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5 Ways to Make Moving-Day Easier with Kids Around

Moving with children is a different experience than when you moved on your own before having infants and toddlers. Adults know that moving day is exhausting and takes a long time to complete. Despite the proper planning, moving day with children can turn into a time of complete stress. Use these tips to make the entire process simpler and less time-consuming.

Prepare Your Children for the Moving Process

It is a good idea to prepare your children for the moving process by talking about the new home that may have additional bedrooms or a larger backyard. Bring your children to the new home so that they can see where they will live, and introduce them to the neighbors and people in the community. If your children are old enough for school, then you should drive past the building or arrange to meet the new teachers before the move. When you are moving to a location that is in another area, take photographs of the home so that your children will know what to expect.

Create a Memory Book

Before moving to a new house, help your children to create a memory book of your current home. You can do this by using a smartphone camera to take photographs that you can print at a local store. Don’t forget to visit a child’s favorite locations such as a nearby park or public library to take photographs along with telling important people goodbye.

Faster Places for Naps

Children need their sleep, and to ensure that your child has a fast place for a nap, look for an easy to assemble bed frame. They are often cheap, and sometimes you can find used ones within the community you are moving to so you don’t have to pack them up and unpack them. Look for used a bed frames sale or ask your new neighbors to find a high quality but affordable bed frame for your child’s new mattress and box spring. Set up the beds and toys in your children’s bedrooms right away when you are moving so that the rooms are ready for naptime as soon as possible.

Plan How to Decorate a New Bedroom

Make moving to a new home easier by making it more fun for your children. You may need to buy new curtains or bedding for a different home, so you should permit your children to select these items. If your child has a favorite color, then you can paint a bedroom in that color to make moving feel less stressful. With this strategy, your child may feel eager to move into a new home rather than crying throughout the process.

Arrange Child Care on Moving Day

To make moving day a smoother process, arrange child care rather than having your children underfoot. Your moving technicians will be lifting and carrying heavy items throughout your home and into a truck before unloading things at your new home. The entire process can become overwhelming and dangerous for your children, so it is better to arrange child care with a relative or a friend. You could even have someone take your children around to meet their neighbors and get familiar with the community, so your children start feeling more comfortable and even excited about the new area.

Pack a Box of Important Things

Give each child a small box to hold the important things that are needed during and after the moving process. A child who needs a favorite blanket, stuffed animal or other item to feel soothed should have this thing in the box rather than loading it onto the moving truck.

By prioritizing your children and preparing them for the move, the day itself will be less stressful for the whole family, and you’ll be able to start getting involved in your new community faster.

Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and blogger. She lives and works out of her home in Los Lunas, New Mexico. She loves the outdoors and spends most of her time hiking, biking, and gardening. For more information, contact Brooke via Facebook at facebook.com/brooke.chaplan or Twitter @BrookeChaplan

Tim Esterdahl

Tim Esterdahl is the editor of IFCS blog. He is a married father of three and enjoys golf in his spare time.
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