Moving arrangements aren’t the most pleasant things to tackle. Relocating with a baby is even more stressful than it normally is, as juggling a young child while attempting to move your belongings safely to your new home and make sure that you leave you current place in a decent condition is the undertaking one wouldn’t agree on unless she really had to.
Nevertheless, a lot of families still commit to relocation while having a baby or a toddler. In fact, according to the statistics, 1 in 5 children from age 0 to 4 move at least once during that period of their lives. While the moving hustle affects babies, toddlers and preschoolers in a special way, their parents risk going insane unless they approach the process with great responsibility and organize it step by step.
If you’re going to move with a baby or a young child for the first time, you may find following these stress-free relocation tips quite useful for you and your little one.
When it comes to moving, the change in routine and the messed up schedules are the most important sources of stress for babies and toddlers in addition to the unusual lack of attention from their parents and unfamiliar post-move settings. That’s why they may become a lot clingier, crankier and a bit more anxious. The moving process will most likely disrupt your child’s naptime and bedtime schedules, which will lead to even more stress and expression of unusual behaviors like increased aggression, decreased appetite, less interest in playing, etc.
Therefore, one of the most essential things you need to do when moving with a baby/young child is to maintain his daily routine as much as possible. Ease your toddler into the move, explain the process, and turn it into a little adventure, but stick to the schedule when it comes to the major daily routines – eating, bathing, and going to bed. Do those things exactly as you do at home. Even such details as bringing your child’s favorite stuffed animals, blanket and bath toys to the new place and taking the time to read him a story before bedtime despite the moving hustle will help a lot.
If the relocation arrangements require your exclusive attention, get help from professional movers to dedicate as much time to caring for your little one as possible or try to hire a babysitter to fill in for you when you need it the most.
Pack the most important things you need to take care of your child in a separate box and take it with you in your car to have everything on hand right after you move into your new home. Snacks, diapers, a few sets of clothes and pajamas, a couple of your child’s favorite toys to keep him busy during the first few days after the relocation, his security blanket, sippy cups, bath toys and a first aid kit for a little one. Take a baby wrap/carrier with you as well, as it will literally save your life when packing/unpacking: your child will feel comforted, but you’ll still have two hands free to clean and pack.
Comfortable and familiar sleeping settings are among the keys to the stress-free move for a child. Thus, your baby’s room should be the first one you unpack to the fullest extent so that he/she barely feels the change and adjust to the new house a lot faster.
If you decide to move without hiring a moving company, but conduct all the arrangements on your own, you’ll experience an issue of leaving your young child unattended for extended periods of time. However, a moving site with numerous boxes, belongings scattered all over the place and potentially dangerous items like scissors, breakables and cleaning products laying at your child’s reach isn’t probably the safest place for your little one, especially if you aren’t able to keep an eye on him 24/7.
Prevent unfortunate accidents by enlisting your family member’s or babysitter’s assistance. This way, you’ll be able to concentrate your attention on the relocation and carry out all the necessary preparations a lot faster while remaining confident in your child’s safety and happiness.
Don’t expect your young children to behave and play quietly during the transit. The stress of the move will get to them sooner or later. Distract your kids from the hustle and the mess by engaging them in different games, playing music, turning their favorite movies on, etc. If you have a toddler or a preschooler, asking a family member who has his own kids to take care of your child during the day will be one of the best relocating options for your little one.