It is a call for celebration when you decide to move to a new home. The excitement builds as you look forward to moving day. All of the boxes have been packed and you’re almost ready to go. One factor you shouldn’t overlook when moving is your toddler, they tend to be a real handful when you least expect it. They don’t understand what is going on, so they sometimes act up. These tips will help you manage the situation a lot better.
Pack the Right Items – Toys, Dummies, Etc.
There can sometimes be a lot of waiting around on moving day. You’ve all the boxes packed, and you are waiting patiently for the moving van when suddenly there is a delay. As time drags on, your toddler may start to get cranky or bored. If you don’t have their favourite pacifier around which you bought from CMC Gold, you could have a full blown meltdown on your hand.
When packing for the move, make sure you keep some things aside that you’ll need at a moment’s notice. You should have a box or bag that is full of your toddler’s essentials – favourite teddy bear, dummy, nappies, wipes and more.
Although most toddlers may not be able to grasp the concept of a relocation, you should still tell them about it. Moving is stressful, even for us, so tell the kids you’ll be going to a new home a few weeks before you leave. Once you get there, they can help decorate their room and make it safer for them to play in.
Provide them with reassurance about the move and new home. Listen to whatever questions they may have and let them get involved in the moving process. For example, you could let them label their own moving box with stickers and colour pens.
Show Them Around
If possible, take your toddler to their new community and show them around. This will make them more comfortable when they finally relocate. There are many ways to help your child settle into a new environment, most of them require you to be by their side supporting them in a new setting. Start making positive associations with moving and the new area they will live in.
When you have a good routine in place, try to stick to it. Moving also gives you the opportunity to create a better routine if you didn’t already have one in place. Stick to scheduled nap times and feeding times before, during, and after the move. Maintaining a familiar routine will help them to settle easier. Establish the same routine in your new property as quickly as possible to ensure success.
Moving home with a young child has its difficulties. If you plan ahead and stick to your normal routine, everything should be a little easier. Make sure you include them in the move and speak to them about the relocation process. Add some excitement to the move and make them feel like it is a new adventure.