5 Tips for Moving with a Baby
From 2014 to 2016, we moved 4 times, including one transcontinental move. The first move occurred when my son was about 10 months old, and even though that move was only to another house 15 minutes away, having a baby during the move made things astronomically harder. On top of coordinating all the movers and hauling boxes from room to room, we had to perform the most difficult task of all (and the most important one too), which was keeping our baby entertained and happy. You think keeping your baby alive is hard? Try doing so with tools, boxes, step-ladders, and all these other safety hazards around. To help us out, Hayden Stewart, a contributing writer and media specialist of the Allied Van line Moving Blog, is here to shed some light on how to survive moving with a baby.
You’re taking the plunge; you’re moving with your baby. Even though everyone in your life has advice for how to make this whole process go smoothly, there are a few essential things to know about moving with your baby.
1. Divide your things into essential and nonessential
You don’t want to end up on moving day with your entire box of diapers headed down the road on the moving truck. You also don’t want to be stuck with one thousand random baby toys rolling around on the floorboard of your car.
The key is to strike a balance. Keep things that are necessary in a small box that you can load in your car last so that you have all the essentials, and you know exactly where they are. These include things like food, diapers, changes of clothes, your baby’s favorite blankets or comfort animals, and just a few toys to keep baby happy.
2. Coordinate Childcare
If you have friends coming to help with the move, designate one of them as the babysitter for the day. Then you can concentrate on organizing and handling all the details of moving day without having your baby under your arm.
If you aren’t having friends over to help, it’s a good idea to hire a sitter for a designated time so that you can get all the boxes put into the right rooms and settle things with your movers. This way, you are free to make sure that all details go without a hitch.
Make sure your sitter has access to the box of designated essentials for your baby so that he or she can keep the baby happy and calm.
3. Set up the baby room first
Make sure you tell the movers to keep everything from the baby’s room together and to load them into the truck last to ensure that they get unloaded first. Then, this is where those non-essential baby items come in handy. As everything gets moved into the house, unpack and set up the baby’s room first. You now have somewhere for the baby to stay while you handle the rest of the rooms.
Your sitter can quickly get your baby accustomed to the new settings, and the baby can play or nap while you are in other parts of the house.
4. Make good use of toys
Moving day will inevitably be a stressful time for parents, and therefore will most likely be an extremely stressful time for your little one. One thing that cannot be overlooked is the use of your child’s favorite item. Whether it’s a toy, a piece of clothing, or a doll: whatever it is that can calm your baby is vital to have stored in the vehicle your family is moving in.
When the baby is calm and occupied, you can focus, and the baby is less stressed. Visually rich books or simple games can help keep baby occupied once the novelty of his or her usual toys wears off. If your baby doesn’t like to be with anyone besides you, your sitter can use these distractions to give you time to handle the move.
5. Get Organized
This cannot be stressed enough. Buy a calendar and a giant notepad. Break everything down into steps. Create baby safe-zones in all areas of the house so as you are packing, you don’t have to worry about your baby getting into things.
You don’t want to worry about having to find your baby’s favorite blanket in some random box either. Organization keeps the baby, and you, peaceful and sane.
Do you have experience moving with a baby? What are some things you did to preserve your sanity? Let us know in the comments!