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Most people find moving challenging. Residential relocation with an infant or toddler can be an adventure. Here are some tips for helping your move with little ones go more smoothly.
1. Reassure Your Toddler Before the Move
Talk to your toddler before the move to be sure they understand everyone is moving. Also, ensure they know that all their treasures will move with you too. You can use picture books to help explain what moving is.
If possible, take your child to the new house. Show them where their room will be. Be prepared for a range of emotions, from sadness to exhilaration. Take photos of the meaningful places in your old home and put them in a photo album that they can refer back to for comfort.
2. Leverage Your Child Care
Packing with a baby or toddler underfoot can be difficult. Consider taking time off work to pack while you already have childcare arranged. The day could jumpstart your packing and give you a sense of accomplishment.
Also, arrange for child care -- either with a friend or a professional -- for the day the movers arrive. The baby will be happier, safer, and out of the way.
3. Strategize About Packing
Babies and toddlers need consistency to feel comfortable. Consider how to pack so your child's life remains consistent for as long as possible. For example, if your child is accustomed to having a juice snack daily, keep juice available by leaving some of the kitchen packing until last. Also, leave your child's room until last to pack and set it up first in the new home.
Also, pack an essential kit for your child that you keep with you in the car. This kit should contain all the necessities for the trip and immediately afterward. Include
Extra diaper bag items
Their favorite toy
Snacks and drinks
Baby shampoo and wash
4. Keep the Routine the Same
As much as possible, keep your child's feeding and sleep times the same. Then, plan your move around them. For example, find a quiet, dark place for your child to nap at the appropriate time and use the time to unpack boxes yourself.
Avoid buying new bedroom furniture for the toddler's room right away. Instead, let them become familiar with their new surroundings and make changes gradually. Also, avoid planning a family vacation right after the move.
5. Allow Time for Snuggles
One of the most important things for your child is time with you, especially during this unsettling period. Consider having your professional mover do the packing for you so that you can devote that time to your child. If you decide to handle the packing yourself, take frequent breaks to cuddle with your child. Also, give them extra attention for the first few weeks in your new home.
6. Plan Rest Stops
If your move is long-distance, make several stops along the way. You should stop at least once every two hours and allow your child to stretch out of their car seat. So, map out your stops, looking for parks with playgrounds or family-friendly restaurants.
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