How to survive a move with a new baby
If you have to move with a little one, the mere thought of it might seem preposterously overwhelming. Well we’re here to tell you- you will survive! But here’s a few tips to make sure you keep your sanity, too.
Keep a routine best you can
Easier said than done, I know. However, this is probably one of the most important as far as keeping everyone’s sanity. Do your best to plan ahead and make sure naps and feedings stay on schedule. whether than means setting timers on your phone, halting packing to not disrupt naptime, or sending them to the grandparents while you move.
If you have relatives or friends who are willing to help out, take them up on it! Having someone look after the baby so you can pack, unpack, run to the store, assemble furniture, etc. can be a lifesaver. If family and friends aren’t available, look into a babysitter. Especially if you’re in a new area, this could be a good chance to test out potential babysitters. They can get to know you, the baby, and the baby’s routine while you are there the whole time. Having extra help can especially be important when deep cleaning the new or old house; your helper can take the baby somewhere else when you have all the cleaning chemicals out.
Consider hiring movers
If you have the budget for it, having movers do all the heavy lifting gives you the time and freedom to see to your little one. Movers also provide more opportunity to keep the baby on a schedule. It’s amazing how making trips to and from a U-Haul can exhaust and make you lose all sense of time.
Set up the baby’s room first
Not only does this provide a more consistent environment to keep your baby on a schedule, but by setting up the baby’s room first you won’t be scrambling to find diapers, baby powder, extra onesies, or whatever else you might need quickly.
Keep a ‘Baby Essentials Kit’ easily available
For that week or so that you’re packing, moving, and setting up the baby’s room at the new house, make sure you can easily locate the essentials. This includes extra bottles, pacifiers, formula, diapers, wipes, and anything else you don’t want to be digging frantically through boxes to find. Pro tip: Whenever you aren’t actively using items from the kit, make sure they stay in the kit. It’s insanely easy to lose stuff in the chaos of moving.
Make sure you take care of yourself
When juggling a move and a baby, it can be easy to push yourself to the limits trying to get everything done. Make sure you take care of yourself throughout the craziness to avoid crashing. Meal prep and stock up on some healthy snacks before the move to ensure you remember to eat. Buy extra diapers and formula ahead of time so you don’t have to run to a store in the middle of everything. Give yourself a bedtime! If you are well rested and well fed, the stress of the move will feel much more manageable.