If you think moving is a stressful endeavor, try relocating with a baby in tow. Even with the help of international movers, there are still many obstacles that come with moving a newborn or toddler. Here are three tips to keep in mind when moving to a new home with a baby.
1. Try and make the move special, yet keep things as normal as possible. This may seem to be a contradiction but it's an important balance to strike. Moving can be fun for toddlers, as empty boxes and increased bustle can be very exciting. Let them play safely in the boxes to get them excited but keep them grounded and calm by packing up their room and toys last and unpacking it first at your new home.
2. According to BabyZone.com, it's essential to help your children feel secure throughout the move. Susan Isaacs Kohl, a parent educator and author, suggests that, "Even if you think that your baby can't understand, talk to him." Telling your child simple things like "the truck is coming today" or "time to go to our new house" will reassure them.
3. Be prepared for the worst. WholeLiving.com recommends in-case-of-emergency essentials such as pediatrician-approved liquid pain reliever, fever reducer, gas-relief drops, baby thermometer or any other medications your child needs. If your family is flying to your new home, remember to pack all liquids separately in a resealable plastic bag that is readily accessible, and encourage your babies to nurse or suck on a bottle to reduce ear pain during takeoff and landing.