As if moving wasn’t stressful enough, try doing it with a baby! The timing of a move can be inconvenient, and sometimes you have to pack boxes in between nursing a little one or use nap time to scour the internet for apartments. Here are 5 tips to help you stay sane as you transition to a new home with a little person in tow.
1. Set aside essentials
Don’t pack things you need for baby right now or will need as soon as you arrive at your new place. (Trust us, you don’t want to be digging through boxes at 4 a.m. looking for a bottle.) Since babies tend to be unpredictable, plan accordingly by leaving those extra diapers, wipes, toys, etc. out until the very end.
2. Anticipate your little one’s needs
Try to keep a loose schedule throughout your move, giving baby some sense of normalcy in the midst of their changing surroundings. For example, establish a bedtime routine (bath, bottle/nurse, book, bed). This way, even after you’ve moved to your new home, baby will recognize the routine and (hopefully) adjust well.
3. Pack the crib last
One of the most helpful things you can do to keep your baby content during this big change in their lives is to make sure they get good sleep both during and immediately following the move. A big part of that is keeping their sleeping arrangements the same. Plan on the crib being the last thing you pack on the truck, and the first thing you unpack. It seems like such a little thing, but it’s a comfort measure your baby will deeply appreciate.
4. Cut baby (and yourself!) some slack
If your baby is typically well-behaved (or even if they aren’t) their temperament may slightly change during the move. Babies sense change, so be prepared for him/her to be more clingy, want to nurse more, and grow tired more easily. Be patient with them as you meet their needs: they don’t understand what’s going on, why you’re less focused on them, and why there are boxes everywhere. And be patient with yourself knowing you’re doing the best you can to make the transition as smooth as possible for them.
5. Don’t hesitate to ask for help
If you’re feeling overwhelmed, ask a friend to come help take care of the baby so you can make phone calls or run errands. Or, even better, hire a moving company to help you pack so you can focus on your little one. Reliable Moving and Storage is ready to ease your burden and do the heavy lifting for you. Contact us today!