How To Pack With a Toddler

This move is completely different than any I have done before. I have a toddler now and that is a game changer. Normally, I would leave most of the packing and cleaning for the last three days, then pack late into the evening and get it all done. Instead I have slowly been packing here and there over the last few weeks.

Tips for packing
*Pack early, pack often! You will not be able to designate hours and days but will have to squeeze in a few minutes of packing here and some nap time cleaning there.
*Remember to put your roll of tape and permanent markers out of reach every time you set them down. There is nothing more tempting to tiny hands.
*Plan ahead and set aside a suitcase to live out of for the last week. And zippers are ridiculously fun to a toddler.
*Make lists of things you need to get done before the move and cleaning tasks. You will get distracted by reading books, cooking and feeding, potty training, and plain and simple exhaustion.
*Don’t do a big grocery trip. Meal plan and do little trips every few days to get out of the house and not overbuy. Try to use up food so you don’t have to move it. Check the freezer for leftovers because they will be considered too old as soon as you move.
*Crayons and cardboard boxes are great for keeping them busy.
*Explain over and over and over where you are moving to and why this is awesome. There will be whining when you pack up favorite toys and books and you will reflexively say “we have to pack them up so we can take them to Grandpa’s house!”
*Speaking of toys, leave them for one of the last things and make sure there is a place to play. They will prefer knocking over flattened boxes or grabbing your tape gun the second you set it down (aha!) but it is worth a try.
*Use child safe cleaners so that your kid can “help.” They can wipe windows, walls, cupboards, and the fridge. Whatever it takes to keep them busy and feeling involved.
*Get used to having their favorite Cd on repeat.

Today is my last day here though I will have a few hours tomorrow morning to work on stuff. I don’t feel rushed or overwhelmed, which is a not my typical moving state. I am mostly concerned about Wallace for all of this. It is going to mess up his nap time tomorrow and will be his longest car ride ever. He has never been a fan of riding in cars. I have my kindle with games, snacks, Froggy, a few little toys, and his water bottle. Wish me luck.


About JennP

Single mom by choice, lesbian, natural living, parenting, car free, Chicago.Thank you for reading and feel free to leave a comment!
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3 Responses to How To Pack With a Toddler

  1. Lindsay says:

    Good luck tomorrow! I hope he does ok with his nap being messed up and in the car for a long while. Sounds like you’re as prepared as you can be. I’ll be thinking of you.

  2. Good luck! Hopefully it all goes smoothly. I’m hoping he will just nap in the car for you.

  3. pepibebe says:

    Sounds like you’ve done an amazing job! Good luck with the rest of the move.

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