Updated: Mar 3, 2020
I often get asked for advice on various topics such as sibling rivalry, introducing new babies, temper tantrums, potty training and so on! I try and help as much as ! can. Then last week I got asked about tips on moving house with young children.... well considering my family have moved 15 times in 30 years ( Husband is a builder!) I thought I was quite qualified to offer advice and I thought I'd share it here with you!
* INVOLVE your children as much as possible, the amount of involvement depends on their age and understanding. Children pick up on adult conversations and you'd be surprised how much they already know by the time you tell them..... so keep them informed. Involve them in their packing. Give them boxes so that they can pack their toys, books and personal possessions..... this helps them understand that everything is coming with them. Let them write their names on the boxes.
* REASSURE them that its a positive move. Take them to see the new house. Show them their new school, if relevant. Talk about the area, the local parks, the new garden etc... Keep everything positive (even if the move is not one you wanted to make) If possible let them choose their bedroom (this isn't always possible) Let them help you pick out colours for their new bedroom , if the budget allows. Take photos of the new house for them to show their friends and for them to look at to remind them where they are going. Explain to them that their friends and family all know where they are moving to and they will still see them. Get them to make new address cards to send to their friends
* MOVING DAY is busy and can be stressful so if at all possible ask a relative or friend to look after young children. Make sure that you explain clearly the process of the day. Let them say goodbye to their old bedroom, garden, house and neighbours. Try and be upbeat and keep the excitement of the new house in the front of their mind.
Once at the new house organise their bedrooms first so that they are surrounded by familiar things at bedtime. If they are old enough then encourage them to unpack their boxes and put their belongings where they want them. Pack a changing bag with enough for a couple of days in case you cant find your packing box with all the nappies in!
*FOOD is often forgotten so make sure you have familiar, favourite foods ready for them or make it special and get a take away in and picnic in the kitchen for tea!
*REMEMBER to risk assess the new house as it may not be baby/toddler proof. So pack the stair gates last so that they are easily accessible when you arrive at the new house.
Check for things such as cord blinds, cleaning fluids, sharp knives left lying around that you've been using to open boxes, front door isn't unlocked and open with the comings and goings, front/back gates are shut etc.... take a wander around to assess the new house before you let your toddler loose!
*LOOK AFTER YOURSELF because children and babies pick up on your stress levels. Easier said than done when moving is up there as one of the most stressful times in your life! Does it matter if its not all unpacked in the first day ? NO!
* HIRE A NANNY for the day if you don't have any family around you. Savernake Nannies have many AD HOC nannies who will come and help you look after your child whilst you unpack and deal with the move.
Whilst every effort has been made to ensure that the information included in this article is accurate at the point of release this should not be relied upon as legal advice. It is the opinion of Savernake Nannies. Copyright 2019 SavernakeNannies.co.uk