Have you moved house recently? Are you planning on moving house soon? Do you have a baby? Well, how to move house with a baby is a question well worth asking!
Moving home has to be one of the most stressful things we do in life. When you think about it there are many things one has to think about during this chaotic period. We have to deal with estate agents, pack and unpack all our possessions, organise the move, look for a new school if necessary – and all this might be happening under a cloud of uncertainty, as the deal which may lead you to your dream home could suddenly all fall through!
We can’t always choose the most ideal time to move home. So if you need to move home with a baby, here are 6 tips to help you do it:
- Try to keep to the same routine – sticking to the same routine in terms of feeding, naps and activities will help lessen any stress the move may have on your baby. It can be hard to get into a regular routine in the first place so keeping to one despite the upheaval will make life easier for both you and your little one.
- Keep one room free of clutter – when we got to our new home we made sure that we kept one room free of boxes and other moving chaos! This made keeping to a routine much easier, as we were able to easily keep to his nap times without having to wade through a sea of boxes in search of his cot!
- Speaking of cots…we ensured his was laid out exactly the same as in our old house. Familiar toys and mobile were all laid out along with his light show to ensure our little one’s new environment was as much like his old one as possible.
- Have a bag handy – to keep all you’ll need for a couple of days. Things like diapers, toys, food and clothes can be kept in here so you don’t end up frantically searching for your baby’s favourite cuddly to keep him quiet while you try to unpack.
- Ask for help –Ask relatives for help . If you can get a relative or friend to look after your little one on the day of the move, it will greatly reduce the pressure on you.
Moving home when your child is very little might have its benefits. Moving with older children is a little more difficult as they’re conscious of a big change occurring which they may not like at all. Having to explain reasons for the move as well as keeping them amused on the day would pile on the stress of an already difficult day.
So take a deep breath and keep on going with your packing having known you’ve got a plan and tips with enough information to get you through the hectic days of moving home!