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9 Tips to Make Moving With a Toddler Easier
Moving with a toddler to your dream home can be quite challenging. However, if you plan all the steps in advance and get all the help you can from family and friends, the relocation process can be significantly easier. Dealing with kids and moving at the same time is not easy to do. However, it’s possible! Here are all the essential tips to help you relocate with your kid and still not lose your temper.
Coping with the relocation process and your babies simultaneously sounds complicated? Here is how to make the whole experience easier
Tip #1: Patience – the Magic Word When Moving With a Toddler
No matter how old they are, children and moving require a lot of patience. Relocating with toddlers is actually quite more demanding than doing it with older children since toddlers are still not at the age to completely understand what is happening. Also, they are still very sensitive, so if you feel stressed out, they will sense it and mirror your emotions. Helping kids cope with moving is possible in cases when they are old enough to understand the consequences of the move, like going away from their friends, taking a long trip to a new place, or getting a new and bigger room. However, explaining this to a toddler is borderline impossible.
Let Your Child Maintain Routines Even When Relocating to a New Place!
For toddlers, long flights and traveling can be pretty exhausting. More precisely, the whole experience is so upsetting for them, they could end up crying in the airplane for hours until they calm down. Also, if you’re relocating to another time zone and change their sleeping habits or eating routine, it affects their behavior. The only solution in this situation is to try to keep up with the routines as much as you can. Also, no matter how busy you are, don’t forget to spend some time with them.
Relocation can be a very stressful experience for a child, so try to mitigate the consequences
Tip #2: Pack the Kid’s Bedroom Last
When determining the packing priority of your home, make sure to leave the packaging of the children’s bedrooms last. Since you’ll be occupied boxing up the rest of the household, while the movers will handle the household things, providing your toddlers with a separate space to rest or play, away from hustle and bustle, will be the best option in this situation.
Sort Out the Toys and Donate the Surplus
We bet your children have hundreds of toys they don’t use. So, if you want to avoid cluttering their rooms with unnecessary toys they might have already outgrown, ensure to sort out all of them and donate unwanted items to local charities. This way, not only will your household list be shorter, but you will also do something good for other children in need.
Let your kids' kingdom be packed last!
Tip #3: Don’t Leave the Packing for the Last Minute
The packing of household items will take a lot of your free time, and it can take months. All this means that last-minute relocating with a small kid is simply not possible. For that reason, having a detailed packing list and schedule is the most effective way to deal with the relocation.
Dealing with packing way in advance is the best way to avoid all the stressful situations
Tip #4: Parenting Tips on How to Prep the New Home for Your Kids
Relocating to a new home means you should make it a safe environment for your kid, whose curiosity is especially noticeable at this age. Learning how to babyproof a house and acquiring all necessary equipment like stair fences, safety locks, plug socket covers, or table protectors for sharp edges is definitely something to put in your relocation to-do list.
How Much Does it Cost to Babyproof the Entire House?
Although every room carries a risk for itself and has to be childproofed, fortunately, proofing the home for a baby or toddler is not that expensive. In total, the whole cost of babyproofing to include in the relocation budget equals around $200.
Also, when designing the house interior, ensure to leave out all potentially risky furniture pieces like coffee tables made of glass, sharp edges, or putting breakable decorations so low your children could easily reach them. And of course, don’t forget to follow these tips when it comes to designing the children’s room too. Consult your interior designer about all the practical hacks that could help you use the space to its maximum. Just think of all those creative storage ideas for children to keep their toys in and have a great aesthetic effect too. And if you need a couple of more useful pieces of advice on how to baby-proof house, take a look at the video below and see how other parents did it!
Tip #6: Organize What Your Kids Will Do on the Moving Day
Keeping your toddlers occupied on a moving day and away from the other rooms in the house while the movers are loading the stuff into the truck is definitely one of the best relocation day tips. Knowing that your children are safe and taken care of while you’re dealing with relocation is the reason why you should pack their bedroom last.
Hire a Babysitter to Help You With Kids or Ask Family and Friends to Do It
Preoccupied with all obligations regarding the relocation, you won’t have enough time to devote yourself to the kid. Hiring a professional babysitter or asking your family and friends to help you out are two possibilities to ensure they are taken care of. So don’t forget to set these details in advance too. Remember, as long as your children’s routines are the same, they shouldn’t have too much trouble dealing with changes.
Don't forget to organize your child's time while the movers are loading the stuff
Tip #7: Pack the Kid’s Essential Box for Relocation
Having a box of relocating essentials full of medicines, important documents, linen, and clothes for the first couple of weeks until your things are delivered to your new address is a must. And so is preparing the essentials box.
Diapers, basic toiletries, and some spare clothes are the priorities when boxing up the essential box. However, remember to also pack their favorite toyshere – especially those they use while getting ready to sleep, blankets, and anything else that could keep them occupied. Of course, packing their favorite food is also something you shouldn’t forget about, so put it high on the packing list. If you want to find out more useful tips on how to relocate with children, take a look at the video below, and find out what other parents have to say about it!
Remember to prepare an essential toys box to entertain your kid easier
Tip #8: Set Up the Kid’s Bedroom First When You Arrive at the New Home
One of the first things to do after relocating is unboxing and organizing furniture. Relocation will definitely make your babies feel exhausted and want to sleep. For that reason, setting up their bedrooms first will be one of the top priorities when unpacking after a move.
This is also important to do because your children can face another potential problem – unfamiliar surroundings. Taking their crib and packing the essential toys to equip their room are definitely good tactics to mitigate the consequences of change. Also, setting up their room first will provide them with a safe place while you’re dealing with the rest of the house. While you’re unboxing the items, you can again hire a babysitter to help you out so you can finish all the work much faster without any distractions like preparing meals for children or playing with them because they are bored.
Equip the children’s bedroom first and provide the conditions to keep up with their routines undisturbed
Tip #9: Hire a Cross-Country Moving Company to Handle the Most Complicated Parts of the Long-Distance Move
Moving cross-country implies thousands of details. Having a helping hand to facilitate the whole cross-country moving experience is of tremendous importance, especially when you’re relocating with children.
The moment you have scheduled your relocation day and provided your long-distance moving company with a household inventory list, it is the right time to start thinking about long-distance moving services. Professional long-distance movers can even provide you with all necessary packing services, so make sure to book them in advance.
Also, if you want to move the car to a new location, don’t forget to ask them how car shipping works and schedule auto-shipping, too. Agreeing on all the details with one company is definitely the easiest way to organize the whole process, and have a stress-free move, so make sure to choose the movers who can provide you with all types of services you need.