While moving house marks a new chapter in our lives, it can be a highly stressful experience. Especially if you have a young baby in tow. Theirs packing and unpacking to be down, removals to organise and new furniture to buy. All while trying to keep your bundle of joy happy and comfortable. While many of us would wait until our baby is a little older, sometimes this is just not possible. You might need to relocate for work or your baby may arrive a little sooner than planned. Whatever the
reason, use this guide to make moving with your baby as stress-free as possible.
Create a baby moving bag
It’s likely that your life will be in upheaval for the first few days after your move. So create a bag that has all of your baby’s essential items in. You can use your changing bag or a small backpack and fill it with enough supplies to last a few days. Nappies, clothing, toys and food, as well as any other items you deem as necessary. This will make it a lot easier for you to keep your baby happy and entertained while you unpack. Try to keep your baby moving bag in a place where you can access it quickly. When you start to move items out of your old house, keep it away from the boxes and other bags you have. Otherwise, it may get put into the removal van by accident.
Try to stick to their routine
No matter what age your baby is, they probably have a routine for feeding, nap time and play. It’s essential that you stick to this routine as much as possible. Moving day will probably be one of the most stressful experiences of your life. But the upheaval can also be stressful for your baby. Getting your baby into a routine can be challenging in the first place. So set alarms on your watch or phone and stick to it as much as possible.
Make your new house seem familiar
It’s likely that your baby will have grown accustomed to the sights, smells and sounds of your old home. So moving into a house, they don’t recognize can be confusing for them. You might be selling your house in Canary Wharf and relocating to the countryside. Or swapping your village life for one in a major city. Either way, your baby may become distressed if they aren’t surrounded by familiarity. As you unpack, try to leave one room free from boxes and clutter. Fill this space with their favourite toys, their bed and clothing. Try to lay it out in a similar way to your old home if you can. This will make them feel more at ease and makes their new surroundings feel like what they are used to.
Even though you will have millions of other things to think about, putting these plans in place can make a world of different. Not only for you, but for your baby as well. If they are happy amidst the chaos of your move, then you’re doing something right.