Moving to a new home is both an exciting and draining process. While many enjoy the process of a fresh start, it can also be emotionally and physically difficult for individuals and families alike. Further, for those with children, childproofing must be factored into the move.
The top priority for any relocation should be to keep your family safe as well as your belongings. If you aren’t sure about how to childproof your move, these tips will help.
Keep track of dangerous items
When packing and preparing for your move, it can be hard to stay organized and keep track of your belongings. Somtimes, medications, cleaning supplies, sharp objects, and tools, can be left outside of packing boxes. While these may not pose danger to you as an adult, they’re potentially harmful for kids, and should therefore be monitored closely.
Be sure to also keep an eye on heavy furniture and pieces that can be tipped easily.
Block off a room
You can set up a gated area or assign an empty room as a place where your children can play or nap as you continue to prepare for the move. Use an emergency door release if you're concerned about being able to enter the room quickly.
Moving is cheapest on weekdays during the late fall or early spring. Conveniently, kids are also in school at this time. Take advantage of the lower rates by scheduling your move during this time. A babysitter can take care of your kids after school if need be.
Keep them busy
When kids are bored, they tend to get restless, and this may create a stressful environment for everyone involved. To avoid this, pack a "fun bag" with games, books, markers, pens, and paper, to keep them busy on the day of the move.
Get help from family
Find family and friends who would be happy to look after your children on moving day.