Moving can be a stressful event, especially if small children are involved. Research shows that approximately 20 percent of Americans who move are between birth and age four. 1st Class Moving Storage wants to help you plan your move by providing the following tips:
For them, it is business as usual
Infants are usually the least affected during a move. As long as they are comfortable and their routines are relatively undisturbed, they are okay.
Know what to say and what not to say
Toddlers don’t understand the difference between a year and a day, so they only need to know that the family as a whole is moving soon. Reassure your young ones that they are moving with the family, so they don’t think that they will left behind.
Take your time… make it fun
If you are driving to your new home, schedule your trip with plenty of time. Just as adults need to stretch their legs during long road trips, babies need a chance to move around, too. Making frequent stops allows you to remain on schedule with baby feedings and with keeping your child’s routine as close to normal as possible, not to mention giving the family driver a break.
Spending the night is not optional
If you are driving for more than 10 to 12 hours, then spending the night in a hotel is a must. A good night’s sleep is imperative to a baby’s happiness. Plan your trip in advance and make reservations prior to departure. If not possible, call ahead and request a baby crib or bring a portable Pack-n-Play.
Parents know that patience is a virtue when raising young children, but it is especially important during this unsettling time. Be tolerant of disturbing symptoms you may see in your child as a result of the change in environment and give your kids a little extra attention when possible.
Moving already is stressful enough. Not utilizing a professional moving company can make your experience unbearable, especially if you have young children. Using a moving company will allow you to devote more time to your children during this stressful experience. You also may want to hire a babysitter on moving day so you can focus on the move and make sure that your items are placed in the proper places. If you do not know anyone in your new neighborhood to hire as a babysitter, have one parent or adult in charge of the children and the other in charge of the move. Get help from grandparents or other family members if possible.
To ensure their safety, make sure that toddlers do not get in the way of the movers. Dedicate an area or a room that the movers will not enter or use the backyard or a park, if weather permits, until the move is completed.
Pack for the road
- Safety-approved car seat.
- Favorite toys or stuffed animals.
- Easy-to-prepare food, such as dry formula that does not need to be refrigerated.
- Disposable diapers and a diaper bag.
- Plenty of bottled water, as sudden changes in the water supply can cause some children, and some adults, to have an upset stomach.
- Pillows and blankets.
- Baby bottles with plastic disposable throwaway liners, nipples and pacifiers.
- Baby food, formula, water, fruit juice and a can opener.
- Pre-moistened towelettes and paper towels, which are handy for kids and adults alike.
- Baby toiletries, such as wipes, lotion, powder, cotton balls, etc…
- First-Aid kit with a thermometer, favorite character bandages, baby pain reliever and a small hot water bottle, which also can be used as an ice bag and other medications your pediatrician recommends.
- Collapsible stroller.
If you have any concerns or questions not addressed above, please contact us or call our toll-free number, 888-379-0011 and one of our representatives will be glad to provide further assistance or answer any questions you might have. We are here to help you!