Moving to a new home is no easy task, moving with children – can be ever more stressful. Analyzing the number of items a child can have, the number of times they must nap during the day, and balancing their feeding schedules, moving with children seems as though it requires more time and energy. Therefore, to make this task easier here’s a simple guide on how to move with baby and children to a new house.
8 Things to consider before you move:
Adhere to routine
Babies need to follow their usual routine. Don’t let packing and moving to-do list get in the way of your normal daily cycle. Rather than pulling an all-nighter to pack, try to expand your packing time. Use children’s early bedtime and naps to pack.
Create a calendar
To keep track of everything, plan your move 8 weeks out. Create a moving day calendar and checklist or Google ready-made ones. Print and hang it up on a place where you can easily notice it. This will help you to do everything day-by-day.
Don’t pack your baby’s belongings just yet
It could be tempting to start your packing with baby toys, gadgets, and stuffed animals to get those out of your way, but it’s better to pack them one week before the actual moving date. Why? Because you might need something and the last thing you want when moving with a baby or children, is to go hunting through those already packed boxes to find their favorite toy, blanket, or a bottle.
Also, when you do pack the baby’s belongings, label each box as precisely as possible. This will help you find all the essential items quickly once you move and also assist the movers put those boxes in the nursery.
Label your boxes according to rooms
To ease the moving and unpacking process, first of all, start packing by room and label them accordingly. This will eliminate the anxiety and confusion of which box should go where or what’s inside them. And to make unboxing even easier, apart from labeling them according to rooms, write down the items that are inside. For instance, coffee mugs, plates, cutlery, etc. This comes extremely handy the first few days after the move.
Use childcare or ask for help from the family
On the actual moving day, when furniture and boxes are being moved, children should be elsewhere. Ask a friend, family member, or a trusted babysitter to take your toddler for a day. Alternatively, use childcare for those days closer to the moving day to get more done.
Cover electrical outlets in your new home
A couple of days before your final move to the new house, make sure to cover electrical outlets with covers. Chances are, toddlers and children will be crawling and running all over the new home the moment you move.
Pack a baby bag with at least three day supply
When packing the baby bag for the actual moving day, prepare all the necessary items you’ll need for the first three days after the move, as you might not have easy access to them right away. Make a checklist of the following items so that you don’t accidentally forget anything:
- Clothes and pajamas
- A favorite stuffed animal or a blanket
- Some favorite toys
- Breast pump
- Baby food
- Sippy cups
- Bathing items
- Bags for dirty clothes and diapers
- First aid kit and thermometer
- Any medications you may need
Remain calm throughout the moving day
Moving can be very stressful. Babies and children, unfortunately, do pick up on the tension around them – especially the stressful emotions from parents. If your child is already concerned about a move, your tension will make the situation even worse. To keep your children as calm as possible, you need to remain calm during the move.
4 Things to do first once you move
Prepare the nursery first
When moving to a new house with children, the first thing to do in your new home is to set up the nursery. Arrange it similar to your previous one because the familiarity will help your kid with the transition and allow them to easily fall asleep on the first night in a new house.
Baby-proof the house
After setting the nursery, the next step is to baby-proof the house as soon as possible. Remove any potentially hazardous packing materials from home. Don’t forget to eliminate window cords, install door knob covers for bathrooms, set up baby gates, and add magnet cabinet locks on various drawers and cupboards your kid might try to open.
After setting up, test how carbon monoxide detectors and smoke alarms work in your new house. It’s essential to test them everywhere! Do a regular, monthly test and change batteries once a year.
When unpacking, don’t forget to lock up vitamins, medicines, cleaning products, alcohol, and chemicals, to name a few, and put them high enough so the baby can’t reach it. Alternatively, add cabinet locks whenever you can’t store them on high shelves.