Tips for Unpacking With a Toddler

May 6, 2021

Tips for Unpacking With a Toddler

When you have a toddler, unpacking becomes much more important so that you can ensure their safety, comfort, and happiness when settling into their new home. It also becomes more complicated – especially if your children are still young.

Unloading after a move is both exciting and exhausting; you have the opportunity to customize your new space and build the home of your dreams, but you’re likely too exhausted from your big move to handle it all. However, you won’t be able to fully relax and enjoy your new home until you’ve unpacked your belongings and made the room usable and comfortable.

Small children are cute, but if their needs aren’t met quickly, they may become irritable – especially if they’re already exhausted and stressed from the move. As soon as possible, you must have the new home fully furnished and ready for them.

Little ones, on the other hand, need continuous attention and care – they’re adventurous and volatile, and you can’t just leave them alone while you unpack.

Unloading with a toddler is the ultimate challenge when it comes to unloading with children around- while babies will be protected in their cribs or playpens and older children will participate in the process, toddlers will run around the house, putting themselves in danger, demanding your attention, and stopping your unpacking progress.

So you need to find a way to unload your items, fast and properly – while keeping your toddler occupied and happy and safe!

But how will you do that?

First and foremost, clean and childproof your new residence.

Whatever the case may be, safety should always come first when traveling – particularly when moving with a small child. And a safe home is one that is secure and free of hazards.

Cleaning a home when it is still empty is unquestionably the best way to do so, so you can clean your new place before unpacking and arranging your belongings – ideally before they arrive. And you don’t want your toddler to be exposed to harsh chemicals or other potentially hazardous cleaning supplies until he or she arrives.

If you’re relocating locally, you may go to your new place and clean it thoroughly before the move. If deep cleaning your new home prior to your move is not feasible, it might be a smart idea to employ skilled cleaning services to ensure that your new home is spotless and germ-free the day your family arrives.

Next, make sure your new home or apartment is completely secure for your child – toddlers love to explore, which can put them in danger during the hectic move-in process, so you should childproof the house as soon as possible:

Use safety gates to block off potentially dangerous areas of the home;
Move furniture and boxes away from windows;
Secure furniture pieces and other household items in place;
Put child locks on lower cabinets and drawers;
Install a toilet lid lock;
Cover all electrical outlets with plastic protectors;
Don’t leave boxes stacked high;
Keep fragile items out of reach; etc.

You’re ready to start unpacking now that you’ve cleaned and childproofed your new home – and you can start with the nursery.

Take Care of the toddler’s room first

While you’re unpacking, your little one will need a quiet place to rest and play, and they’ll be safest (and happiest) in their bed, surrounded by familiar objects and favorite toys. As a result, it’s best to start with the toddler’s room – the nursery.

Arranged your toddler’s bed and remove all of their essentials from the boxes, including their favorite toys. This way, you’ll have convenient access to everything you need to care for your toddler, be able to put them down for a nap when they need it, and have a fun play area for them.

Try to keep your Toddlers routine the same

To feel comfortable and calm, young children need continuity and routine, so keep your toddler’s routine as close to normal as possible when unpacking – put them to bed at the same time every night, feed them at the same time every day, let them watch the cartoons and play the games they normally do, etc.

In a nutshell, when unpacking after the transfer, try to work around your toddler’s timetable.

Try to unpack when your toddler is sleeping

Unloading boxes with a toddler can be difficult because your inquisitive, rambunctious kid will need your full attention and time, and you won’t be able to get any work done when they’re awake.

As a result, you should try to unpack as much as possible while your child is sleeping – both after bedtime and during daytime naps. You will have peace of mind and be able to focus on your job until your toddler is tucked away in bed.

However, you won’t be able to unpack all of your belongings during nap times – if you just unpack while your child is sleeping, your belongings will remain in their moving boxes for months. And that won’t do – you’ll need your belongings, and your new place won’t feel like a home if there are boxes strewn about. You’ll need to finish unpacking as soon as possible, so figure out how to get some work done while your toddler is awake and involved.

Keep your child occupied in one safe place

You’ll need to keep your small child occupied somewhere healthy so you can concentrate on unpacking.

The nursery (which you’ve already set up and babyproofed to the best of your ability) will be the ideal place for your toddler to play away from the unpacking chaos, but you can also establish safe zones in other parts of the house – make sure the floor is covered with a soft carpet or rug and that all possible hazards are removed from the room, and use safety gates to keep your toddler enclosed in the safe zone. This way, your child will be able to comfortably play in the room you’re currently unpacking while you keep an eye on them at all times.

You’ll need to keep your small child occupied somewhere healthy so you can concentrate on unpacking.

The nursery (which you’ve already set up and babyproofed to the best of your ability) will be the ideal place for your toddler to play away from the unpacking chaos, but you can also establish safe zones in other parts of the house – make sure the floor is covered with a soft carpet or rug and that all possible hazards are removed from the room, and use safety gates to keep your toddler enclosed in the safe zone. This way, your child will be able to comfortably play in the room you’re currently unpacking while you keep an eye on them at all times.

Additional Tips:

1. Give them soft toys to unpack
2. Let them play with the unused box
3. Keep a snack at hand
4. Don’t leave them unattended and with all the clutters on the floor

Get someone to help

Although the above tactics would allow you to unpack with a toddler, it is best to have someone watch your child while you finish the job.

The best-case scenario is to send your child to their grandparents’ house – you will be able to concentrate on your job knowing that your little angel is healthy and well cared for, your child will be safe and happy to stay with people they love in a place they know, and the grandparents will be delighted to spend some quality time with their grandchild.

If that isn’t possible, you should enlist the help of a family member or a trusted friend to watch your child as you unpack. You can be much more effective in your job if you have an extra pair of eyes on the toddler.

It may also be a smart idea to employ a babysitter to look after your toddler during the first few days after the move – the professional caregiver can keep your toddler occupied and safe while also tending to their needs, allowing you to concentrate on unpacking without worrying about your kid.

Get a professional unpacking service

When it comes to unpacking with a toddler, the simplest decision is to look for unpacking services – leave it to the professionals. Most moving companies have unpacking facilities, and hiring a professional moving company for your relocation is the best thing you can do when moving with toddlers because you can easily have your movers unpack for you. If you employ full-service movers, they can handle your transfer from beginning to end, including unpacking. If you don’t, you’ll have to ask the movers for unpacking facilities separately.

The skilled professionals will finish the job in the safest and most productive manner possible, ensuring that your belongings are unpacked quickly and that your new home is ready to live in right away. And when you’re moving with toddlers, that’s exactly what you like (or with babies, or with children at any age at all).