Moving to a bigger house as your family gets bigger? Here is some good news for you!
Go for Carefree Under 5 Years Old
Research shows that moving is one of the most significant stressors in our lives, followed by illness, unemployment and even divorce. But when done right, moving into your beautiful new home can be a positive experience for everyone involved.
The good news is that children under five are the easiest for you to move. Their sense of security depends entirely on their parents. So having you around will make them feel safe and secure. Some children may be very excited, others will not be disturbed, and some children may be anxious. Signs of stress include thumb-sucking, bed-wetting, or refusal to eat. But don’t worry if your child is struggling—there’s a lot you can do to help them adjust to the situation.
Your child can’t imagine the future, so they focus on what’s lost — like a loved one, a favourite playground, or a familiar bedroom. Reassure them that old friends can still visit, and let them know that life can be even better. Visit them a few times, show them pictures, and whisper about their beautiful new room or more extensive garden. Be sure to put your attention on your child during this time.
The kids don’t know what to expect, so get ready to answer a series of crazy questions – yes, the new house will have a roof; yes, you can bring your toys; and no, we won’t be with the people who live there. That’s just some of the questions. Be sure to answer all of them.
Get the Kids Involved
Kids can’t decide which house to buy or which city to move to, but they feel more in control when they take on small tasks like packing their toys or helping them choose the colour of a room. So be sure to get your kids involved in the process.
Get the Basics Right
Eating healthy, sleeping, and spending quality time will help your kids adjust faster and give them a chance to talk and ask more random questions!
Keep Calm and Keep Smiling
Children will be attracted to you – if you are happy, active, and relaxed. As a result, you can convince them that moving is a good thing. So, if you can’t find your kettle, fix your heater or get a signal on your phone, just dig in and grin happily.
Get a quote on packaging items – it’s often surprisingly cheap. A friend, sibling, or your child’s grandparents can help care for your child so they don’t feel left out on moving day.
Don’t try to buy a new bed or other furniture straight away. Sticking to familiar things can help create a sense of security in a new place.
Keep Stuffed Animals
Take away things of real value—toys, treats, comforters—anything that makes them happy. And start by preparing their room so it feels comfortable and familiar from day one.
Tell a Story
Stories are a great way to help children learn about moving. So why not try these classics:
“Moving House”- From Usborne First Experiences 0-8 Years
“We’re Moving” – From Heather Maisner, Houghton Mifflin Ages 0-7
“Berenstain Bears’ Moving Day” – Random House, Incorporated 3-7 years old
Don’t wait to unpack the nursery.
Unpack and furnish the children’s room as soon as you move in. Along with the kitchen and your bedroom, your child’s room should be a top priority on moving day.
Ensure the furniture is in place, the room is baby-proof, and the boxes are unpacked. This provides your child with a safe, quiet place to sleep and helps them get used to the move more quickly.
Pack Your Baby a Travel Bag
When packing your belongings, ensure you have a bag or a box with the essentials for your child’s moving day. In addition to the typical diaper bag essentials, you’ll probably want to pack their favourite stuffed animals, as well as pacifiers, sippy cups, bottles, blankets, a first aid kit, and any other essential medications. A moving day essentials pack should be kept within easy reach throughout the day so that everything you need is easily accessible when needed.
This simple guide is going to make a huge difference in your move. Being prepared and organized are the key elements of a smooth move. Additionally, you want a competent mover like Central Moves to help you along in the process. They will take excellent care of your belongings in a professional yet caring matter. Do not leave your move up to an unprofessional company, always trust the pros.