Moving to a new place always comes with different types of challenges. You will be under so much strain that you may feel like breaking in between. Especially when you have toddlers in tow. Kids are so sensitive to the change that a small bump on the road is enough to make them lose their calmness. Just imagine if relocation is so stressful to you adults, then how stressful it will be for your toddler. Keeping these things in mind you need to prepare accordingly.
Parents make a lot of mistakes when it comes to preparing toddlers for the household relocation and face a lot of tantrums, unrest, etc. To avoid these kinds of issues it is best to follow simple methods to have them understand the need for the shift. A new environment, different location, it is all a great deal to take in so you must prepare accordingly. Here, are a few tips that will help in making things easier for you and your toddlers while moving to a new place. After the shifting is done, this may help them settle easily and quickly. Have a look at a few of them.
Relate the Need for Change
You might think that they are kids and don’t know the changes happening around them. This is a grave mistake that most parents make. They can feel the changes around them, but can’t understand what is actually happening around them. If you, as a parent, can relate to them as to the changes taking place, they will understand and cooperate. Don’t make it a plain statement, instead go for an animated explanation, that will entertain and fill them with curiosity.
Tell them in such a way that they get excited about shifting to the new place. It will be best if relate this message at least a month before and start their training depending upon that.
Keep Your Stress Under Control
One must remember to keep their emotions under check and stress levels in control. It is easy to lose oneself while shifting with all the pressure and responsibilities. This is picked up by the kids and they start reflecting your inner commotion. So, it is very important to keep your stress levels down and make a point of giving yourself a break in between to keep a calm composure.
Meditate or simply do breathing exercises to level yourself. Most important, don’t show any negative emotions in front of your kids. Looking at you losing yourself can push them for a tantrum frenzy.
Stick to the Routine
While packing and moving, it can disrupt the routine severely. For kids, their routine ensures smooth progress. No matter how hard it gets still follow the daily routine of the kids. You will need to help them with their adjustments and rituals. For this, you will have to make arrangements so that, you can continue the routine without any fault. Activities such as feeding, book reading, and such other rituals build consistency thus, making your baby feel relaxed about the whole procedure.
All these activities help assure the kid that you will be there with him even with all the changes going on around them. It will be best if you don’t initiate any new habits in the kids at this time. Simply following the old ones continuously will help in a smooth transition.
Hiring a Professional Packer and Mover
Some of us avoid having professional movers for household shifting as they think they are more than capable to do so. But doing everything yourself with snatch your quality time with your kid. Take yourself lightly and assign a packer and mover for this purpose so that, you don’t feel the burden and easily spend the time with the kid.
The moving companies take care of the packing, loading, unloading, moving, etc. which leaves you relaxed during the process. This way you can take things slow and spend time with the kid and continue with their routine without any issues. You will also feel relaxed thus, bringing your stress levels down. Having the support of an expert always makes your work easier, especially when you have kids or pets at home. You can focus on them rather than tiring yourself by packing and planning things.
Allow them their Space
Don’t expect the kid to understand and behave accordingly. They are very small to understand all this. You will notice changes in them such as changed eating habits, toilet timings, moody behavior, etc. All this is quite normal and you shouldn’t feel worried about that. This is just their defense mechanism working overdrive.
You may have to face clinginess, slight fever, appetite changes, disturbed sleep. No doubt, all this will have a negative effect on your body. For this, you will have to tackle them carefully. It is for this reason, that you must tell the baby about the shifting in a soft way. Give them an animated explanation so that they enjoy your narration and don’t mind shifting much. Even more so don’t lose your temper as they throw tantrums instead, divert their mind so that, they don’t think about it much.
Talk to the Pediatrician
With the seasonal change, you take the kid for the doctor’s consultation. The same should be done before moving to the new location. As discussed above, the kid’s defense mechanism works overly, thus causing health issues. You may doubt that it is due to the food or season change but all this goes way deeper.
In such a condition, it is best to discuss it with the doctor. They will prescribe medicines and help you decide whether it is good for you to travel with the baby or not. All this is necessary if you don’t want your kid’s health to deteriorate after the move. In case the doctor has a reference, then he can share it with you.
Moving with a kid is very challenging and the pressure is traumatizing for the parents. It is what the situation calls for and you must make preparations so that, no big issues arise during the household shifting.