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Tricks to Keep Your Toddler Occupied During the Move

Moving is always a stressful ordeal, but when you find yourself moving with small children it is easy to feel overwhelmed more quickly. Kids tend to feel stressed when they see their special and familiar spaces dismantled. However, with a little forethought, planning, and lots of patience, moving – even with a little one – can be a happy start to a new adventure.

Preparing to Move

While moving day is often in the front of adults’ minds, it is the preparation and packing that can often be the most difficult for children. Expect countless questions about which items will be moved, and be ready to reassure you’ll try to avoid leaving things behind. Consider a special box – white banking boxes are perfect – where your little ones can put any special toys, books, or stuffed animals that shouldn’t be packed. Pull out the art supplies and let your kids decorate their boxes. Be certain these special boxes go in the car by loading them up before the movers arrive.

Moving Day

Moving day is stressful and long, regardless of how well you plan. If at all possible, invite family members or babysitters to spend the day with kids while the movers are working. It is incredibly easy for little ones to get underfoot and injured. If you can’t find someone to help, be sure your movers understand you’re juggling the kids while they work.

Set aside new or fresh toys little ones can play with during the move – especially if you’re moving long-distance. Avoid valuable toys or those with multiple pieces that could get misplaced. Small cars, books, soft balls, or even a roll of masking tape (with adult help!) can occupy little hands and minds. Toddlers may also simply enjoy sitting and watching the action from a safe distance. Highlight different items as they’re loaded – this also eases fears of beloved items being left behind.

If you getting car shipping while relocating to save on the cost of driving your car and the moving van, make sure you get the kid’s car seats out before shipping. Have them find their own seat in the van, and set up a movie or toys for the drive.

Home Sweet Home

When you arrive at your new home, be aware of child-safety issues. You won’t have child-proofed yet and little fingers can easily get into trouble when you’re distracted. Set up your child’s room first so they have a safe place to play while you tackle the rest of the house.

Moving with toddlers is a challenge but it can be managed without too much stress. Remember, restoring your routine as soon as possible is the best way to ease emotional stress associated with moving and restore harmony. Good luck!

Here is a step-by-step guide for more information.

Tim Esterdahl

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

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