Here are some ways to involve your toddler in a move, take care of them during the move, and settle them in after you’ve moved:
1. Introducing the Concept of Moving
While there’s usually no need to involve your toddler as early as the house-hunting stage, letting them understand that you’ll be moving in advance could help. If your toddler is particularly inquisitive, you could start telling them about the move a few weeks before the actual move, around the time you start contacting removal company.
If your new house is close by, consider taking your child to the new site and showing them their new room.You could also explore the parks and playgrounds in the local area with them. This can allow them to get used to the concept of moving.
Think about involving your young child in packing. Ask them to help you pack up their items, and use this as an opportunity to demonstrate that their things will be coming with you to the new place. Explain that nothing will be lost. Let them know that all the items are being sent ahead of you in the move.
Pack your toddler’s favourite items in a travel bag to take with you during the drive or flight. This can include toys, books or blankets. Let them keep these special items close during the journey.
When you’re about to leave the house, you could help your toddler say goodbye to their old home, which can help themprocess the move.
3. During the Move
It’s usually best to keep young children away from the home during the move. Set up a babysitter for your toddler, or drop them off (along with any pets) to a relative’s or friend’s house for the day. This will help you coordinate the move more effectively, without stress.
It can also help you to use a babysitter and have your toddler away from the home when you’re doing major packing work. Obtain plenty of supplies, such as boxes and double-sided tape, and have someone take care of your young child as you pack up and get ready for the move.
4. Settling In
It’s not uncommon for children to be upset at such a major change, though some children will adapt more quickly than others. Make sure you give your toddler sufficient time to get used to the new place. Set up their bedroom as soon as possible, so that they have all their familiar items with them on the first night.
Take them around the local area and let them get used to the new surroundings. A visit to a local park, shopping centre or swimming pool can show them that the new home is just like the old home.
5. Providing Consistency
Some children are particularly sensitive to change, while others embrace new things quickly and easily. If your child needs a little bit of extra time to adapt to the new place, make sure you give them more attention to help them settle in. Providing consistency in the form of routines (such as fixed playtimes, bedtimes and mealtimes) could help them settle in more quickly.