Any advice for an easy transition for a family move?

Jessica - posted on 04/28/2013 ( 5 moms have responded )

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Hi,
My 8 month old is ebf, and I'm going back to work full time in 2 weeks. We are also moving into a new home in 2 weeks. I'm worried my daughter who already has some separation anxiety will have a difficult time adjusting. Any advice on how to make all the changes a smoother transition for her?

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Gmrweb - posted on 04/30/2013

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Yea, it obvious that she will be worried and find trouble in adjusting with the changes. Try to reduce this anxiety of her as no one can do this apart you since you are her mom.
Try not to panic.

Lori - posted on 04/28/2013

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Jessica - I can understand the anxiety. With just a move I've been worried - and my girls are older than yours. It sounds like you're going to do great. You just have to go forward with it and do it.

Jessica - posted on 04/28/2013

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Lori
Thanks for the advice. I'll be sure to def spend a lot of time with her, she's always my first priority. My lo never took a bottle but is adjusting to sippy cup pretty well and likes cereal and fruits/veggies. I'm just so nervous about the upcoming changes, being away from her for 10 hours a day and the move is giving me anxiety. Keeping her fav toys around is a good idea...thanks. And nursing her as soon as I come home should help. Thanks again....

Lori - posted on 04/28/2013

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WOW - TWO big changes all at once. First I've got to say, be extra patient with her. Moving, and starting a new job are both big transition times for you and for your LO. I just moved a few weeks ago, and it's been CRAZY!

Try to spend some special time with your LO each day. Especially since you're going back to work, it's so easy to get caught up in all that needs to be done. Take some time out for cuddling, and some time for just sitting and playing with your baby. As for the move.... I think having familiar items around really helps. Make sure you have easy access to your LO's favorite toys and books so that they're there and available on the first day in your new place.

8 months is actually prime time for separation anxiety to kick in. Most babies go through some form of separation anxiety around this age.... even if there are no changes going on at home. KellyMom has some good tips on helping baby through separation anxiety.

http://kellymom.com/parenting/parenting-...

And as for nursing.... Are you planning on continuing to nurse? You'll be pumping while at work, someone feeding bottles of expressed milk, and then breastfeeding when you're home with her? Or....???? Still nursing her when you're home should be reassuring to her.

Good luck to you with all the upcoming changes. And again, i can't stress it enough.. be patient with her. Chances are she's going to either be cranky, or have some sleep regression, or something. But a loving environment will help her get through!

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