How to unpack while with the kids?

Charleen - posted on 07/14/2011 ( 17 moms have responded )

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I am going to be moving in 6 weeks and we are going to have a 25 hour drive ahead of us. We have the electronics to keep the kids entertained and plenty of stops planned along the way, but what do we do when we are unloading? My son is 1 and my daughter is 5, so leaving them in the apartment alone while we unpack the truck won't be an option. They could unlock the door or someone (since we don't know anyone there yet) might take them. Any suggestions on how to unpack the truck and not leave the kids stuck in a hot vehicle so that me and my hubby can unload the heavy stuff together would be great!

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Rachel - posted on 07/15/2011

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I, personally, would ask the property manager if she knows of a babysitter. If she knows a responsible teenager in the complex or someone willing to watch the children in the apartment while you bring things in, that would be ideal. Wearing the baby on your back while you move heavy things is a recipe for disaster and leaving them alone on either end is not good. If you have a church and it has an affiliate in your new home town, maybe the affiliate could recommend someone. There are also a lot of moms' groups such as MOPS and MOMS Club and Moxy Moms. Sometimes the YMCA will have a list of babysitters (they do classes to certify babysitters). Moms are very resourceful! :)

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I would hire moving service. Most moving services offer services individually, so you could look up a local company and just hire them to help you unload. That would only cost a little and your hubby could supervise while you watched the kids. Plus, they are pros, so they'll have it done in a fraction of the time, and are less likely to drop or break your things because they know how to load and carry things.

Alexandria - posted on 07/16/2011

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Start packing up way ahead of time and once you arrive at the new place space out the unpacking so you can still give your 1 yr old the attention needed. If you need to get a rental truck back quickly, I guess that might not be an option. My husband is in the military, we are always on the go and move more than most people. While I unloaded furniture my daughter had to hang out in her pack n play, the pack n play was never more useful than during our move. She wasn't thrilled about that but I knew she was safe and I took breaks to give her what she needed. I dont have any experience moving with an older child but I would think the 5 yr old could help entertain the 1 yr old a bit and with the help of the electronics you speek of, should be able to keep herself out of trouble long enough to let you accomplish unloading. Give the five year old some incentive if necessary to help you. What does she like? Give her something for being helpful while you unload. If your 5 yr old is a 'flight risk' the first thing I would do when I get to the new place is to install locks up high on the exterior doors. We just had to do that for our 2.5 yr old who just learned how to open doors. We are renting our place but we installed functional, nice looking locks so no complaints and even if there was some complaint when we leave here, that's what security deposits are for; worth it for peace of mind that the child is safe.

Kimmy - posted on 07/15/2011

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have u looked into sitter city or care.com? that way you could get a sitter to keep the kids occupied during the move in process.

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Charleen - posted on 07/17/2011

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see the thing is I am going 1600 miles away from where i am now no one is going with us and we dont know anyone there I think i will have my older one push the younger one in a stroller while we carry the heavy things in then we will go and get the other stuff out by taking turns

Desiree - posted on 07/17/2011

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Try to have a friend or family member help! even if its coming to your new place just for the weekend (or couple days) would be the best option! Or if you can hire a babysitter to come over to play with them, at your house while you are unpacking-would be a great way to keep an eye on her/him, while they interact with the kids in front of you! Plus its a great way to see if you would like to use them again for date nights!! You can look for them before you move, talk to them via emails, then phone- to get everything all set up. Start looking in the area your moving to, that way your not making them drive a far distance! Good luck with the move, best wishes for you all!
We moved from MI, to NC. Had no help with our 6 month old son, so I totally feel your pain! Now he is 4 and his little brother is 2, and it is STILL hard to get help when doing things, that the kids can't do or help with! But we all survive! :)

Cheryl - posted on 07/15/2011

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I just moved with a 1 yr old and a 2.5 yr old with no family around into an apt with an elevator and we were on the 3rd floor. Most of the time they just walked with us, and then hubby carried most of it. We set up beds first (pack n play and air mattress) so we could put them down for naps and then I could help unload during that time. I would defiinely say though that it's worth paying a little for the students or day laborers to help unload as they are generally a lot stronger and faster and not nearly the cost of a moving service. The next move we had (6 months later) we did hire help and it was great. Totally worth it said my husband:)

Oh yeah, I would think your 5 yr old could maybe even "help" by opening doors and such. Then the 1 yr old could stay in a pack n play or stroller.

Charleen - posted on 07/15/2011

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hmmmmmm didnt even know about those sites this is why i ask the best people to go to when you are in crisis other moms hahaha thank you for that suggestion i will look into it right now

Charleen - posted on 07/15/2011

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Im afraid if someone steals the truck with them in a big suprise for the car thief especially once he hears the screaming and fighting then my 5 yr old trying to do karate on them hahaha no I would be afraid of the car being stolen

Kimmy - posted on 07/15/2011

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you could leave the air on in the truck while you get the big things in together. or if you have a booster seat put your 1yr old in the seat with some snack food to keep him busy & tell your 5 yr old she's in charge of feeding your son more snacks. she'll feel important and he'll be in one place.

Ruth - posted on 07/15/2011

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do you have one of those carriers for your youngest? if not perhaps look at getting one the ones that go on your back then with your 5 year ols make sure you pack some small light boxes and get her to help you this will also help them to adjust to the move a little easier because they get to "help"

Mabel - posted on 07/14/2011

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When you get to your new place maybe you can hire a guy to help on the lifting.I am not saying pay a lot but maybe you can stay with the kids and let a guy help hubby.I have a neighbor that helps me all the time.I will ask him for help and then when the job is done( we can't afford a full salary )I buy him a 6 or 12 pack of beer.He says he is happy to help anytime we need him too=)

Or if you can get a teenager to help out you can make a deal with him and maybe a few of his friends (no beer).hope that helps...

Charleen - posted on 07/14/2011

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we thought about that and the biggest things that are going to be brought in first needs both of us that way we are able to unload the suv where the light stuff can be first we have 2 beds to take in then the crib then the washer then our bed takes two people too other than that switching off maybe would work oh until the tv that thing is a beast to lift ahhhhh so much stress thank you all so much for the ideas i think we will have to try a little of all of them hahaha

Michelle - posted on 07/14/2011

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Take turns getting stuff out for as long as you can (one person is watching the kids while the other unloads then switch). That's a tough one. When we moved last I just had the two and I left them with my mom for one day while we moved and then my husband and I spread out the unloading over a couple of days and took turns.

Charleen - posted on 07/14/2011

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I dont want to leave them alone I dont know if that would be ok to leave him in the apartment I dont know how far it is from the parking lot to the door it is a big complex so I dont know if that would be ok to do I mean what is the rules on that would I get into trouble by leaving them in there for 5 or 10 minutes while we are loading the washer up into the dolly to take into the apartment you know I dont like leaving them like that but right now I am in a house and they know it so unloading groceries and all that is ok plus I have family here to help there I wont have anyone so what do I do about that I do have a play pen and the crib is going to go up right away so that way he can lay down in the room but then I dont want to leave him for very long but it is too much for him to follow us while we are unloading I know he will be content but the door will be open so I am afraid of leaving them in there especially if I cant see the door

Mabel - posted on 07/14/2011

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do you still have the pack-n-play?Do you have a bouncy seat or put a baby gate up that way you can put it up first thing and both kids can watch you unload the furniture.Have fun!!

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