Moving is tough. Add a toddler to the mix and it gets even tougher, especially if you have to pack with them under-foot. If you don't have friends or family to take the little one while you pack, you're going to have to find some creative ways to keep them occupied. Luckily, there are some simple steps you can take that will keep your little one entertained while you get down to the business of packing. Here are four fun ways to keep your toddler busy while you pack.
Pack the Closets First
Kids love to find new hiding places. Luckily, there are built-in hiding places in each bedroom. By packing the closets first, you can provide your little one with the perfect place to play while you pack the rest of the room. While you're sorting your clothes for packing, you can leave a pile out for charity. Your little one will have fun trying on the clothes while you pack.
The kitchen is the perfect room to encourage exploration while you pack. Choose a cupboard to pack last – preferably the cupboard storing the plastics or the pots and pans. Let your little one play in the cupboard while you pack up the rest of the kitchen supplies. Your little one will enjoy banging the pots and pans, or building with the plastics.
When it's time to pack the bathroom, be prepared for some water fun. The bathroom is a great room to pack right before bedtime. Place a small amount of water in the tub and add a few toys. Your little one can splash in the water while you pack up the bathroom supplies. Be sure to never leave the bathroom while your little one is in the tub.
Make a Game of It
Packing your little one's room can be difficult, especially if they don't want their toys to get packed. Turn the process into a game and get your little one involved. Place a box in the middle of the room and take turns tossing soft toys in. Be sure to leave a few toys unpacked though. Your little one will need something to play with while you wait for the moving truck to arrive.
If you're trying to pack with a toddler in the room, you're going to need all the help you can get. The ideas described here will help you keep your child entertained while you get down to the business of packing. For other advice about how to make packing easier, be sure to speak to your local moving services company.