You are buried in boxes and bubble wrap, worried about the size of your mortgage, filled with dreams of a new apartment in a nice neighborhood with a big bathroom. But the problem is that not all your family members are aware of what is going to happen. Your life will be easier if you address part of your moving to professionals. Of course, moving is an unsettling time for children who love consistency. Unsurprisingly, it will take time for them to accept a new home.
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1. Often talk about ‘the new house’
Your baby may not understand the concept of a new home, but you can form a positive attitude towards it. Try saying such phrases as “you will have a beautiful bedroom in the new house”,” the new house will have much more space for games”,”Your next birthday will already be in a new place, great, right?”.
2. Visit your new home and neighborhood before moving in
If possible, bring your children to the final inspection of the apartment before buying. Explore the local parks, walk the streets a couple of times, this will help introduce your child to the new environment.
3. Pack the baby’s room last
Do you want your child’s world to be as normal as possible until the very last minute? Don’t pack his things too early, otherwise, you risk making him feel extra lost.
4. Arrange child care on the day of the move
Turning your child’s world upside down in front of their eyes won’t do you any good; watching their house being taken apart is likely to be traumatic and frightening. Therefore, do everything possible to keep the child busy on the day of the move.
5. Avoid other big changes
Try not to make any other big changes during the move, such as moving the child to their own bed or another room. Be patient for a month or two, let the baby get used to the new environment.
6. Set your child’s new room as a priority
Most family members can only be content with clean bed linen in their new place, and they don’t need anything else yet. But the same doesn’t apply to your child. He needs you to unpack toys as quickly as possible, get familiar blankets, prepare your favorite books. Although your child will obviously know that this is not their old room, but familiar things will help them get used to it faster.
7. Think about a housewarming gift
A new toy, book, or small piece of furniture (maybe a baby couch) can help your child immerse themselves in a new environment.
8. Be patient before going to bed
The first night in a new place will be the hardest for your child. Be as patient as possible (despite your own exhaustion!).
9. Think positive
Moving is a difficult time. It’s exhausting, emotional, and can’t always happen for good reasons. Avoid letting your little ones pick up on any negative feelings associated with the move. If they feel that you are unhappy, they may resist settling in a new place.