Moving out is a hard job and moving out with a baby is even more difficult – it means getting more, extra attention on the little one. Moving with a toddler to a new house is very different from moving alone or with your partner. Still, there are a few things that you could do and they will help you cope when moving with babies besides only transferring the infants records to a new doctor.
Tips for Moving with Babies
In the first place, when the idea of moving occurs, wait before you tell your little child. If you live in an apartment and you are moving to a house he may want a dog, or a bigger room, or may be upset for separating with his current friends. Wait until you have secured your new home so you can tell him what it is like and what he can really expect before he makes his guesses and asks for something you cannot give to him. In the meantime keep up the same schedule for the child, don’t change it so that when you actually do the move that will minimize stress for the toddler, especially if he is adapting slowly or is a sensitive child. If you are moving with a newborn baby this rule is also valid – try to keep the same regime for the child.
Moving cross country with toddlers is difficult for everyone since the travel to the new home may last long – a day or more days. And keeping the regime for the child is not possible. He will need time to adapt. This is why if you are going to be needing a babysitter you better search in advance for the right person. Plan some interviews with people before moving day. In this way when you actually move you will have a person immediately at your disposal for the care of your baby. If you can, introduce the sitter to the child before this person begins taking care of your toddler – in this way the kid will get to know the person and won’t be stressed out when he sees a stranger at home.
Moving House with Babies
Your home must be safe for babies. Remember that little children are very active – they walk, if they can’t, they crawl, and they are curious to see, smell, touch and taste everything. If you are moving house with a baby this means that you should also consider well how to clean your home when moving – in order to protect the baby from microbes. Protect your floors and carpets when moving as well – this will keep the health of your baby and the other members of your family as well. You can rely on professional cleaning services for these services, too.
If your infant is big enough to understand, if you can, go to the new area in which you will be moving with your child. Show him the playgrounds, the kinder garden he is going to go to, all the kids he will get to meet and play with. When moving with toddlers stress for them is less if they are aware of the new environment that they will go to. At the same time when relocating to this new environment keep some things that are familiar to the child – the bedlinen, toys, get him the food he is used to and enjoys. That way he will be able to adapt more easily to the new surroundings. And the new things won’t seem so scary and different because he will relate them to things he already knows.
Moving with a Toddler to a New House
Your infant can participate in the packing process as well. If you make it a fun and exciting experience – let the child choose which toys to take and assist him in packing his things. Involving the child in the moving process will make the change more familiar to him and less worrying. Another approach that will help your infant adapt when moving home with toddlers is to let him gradually adapt to the new regime. Especially if you have moved through time zones he will need to get used to the new time to get up and go to bed which will require your patience.
Prepare with a Moving Box
If you are moving after the baby is born make a moving box for him. It should include all the things the baby needs on a daily basis – food, diapers, toys, two sets of clean clothes, trash bag and everything else that you use for your baby. Place some things also in the “Open first” box for the time when you have just arrived at your new home and you still haven’t unpacked. After you have done packing when l
oading the truck ask for the baby’s things to go in last. That way when you are unloading the truck they will come out first and you can arrange the baby’s room. After that when your toddler has his toys you can continue unpacking and arranging the rest of the home.
Prepare for Moving Day
On moving day plan some time for breaks. The child will need it. Especially if the trip is taking longer, prepare some snacks that the kid likes. Take his favorite toys in the car. Record a CD with music that is relaxing and soothing for the infant and play it on when he gets nervous. At the same time arrange for trustworthy movers to take care of your belongings. Your toddler will need your attention during the moving process so let someone else handle your belongings in the meantime.
If you are driving with a car to your new home here’s how you can protect your child when on the road:
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