Posted on May 9th, 2016
5 Tips for Moving with a Baby
Moving is stressful for most people. However, when you have a baby to care for during a move, the process can feel even more overwhelming. You may wonder how you will pack, clean, throw away junk and take care of your baby all at the same time.
If you have a baby and plan to move, here are some tips to help you reduce stress throughout the process.
1. Ask For Help
Ask friends or family to help you during the moving process by packing or taking care of the baby. If you don’t have friends or family nearby that can help, hire a babysitter or switch off caring for the baby with another parent or adult.
Many people underestimate the amount of possessions they have to pack and feel overwhelmed with the amount of work that needs to be done. If you find yourself in a situation like this, consider hiring a moving company to help pack and move your things.
Many moving companies offer full moving services. They can take care of packing, moving and unpacking your processions while you focus on caring for your children.
2. Maintain Your Baby’s Routines
Do your best to maintain your baby’s normal sleeping and feeding schedule. Otherwise, you will likely have a cranky baby to take care of that slows down the moving process and increases everyone’s stress. On the other hand, if you can keep the baby’s normal routine, you have a more predictable schedule that you can use to plan your day around.
3. Create a Space for the Baby
Most babies get overwhelmed if there is too much noise or commotion around them. Create a quiet space for your baby where he or she won’t be in the way of movers, but is still in your line of sight. You may want to keep some toys or a swing in your baby’s space to keep him or her entertained throughout the day.
4. Make a List of Baby Items Needed for Traveling
If you plan to drive a long distance to reach your new home, make a list of necessary baby items for the road trip before you start packing. Otherwise, you may forget and pack a few needed items amid the stress of the move.
You may want to include a few of the following on your list:
- Baby food (formula or breast milk)
- Water bottles
- Toiletries, such as wipes, lotion, or cotton balls
- First-aid kit
Keep in mind that you may not unpack these items immediately when you get to your new home. So, pack enough baby items to last you a couple of days. Additionally, babies often have various types of accidents, so always pack more diapers, clothes and wipes than what you may originally think you will need.
5. Take Care of Yourself
One of the biggest mistakes a parent can make when moving with a baby is to neglect caring for themselves. When you are not fully fed and rested, you may have a hard time trying to care for your baby.
Many people find that moving requires a lot of physical energy, so plan enough food for yourself and others throughout the day. Include high-energy foods in your meal plan, such as trail mix and fruit. You may also want more hardy meals, like sandwiches, available in a cooler.
Additionally, go to bed early the night before moving day to ensure you are well rested in the morning.
Do your best to follow these moving tips and stay patient with your baby on moving day. If you need additional help, rely on professional movers to