Tips for Moving with a Newborn Baby

 

Moving in itself is stressful. When children are involved, multiply that stress exponentially, and if you are moving with children and pets, then organizing will become your best friend.

But what about moving with a newborn baby? The majority of the pregnancy advice you get will probably be to move before the baby arrives. However, here at Metro Self Storage, we understand that life happens.

Whether you are actively looking for a new home to buy or decided to move out of your rental because of a leaky roof, moving with a newborn baby is possible. Especially, if you can plan ahead and extend the time it takes to unpack everything in your new home.

If you can afford it, hire movers to pack up the house and load the moving truck

Whether you are planning a DIY move or hiring professional moving company, you will end up packing lots and lots of boxes.

According to the American Pregnancy Association, “Whether you should be lifting during pregnancy or not is a question for your health care provider but the general rule of thumb is to let someone else do it for you.” Postpartum moms will want to follow this advice and well and lean on friends, family, and neighbors to help.  

Buy a baby carrier for your newborn and be hands-free

Babywearing has been practiced around the world for centuries and is designed to give parents freedom and comfort babies at the same time. If you haven’t already done so, add a baby carrier to your registry right away.

While getting a carrier isn’t a necessity for most moms and their newborns, it will be for moms moving with a newborn baby. It is the only gadget that allows you to be hands-free. There are three types of baby carriers. However, wraps and slings are better suited for newborns.

Baby wraps like the Moby is one big piece of cotton jersey fabric that you configure around you and the baby every time you wear it. Parents say that it takes quite a bit of practice to get the hang of wrapping it—not too loose or too tight.

Moving moms might be too busy to add one more thing to their list. The ring sling is ideal because it can be used right from birth and through your child’s toddler years. Babywearing parents say it is their favorite product. Moreover, having your hands-free for unpacking boxes while your little one is close to you will comfort you and the baby.

Moving with a newborn baby is a story you can tell your child time and again

Arriving at your new home during those weeks and months it takes to recover from childbirth means you can unpack and rearrange all of your belongings without that big baby bump.

Moreover, newborns are easier than you might think. Unless they are colicky, they mostly sleep in between feeding and diaper changes. Don’t worry about assembling a new crib before you move because newborns can sleep in a bassinet or portable cradle the first few months easily.

The most important thing to remember is that the baby feels your emotions so keep it stress-free as possible by accepting all help offered and by packing up everything you don’t use on a regular basis before the baby arrives.

Moving Checklist to Organize Your Move

One way to make moving less daunting is to put everything you need to do on a checklist. Then, instead of stressing about forgetting something, you can simply look at the checklist to remember what to do next.

For most situations, you should begin working through your checklist about two months before moving. However, if you’re moving internationally, you’ll probably need to plan more details in advance, especially if you need a visa. Depending on which country you’re moving to, the visa process could take anywhere from a couple weeks to longer than a year. Take this extra time into account as you put together your checklist and plan your move.

Below is a list of points you should consider putting on your moving checklist. You might not need to include everything, but it’s better to prepare too much than too little for a move.

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