Preparing Your Child for a Move

If you’re planning to move to a new home with a toddler, there are ways to make the transition easier. Moving is disruptive for everyone in the family, especially young children.

To increase your child’s sense of security:

  • Talk to him about why you’re moving.
  • Show her your new home and talk about the things that won’t change just because you’re moving.
  • If possible, pack up his stuff last before moving, and unpack it first in your new home.
  • Despite all the disruption, stick to your daily routines with your child as much as possible.

Moving day can be a dangerous day for an active toddler. If possible, try to have your child occupied with other supervised activities outside the home (such as with a caregiver or relative) during the vast majority of the move.

Disclaimer: This page is not intended to provide medical advice about your child. Always seek the advice of a physician, qualified healthcare provider or child-development specialist with any questions you have about your child's health, medical condition or development. Never disregard, avoid or delay contacting a doctor or other qualified professional because of something you read here.

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