Hey guys. As most of you know Kevin, Molly, Owen and I just recently moved into a new home. Only been here a month now, but preparing to get here was definitely a long process! Not only because we were in escrow for quite a while, but also because we wanted to make the transition smooth for not only us, but also Owen, and especially Molly. So I got a lot of advice on things we could do to prepare them for the move. Advice from friends and family of course but also from child development professionals. I just really wanted this to be a smooth process for everyone. So anyway, I thought I’d take the opportunity today to share what I learned with all of you on my blog! If anyone else out there is planning on moving with a little one hopefully these tips help out. And please feel free to share any tips you have as well in the comments below.
1. Have someone watch your little one on the day of the move.
This might sound like an obvious piece of advice, but I had to put it in here to start off the blog because it’s absolutely essential. We were so lucky on the day of our move that our future sister-in-law Jill took Molly for the day to play with her niece Hazel. Molly honestly had one of the best days of her life! She got to play with a ton of new toys, like play kitchens and toy cars, and every photo and video that my sister-in-law Jill shared with me on the move day was of Molly grinning from ear to ear. Not only did she have a great time, but by the time she got to her new home she was absolutely exhausted. Which brings me to my second tip.
2. Tire them out!
You want to make sure that whoever cares for your child on moving day keeps them very busy and active! That way by the time they get home, to their new home, they’re absolutely exhausted. This will hopefully lead to them to falling asleep quickly in their new bedroom and getting a good nights sleep. Molly slept like a rock the first night in our new home, which was so necessary, because mommy and daddy were both exhausted from a long moving day.
3. Don’t let them see you packing up their rooms.
I got this tip from a child development professional at one of Molly‘s toddler and me classes. She told me to make sure that Molly never saw anything in her room being packed up. And not only that, she told me to make sure her room was the very last thing packed up out of the house and on the truck. That way it could be the very first thing taken off the truck and the very first thing set up in the new home just in case Molly got home before the move was over.
In addition to that, she told us to make sure that we completely set up her room for her before she got home. And that way the room would feel like home to her as soon as she walked in.
4. Put a surprise in their new bedroom!
We wanted Molly to walk into her new bedroom and absolutely love it! So we went ahead and ordered a 3 1/2 foot tall Elmo and had it sitting in her room when she walked in for the first time. Molly is absolutely obsessed with all things Sesame Street and especially Elmo! So when she walked into the room and saw her new friend she was absolutely giddy! She instantly fell in love with her new Elmo and her new room!
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Anyway, I hope these tips are helpful to anyone reading this who is moving with a toddler anytime soon! All of these really helped us and made the transition into our new home so much smoother. And if you guys have any other tips or tricks PLEASE SHARE in the comments below! I write these blogs to share my experiences but I honestly think the best part about ALL my blog posts is the stuff YOU guys share in the comments. I love that we can all hep each other 🙂