Moving with Kids? Keep Your Sanity With These Expert Tips

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Moving under any circumstances is stressful, but add kids (and maybe or pet or two) into the mix and you may want to throw in the towel and just stay put early on in the process. But, moving your family doesn't have to be stressful. These tips for a successful and seamless move can help you have a smooth and seamless move … even with kids. With a little planning, you can that ensure you start making happy memories in your new home from day one.  

Ross Sapir, the founder and CEO of the top rated Roadway Moving, suggests:

Pack Like You're Going on Vacation:

  • Pull together a suitcase full of enough clothing, toys, and gadgets for the little ones to keep them occupied throughout the move without switching up their normal routine. To help kids feel involved, ask them to help by packing their favorite clothes and toys.  

Recycle Your Boxes:

  • Kids LOVE playing with old boxes. Repurpose for peek-a-boo, play houses, rocket ships, 3-D coloring projects or anything else that will help keep your kids busy. Kids love new boxes, too. Once most of the toys are packed up, keep a box or two handy to supply endless entertainment. 

Have Enough Food & Water:

  • While the stress of moving might be enough to make you lose your appetite, you child still needs the same snacks and meals as they usually would. Be sure to pack a bag for them with enough snacks, drinks, and meals. 

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Don't Be Afraid to Ask For Help:

  • While kids want to part of everything new and exciting, it wouldn't be the worst thing to have them stay with a friend or family member the day and night of the move. Make a playdate or overnight with Grandma part of the adventure!  

Show Them Their New Room First:

  • Let your child get acquainted with and excited about their new room. By showing them their room in the beginning of the day, it'll make them feel more comfortable with settling down in a new home. If you allowed your child to pack a suitcase (or box) of his favorite things allow him to unpack them right away so he feels at home as soon as possible in his new surroundings.  

Dumbo Moving and Storage has the following tips:

Make a Kid Zone

  • If you cannot find someone to help watch the kids while you pack, make a children zone. Designate a room in your home and stock it with some toys to keep them busy while you are packing. 

Stay Safe

  • Keep potentially dangerous items out of their reach. Everyone knows that kids are very curious about the forbidden and potentially dangerous items – electrical outlets, cables, and sharp objects may all be around while packing and tempting to little ones. Similarly, although you may want to clean as you pack, keep cleaning supplies in an inaccessible place when packing. Also be sure that any medications are kept secure during the moving process. When you move into your new home, make childproofing a priority. Install things like outlet covers and stair gates as soon as possible.

Stay Calm

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  • Although it may not be easy, remember that kids may be affected by your mood. Even though toddlers cannot really understand the situation, they can feel your stress and frustration. Try to stay positive as much as possible when the kids are around. Hiring a reputable mover and procuring as much help as you can with packing and cleaning may help.

Stay Consistent

  •  Maintaining old daily routines can give kids a sense of security and consistency. Introduce changes gradually. Letting your child sleep in his old crib or even painting the walls in her room the same color as before can help.

Be Understanding

  • Children deal with stressful situations in a lot of different ways and parents should be patient and able to understand their feelings.

Treat Yourself!

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Some parents also spend time before the move reading books about moving, talking about friends who have moved and how much fun they are having in their new home, and how much fun you and family will have in your new home.  

Good luck!

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Moving with Kids? Keep Your Sanity With These Expert Tips

Jamie is a Beltway Insider who loves channeling her pre-motherhood love of traveling into spending time exploring all D.C. has to offer with her brood of two girls and two boys ages 9, 7,5, and a baby. She is a reformed lawyer turned full-time kid wrangler who enjoys photographing her everyday chaos and anything salted caramel. Since life is never dull, she loves writing about the issues and events going on in her life at any given time, including caring for a daughter with special needs and th ... More

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