Preparing Your Toddlers or Preschoolers When Moving to Calgary
- May 9, 2012
- By Cody Battershill
Relocating to Calgary with Preschoolers or Toddlers
Moving with kids younger than the age of 6 might be easier to do, when compared with older children, since they have less of a capacity to comprehend the changes involved. This is not to say that your guidance throughout the process isn’t crucial, but is to say that it might be easier for you to move sooner than later if you have preschoolers or toddlers.
7 Tips to Help Ease the Move...
On the day of if you can arrange a babysitter for your preschooler or toddler, it will keep them occupied with regular daily events that will remove them from the business of the move, keep their curiosity at bay and prevent them from possibly getting in the way and getting hurt.
If it is possible to visit your new home before the move, you should do so and bring your young ones as well as some of their toys for them to play with while they are there.
Refrain from introducing anything big like potty training or changing a toddlers sleeping space from a crib to a bed. Moving to Calgary is a big change so it can be a good idea to let your child settle in to the new surroundings before introducing any other big changes.
Communicate with your toddler or preschooler in simple terms and ask them if they understand you clearly. There are also books and other resources to help you communicate with your child on a level they understand.
Be creative! Use a book to help your young ones understand like Berenstain Bears’ Moving Day (Ages 3 to 7) or We’re Moving! (Ages 0 to 8). Make it interesting for them by relating it to something they enjoy like a bed time story. If they are really young, a simple explanation with some of their toys and some furniture might be best!
When you begin to pack your toddlers play toys into boxes, make a point to explain to them that they aren’t being thrown away. Also ask them to watch and even try to help so they are a part of the process. Make sure you let them keep their favourite blanket or teddy bear with them if it is comforting.
Postpone moving any furniture inside your preschoolers or toddler’s room until you absolutely must. Having all the things they know in their room for as long as possible comfort them. Another idea is an attempt to arrange them in a similar fashion in their new bedroom.
Hopefully these suggestions might help ease the transition for your young ones. Let me know what you think about them by leaving a comment below! I’d appreciate your feedback. Thanks for stopping by.