Moving With Children: Helpful Tips for Making the Transition as Smooth as Possible
Moving to a new home is stressful for anyone, but it’s even tougher on young children. Read our tips on making your move to a new home a smooth transition for your child.
Before You Move:
Let your child be part of finding the new house
Take them to visit the new house a couple times (if possible)
Show your child her new room. Ask your child how she thinks their furniture should be arranged, and where he plans to put his favorite toys. Take them to the neighborhood park, if their is one near by, and talk about all of the exciting things you’ll do together after moving into the new house.
Let your child help with the packing
Reassure your child that all of her belongings will be going to the new house with her. Give your child a special box to put his/her favorite toys. Give him markers and stickers to decorate the box, and let him put his favorite toys into the box.
Make a scrapbook or photo album of the old house together
Take pictures of every room, of the neighborhood, of your child’s friends, and let your child help you arrange them in an album or scrapbook.
Helping Your Child Adjust to the New House
Keep your child’s schedule as close to their previous schedule as possible
Especially their nap and meal schedule! Children love structure and predictability. With all of the new changes, they will find comfort in keeping to their old routine.
Set up your child’s room First!
You may be ready to unpack the kitchen as soon as possible, but getting your child’s new room set up as soon as possible will help with the transition, and help them feel less anxious about being in the new house. Try to arrange his/her bedroom furniture similar to how it was in their previous bedroom. The familiar feel of the room will also help with adjusting to sleeping in the new room.
Take a walk around the new neighborhood and try to find some local kids outside playing. Sit outside with your child in the evening with play equipment and let the local kids find you!