Whether you're becoming a mother for the first time or moving into a new home, newness can be overwhelming. So when you put moving and soon-to-be motherhood together, it can be terrifying! With a baby in your house, life is always an adventure. When you mix that with the stresses of moving you may feel like you’ve stepped into a sinkhole of stress. Let’s face it: change is hard for everyone, but it’s important to be prepared. Readiness can help you avoid stress. Following this simple guide to moving with a newborn will help you ease into your new home.
Prep in Your Step!
Probably the most important part of moving is to plan! You have to be prepared for whatever might be thrown your way. One way to start your planning process, and to stay organized throughout, is to make yourself a calendar. This is essential as it will keep you from absolutely losing your mind while trying to keep all of the important matters straight. It is also really important to plan ahead for your baby! Will you need childcare in your new living location? Do you have a primary physician set up? It’s better to plan in advance, so put a little prep in your step and sit down to make your schedule!
Packing, Packing, and More Packing
Here’s the worst part, and no matter what you’re packing for, it’s never fun. When packing up your whole life to prepare for your big move, it’s vital to make sure you have your newborn's needs readily accessible for during the move; this includes a change of clothes, blankets, bottles, breast pumps (if you’re breastfeeding), diapers, food, formula, First Aid kit, pacifiers, and wet wipes.
Everyone’s travel style is different, so pack accordingly and make sure you check with your airline (if you’re flying) to see what you can bring as a carry-on for your baby. Even if you’re driving, I suggest having your baby’s belongings just a grab away. After all, you never know what you’ll need or when!
On The Move
While you are transitioning to your move, be sure to keep a normal routine with your baby. Like I said before, no one likes change; keeping your newborn feeding and sleeping schedule the same will keep your baby happy, and keep you on task. Getting off-task is easy to do, but use that calendar we talked about! Try to keep things as consistent as possible to make your move smooth on you and your loved ones.
Baby, We Made It!
Congrats! You made it to your new house, hopefully with limited hurdles to jump along the way! The first thing you need to do is set up your baby’s nursery. The familiarity will help your baby to transition into the new space. Next, make sure to baby proof the house so no accidents happen! It’s so important to look through your new living space from your child's perspective to ensure there are no accessible health hazards.
Now, It’s You Time
You and your family have just made a huge life change! There’s a lot of stress and emotions involved with moving, but you finally made it to your new home. Be sure to take some time for yourself and your partner to relax and enjoy your new space. You and your family are going to make a lot of memories there! Whether it’s moving one town over or moving long-distance with your baby, following these tips for moving with a newborn will help you along the ride!