The best advice we can give, particularly on moving day is to get assistance with looking after the children. Whether you are lucky enough to have family or friends close by to help you with this or whether you engage the services of a professional babysitter, it will be much easier to navigate the logistics of packing up your home contents when you're not worrying about your children being properly and safely looked after. Services such as Babysits - an online directory of baby sitters in your area - are invaluable for quickly and easily sourcing a local baby sitter who can help you out when needed.
Same goes for cleaning supplies. Your best bet is to stick to non-toxic natural cleaners. Usually, with kids in the house, cleaning supplies are kept in a locked cupboard out of reach but during the packing and moving process, we tend to cart around the chemicals, cleaning as we go. It’s all too easy to forget you’ve left the Windex sitting on the floor. A cleaning caddy is always a good idea as you’re more likely to remember to put the whole thing up high out of reach.
Speaking of out-of-reach places… the sight of all the moving boxes in tantalising stacks is like an exciting new at-home indoor playground to a toddler! Be sure to stack boxes against a wall and always stack the heaviest boxes and the bottom to minimise the risk of collapse. If ladders are in use, always fold down when you’ve finished with them.
My kids' attraction to electrical cords and sockets is only second to the almighty iPad. Usually, I have them covered with socket covers and the cables neatly tied away but once you start all the unplugging ready for packing, suddenly it’s a kid's electrical wonderland. Rather than leaving the cables lying around, pack them in boxes out of sight straight away and leave the socket covers on until the last possible minute to prevent inquisitive fingers and other items being inserted.
Usually, once kids become part of a household, you go through a process of childproofing a home. This includes fixing any heavy (and particularly top-heavy) furniture to a wall. When you’re getting ready to move, this safety measure has to be removed. To minimise the risk of unsecured furniture toppling over try keeping it in a separate space, such as the garage until it is loaded into the removalist container/truck or if this is not possible then lie tall furniture down on its side so it cannot be pulled over.
It’s so easy to leave a set of box cutters lying around, particularly when you’re unpacking boxes. With toddlers around I personally don’t use them, it’s too risky should they get their hands on them. I stick to plastic cutters and try to distract the kids with their own pair of children's scissors and an old box to “open and unpack” themselves.
With all the running in and out of the house during packing, it’s easy to accidentally leave a door open which unfortunately can be an open invitation for a toddler to go and explore the world on their own. Make sure that everyone involved in the relocation is aware that small children are present and make a sign for all external doors reminding people to keep them closed at all times.
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