What Every Parents Need to Know About Moving with Toddlers
Moving is ten times more complicated when you got a baby in tow. Children find the hardest time adjusting in a new environment. To make the move less stressful for you and your child, plan ahead and follow these tips.
1. Babies won't feel the changes if they are comfortable and you stick to your old routines. If the busy moving schedule interferes with bedtime or nap times, make babysitting arrangements for your child to stick to their schedule.
2. Constantly reassure them that they are moving with the family to take away their fears and worries.
3. If your child is old enough, allow him to pack his toys at least. This makes the prospect of moving more exciting for them.
4. When you drive to your destination, take some breaks to allow children to stretch their legs and move around.
5. Pack a necessity bag for your baby. Put in disposable diapers, blankets, food, snacks, pacifiers and medicine kits.
6. Tantrums can be avoided if your baby gets enough sleep.
7. Moving is as stressful to your child as it is to you. Be especially patient in this time of change. Your child needs your understanding and comfort.
8. Hire a moving company so you can spend more time attending to your child's needs. Alternatively, you may hire a babysitter to look after the child while you supervise the move.
9. Keep the toddlers away from working movers to avoid accidents. Let them play in the yard or keep them in a room with their toys.