how do I make moving easier?

Ashley - posted on 01/15/2011 ( 9 moms have responded )

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Hi there so we have a 3 yr old and a 20 months old both little girls and we are moving at the end of the month to a much bigger place right now we have a very small 2 bedroom apartment on the 3rd floor of a 3 story walk up so needless to say the move is very needed we are moving to a 3 bedroom townhouse where they will have so much more room but what can we do to make this move easier on the two of them our oldest has experianced what its like to move to a new home since she was 11 months when we first moved to where we are now but of course shes not going to remember that and the youngest has always lived here so please anything will help thanks

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Ashley - posted on 01/16/2011

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thanks everyone for you help we are unable to have them stay with anyone for the move since the only person who has ever watched them is my mom and shes undergoing surgery a couple days before the move .. but I am totally gonna let them run around the new place maybe the day we get the key

Angie - posted on 01/15/2011

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I've moved with children many times. The first time we moved, we sent him to a friend's for a night so we could move without him under foot. It was the biggest mistake, he was so upset and confused when he saw his stuff missing when we finished the cleaning process. After that, we always let our children pack a few boxes from their rooms and it made the process much easier for them. My son will be 18 in a couple of weeks and we have successfully moved him 5 times. The last time he was 15. It has been our experience that younger is way easier than older. Congrats on your move.

Michelle - posted on 01/15/2011

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When we moved we let the older two pick out the theme for their rooms my oldest 11 has a rainforest room which I painted a rainforest on the walls, but wall stickies work as well, My 9 year old the boy has transformers painted on his wall both were really excited because we did their rooms while they were away over the summer and it was really special for them when they came back, the baby I chose because she wasn't big enough and she got fairies all of them love their new rooms. With all that extra space your little ones are going to love their new home.

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During the actual moving process (the days you pack and move the stuff and unpack) can your girls stay with a relative or close friend? They won't see you putting all their stuff in boxes. Then when you get to the new house they'll be excited to see all their old stuff in the new house! My daughter was 18 months old when we moved, and that's what we did. It was a fairly easy transition.

Bonnie - posted on 01/15/2011

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Oh and as for Laura's idea about letting them run around the empty house, it is a great idea! My 7 month old wasn't walking yet, but he crawled around throughout and my 2.5 year old just loved running around everywhere. It was funny to watch.

Bonnie - posted on 01/15/2011

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I know how you feel. When we moved this wasn't really our worry because we knew we had to move no matter what. At the time my oldest was almost 2.5 years old and my youngest was about 7 months. My 2.5 year old everyday kept asking what the boxes were for and then for maybe the first 2-3 weeks after we moved in he kept saying he wanted to go home. He wasn't upset, just confused I think because he knew his other place as home. We just kept telling him all the time, this is your home now. Eventually he got over it. Your kids will be fine. Most kids adjust faster than adults. Let them help unpack their things and choose where some things go. Good luck!

Isobel - posted on 01/15/2011

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let her pack her favorite things into a backpack that she can keep with her...so she always knows where it is and has those things immediately as soon as you get to the new house.

Also...take them to the new house and let them run around like maniacs in the empty house...it's actually a lot of fun...for them and you ;)

Ashley - posted on 01/15/2011

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thanks that does help a bit we already planned to have the oldest pick her bedroom since really the youngest is kinda layed back doesnt really care what goes on most of the time and they have been helping pack but thanks hearing that makes me feel like we might be almost ready for this big step in our lives

Tyrae - posted on 01/15/2011

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You could let them chose which of the two bedrooms they would like that are available for them, also allowing them to pick where they want their beds/toy bins/dressers would allow them to see it as their room and be easier for them to move into. Let them help pack up their stuff too. Just let them be as involved as possible but not so much that they are getting in the way or causing any trouble. Hope this helps :)

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