Moving from one place to another is no easy task, but it can become quite a hassle if you have got children in the mix. However, if you have a toddler, then you are in for the ride of your life (sarcasm, obviously).
Of course, there are many ways you can make moving into a new house a breeze, but when you have to deal with toddlers too, you must up your game. Fortunately, there are several ways you can help toddlers relax, even during a move. Keeping this in mind, here are 7 ideas to help get you started.
1. Be Patient
Buying and selling a home can be a strenuous task, so much so, you may get cranky. When in such a state, it is highly unlikely you will be able to deal with your child.
As difficult as it may seem, you will need to be patient at all times. Think about this way. If you are optimistic and happy, your child will reflect those feelings.
When things are getting on your nerves, stop whatever you are doing, and do something that is fun. If you involve your child, it will be even better. As long as you and your child get along, there is no reason why they won’t be at ease while you move to your new home.
2. Be Thoughtful
Even though your child is a toddler, it does not mean he/she is not capable of understanding what is going on. It is possible that your child develops attachments, so it is not easy for them to let go whenever you want. Rather than doing what you want, take note of the things your child is emotionally tied to.
Whether it is their favorite toy, blanket, or pacifier, prepare them for what is to come. Do your best to keep those things around as it will definitely ease the move for them. If you are not able to do so, find something else to ‘grab’ their attention.
3. Create a Sense of Excitement
Children are all about being excited, so why shouldn’t your move be exciting as well?
Make your move interesting and fun; talk to your child and express your excitement at the same time. Tell stories and explain your desire for something better, which in this case is your new home.
The better you are able to explain the importance of the move, i.e., how it will make life a lot better, the easier it will be for you to pull through, which once again will reflect in your child as well.
4. Get some Help
On the day you are to move, if possible, get some help. Either ask your friends or family to help with your child, or hire a babysitter instead.
If you do get some help, your sanity will remain intact and your child will be safe too. Moving is chaotic, and failing to keep an eye on your toddler, even for a second, could spell trouble.
Do yourself a favor; get your friends or family, or a babysitter to take care of your little one. This way you can go about completing your tasks without having to worry about feeding or changing your baby.
5. Pack your Baby’s Belongings Last
While packing your belongings for the move, don’t pack your baby’s belongings until the very last day. Even though you may be tempted to pack all those baby gadgets and stuffed animals, it will do no favors to your cause.
If you are wondering why you shouldn’t pack your baby’s belongings first, it is because you do not want to go hunting for your child’s favorite blanket or toys through all the boxes you have already packed.
When you have finally packed your baby’s stuff, label it clearly, so that the mover’s know exactly where to place said boxes at your new home.
6. Pack a Bag of Essentials for the Move
It is important you pack a separate bag or a box of essentials for your child for the move. Apart from the typical necessities like diapers, make sure to pack your child’s favorite toys or pacifier. But do not stop there, as you should also pack items like a first aid kit, or any other medications that may be required along the way.
When the essentials bag is ready, place it in an easy-to-reach spot, so that you can access it at any time throughout the day, to access stuff you need when you need them the most.
7. Don’t Travel with your Baby in a Rental Truck
If you want your baby to be comfortable, do not travel in a rental truck. In fact, truck companies recommend that families travel in their own cars, especially if they have a baby.
There is no denying the fact that a majority of truck rentals come with airbags, and are quite safe for adults, but the same cannot be said for children. Since rental trucks do not have any seats in the back, they do not meet the requirements for traveling with children.
The aforementioned ideas are a few of many that can be incorporated into your move to keep your toddler relaxed. The most effective of them all being hiring a moving company if you have the finances for it. If you do opt for this option, you can solely concentrate on your child, without having to worry about taking care of tasks associated with moving to your new home. You won’t have to worry about packing and unpacking either as all of it will be taken care of by the movers.
Once you reach your new home, and when the time comes to decorate the place, do it in such a way so that it is easy to clean. If done correctly, you will have plenty of time to spend with your toddler, since their upbringing should be your first priority after all.
There you have it. 7 ideas to keep your toddlers happy and relaxed during the move.
Jenny Harrison is a passionate technology and lifestyle blogger. She loves to engage with readers who are seeking tech, home, lifestyle-related information on the internet. She is a featured blogger at various high authority blogs and magazines in which she shared her research and experience with the vast online community. Currently associated with New York moving company ‘All Around Moving Services Company Inc.’ Specializes in arranging and assembling services of professional and skilled local movers locally in New York City as well as areas in New Jersey, Connecticut and the Miami Dale area in South Florida for their blog operations. Follow her on twitter @MJennyHarrison for more updates.