Tips for Moving with a Toddler in Tow
Moving is difficult enough, but when you’re moving with one or more toddlers who don’t exactly understand the concept of moving and who don’t want to leave the familiar behind them, it can be even harder.
If you want to make your move as smooth as possible, and avoid as many tantrums as you can, here are a few things you should think about doing:
Tell them as Soon as Possible
When you’re moving with children, no matter how young or old they might be, it’s a good idea to tell them about it as soon as possible, explaining the process, so that they know what to expect. There are lots of books that can help explain moving to young children and investing in a couple of them probably wouldn’t hurt. Making sure you answer any questions they may have about the move thoughtfully will also help.
Plan for Meals
The movers in my area are great, but they aren’t superhuman, and I doubt the movers in your area are either, which means the move might take a while, especially if you aren’t just moving a few blocks away. That’s why, if you want to avoid toddler tantrums, you should plan ahead and prepare meals and snacks so that they can keep to their usually schedule and avoid the horrors of hungriness.
Make it Fun
If you can make the whole process of the move, from start to finish, as easy for you all as possible, try to make it fun. Make a game of seeing who can pack up the most toys fastest, take the time to explore your new neighborhood for all of the fun spots like parks and ice cream places before you move, and just generally try to inject as much levity into things as you can. It will help.
Make Their new Room Nice
If you take the time to fill your toddler’s new room with not only all of his favorite things, but one or two new toys, and decor you know they’ll love, then you should see a far fewer tears and a lot more laughs.
Unpack Their Stuff First
As well as making their room as nice as possible, you should also pack it onto the truck last, so that you can unpack it first, that way, they’ll be surrounded by familiar stuff that will make the process a lot easier for them.
Although you should undoubtedly involve your toddler(s) in the process of moving, having them around the whole time might not be a good idea. It’ll slow you down and tire them out, which could lead to a major meltdown on all fronts. So, if you can, seek the help of grandma, your best friend or an obliging aunt to help you keep the kids entertained while you pack.
Hopefully, these tips will help you to have a great moving day that makes the beginning of the next chapter of your life as good as you could possibly hope it to be.