Moving with a baby or toddler can be challenging. But if millions of other parents can do it (and not lose their minds), so can you! Here’s how.
7 Simple Tips for Moving with a Baby
Considering all the items that babies need, the naps, and juggling feeding schedules, moving with an infant in tow takes some planning. So, to make it easier for you, we’ve gathered seven simple tricks to make it easier on yourself.
Pack Baby’s Room Last
The last thing you want to do is pack the baby’s room too early. By waiting, it’ll make things less stressful for your little one and easier for you to access the things you need to care for them until the big day. When you pack their room, be sure to label each box clearly so your movers will know where to place all the nursery items when they unload the truck.
Pack a Baby-Essentials Box
Pack a separate box with all the baby items you’ll need during the moving process or when you first arrive at your new house. Here’s a checklist of items you may want to include:
- Clothing & Pajamas
- Pack n’ Play
- Favorite Stuffed Animal
- A Couple of Favorite Toys
- Nursing Essentials
- Baby Formula, Juice, or Food
- Bottles or Sippy Cups
- Extra Pacifiers
- Stroller or Carrier
- Bath Items
- Car Seat
- Extra Bags for Dirty Diapers and Messy Clothes
- First Aid Kit and Thermometer
Keep extra bottles and snacks handy and things to keep them distracted and soothed.
Keep the Baby in your Vehicle
If you’re DIYing your move, don’t strap the baby in their car seat in the rental truck. Most moving trucks have two or three bucket seats. While they are equipped with airbags and considered safe for adults, they may not meet car seat requirements.
Expect the Unexpected
When moving with a baby, do not expect it to go as planned. It likely won’t. And, that’s ok. Moving with children is quite adventurous. But if you go into it with a positive, open mind and a patient heart, you will successfully make it through. Just keep in mind that your schedule is subject to change, and it might not go as planned.
Unpack the Baby’s Room First
Unpack the baby’s room as soon as you move it. The kitchen and the nursery should be a top priority on moving day. Getting their room set up first will give your child a calm and consistent space that will help them adjust to the move more quickly.
Keep the Kids Entertained
Keep the kids entertained as you load and unload. It’s ok to rely on screen time when moving. Sometimes parents have to do what they have to do. Have the tv or tablet ready to go to keep the kiddos entertained. Or, if you can enlist a friend or relative to help, even better.
Get Help with Your Move
The best advice we can offer is not to move by yourself. We strongly encourage you to hire a moving company to do the packing, loading, unloading, and unpacking for you. This way, you can focus on your baby and not stress over moving with a baby.
Don’t Forget to Say Goodbye
After the truck is loaded, take a moment to say goodbye to your old house. Thank it for all the great memories and fun times. Take some pictures of your littles in front of the house and blow a kiss goodbye. It’s on to a new adventure!
Do you need help with your next move? Call the RL Maxon Moving team today and leave all the heavy lifting and stress to us. 479.756.0850