When a baby is born, your life acquires new meaning and your entire world takes different dimensions – the well-being of your precious little angel becomes your greatest concern and everything else seems to be of little significance. Thrilled by the arrival of the newest member of your family and busy tending to your baby’s needs, you may find it difficult to direct your energy and your attention to anything else but your dear newborn.
However, if you need/want to move to a new house soon after the birth of your child, you will have to find the time and the vigor to organize the relocation process as well. Planning and performing a trouble-free residential move is quite a difficult task in itself, without the added challenge of ensuring the safety and welfare of your baby during the stressful transitional period.
To achieve a safe and problem-free relocation scenario, you need to carefully organize every aspect of the moving process, prepare well and get all the help you can. Hire experienced and trustworthy movers to take care of the laborious relocation-related tasks and ask your family and friends to help you sort out and pack your household items, so that you can dedicate enough time and loving care to your little one and keep the stress levels to a minimum.
Get advantage of our proven tips for moving with a baby to ensure the favorable outcome of your very special moving adventure.
Get ready for moving with a baby
Being alert, patient and flexible is as crucial as having good organizational skills and insightful approach when it comes to moving house with a newborn baby. You need to research all your options, plan ahead and prepare properly for all the stages of the overwhelming process of moving with a young baby. Keeping your little one safe and happy is the main prerequisite for a smooth and successful relocation experience.
Keep your baby’s routine unchanged to minimize moving stress
All the hectic moving preparations and strenuous work around the house won’t matter to young babies if their daily schedule remains unchanged and they receive the attention, love and care they are used to. So, do your best to stick to your baby’s regular feeding and sleeping times, find the energy to play with your little one for a while, to read a bedtime story or to sing a lullaby – whatever you used to do before the moving chaos took reign over your home. Start the moving preparations as early as possible so you have enough time to dedicate to your precious angel and to take care of all the laborious moving tasks. However, if you find yourself up to your neck in urgent chores, consider asking a relative or a close friend whom your baby knows well and feels comfortable with to give you a hand and look after the little one while you deal with other important issues.
Prepare your baby for the move
You need to take several essential steps to make sure that your baby is healthy and ready for the big day:
- Have your baby examined by your trusted family physician shortly before moving day. Make sure that the little one is in good health and ask for useful advice about the relocation trip, especially if you are moving long distance. Check if your baby’s vaccinations are up to date and retrieve all the medical records, required to register your child with a qualified pediatrician in your new city (ask for recommendations if you haven’t chosen one yet);
- Pack an essentials box for your baby. You can’t do without a really large box/bag of specialized baby items when moving house with a baby. Your little one will need a variety of hygienic products (diapers, wet wipes, powder, diaper rash cream, baby shampoo and soft towels, etc.), adequate baby food and drinks, a change of clothes and a selection of favorite toys and comforting items (you don’t want to forget your baby’s pacifier). Double-check if you have packed all the medication your baby may need during the trip and the first couple of days in your new home, as well as thermometer to take his/her temperature if you have any doubts that your baby is not feeling well.
Keep your baby safe and calm on Moving day
Moving day is the culmination of your moving endeavor, so make every effort to organize it perfectly. If everything goes well on Moving day, there is a fair chance that your entire moving experience will be gratifying and problem-free.
Safety should be your top concern, especially when moving with a young baby. Your little one will not understand what’s going on, so he/she may get really upset and scared by all the unknown people going in and out of your home, by all the loud noises and unfamiliar activities. Arrange for a baby-sitter (preferably a family member or a trusted friend) to look after your baby in a quiet room away from the moving chaos. Treat your little one to his/her preferred food and provide a new toy to keep your child distracted and happy (always have some favorite old toys readily available). It is also a good idea to keep your pets (if any) far from your little one as the stressed animals may act in an unpredictable or even dangerous way.
Plan your trip well
When moving cross country with a baby, you need maximum safety and comfort on the road and minimum amount of stress for your precious angel.
- If you are driving your own vehicle, you are advised to plan your route to your final destination so that it passes near parks or playgrounds where you can stop for short breaks and get some fresh air. Check for medical centers along the way, just in case. Play some soothing sounds or gentle music on the car stereo to help your baby and, ideally, fall asleep. Maintain pleasant temperature inside the vehicle and give your little one his/her usual amount of food and water. Needless to say, the box with the baby’s essentials should be with you all the time so that you have access to anything your little one may need. Of course, your vehicle has to be equipped with a safety-approved car seat for your baby;
- If you are flying with your baby, you need to contact your selected airlines in advance and acquire all the relevant information – required documentation and any specific rules and regulations concerning babies. Take just a bag of the absolute essentials with you on the airplane to ensure your baby’s comfort during the flight.
Help your baby feel at home after the move
Once you have reached your new home, try to restore your baby’s normal routine as soon as possible. Stick to the same regular daily schedule as before the move and set up the nursery right after you have unpacked your most vital items. Help your baby feel safe and calm by recreating his/her familiar surroundings (arrange everything the way it was in your old property – furniture, colors, toys, etc.) and make sure nothing puts your little one’s well-being at a risk.
- Baby-proof your new home – identifying and eliminating any potential dangers in your new residence brooks no delay;
- Help your baby adjust – your baby should not experience particular troubles adjusting to the new environment, but your little angel will need more attention and loving care during the post-relocation period. Your baby may be restless and get less sleep than usual for a few nights, but the soothing daily routine and your unconditional love will help your young child overcome any uneasiness pretty soon. However, don’t hesitate to consult your doctor if you notice any worrisome signs in your baby’s behavior.
Moving to a new house with a baby is a unique challenge but it also provides unique opportunities for a better future. Resourcefulness and proper preparation is all you need to perform a safe and trouble-free relocation, so that you can enjoy your new life with your new baby in your new home.