Moving to a new home with a baby is nothing short of demanding, stressful and downright exhausting. It’s unsurprising that many parents are put off the idea of moving with a baby. However, those who do decide to go through with moving, have one question on their mind – how do you cope with a crying baby and moving at the same time? There are certain things you can do to avoid tears and tantrums. Take note of these 7 tips for moving with a baby and make relocation much easier for you and your family.
Read to your baby
Prepare your little one by reading them a children’s book about moving with plenty of pictures. Your facial expressions, voice and pictures will help them understand what moving actually means. As a result, they won’t be confused when they see boxes, empty rooms and movers carrying furniture out the doorway.
Keep to routine
Don’t let moving affect your baby’s routine. Keep their sleeping, eating and playing habits the same so they remain at ease before and after the move. Instead of disrupting their routine, use it to your advantage. For instance, make the most of nap time to pack and organize your belongings.
Create a moving calendar
Planning things ahead of time is important, especially with a baby. Therefore, if you want to keep your sanity in check when moving with a baby, you should organize your move using a moving calendar. Ideally, your moving calendar should stretch out to 8 weeks and include day-by-day tasks. It should include everything from selecting a professional moving company, changing your address, cleaning furniture, checking insurance, packing boxes and even defrosting the refrigerator.
Pack a baby essentials box
Pack a box with all your baby’s essentials and make note of where everything is. This way you will have quick access to everything your baby needs to get through moving day, have a restful night’s sleep, and easily adjust to their new home. Here are just some things you should include in your baby essentials box (or bag):
Hire professional movers
When moving with a baby you can use all the help you can get. Rather than relying solely on the help of friends and family you should hire a professional moving company. There are many benefits of hiring professional movers, such as experience and affordability. Professional movers know how to move bulky and fragile items safely, provide storage solutions, and offer packing and unpacking services. By employing their help you will have more time to devote to keeping your baby away from all the commotion. Moving companies offer different moving services so explore your options and choose the one that’s right for your needs.
Find a babysitter
Sometimes it’s best to keep your little one away on the day of the move, especially if you’re dealing with an energetic toddler. Although their curiosity is appropriate on most days, it might be a distraction when moving. To avoid any accidents or delays you should find someone to take care of your baby on moving day. Ask family or friends to babysit or use childcare services. Pick them up once all the heavier furniture and boxes are inside your new home.
Clear a room
If you can’t find someone to take care of your little one, don’t panic. Clear out one room or area of the house first and use it as a temporary playroom for your baby. This will keep them away from all the moving and allow you and the professional movers to get things done faster.
Baby proof your new home prior to moving in. This way you’ll have a peace of mind knowing your child is safe from potential safety concerns. Make sure you install smoke detectors, cover electrical outlets and use safety gates to block access to stairs and swimming pools.