.
Here are a few things to think about (and plan for) when moving with a toddler.
Dangerous Items
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.
Furniture
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!
Chattanooga Property Shop is Chattanooga’s relocation specialist. Let us help make your relocation as easy as possible.

Relocation Tips

Relocating to a new town can be very exciting. New is always an adventure with places to explore, culture to learn and people to meet.  The act of relocation can also be a little daunting and very stressful. Whether moving for a new job, retirement or just a change of pace, here are some relocation  tips to make the transition easier.

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BEFORE YOU MOVE

#1 Have a financial plan. Often moving has surprises. The movers under quoted your move, deposits for utilities are required, your mattress fell off the truck, your over wrought dog bit your child and you have to visit the ER (this really happened)…all of these have happened and could happen to you. Budget for emergencies that could pop up.

#2 Purge while packing. Moving is a great time to get rid of things you really never use or really don’t need. Moving to Tennessee from Minnesota? Ditch the snow blower. Are your kids 15 and you still have boxes of baby clothes; donate them to a local charity BEFORE you move. Paring down not only saves you money, but it saves you stress while unpacking in a new home.

#3 Hire good movers. Whether relocating to a new part of town or across the country, you want your things to be well cared for. A little research and a good contract with a moving company can be your saving grace. Cheap does not mean bad, but it does not always mean best. The Better Business Bureau and social media can be very helpful in picking the right moving company for you.

#4 Take a test drive.  Arriving in your new town at 10pm and looking for a grocery store or pharmacy can be daunting. If you have the opportunity, take a weekend to test drive your new town. Where are the places to get bagels? Where is the movie theater that has the best movies? Where are the local gyms, hair salons, churches etc?  Knowing the lay of the land before you get to your new town can make the transition a little easier.

#5 Make a friend.  Transferring for a job? Retiring?  Make a friend in your new office that you can ask questions about your new town.  Your real estate agent could be your new best friend. Have someone you can call to ask for recommendations.  When I moved to Chattanooga, my real estate agent became my new best friend for the time before I moved. This was before cell phones and the internet and it was great to have a real person’s take on what part of town I should look to live in and what was the best pizza to order for moving.

AFTER YOU MOVE

#1 Get a hobby. The sooner you join the community the better. Gyms, service organizations, book clubs, neighborhood bunco groups; whatever you are interested in…joining a social group can make your transition into your new town much easier and faster.

#2 Learn the lay of the land. Living in a town that is prone to traffic jams, learning how to get around on back roads has made all the difference in my life. When my husband and I moved away after college, we pinned a map on the wall in our office and referred to it before we went anywhere. This was before GPS, but it was an invaluable tool. Learning to get around in your new town can make it feel like you have lived there forever instead of feeling like a tourist.

Chattanooga Property Shop has decades of experience living in the Chattanooga area. Let our knowledge and experience make your transition an easy one.