Moving With A Toddler: Tips For An Injury And Accident Free Relocation
Posted on: 6 March 2015Share
Moving is hard enough, but moving with a toddler can be especially stressful. Toddlers are small and difficult to see when carrying boxes, and they don't have a good sense of when to stay out of the way. If you're a parent of a toddler, these special safety measures will help you keep your toddler from getting hurt or getting in the way.
Hire Professional Movers
Hiring professional movers like Frank and Sons Moving and Storage Inc. Agent for Wheaton World Wide Moving., takes the pressure off your shoulders, so you can focus on watching your child when moving day comes. Your movers will carry all boxes out to the moving van and unload the van when it arrives at your new home. During this time, your job as a parent will be to watch your child and prevent him or her from getting underfoot.
Designate a Box-Free Zone While You Prepare to Move
Boxes present many opportunities for toddlers to get into trouble. Your little one may enjoy climbing on stacks of boxes, or may want to get into the boxes that have already been packed. A toddler who climbs on a stack of boxes can fall off the stack or may accidentally knock the stack over. Both events could cause injury to your child.
In the days before your move, prepare a box-free zone where your toddler can safely play. This might be your toddler's room or the living room of your home. Block off the box-free zone with a baby gate, to prevent your toddler from wandering away while you're not looking.
Keep Scissors Out of Reach
Scissors and box cutters are typical items to keep on hand during a move, but these tools must be kept out of reach from your toddler. If you're doing your own packing, make a point of keeping all scissors and box cutters up on a high shelf or above the refrigerator—anywhere that your child can't reach. If your movers are packing for you, remind them that the scissors cannot be left where your child can get a hold of them. Although your movers will be cognizant of your child and will naturally be doing their best to ensure your child's safety, reminding them to keep the scissors up and out of the can be helpful.
Keep Your Baby On A Leash
Use a toddler leash to keep your baby with you during the relocation. This will help on moving day, and in the days leading up to the relocation. A toddler leash will prevent your baby from wandering away and getting into trouble, and will provide you with peace of mind that your child can't go far, even if he or she is able to move independently.
Get a Special "Moving Day Toy"
Keep your toddler occupied with a special new toy on moving day. This will help make the event a special occasion and will give your toddler something quiet to do when you need to focus on activities related to the relocation.
Following these tips, you should be able to prevent your toddler from having (or causing) injuries and accidents during your relocation.