The following entry was written by guest blogger Joy Bigioni, Ph.D.
Babies and toddlers generally transition well to changes associated with a move. Throughout the moving process to your new home, it is important to maintain their daily routines. This is particularly pertinent to eating and nap times. It is also advisable to avoid other major changes during the period around the move, such as toilet training or transitioning your toddler from a crib to a bed. And, don’t forget to take breaks during the moving process to spend some time with your child.
Before the move, you should arrange for someone to help watch your child on the day you move out of your old home and on the day you move into your new one. You will also want to collect the child’s essential records including birth certificates and medical records before you start packing. It is also a good time to set aside any irreplaceable keepsakes, security objects ( e.g. favorite stuffed animal or blanket), favorite toys, and some CDs of children’s music. These items can be taken with you in the car or plane when you travel to your new home.
During the move, pack your child’s belongings as late as possible in the moving schedule to minimize the disruption to your child’s surroundings. Once you have moved into your new home, set up at least part of your child’s room first. Being surrounded by some familiar furniture and toys will make your child feel more comfortable in the new setting.