Do the best you can to have friends and family help during the packing process so your child remains living in as soothing an environment as they are usually accustomed to. If this isn’t possible, we recommend packing when your child is napping, in bed for the night, or at school.
When packing up, leave plenty of your child’s belongings out so they have enough to wear and play with the last week before the final move. Have them help with anything they can – putting their stuffed animals in a bag, boxing up their books, emptying their shoes into a box – things like that. This allows them to feel some sort of control, and they will know where all their things are and what they’re all going with them to their new home.
Make it fun by playing music, dancing, make a game out of throwing soft items into a box, let them play in the boxes. Have them draw on and decorate the boxes their things are going in. Remind them these are THEIR boxes for their new room and this is a fun adventure!
Kids love surprises, but have them visit their new home as often as possible throughout the process so they get comfortable there. Show them which spaces are the kitchen, living room, their room, and yours. Help them imagine where they would like to put their bed, their toys, the TV, the kitchen table. Let them make some decisions about their belongings specifically. Showing them where their things are in the new home during the process will help them with any confusion about where things have gone as you move them from your current home to their new home.
Think about an item for their room that might make this move a little more exciting for them. A new bean bag or fun pillow for their bed? Maybe a new comforter they can help you pick out? A fun nightlight? Something to keep them excited for their first night in their new home. Good luck and let us know how it went!
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