One thing is certain about moving day: there’s a lot going on. While keeping your kids involved in the moving process is very important to an easy transition, this is probably the day that you don’t want them involved. When things like moving trucks, ramps, heavy boxes, heavy furniture and large appliances are involved, it’s best to keep children away. We recommend having a plan ready for the day. So, here are some tips for keeping your kids safe on moving day.
Send them with friends or family
Remember all of those people who said things like “If there’s anything I can do, let me know” or “If you need help, please tell me”? Well, now’s the time to take them up on it. Both you and your kids will have a MUCH better day if they’re not at your side while you’re trying to carry a sofa through a tight doorframe.
Hire a babysitter
If you don’t have friends and/or family available, the next best thing is to hire an on-site babysitter, with instructions to keep the children out of the movers way (whether that’s you, or you’ve hired someone).
Make them a safe room
While this won’t work with smaller children, if you’re children are a little older, and you’re unable to get a sitter, create a safe room for them to stay in during the day. You can set the room up with snacks, games, activities, and maybe even a movie or video game. Just make sure to check on them regularly.
Keep them safe
If your kids are around during moving day, just be very aware of all of the potential dangers. You’ll likely have things around that aren’t typically out, like scissors, box cutters, cleaning supplies, etc. – not to mention people carrying large appliances and furniture and boxes sitting everywhere. Make sure that any un-safe items are out of your children’s reach, and that you know where your children are at all times.
Do you have any other tips for keeping small kids safe during a move? Leave me a comment below.