It is important to note that a baby feels your stress during moving. The babies feel and respond accordingly, especially when you are not well organized, and the relocation is full of problem. Ensure your move is well organized and free of stress as possible by making extra efforts while moving with a baby. It’s not going to be an easy task carrying relocation boxes and a crying baby at the same time. Just have it in mind that you are not the only parent doing this, others have also done it successfully.
Moving involves a combination of mix-reactions including excitement, stress, impatience, loss or sadness, apprehension, and others. Apart from the fact that moving is a physically monumental task, other things also accompany the exercise. The responsibility we carry as an adult in the whole five Ps of moving which include “Planning, Preparing, Packing, Paying and Parting ways” help compound the stress in relocation.
There is no relocation without these five Ps. This may be averagely managed by the adults, but one can’t predict how babies react to these processes. The rule of thumb is that – parents should try as much as possible not to let their babies feel the move and this can be achieved by stay organized throughout the moving processes. How can go about this? Relax, as this post aims to share some helpful tips that will help you stay organized and make your moving with babies fun. Continue reading this post as we reveal the secrets of a smooth and successful moving with babies.
Tips for Moving with Babies
Planning out your relocation logistics and baby-proofing techniques before the moving date will ensure a smooth and successful move. When moving with a baby or small child, you will find these 6 tips and strategies helpful:
1. Discuss the Move
Many people do ignore babies or little kids when it comes to relocation. They believe that they don’t have a say and their opinions do not count. While they don’t have a say, always know that their emotions and rights are being tampered with and this is one of the reasons things turn to stress for us on the moving date. If you want to make your move less-stress with babies, start the process by carrying your kids along. If your kids are of matured age, ensure you discuss the upcoming relocation with them. More than they are being praised for, toddlers and older babies understand more even though this might sound silly.
According to Geneva Crowley (Massachusetts mother of three), “discussing an upcoming relocation with your children will help them know exactly what to expect and also put them at ease.” When discussing the prospective move with your toddler, make it sound like an exciting and fun adventure and use simple words. You can also read “The Berenstain Bears’ Moving Day” or other children’s book about relocation with them, although this might not be necessary when you have a new-born. It is widely known that small children pick up on their parents’ stressful emotions most of the time, so do your best to calm your nerves, read and breathe during the relocation process.
2. Make Lists to Strategize your Packing Process
Box-up non-essentials first – pack all your baby’s non-important possessions neatly and label it “nursery” without wasting time searching for toys and pacifiers. It is strongly recommended that this should be the last box you pack. Blankets, clothes, extra toys and any other items you won’t need on the moving day or a day after should be on this list of non-essentials. Box-up baby essentials to take with you – pack the essential items in either a bag or separate boxes immediately after packing your baby’s non-essential items. The essential items are the things you will need and will want to take along with you during the relocation process. Items to be considered when packing up your baby’s essential possessions has been compiled into a checklist below:
- Cooler if needed for formula and breast-milk
- Sippy cup
- Extra pacifier
- Carrier and Stroller
- Bath items
- Car seat
- Juice, formula and/or foo
- Extra bags for messy clothes and dirty diapers
- Any medications you may need
- Clothing and pajamas
- Bouncy seat, high chair or pack and play to contain them for a little period of time.
- Favorite stuffed animal or Security blanket
- A few favorite toys
- Breast pump and breastfeeding pillow
- Thermometer and first aid kit
Plenty of snacks and extra bottles must be in your hands at all times. Engage your child with any of extra boxes to play with, iPad with cartoons, a new toy or any activities to ensure they are distracted.
Important tip: When moving to your new home, the first item you should unpack is the nursery or child’s bedroom. The child will get eased into their new environment once you give them a calm and consistency space. A customer who goes by the name “Crowley” gives an explanation that the kids barely noticed they had moved because there was little or no difference to space they always had after unpacking their room on the first day.
3. Be aware of Safety Concerns
Always remember that there may not be a back seat for your baby’s car seat if you are renting a van or moving truck for a DIY move. Ensure you have someone you trust to watch over your child while you are driving the moving truck in the absence of back seat for a car seat. On a moving day, scissors, furniture with sharp edges, cleaning supplies and other potentially dangerous objects should be kept away from your babies. Read up the Transportation Security Ad ministration’s (TSA) guidelines for traveling with children if you are planning to fly to your new destination on the plane. Items allowed and not allowed on planes are boldly spelled out in the guidelines.
4. Enlist Help
Apart from your own hands, you will need several helping hands with a move. Whether at your current home, new home or somewhere else, you should enlist the help of a family member, friend or babysitter to watch your baby during the move. Curious and eager toddlers, unlike sleepy new-borns, are difficult to contain during a move as they may be crawling all over the place. If possible, it is also recommended that you enlist the help of friends or hire movers to help you with the relocation. With this, you will need not to worry about the big size couch that got stuck in the doorway but instead have enough time to focus on your baby. You will be able to keep up with your daily schedules of naps, playing times on track, feedings and also have enough time to yourself when you hire movers. Check movingfeedback.com’s wide network of licensed, insured and reputable professional moving companies in your area.
5. Maintain a Consistent Routine for your Baby
Consistency is the key when it comes to raising a baby. Try your possible best to keep the baby’s routine as regular as possible during the move even though it won’t be easy keeping up a strict napping and schedule. During the stressful relocation process, consistency is very important as it gives children a required sense of security. The parent will also be able to maintain their sanity if their baby’s schedule is kept normal.
6. Baby-proof the New Home
As soon as possible, baby-proofing the new home is the last and most important step. Any potentially dangerous packing supplies should be removed immediately. Before officially moving into the new home, extensive cleaning should be done. For parents who are looking to baby-proof their new home, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission provides a lot of useful information. Among the useful information are:
- On drawers containing lighters, cleaning products, knives, and matches, use child-resistant locks.
- Block stairways and dangerous areas using safety gates.
- Balloons, balls, magnets, marbles and other small objects must be kept away from children’s reach.
- Use window guards to secure windows
- Avoid tip-overs by using secure furniture
- Install carbon-monoxide alarms and smoke detectors and ensure you change the batteries every year.
- Keep your child cribs from window treatments and cord on blinds as they are known as choking hazards.
- Use outlet covers to cover electrical outlets.
- Use childproof locks to protect all medical and prescription cabinets.
Moving with Babies in a Grand Style
Moving either with babies or without babies, you can make relocation as fun as possible. This include both before and after the move. There are some something you must do before and after the move to help you stay organized.
Before the Move
Make sure you are fully prepared for the move. To ensure a smooth moving experience, it is important to do all you can before the moving day, especially when moving with babies or kids. Some tips are:
- First things first: Ensure you have a pre-move discussion with your children. Pay attention to and give answers to all their questions. With this, they will know what to expect and also be at ease. You may also share your relocation experiences with them to give them the courage that they will be okay.
- Stay calm: When the parent is anxious or stressed, their emotion can be easily picked up by young children and even babies. During the packing and relocation process, do all your best to remain calm and properly composed.
- Make packing fun: While packing up your children’s room, get the boxes to play with. Let them be a part of the moving process by teaching them how to correctly pack items. Ensure you have your children’s records transferred to a new school if they are changing schools.
- Learn about the new neighborhood with your kids: This is essential so that they won’t find the new environment strange to them. Have or help your kids research the new area you are moving into and guide them to understand the environment. Collect information about clubs, sports teams and other local groups to find the best way you can bring your family to adapt to the new town.
- Read books: Reading positive books about the relocation process is one of the best ways to help your child with stress and sadness. You will find for your children all moving-related books online such as My Very Exciting, Big Move: A Workbook for Children Moving to a New Home, Berenstain Bears’ Moving Day, Tigger’s Moving Day, Alexander, Who’s Not (Do You Hear Me? I Mean It!) Going to Move, and Big Ernie’s New Home: A Story for Young Children Who Are Moving.
It takes time for both children and adult to get comfortably settled in a new home and a new town. Below are the few tips on how to ease your children into their new neighborhood:
- Explore the new home with them: Let your kid explore the new house on their own after you had introduced them to the house by giving them a tour. Stairwells, great backyard trees for climbing, hidden doors and more unique and fun areas should be pointed out to them.
- Unpacking: Let your kids help unpack or unboxed if they show interest. Let your kids place any of her items wherever suits them while unpacking their bedroom boxes by themselves. If a place is not suitable for an item, you may wish to change it later but immediately, so not to discourage them. The new home and the unpacking process must be enjoyed by the kids. Let your older kids pick out the paint color for their room and also assist you with the painting if they can.
- Consistency is the key: For your kids to feel secure and you to also feel sane, maintain your kid’s routines such as meals, play times, nap times, activities and many more as consistent as possible. Let them feel the new home with new delicious dishes.
- Stay positive: Your kids will also stay positive and upbeat about your new home if you do. Spend some time with your children outside in your new yard by probably setting up the playground.
- Meet the neighbors: Things won’t be so lonely if your children find playmates. So do the job by finding children around the same age as yours in the neighborhood.
Let’s face it; moving with babies can compound the stresses associated with relocation. The issue can even get worse if you are doing it yourself, as in the case of renting a moving truck. Hiring professional movers can help you to pay much-needed attention to your baby and kids and you can also concentrate on some other things that need your attention. However, the helpful tips shared in this post will go a long way in ensuring a smooth and successful move with babies. What is your experience moving with babies? Share it with us in the comment box!