How to make moving with toddlers easy?
Although toddlers bring joy into life, they sure know how to make life hard during moving. But can you blame them? No one likes being surrounded by a lot of mess, dust, and boxes that say “fragile” on them. Having to pack up the toys, sort them out in boxes and decide which ones to keep and which ones not to keep is probably the hardest part of it all. But what if I tell you there is a way to make this awful situation into a fun activity which the whole family will enjoy? It’s not easy but it’s worth the try. Here are some tips to help you keep yourself organized and as stress-free as possible.
Talk to your child
Whether your child is 3 or 6 years old do your best to keep them informed about what is going on. Don’t just surprise your toddlers with the news on the day your local moving company comes. Bring them with you when you are looking at houses, tell them why you need to move. Let the information sink in so it doesn’t come as a shock to them. Some children have a hard time adjusting to change and that could have a huge effect on the energy between family members at a time when you need to have solidarity. Keep it positive at all times. This could help your toddler adjust much easier.
Make moving with toddlers fun
What do children want? They want to have fun! Try to think of a game to play with your child while you are packing. Sort the toys together and see if you want to donate the toys your toddlers don’t use anymore. Also, sort the toys by the material they are made of and the color too. It will serve as a good brain activity as well as a fun game that will make it easy and much faster. Try to find colorful tape for the boxes and let the child label them with fun markers or watercolors. This will make the child more interested in the moving process and he or she will find it enjoyable, and so will you.
Make up songs, count the boxes, stack them in a way to make a small fort. Fun makes hard work easy! But remember not to rush it too much. That is one of the moving mistakes you want to avoid. Nothing is done well when it’s done in a rush, especially moving with toddlers.
If there are more than 3 of you, make groups. Work in pairs. Make it into a small competition with points and a prize. That will for sure get your toddler interested and you will all have quality family time.
Another tip is to pack the children’s toys last. Start with the books, then move on to the clothes. Put on a ”runway” so you know which clothes your toddler can’t wear anymore. Toys are a necessary thing for small children and taking toys away from your toddler for a long time could make them get bored and then you will have to find a lot more ways to entertain your children in the whole mess around you.
Let your toddlers make some decisions
Make your child feel important. It can have an enormous influence on how they feel about the new home. Give your child some options. For example, let your child decide on the poster for their new room or the color of the new bedsheets. Even something small as a picture frame will do the trick. That will make your toddler interested in what you are doing. It will be happy and excited to start living in a new house even if your previous house is 100 times better.
This is a perfect time to teach your toddler something about cleaning. Give your child the opportunity to help you out. Get some fun colored rags out of your storage space and let your child do some cleaning here and there. For example, let your child wipe what you already did. This won’t mean anything to you, but to them, it will. Remember not to force your child too much because that will have a negative effect on the whole situation.
Time to unpack
Unpacking is probably even harder than packing. Figuring out where to put what so it makes sense is really tiring and boring. We suggest you use the ”competition” method. Keep your child motivated and excited to start a new life in a new home. That is how moving with toddlers will become much easier.
If it’s possible, recycle the cardboard boxes. You can definitely make that fun by letting your child draw on them. Don’t forget about fun Do It Yourselves. Cardboard boxes are perfect for making doll houses and pretend cars. Find your inner child and enjoy this experience as much as you can.
While you are unpacking, you could also put the radio on and sing along together. Show your toddlers that moving doesn’t have to be tiring and boring. It will help them adjust and get comfortable in the new place. Starting off with a positive vibe means that you made the right choice when you were deciding on which house to move into.
Toddlers can get attached to the place where they were raised so saying a proper goodbye to your previous home could mean a lot. Make your last night in the house memorable. Eat dinner together, watch a movie if you still haven’t packed the TV. But we suggest you do this as soon as possible in the new house too so your child can see that you can have as much fun there as you had in the previous house. And sooner rather than later, they will find out all the reasons why it’s great to move to Canada. You just have to give them the opportunity.
These tips guarantee to make moving easier, not only for your toddler but for you too. There is nothing better than working together while having fun. Once you accept that and start your preparations for a move on time, you will have great chances to have a stress-free relocation.