Sleep Tips for Moving House: Helping Babies, Toddlers, and Children Adjust

sleep tips for moving house with baby, toddler and children

Moving house can be an exciting yet overwhelming time for families, especially when it comes to maintaining great sleep routines for babies, toddlers, and children. 

Settling into a new environment can affect sleep patterns, but with some thoughtful planning and consistency, you can help ease the transition. Here are some sleep tips to help your little ones settle into their new home smoothly:

Prepare Early

Start preparing your child for the move as soon as possible. Talk to them about the upcoming change and involve them in the process, whether it’s packing their belongings or exploring the new area together.

Use visuals to help them know what to expect. Show them pictures of their new home so they can start to picture what it will be like when as they settle in. You can also use picture books or drawings to walk them through what the move day will look like for them.

Familiarity breeds comfort, and involving them in the transition can alleviate anxiety (theirs and yours!).

Keep A Routine

Stick to your child’s regular sleep schedule as much as possible during the moving process.

Consistency provides a sense of stability amidst the chaos of packing and unpacking. Ensure they go to bed and wake up at the same times each day to help regulate their internal clock.

Obviously if this isn’t possible though, try not to stress! Children are very resilient.

Create a Comforting Environment

Set up your child’s new bedroom with familiar bedding, toys, and nightlight (if they use one).

Mark moving boxes that contain their essential room items clearly so they are easy to find, so you can make sure their room is one of the first ones set up when you move in.

Make the space cozy and inviting to encourage feelings of security and comfort. Consider playing white noise or gentle music to drown out unfamiliar sounds and help them to relax if you usually use it.

You can spend time playing in their new room too.

Bedtime Rituals

Having calming bedtime rituals to signal to your child that it’s time to wind down can be really helpful for easier bedtimes.

If you don’t have a regular routine in place already, you can start to bring one in before the move, and carry on the same predictable bedtime steps in your new home to help ease the transition.

This could include a warm bath, reading a bedtime story, or cuddling together before lights out. Consistent routines can help your child feel safe and relaxed, promoting better sleep.

If you feel like you need help with your routine, we can support you. We have our online sleep courses for babies and toddlers, that help you get sleep on track and create a bedtime routine you can both enjoy together. And if you would prefer to speak to member of the team for a personalised plan, we also offer 1:1 consultations.

Be Patient and Reassuring

It can take your child some time to adjust to their new surroundings. Be patient and offer plenty of reassurance and comfort during this transition period. They might need extra cuddles and reassurances if they wake up during the night feeling unsettled.

Lead by Example

Children often take cues from their parents, so prioritize your own self-care and ensure you’re getting enough rest during the move. 

A well-rested parent is better equipped to handle the challenges of moving house and provide the support their child needs. (If you need help with your own sleep, then we have our ‘How To Sleep Better‘ Course just for parents!)

Remember, every child is unique, and it’s normal for them to react differently to the upheaval of moving house. 

We hope these sleep tips help your little ones navigate this transition with minimal disruption to their sleep routines. Before you know it, they’ll be happily snoozing in their new surroundings, ready to make new memories together in your new home.