Moving home with children in Leicester
If your moving home with children in Leicester you will know it can be an incredibly stressful and distressing time for them. After all, they might be leaving their friends, their school and the familiar home that they’ve always known. Follow our advice to make adjusting to a new home a smooth and exciting process.
A guide to moving with children in Leicester
Involve your children before the move
Giving children tasks and responsibility will give them control over their situation. Involve them in packing and let them pack up their own toys.Make sure that children’s toys are the last items to be packed onto the van and are therefore easily accessed at the other end.
If possible, let younger children select their own bedrooms. It’s important that they feel comfortable and like their own space.Take your children for a fun day out in the new area and show them local parks, leisure centres, child-friendly restaurants and cinemas.
Let them say goodbye
If you’re moving out of the area, organize a little leaving party. Take photographs of your children’s friends, their current home and favourite places in the neighborhood. You could even help them create a scrapbook. Do make sure they have their friends’ contact details, including telephone numbers and email addresses, so they know they won’t have to lose contact.
During the move
Ideally, have friends or relatives look after your children on the day of your house move. If this isn’t possible, keep children in the loop as to what’s happening and give them little tasks to do, such as ensuring all toys are cleared from the house and loaded into the van.
For very young children, make sure their highchairs and feeding/changing equipment are to hand so that you can maintain their routine as much as possible.
After the move
Don’t be surprised if your child becomes more clingy after moving to a new house, this is natural. Stick as much as possible to routine around bedtime and meals. Don’t unpack all boxes straight away but make it the main focus to unpack their boxes first, having their room sorted as soon as possible; so they have as many things around them that are familiar will help them settle quicker. It may be a couple of days after your move that it hits your child, this can be when all the fun and chaos have finished and when tears appear so spend time exploring the new area with your child especially parks, swings or walks pointing out all the new exciting things they can do. Local baby or toddler groups are ideal for meeting new mums and finding out about your area
Follow our easy to read guide on how to pack kids toys for a move
- Pack your kids’ room last if they are small (ages five years and under)
- Older children (ages five years and older) advance time to pack their rooms. Help your kids with packing and it is also a good time to talk about moving and their feelings about leaving friends’ school, etc. This will offer them comfort and feelings to ease the moving and transition process.
- Pack the toys in boxes with some wadded newsprint or clothes to fill spaces. All fragile toys can be wrapped in extra clothes and in wadded newsprint paper.
- Let your kids some of the items they wish to take in the car or in the carry-on bag. Also ask them to think about their new room and where they’d like to place their things.
- Drain water from squirt guns and seal paints and other messy materials in bags or containers.
- Pack all items in appropriate boxes and have your kids seal the boxes and write their names or let them decorate their boxes.