2. It's Okay to Ask for Help
Make sure to ask for help from a friend, relative, or nanny. In my case grandma was a superhero! She had the most important job, entertaining my little one. Make sure your toddler is occupied with lots of activities during the move to make the transition easier. If you are like us and have a furry child too, grandma's are the best to help with both.
4. Stock up on healthy snacks and meals
Our favorite healthy snacks include Kirkland's seaweed, Coconut water, Freeze Dried Strawberries, and Premium Crunch Variety Snacks. All toddler favorites! I cook simple meals in my instant pot like spaghetti squash, oatmeal, or chicken soup with vegetables throughout the moving week. My instant pot saves me so much time because I can have a healthy and delicious meal fast, and I can pack while it's cooking. Win win!
6. Pack during Naps and Bedtime
It's hard for kids to see things being taken away. It's best to do most of the packing while they are sleeping, especially if you don't want things getting pulled out of boxes. We did most of our packing after our little one went to sleep.
7. Explore the New Place
Get excited about the move and tell your little one of all the fun that awaits him or her there, Discuss all of the advantages of moving and how fun it will be. If possible explore the new area and make an adventure out of it. Visit parks and fun kid-friendly areas to make it more exciting. We visited La Brea Tar Pits during one of our moves. My toddler loved the dinosaurs and learning all about them. If not possible to visit the place then read about it and show your toddler pictures of it.
8. Get Them Involved
Toddlers love to help out and do adult things. Why not get your little helper involved? I let my toddler help with packing some of his toys into boxes and asked him to help unpack as soon as we moved. Seeing his toys when we were unpacking was hilarious. He was surprised at seeing each and every toy again.
9. Decorate their Room
If possible before the move happens decorate their room first. Paint it or put up some fun curtains for an easier transition. My favorite is putting decals on the wall. They are also easy to take off so you can take them from house to house. The decals that I get last about three moves. You can also have your little one help you put them up on the walls.
Moving can be difficult but planning ahead and having the right help can make things go a lot smoother! Wishing you a happy & safe transition! :)