Moving to a new house can be a stressful time at all stages of live but moving home when you have children can often make the whole process a lot harder, with so many different aspects to consider. Kiddies Kingdom understand the struggles that some parents may have, so in order to support you through this transition, they have collated their top three tips to ensure that your moving house experience is as smooth as possible.
1. Arrange childcare
The first tip may be an obvious one, but it's still important. Arranging childcare allows you to focus on the task at hand, without having the extra hazard of little ones pattering around the place. Arranging a couple of child-free hours will allow you time to concentrate on packing and ensuring all belongings make it safely to the new home. With all of the hustle and bustle of the process, it is easy to forget to arrange childcare in advance, which could result in a more than hectic couple of days. Make sure you have this as a priority on your to do list, allowing you time to ask the grandparent or childminder if they’re free, before they get booked up with other plans and leave you in a pickle!
When you have a hundred tasks to do, and you’re well and truly into the swing of things, it’s easy to get ahead of yourself and pack everything up too far in advance. A key point that Kiddies Kingdom recommends is to consider packing up the toys last (or as near to the end of the packing process as possible) to reduce the chances of having an unhappy little one. If your child is with you throughout the whole move, then make sure you keep a selection of small toys to the side, or at least easy to access, to ensure your child can stay entertained.
3. The essentials need to stay with you
Depending on how far away your new house is in comparison to your current home, chances are you will be using a vehicle to get you from A to B. Obviously this means that every time you take the trip, your little one will need to come with you, and with a child, comes a whole load of luggage, from the car seat to the pram. The space you have will be precious, so it’s important to be as concise with your necessities as possible. There are a great range of travel systems from Kiddies Kingdom that pack up small and compact to allow you extra room for more boxes to transfer, whilst ensuring you have everything you need to support your children.