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Moving can be overwhelming, especially if you have to take care of a baby during the process. For this reason, you should start planning your moving day as soon as possible to ensure a smooth transition for the whole family. Below, we list some tips to keep in mind as you plan for moving with a baby.
Schedule Child Care for Moving Day
You might have a hard time trying to pack and move while you take care of a newborn. If at all possible, schedule a babysitter for the big day. Try to get someone whom your child already knows and who will help them feel comfortable.
If you don’t feel comfortable leaving your baby in someone else’s care or if you can’t find a babysitter
on short notice, try to create a calm environment away from any commotion. Make sure your baby can sleep
comfortably and stay entertained while you keep a watchful eye. Have your baby’s favorite sounds playing or
leave his or her favorite blanket in the playpen.
Plan Traveling Details
Before you get on the plane or hit the road, map out the traveling details. If you’re driving, locate
hospitals along the way in case of an emergency. You should also plan on making frequent stops. Babies need a
break from their car seat every few hours and may need diaper changes as well.
You may want to include fun stops if you plan to drive for a long time. Taking a walk may help your little
one get some wiggles out as well as get some fresh air.
If you’re flying with a baby, have him or her suck on a bottle or pacifier during takeoff and descent.
Otherwise, your baby could get plugged ears and cry for the rest of the flight. You should also try to change
your baby’s diaper before the flight.
Keep Baby Essentials Close
The last thing you want on moving day is to realize you packed the baby’s favorite pacifier with the rest
of the nursery boxes. Keep a bag of things your baby needs on hand for moving day.
You may want to include the following in your baby’s bag:
- Baby powder
- Baby wipes
- Changing mat
- Extra clothing
- First-aid kit
- Formula/milk/baby food
- Hat and sunscreen
These items are not only helpful for traveling, but they’re also useful for when you arrive at your new
home. You will have easy access to baby essentials on the first night without having to dig through piles of
Pack Baby’s Room Last and Set It Up First
To help minimize disruption to your baby’s sleep schedule, pack his or her room last. Parents should try
to maintain their baby’s normal sleep schedule up to the night before moving day to help their baby get
a fresh start on the stressful day ahead.
Once you get to the new house, set your baby’s room up first. If possible, arrange the bed and furniture
in the same way as in the old house. Keeping the room similar will help your baby feel comfortable as he or
she transitions to a new place.
Find a New Pediatrician
You should find a new medical professional in your new town prior to moving day. Contact your new doctor’s
office and make sure you feel comfortable with the staff. Once you choose a new doctor, have your old clinic
send your medical information to the new clinic. You may want to keep copies of any medical information in
your personal files as a precaution.
Take your baby for a checkup before moving day to ensure that he or she is safe to travel.
Use these tips to plan a successful moving day for you and your baby. Remember, the more relaxed you are,
the easier time your baby will have.
To make the most of your moving day, schedule help from a reliable moving company. They’ll take the stress
off of you so you can prioritize your family. To learn more about how to make your moves as successful as
possible, read through the rest of our blogs.