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Health Tip: Adjusting to a Move

Help your child deal with the change

(HealthDay News) -- Changing homes can be a stressful ordeal, particularly for young children and even toddlers.

The Nemours Foundation offers these suggestions to help young children cope with the stress of a move:

  • While explaining details of the move, keep it clear and simple.
  • Tell them a story about the move, and use their toys to act it out.
  • Let them help pack up their toys, and make sure they understand that the toys will be at the new home, too.
  • If you can, take your child to visit the new home several times, and try taking toys over each time you go.
  • Try to keep your child's bedroom furniture the same.
  • Just before and after the move, don't try to make any other changes in your child's life, like toilet training or moving to a bed from a crib.
  • Have your child stay with a babysitter while the furniture and belongings are moved to the new home.
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