When moving with a toddler or small child, there are special considerations that most first-timers miss. For instance, how will you entertain your 5-year-old in a new, empty house? How will naptime play out? When planning a move, always make sure to devise a strategy for your small child to make the transition easier not only on them but on you as well.
When moving between two houses, keep in mind that your child sees all of his or her toys, only just out of reach. They are told to keep out of the way and shuffled from home to home quickly and often, which can make a child grumpy, clingy, and fussy. It’s a good idea to keep a few of your child’s favorite toys and games in a separate bag or box that can easily fit into the car. This will provide entertainment for your child no matter where you are in the moving process. Great things to include in your playbox are:
- Books: including story books, puzzle books, and coloring books, according to age
- Games: Handheld electronic games work well, as do travel game versions
Cuddlies: Some children have a special doll or stuffed animal that it’s a good idea to keep handy.
- Craft Kits: Many crafting kits are designed for specific ages, and can provide simple, safe entertainment
It can be difficult to stay on a schedule when you’re in the moving process. This can take a toll on small children and children who are used to a strict schedule. To keep your child relaxed and going with the flow, try a few of these easy tips:
- Sleepy Supplies: Be sure to have a small throw blanket, pillow, and if convenient a napping mat so your child can comfortably rest, whether in the car or in a home with no furniture.
- Naptime Noise: If your child is used to background noise or a particular song to fall asleep to, try downloading it before the big day and have a pair of comfortable headphones handy to provide the relaxing sounds of home.
- Precise Planning: Try to plan around a few minutes of quiet time for your child. This will give him or her some much needed time to wind down, and it will give you a chance to relax. Packing or unpacking, travel time, and cleaning are good, productive activities that will allow your child to rest.
Nothing is more difficult than a hungry child. Plain and simple, you must have a plan in order to keep your little one’s hunger pangs at bay. This can be as simple as prepping snacks or as involved as meal prep. However you decide to go about it, proper planning will save substantial amounts of money by eliminating last-minute ideas. Some inexpensive choices include:
- Healthy Snacks: Create a goodie bag of a few of your child’s favorite snack including goldfish crackers, fruit snacks, or other dry goodies.
- Cheap meals: Plan at least two meals that can be eaten on the run such as paninis, burgers, or even sandwiches.
- Beverages: Purchase a case of water to pair with some individual juice mixes to provide a quick assortment of drinks without unhealthy soda.
Moving with a toddler or small child doesn’t have to be stressful and draining. In fact, with a little planning and creativity, moving with a toddler can be a complete success for everyone involved. When you need help moving, the Mid-Cities Movers experts can provide the services needed to keep your life in order. Call us today at (817) 267-9901.